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March 10, 2018

7 Must-Try Leftover Rice Recipes That Are Irresistible

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Leftover Rice Recipes - Mango Rice

While most of us think that rice can be fattening, on the contrary, rice is actually quite healthy. It is rich in Vitamin B1 and can give us instant energy. It can boost metabolism, immunity system and can help with weight loss. But rice, is one of those grains, in my house that is always cooked extra. While I love eating plain rice with dal or vegetables, there are times when I want to re-invent my plain old boring rice. We bring you 7 leftover rice recipes that are easy to make and taste delicious. You don’t need leftover rice to make these rice dishes; you may also cook fresh rice and make these dishes.

#7 Rice Cutlet

Tired of having rusk or cookies with your evening tea? Try these easy to make rice cutlets that are absolutely delicious.


  • 1 cup rice (at least)
  • 1 boiled and mashed potato
  • 1 chopped green chilly
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 1 pinch turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chilly powder
  • 1/2 tea spoon garam masala, jeera powder, dhania powder
  • 3 tablespoon besan
  • 3 table spoon oil for frying
  • Salt as per your taste


Take all the ingredients mentioned above (except oil) and mix them well in a bowl. Make sure that you mash the rice smoothly. Now make small tikkis. Set aside tikkis. Heat oil in a non-stick pan on mid flame. Carefully, place tikkis in the pan and let them sit for few minutes. Flip the tikkis and wait for few more minutes. When your cutlets turn golden-brown, take them out of the pan. Soak the excess oil. Serve hot with chai and ketchup.

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#6 Tomato and Garlic Fried Rice

This is one my favorite leftover rice recipes and dinner ideas. You can serve tomato and garlic fried rice with either manchurian or chilly paneer.


  • Rice
  • Salt as per your choice
  • 1 chopped tomato and green chilly
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1/2 chopped potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon crushed garlic
  • 1/2 pinch jeera, haldi powder, red chilly powder, dhania powder


Heat oil in a deep pan and add jeera and chopped green chilly. When jeera begin to splutter, add onion and garlic, and stir till the time onion doesn’t turn brown. Now add potatoes, salt and remaining spices. Let the potatoes get soft (if required add some water). When potatoes softens, add tomatoes to the pan. Finally add rice and water and cover the pan with a lid. Let the rice cook.

Serve the rice hot with sweet and sour sauce.

#5 Rice Pudding

Our leftover rice recipes also includes dessert. Rice pudding can be served warm or cold and it can be made easily within minutes.


  • 1 cup Cooked rice
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla essence, lemon zest, cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • Salt as per to your taste


In a glass bowl, mix all the ingredients well. Take a baking dish and coat it with butter. Pour the mix in the dish. Now take a baking dish that is bigger in size than the one which has mix. Pour water in the baking dish and carefully place the baking dish with mix inside the bigger dish. Pre-heat oven at 350 degrees and bake the dish for 45 to 50 minutes.

Serve the pudding either hot or cold.

#4 Ellu Sadam

This dish may seem quite unfamiliar and weird to you but trust me it is a great dish which you need to give a try with the leftover rice.


  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • Salt as per your taste
  • 1 tbsp grated jaggery, mustard seeds
  • 2 tbsp til oil and urad dal
  • 5 crushed red chilly
  • Few curry leaves
  • 100 grams white sesame seeds


Grind sesame seeds in a mixer and keep aside. Heat oil in a pan and add urad dal, mustard seeds, curry leaves and red chilly to it. Add cooked rice, sesame seed powder and salt. Stir well. Serve it hot with coconut or red chutney.

leftover rice recipes ellu sadam


#3 Rice Badi

Badi or pakodi can be also made with the leftover rice. It is slightly different from the rice cutlet and can be stored for 5 days.


  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1/2 pinch ajwain
  • Salt as per your taste
  • Oil for frying


Take the cooked rice and mash it well. Add some salt and ajwain and mix well. Let the mix dry for at least four to five hours. Make small patties and deep fry them in oil. Serve badi hot with ketchup or mint chutney.

#2 Mango Rice

This rice recipe may sound a bit unusual but it is totally delicious to eat. The only problem is that the dish can be savored only during the mango season. This is one of the rice recipes that can be served as a side dish or a main dish.


  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds, urad dal, chopped ginger and chana dal
  • 1 cup crushed mango
  • 2 red and green chillies
  • 1/2 turmeric and dhania powder
  • Curry leaves and cilantro
  • Salt as per your taste


Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, chana dal and urad dal. When the seeds begin to splutter, add ginger, chillies and turmeric powder. Add mangoes and salt, and saute everything well. Finally, add cooked rice to the pan and stir well. Garnish the dish with cilantro leaves.

Also Read: Refreshing Mango Recipes to Enjoy this Summer

Leftover Rice Recipes - Mango Rice

#1 Rice Cake

This is one of the yummiest leftover rice recipes. Rice cakes are easy to make and can satisfy your untimely cravings. You could make this dish and store them in a tight-lid jar for about a week.


  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 egg and 1 cheese cube
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp crushed garlic
  • Oil for frying


Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Heat oil or butter in a non-stick pan and add a scoop of mixture in the pan. With the help of spatula, flatten the mix to get a patty shape. Flip the patty. Let the cakes cool and serve it for tea-time snacks.

Leftover Rice Recipes - Rice Cake

These were some of the best and delicious leftover rice recipes that you can try next time when you are not sure what to do with cooked rice. These rice dishes are easy to make and do not take much of your time.

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