Make the best out of the leftovers

by Sanjeev Kapoor

Whether you have misjudged quantities and overcooked food or have food left from your last night’s party, leftovers are quite common in every household. And this is why; we have come up with these interesting ideas and of course recipes for you to make the best out of your leftover foods.

Roti/ Chapati- The popular leftover :


In every Indian household, rotis are definitely one of the most common leftovers. Sure we can eat it the next day but that’s going to be boring, isn’t it? You probably don’t know this but roti can become a magical ingredient because you can make so many exciting munchies with it. Have you ever tried making a chapati laddoo? If you haven’t, here is the recipe for you.

But this is not it, there are a lot of other things too, you can make a quick Roti Pizza with loads of veggies and cheese on the top, make crunchy roti papads or chiwdas to go with chai. Make a simple roti roll, similar to a Frankie, healthy and delicious both, you can even carry it easily for your breakfast and even tiffin dabbas.


Chawal pe Charcha:


Obviously, our lunch tables are incomplete without rice. But we also know that even a small bowl of rice fills one up too soon and ultimately it leaves us stocking them in the fridge. But you can experiment so much with rice. The simplest is the curd rice, which most of us already make. All you need is some curd, rice and a simple tempering – which you can easily to put together in minutes. And the best part is that it tastes amazing when served chilled.

Make lemon rice with loads of vegetables, tangy, flavourful and healthy too.

You can also try making this exclusive chawal ke dahi vade with leftover rice and some sweet yogurt.


Kuch different with Dal:


Dal is the next major leftover in every Desi ghar. Always made in abundance and to make use of that extra dal, you can make some delicious recipes. You can easily mix the dal into the roti dough and make an easy and wholesome dal ka parantha or a puri if you want something deep fried and indulgent. Dal khichdi can also be a healthy and wholesome option when you want to use leftover dal.


Between the breads:


Our best buddy, breakfast or snacks, breads serve as the go-to dish when you are too lazy to cook. But the only problem with breads is that they do not have a long shelf life.So when you have already bought some extra bread, what do we do? We can easily use them for making some delicious snacks. Try this bread upma with some leftover bread, the usual upma condiments and some bread, the quick snack is ready in minutes.

You can make a bread butter pudding for a post meal dessert. Try this delicious Strawberry Pudding with white bread slices. Also, one of the best ways to use extra bread is to make bread crumbs and store them for future use. You can even experiment with making flavourful breadcrumbs too with fresh parsley and mint leaves.


We can’t stop stressing upon the fact that one should try their best to avoid food wastage. You can experiment a lot with leftovers and make delicious food instead of dumping it off. Try these and do some experimenting of your own and give us your ideas!


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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.