Left over rice

@mayka123 (15808)
India
June 30, 2008 5:36am CST
Everyday I have rice left over and kept in the fridge. Or sometimes thrown away which I do not like at all. Can you give me any ideas of preparing some other dish out of this left over rice.
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@ryzach (1545)
• United States
30 Jun 08
I will take it for lunch the next day. You can make fried rice and add some veggies. I like to take leftover rice, put it in a saucepan with some milk, sugar and some cinnamon. I heat up and make a pudding (sort of) and then chill and eat like a dessert. I do not really thicken it up, I kind of like it thinner but you could make it like a pudding if you wanted too. Another way I may use the rice is adding meat and veggies to it along with some spices, makes a nice leftover dish.
• Australia
30 Jun 08
Oh now sweet rice I didn't think of. Rice pudding is lovely. Pretty much rice with milk, eggs and sugar put in a casserole dish and sitting in a bath of water in the oven on a medium heat. Sprinkle the top with nutmeg and bake until set. Yum!
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@mayka123 (15808)
• India
1 Jul 08
Hi ryzach, The sweet dish sound yummy. Cannot wait to try it. And I think if it gets left over in the fridge for a couple of days also its okay. Thanks for your reply.
@cupid74 (11388)
• Pakistan
1 Jul 08
Hmmm it depend on nature of rice, if these are just plain boiled rice then u can do a lot with them, refresh them with some vegetables and eggg and have egg fried rices. and if u add some sweet it can me sweet rice but if they are "Pullaoo" or "Biryani" , just cover then with clith, and have them in oven for 5 minutes, they will be fresh again. eat and enjoy Or give them to ur Maid, mind it, these are suggestion, i dont follow these myself, and u know why
@cupid74 (11388)
• Pakistan
1 Jul 08
LOL i am not learning to cook, but i sure know about it and know the technique dont forget i am manager, and we always have advise how to do it, but very rare it by myself and its great that u work by ur own and i know u have helping daughter too, keep it up
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@mayka123 (15808)
• India
15 Jul 08
You men there in your country are lucky enough to have your wives at home. Here we have the men complaining because the wives want to go out and work and then they expect the husbands to help them at home. (even I am the same - never wanted to sit at home and cook).
@mayka123 (15808)
• India
1 Jul 08
I have never kept a maid at home. Have always done the work myself. So I do not have the option of giving the leftovers to a maid. And I am talking about the plain rice. Looks like you are learning to cook and so have been able to give me some options. Thanks and take care
@deebomb (15308)
• United States
6 Jul 08
Lemon rice - a way to use left over rice.
I see that most of those posting here have given you fried rice as a way to use the left over rice. I have found a recipe that calls for 2 cups of cooked rice. It is lemon rice and looks very good. since it is listed as an Indian dish I presume that you can find all the ingredients. Some I don't know what they are. Lemon rice ingredients:1. Lemon - 1 (big size) 2. Rice - 2 cups (cooked) 3. Green chillies - 2 (slit into half) 4. Red chillies - 2 5. Mustard seeds - ½ tsp 4. Urad dal - ½ tsp 7. Channa dal - ½ tsp 8. Cashew nuts - 5 9. Peanuts - 2 tsp 10. Curry leaves - 7 11. Asafoetida - a pinch 12. Oil - 2 tbsp 13. Salt - to taste 14. Green chillies - 2 (slit into half) 15. Red chillies - 2 Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, urad dal, cashew nuts, peanuts, and channa dal. When the dales colour change into light golden brown colour then add curry leaves and red chillies. Remove all the ingredients form the pan and keep it aside. Now add the remaining oil and add turmeric powder, asafoetida and green chillies. Sauté for a min. Then add lemon juice. Cook for 2 to 3 mins. Then switch off the stove and mix with salt and cooked rice. Lemon rice is ready to eat.
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@deebomb (15308)
• United States
7 Jul 08
It does look very good. i didn't know what some of the ingredients are so I had to look to see if we had them here in my area. They gave me some substitutes so I can try it too.
@mayka123 (15808)
• India
31 Jul 08
Have tried this out with a few minor changes and loved it.
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@mayka123 (15808)
• India
7 Jul 08
This is a yummy recipe with all the ingredients available in my kitchen so I will not have any problem making it. Thanks a lot and look forward to some more variations.
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@mimpi1911 (25465)
• India
25 Aug 08
Dearest I know its very diffcult to measure the exact quantity and cook especially for small families. However little you seem to take you end up having leftovers. Mayka. I think the best way to eat up the left over rice by frying it. You can actually end up cooking fantastic chinese fried rice (INdian style..lol..)! The kids love that as well. And dear, heating up the rice in oven makes it as fresh as freshly cooked steamed rice. Happy cooking!
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@mimpi1911 (25465)
• India
25 Aug 08
See..how I can read your mind! Write to me about the lil one when you are free. (mail me). Love to you and her.
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@mayka123 (15808)
• India
25 Aug 08
Hi Mou Have sent you a mail about my lil one on your gmail. Pls check it out.
@mayka123 (15808)
• India
25 Aug 08
Would you believe that my daughter ends up making the chinese fried rice every second day and I have got fed up of that!! Or else as you say I heat up the rice in the oven and have it with whatever gravy is cooked.
@sang2k2 (1833)
• India
11 Sep 08
Boiled Rice: Use for making Imli Rice, Lemon Rice, Curd Rice, Fried Rice, Malai Vada etc.Khichdi: Use for kneading the dough to make delcious crisp Paranthas. imli rice:Rice 2 cups Tamarind (Imli) 50 gms Salt To taste Water 1 cup Chana Dal 1 tsp Urad Dal 1 tsp Oil for Tadka 1 tbsp METHOD:Half boil rice. Soak Imli in water for 30 minutes. Mash it and strain it through a strainer. The tamarind water is ready for use. Heat oil in a kadahi. Add chana dal and urad dal. Add rice to it in the kadahi. Add salt and Imli water. Mix it well. Cover it with lid and simmer it for 5-7 minutes. Serve hot with Onion Raita. MALAI VADA INGREDIENTS Rice 250 gms Badam 25 gms Milk 1 ltr Chhuhara 50 gms Sugar 150 gms Coconut 25 gms Chiranjee Dana 25 gms Ghee for deep frying Kishmish 25 gms Water for boiling rice METHOD Boil the rice. Grind it after it cools down. Chop the dry fruits and keep aside. Put the milk onto boil and let it thicken. Simultaneously heat ghee in a kadahi. Make about 15-20 balls of rice and stuff with the dry fruits (leave some dry fruits for garnishing). Give the desired shape and fry on low flame to a golden brown color. Transfer directly to the thickened milk and turn off the gas. Leave it for 5 minutes. Carefully transfer to the serving plate. Pour milk and garnish with the left-over dry fruits. Makes: 15-20 vadas
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@sang2k2 (1833)
• India
12 Sep 08
oh wow, hope you wont curse me that you wud now have to have the same rice evryday..
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@mayka123 (15808)
• India
17 Sep 08
Oh no I will not curse you. This is better than the previous options that I had. And when I get fed up of this I will post another discussion here and get some new ideas! Howzzat
@mayka123 (15808)
• India
12 Sep 08
Have given a print out of these recipes to my daughter. She has liked them so much that I think for the next few days I would not be eating anything else.
• Philippines
12 Oct 08
When I have left over rice I cooked it fried rice. I just saute the garlic and if you have left over meat also you can slice it into small pieces and add it in the saute garlic I add also omellette and hotdogs. It's yummy already.....
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@mayka123 (15808)
• India
23 Oct 08
This does sound yummy and I have started to feel hungry just reading this. Thanks a lot.
@balasri (26540)
• India
2 Jul 08
You got a recipe here. http://www.grouprecipes.com/47203/twice-as-nice-rice-ideas-for-leftover-rice.html
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@mayka123 (15808)
• India
3 Jul 08
Thanks for your reply. Will surely check this site.
• Philippines
1 Jul 08
fry it with garlic,pepper,onions,kani,soy sauce,a little sugar, and pieces of hot dogs. its nice to eat fried rice in the morning.
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@mayka123 (15808)
• India
1 Jul 08
I am not able to eat rice in the morning. As it is I leave the house very early for work. Thanks for your reply and happy posting.
@Hatley (163905)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Jul 08
make lomein or chow mein with some bean sprouts, savoy cabbage,celery and soy sauce cooked and put over your heatedup' rice. also rice is good in soups,or stews or make scrambled eggs with rice added and a little soy sauce.
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@mayka123 (15808)
• India
1 Jul 08
A lot of you have mentioned about having rice in soups. Give me some ideas how to do this.
@roshand8 (1481)
• Sri Lanka
6 Jul 08
I suggest that you should cook enough for yourself.Don't eat left over rice.cheers..
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@mayka123 (15808)
• India
7 Jul 08
However little I cook you will still find some leftovers which I do not like to throw.
• Philippines
2 Jul 08
Usually, it's fried rice for us whenever we had some left over rice. Or, if the rice wasn't enough to feed two people when fried, we just reheat it and give it to the cats -- mixed with a fish dish, of course.
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@mayka123 (15808)
• India
4 Jul 08
I do not keep any pets at home as there is no one to look after them the whole day. I too end up making a friend rice every other day.
• United States
1 Jul 08
Here you go friend! Coconut rice pudding! Get one can of coconut milk, (unsweetened, straight up regular stuff). Put about two cups of leftover rice in a saucepan. Open the can and dump it in. Bring the heat up to a boil and then turn it back to a simmer. Add sugar to taste, and a pinch of salt to balance the flavors.Take one egg yolk and mix it together in a separate bowl. Add a little of the hot coconut milk in to temper as you stir the yolk with a fork. Then add the whole thing to whats in the pan. Stir your rice mixture as you add the yolk and it will thicken the rest of the way. Turn off heat, let it cool down till warm. Add 1 tsp. vanilla, 1 TBL butter. Stir it around. then spoon into dishes and sprinkle with cinnamon and ENJOY!!!!!
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@mayka123 (15808)
• India
2 Jul 08
This looks like an easy to make and yummy recipe. Surely will try it. Thanks for your reply.
@arashank (22)
• Sweden
2 Jul 08
hey dont worry, u can even make some cutlets out of it!!!! pheeewwwwwww..... i have tried it....just mix some boiled veggies to it and the seasoning and make delicious cutlets in a jiffy!!!
@mayka123 (15808)
• India
3 Jul 08
Have never tried the cutlets. But with what do you bind it?
@iyah10 (4115)
• Kuwait
13 Sep 08
Yes, that would be the same thing happened in my house everyday so the thing that I used to do is to put it in the fridge and in the following days I always prepare it the different ways and it would depend also on what are the food that I will put in the table......
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@mayka123 (15808)
• India
20 Sep 08
What are the different ways you prepare this rice? Any suggestions for me please?
@Ravenladyj (22907)
• United States
30 Jun 08
If you have enough left over for additional serving etc you could always freeze it...I do all the time then when you are making a meal and need a side dish the rice is already cooked and just needs to be thawed and reheated....OR if you freeze it you could add it to soups and stews OR you could make fried rice out of it....Frozen left over rice has numerous possiblities actually
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@mayka123 (15808)
• India
1 Jul 08
My daughter makes the rice everyday. And inspite of teaching her the proportion she ends up making for 2/3 days. And then she does not want to eat it reheated. Yes if I make a fried rice or something then she enjoys it. So wanted some more varities because I just know of one or two varities that we are both tired of eating. Thanks your reply.
@brimia (6581)
• United States
1 Jul 08
I love rice pudding, rice and beans, broccoli rice casserole, and stir fried veggies served over rice. I also add rice to soups and stews and veggie burritos.
@mayka123 (15808)
• India
1 Jul 08
Have never made a rice pudding and I think I should try it. I most often make fried rice with some veggies in it.
@subha12 (18442)
• India
30 Jun 08
i would make some fried rice with it. you can boil and fry some vegatables. also if you have some chicken, you can make it in sn=mall pieces anf fry with sauce and mix with rice. it will be nice food.
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@mayka123 (15808)
• India
1 Jul 08
I quite often make fried rice with boiled or fried vegetables. Thanks for your response. Now I have a variety of options for cooking.
@applefreak (3130)
• Singapore
30 Jun 08
well to me left over rice is best fried. keeping them in the fridge removes excess moisture from the rice. so when you fry them the next day you get really good fried rice. if you use just-cooked rice for frying, the end result will be lumpy. i even go to the extent of cooking rice to keep in the fridge so that i can have fried rice tomorrow. cheers :D
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@mayka123 (15808)
• India
1 Jul 08
I think you are just like my daughter. She also cooks extra rice to keep in the fridge. But then she does is everyday and I end up eating the rice in the fridge and she eats the fresh rice. And I have got fed up of the same fried rice everyday. Anyway have got a lot of varieties from you mylotters. Thanks and Happy posting.
• Australia
30 Jun 08
I would make a quick fried rice with the left over rice. If you have to gather it as the week goes on and then use it say for the sunday meal. Simply fry some onion, meat and eggs and stir through the rice. Add herbs and spices and some sweet and savoury soy. You can have dinner ready in ten minutes this way!
@mayka123 (15808)
• India
1 Jul 08
There is no question of gathering for sunday because everyday I have a lot of leftovers that atleast twice a week I end up eating just leftovers from the fridge. So I needed more ideas for using up the leftovers.
• Philippines
1 Jul 08
You can do fried rice, with fried eggs on top, ham or sausage. Pre-heat your pan then spread some oil, little only., then put crushed garlic and onions and then your left over rice. Mix it well, cook for about 10 mins. You can add onion stem cut into small pcs.
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@mayka123 (15808)
• India
1 Jul 08
This seems to be a very easy to make recipe that I have not tried before. Thanks for your reply. Will surely try this one of these days.