August 21, 2011

The 'Leftovers' Fried Rice

"Frying gives cooks numerous ways of concealing what appeared the day before and in a pinch facilitates sudden demands" ~ Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin 

A weird recipe to share, but it's quite popular in my house. Ever since my Mum joined her book club, she is away one Wednesday a month and my Dad usually makes this for dinner. The key ingredients are leftover plain rice, leftover dhal and leftover vegetable fry. Those things are never that great to eat by themselves, but in this rice, it's quite grand. :) 

First fry together 1/2 chopped onion, 1 tsp grated ginger, 1 tsp grated garlic, 1/2 tsp jeera, 1/2 tsp haldi, 1/2 tsp corriander powder, 1 tsp of salt in about 3 tbsp of oil. Then break in 2 eggs and scramble them. Once the eggs are cooked add 1 chopped tomato. Then put in about 6 table spoons of the dhal. If you put more, it'll be very mushy rice- not necessarily a bad thing. Then put in the vegetable fry. This time, I found a bit of fried brinjal and used that, but anything will do. Lastly, once nicely fried together, add the rice. We had enough for about 3 people.

Note: I also added about 1/2 cup of frozen corn. Feel free to add other things as well- whatever you can find in your fridge/freezer. Great thing to cook when you're lazy and there are plenty of leftovers to use up.


Shalini Govil said...

Hey! This is a lot like what my dad used to do during our hurried lunch break from school (and his from hospital). He would put together ALL the leftovers in one big pan with butter and pickle and serve it to us piping hot with some cold curd on the side...yummiest thing I've ever eaten. I guess this was his version of "microwaving" in the '70s! Love you dad...wherever you are.

I really enjoy your writing and the gorgeous photos on this blog! Keep 'em coming!

Tanisha Christo said...


We love this rice too! It doesn't taste nearly as good when it is made from scratch without any leftovers. :)