Ever taken a peek into the refrigerator and thought twice before throwing out leftovers into the trash bin? With busy professionals struggling to manage their grocery lists and cooking dilemmas, food stored in the refrigerator often goes unnoticed. Some leftover cooked food items end up being stored in containers and remain forgotten!
Reducing the amount of kitchen waste is the need of the hour. Besides, using leftover food for whipping up new dishes only saves you money! Unless, the leftover food has gone stale, you need not worry. One can even see the concept of leftover food recipes being promoted on popular cooking shows and contests.
Two Easy Recipes with Leftover Rice or Pasta
Let's check out some interesting recipes to cook from leftover food.
1. Leftover Rice Recipes Indian Pancake
This Indian pancake recipe is ideal when you have leftover cooked rice. Note, this is not a masala utthapam.
What you'll need:
☑ Leftover cooked rice - 2 cups
☑ Carrot, should be grated – 5 heaped teaspoons or as per your requirement
☑ Asafoetida (heeng) - ¼ tsp
☑ Finely chopped spring onions – 4-5 Tbsp (Discard limp leaves. Use greens and whites)
☑ Leftover cabbage, shredded finely - ½ cup (Use the quality cabbage leave anything too yellow.)
☑ Turmeric powder - ½ tsp
☑ Finely chopped green chilies – ½ tsp
☑ Finely chopped coriander for garnish (you can skip this if you do not have it)
☑ Whole wheat flour – ¼ cup
☑ Bengal gram flour – ½ cup
☑ Yogurt – 2 tsp
☑ Salt as per taste.
You will also need around five tablespoon oil for this process.
- Take a large bowl. Mix the above ingredients well. Add water to form a smooth batter. It should not be too diluted or too dense.
- Take a non-stick skillet. Add little oil and heat. Use a deep ladle and dip into batter. Drop batter into the heated skillet. Use a smooth, circular motion to form a pancake.
- Flip when one side is cooked well. Drizzle some oil on the sides.
- Serve hot with tomato ketchup or a dip of your choice.
Now we'll move on to another amazing recipe you can make with leftover pasta.
2. Leftover Pasta Recipe, Yummy Spaghetti Frittatas
Who does not love frittatas? This is a beautiful Italian dish, but you'll need to stock some leftover spaghetti pasta in advance. It is ideal if you have leftover parsley, basil, eggs, and cheese. These are usually present in the refrigerator. It is also an exotic take on leftover food!
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What you'll need:
☑ Chopped fresh basil - approximately 1-2 Tbsp
☑ Finely chopped onions – 1, large sized
☑ Cooked spaghetti – 3-4 cups
☑ Pepper powder – a pinch
☑ Tomato – 1, medium size (chopped in half)
☑ Skimmed milk – ½ cup
☑ Fresh parsley – approximately 2-3 Tbsps.
☑ Eggs – 2
☑ Egg whites - 2
☑ Salt as per taste
☑ Fresh Parmesan cheese should be granted well – 1/3 cup
This Italian dish also needs four teaspoons of Extra-virgin olive oil. Ensure you have a small bottle in a larder.
- Begin this recipe with spaghetti. Firstly, you need to boil water in a large vessel. Drop the spaghetti in this water and allow it to cook. (You will also find the cooking instructions on the packet of spaghetti.) Once tender, clean with cold water. This rinse prevents the strands from sticking to each other. Keep it aside.
- Meanwhile, take a large-sized non-stick pan. Heat the extra-virgin olive oil. As the oil heats up, slowly add the onions and toss them around. Wait till they turn a beautiful shade of golden brown. When you achieve this color, place them in a small container and keep it aside.
- Now, it is time to use the eggs. Take a large bowl. Prepare a mixture of the eggs and egg whites with skimmed milk. Add the cooked onions sautéed earlier. Sprinkle a generous dose of grated parmesan cheese. Add the chopped basil and parsley. Remember to use your instincts as you do not want an overdose of the chopped leaves. The flavoring will be complete with pepper powder and a dash of salt. With all your ingredients in place, it is time to add the spaghetti.
- Take a non-stick pan/skillet. Most kitchens stock a cooking spray but in case you do not have it, this is easily available in grocery stores. Use some of the sprays on the pan. Turn on the heat to a medium level. Now, use the entire mixture prepared earlier. Spread it carefully on the pan. Allow to cook. Keep checking the underside of this mixture with a wooden spatula to ensure complete cooking. Do not let it burn.
- In the meantime keep a large-sized dish at hand. Place this over the pan. (The next step is a little tricky if you are a beginner but don't worry!) Wear was cooking gloves. Hold the dish with one hand and the pan with the other using a firm grip. Turn the partially cooked frittata mixture onto the plate. Place aside. Use the cooking spray again on the hot non-stick pan. Now place the uncooked side of the frittata on the pan with great care. Allow to cook evenly. Use the chopped tomatoes for an added flavor.
- You can add meaty items like bacon bits, smoked sausage for added flavor or you can also add few steam cooked carrots, broccoli or mushroom to make it more healthy.
Place the mixture on a serving dish of your choice and serve piping hot!
Be creative with your ingredients to make the most of leftover food recipes. While the week begins with much enthusiasm to shop fresh vegetables and meat items, many are rarely used. Hope these two recipes will help. If not try these simple vegetarian salad recipes or these quick Indian microwave recipes.