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A makeover for leftovers

SUBHA J RAO
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FOOD Simple recipes that can add a zing to leftover rice

If you have rice leftover from the previous day, here is what you can do to give it a delicious twist. All you need are some herbs, spices and vegetables. Here are a few recipes that are tasty and that make your life easy.

Puli Saadham

Ingredients

Leftover rice: three cups

Tamarind (size of a small lemon): soaked and strained

Shallots (peeled and chopped): Ten

Turmeric: a pinch

Salt: To taste

Red chillies: to taste

Roasted and powdered fenugreek: a pinch

Mustard and curry leaves: for tempering

Gingelly oil: for cooking

Method

Add tamarind pulp, salt, turmeric and fenugreek powder into the leftover rice before putting it away in the fridge.

The following day, take gingelly oil in a kadai. Heat and temper with mustard seeds. Add chopped shallots and saute till tender. Add the curry leaves and red chillies.

Stir in the soaked rice, and cook covered for a couple of minutes till the raw smell of tamarind is gone.

Drizzle some gingelly oil on top, check for seasoning and mix well.

Ideal for a packed lunch. Serve with papad or vadam.

Herbed rice

Ingredients

Leftover rice (preferably basmati): three cups

Leeks (finely chopped): one

Green and yellow zucchini (chopped): one cup

Sweet corn: one cup

Onion (finely chopped): half a cup

Garlic (crushed): four pearls

Celery (finely chopped): for garnish

Butter: for cooking

Pepper and salt: to taste

Dried herbs (basil, thyme, oregano and rosemary): to taste

Method

Heat butter in a kadai and add the herbs, salt and pepper and sauté.

Add garlic and onion and cook.

Add the vegetables and stir fry on high flame.

Check seasoning, add the rice and stir again.

Garnish with chopped celery and serve.

Note : Boiling the vegetables in a microwave for five minutes reduces cooking time by half.

SUBHA J RAO

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