Got some leftovers? These 3 easy hacks will save your lives :

Posted by-Kalki Team

Whether its gulab jamun or rice, these little tricks will help you recycle your Indian meals, hassle-free.

Who likes waste? None of us do, especially when its in the kitchen.

All those times when youve had to throw out something because you made a little too much rice or dal, or all your guests refused those gulab jamuns--such a waste!

Not any more. We have three easy solutions for those basic leftovers youd find in a typical Indian kitchen.


This is the easiest of them all, and we all know it too! Leftover rice is the easiest thing to recycle. And most of the time, if you know what youre doing, they turn out even tastier than the original meal

All you need to do is look into your refrigerator, and take out all the veggies and protein that goes well with rice. Chop up everything you have--onions, spring onions, capsicum, carrots, peas, sausages, fish fillets, eggs, or even bacon--and fry them all in a large pan. Season with salt, red chilli powder, a pinch of turmeric, garam masala, and ginger-garlic paste. Add the rice, saute the whole mix together for five minutes, and garnish with chopped coriander. Voila! You have a gourmet fried rice in your hands for lunch!

Curry or dal

Now weve all had those days when everybody finished up the chicken in the curry, or the paneer in the palak paneer. Whats left is this huge amount of tasty, but useless curry. The same goes with leftover dal--its not enough to be reheated for lunch, but its more than youd want to throw out. What to do?

Take the curry or dal, and mix it up with sufficient atta or maida to make yourself some flavoured dough! Do make sure that the dough doesnt end up sticky or too soft. You can heat up and reduce the dal or curry if it seems like too much. When you roll out those rotis (or paranthas if youre feeling like it), youll find that not only does the dough smell better than your average roti, but tastes better too.


You thought everyone would finish the sweets during a festival, but that didnt happen. Now you have a fridge full of sweets nobody has the appetite to eat. This might be the best time to let you know that recycling sweets is quite easy.

If you have gulab jamun left over, put them in a cake! If you dont know how to bake, then get some vanilla custard mix, make it with less sugar, and layer it up in a glass with the gulab jamun to make a parfait. Got some barfis or pedhas? Mash them up in a bowl, and make a layered parfait or trifle with them, hung yogurt or whipped cream, and fresh fruits. Really, theres no end to the things you could make with ready-made sweets.

Now if using any of these tricks seems like youre cheating, or taking away the essence of the original dishes, then stop worrying. Isnt remaking a meal better than throwing it away? And trust us, this kind of fusion is just where gourmet meals are born anyways.

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