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.
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
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.
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
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