Use Up Leftover Rice – 5 Delectable Recipes for You

So, you have ended up cooking extra rice and thinking of shifting it to your bin, right? Wait and think twice. Can’t you make use of your leftover rice smartly, in a delicious way? You certainly can. Here are 5 great recipes which can be tried by using cooked rice. Read on below to know more:

1. Rice Pudding

Rice Pudding

What about starting with a dessert? Yes, you can easily prepare a yummy pudding by using leftover rice. Here is the recipe:


Take a large mixing bowl and put the cooked rice into it. Add beaten eggs, fresh milk, sugar, nutmeg powder, cinnamon powder, raisins, lemon zest, salt and vanilla essence to the rice one by one and combine properly. Butter a medium-sized baking dish and transfer the mixture to it. Fill a large baking pan with water and place the baking dish in it. Finally, bake the entire thing in a pre-heated oven for minimum 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Top your pudding with whipped cream and serve hot or cold.

2. Masala Rice

Masala Rice

Looking for something hot and spicy? Try making this masala rice with leftover rice and you will never get disappointed. Check out the recipe:


At first, fry black mustard seeds and whole cumin seeds in oil. Once they get browned, add chopped onions to the pan and sauté until they become tender as well as translucent. Now, prepare a mushy mixture by blending chopped tomatoes, green chilies and curry leaves with the onions. After that, add spice powders (turmeric, coriander, fennel, red chili and garam masal), salt and asafetida to the mixture. Also, add cooked rice and keep stirring so that all ingredients get mixed well. Finally, garnish with shredded coriander leaves and serve hot with raita.

3. Rice Paratha

Rice Paratha

Do you know that you can turn your leftover rice into tasty parathas? Yes, it is simple and more or less similar to other paratha recipes. Here we go:


Prepare a tight dough by mixing cooking oil, water and salt with the wheat flour. Keep it aside by covering with a clean and moist cloth. Now, start preparing the stuffing by making the cumin seeds sputter in hot oil. Put chopped onions and ginger-garlic paste to it. Once the onions get golden brown, add chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder and red chili powder to them. Sauté until the entire mixture becomes soft. Now, add the cooked rice to it and blend everything well. Your stuffing is ready. Make small balls from the dough and put this stuffing at the center of each of them. Roll them out into parathas and serve with butter cubes.

4. Rice Idli

Rice Idli

You can also use your leftover rice in South Indian way. Just try your hands at this soft and delicious Idli. The recipe is here:


Soak split husked black gram and idli rava in water for 3 and 2 hours respectively. After that, drain them carefully. However, store some drained water while straining the husked black gram. Now, put the cooked rice, strained black gram and strained idli rava in a mixer grinder and pour 3 teaspoons of that stored water to it. Grind for a few minutes. Then, again add 7 teaspoons of water to the grinder jar to make the idli batter perfectly fluffy. Now, take it out of the grinder, mix some salt and leave overnight by covering fully. Next day, follow the regular process of making idli and you are done!

5. Rice Dumpling

Rice Dumpling

Finally, here is a tasty snack that you can make with your leftover snack and enjoy anytime. Read the recipe of rice dumpling below:


Firstly, add a few tablespoons of sesame seeds to the leftover rice and blend them well. Also, add a little pepper and a pinch of salt to it and keep the mixture aside. Meanwhile, prepare the stuffing by mixing mashed boneless chicken, mashed paneer, chopped green chilies, and salt properly. Now, divide the rice mixture into several small balls and stuff them with this chicken-paneer mixture. Heat oil in a pan and deep fry these rice balls till golden brown. Serve your rice dumplings hot with green and red chutney.

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