Well, too Sanskari to throw the leftovers in the trash can, yet too big a tantrum king or queen to eat the same thing again? So, here we got you some mind-blowing tricks to enjoy the status of both…. Just create some super easy lip-smacking nibbles using your leftovers and flaunt your unique cooking skills….
- Masaledar Idli
Give a little spicy and chatpata twist to the healthiest snack ever, your favorite regular idlis… Take oil in a pan; add mustard seeds and curry leaves, when they begin to crackle add raw peanuts into it. Once peanuts are half done, add some sliced onions, add chopped tomatoes without the seeds, only when the onions become transparent. Dash in some red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and a pinch of black pepper. Cook for a while and then add bite size pieces of idli. Adjust salt.
Serve hot with ketchup or coriander chutney and bite into your unique yet extraordinary fried masala idli…
2. Maska Bread Ka Chaska
Well, here we bring to you a sweet surprise parcel prepared with your everyday breakfast bread butter…
Line around 15 leftover bread slices with some generous amount of butter and keep them aside. Begin with the custard, take two eggs in a bowl, add about 80 gm of powder sugar into it and while whisking them vigorously add about 150 ml of warm milk, 50 ml of cream, a tsp of vanilla extract and your custard is ready. Dip the slices of bread in the custard and line them in an oven tray, add some apricot jam, sultanas, and golden raisins, lay another layer of the bread on the top. Now add a little bit of raisins and cashew nuts on the top and sprinkle some nutmeg powder, cinnamon powder and finally 1-2 tbsp of powder sugar to caramelize. Rest for around 30 mins to let the bread to soak the custard completely. Then bake in the oven at 180 degree Celsius for 30-35 mins.
A little effortful, but guys trust us, this bread butter pudding is worth the time and effort…
3. Pak Pak Fried Rice
For all the chicken lovers, the name describes the deliciousness of this amazzzzzing recipe prepared with leftover rice.
Marinade a bowl of thinly sliced boneless chicken strips with salt, soya sauce, pepper and some corn flour. Keep it for 15 mins, fry in a pan with some oil until light brown. In another pan take some oil, add finely chopped ginger and garlic, once cooked add chopped spring onion whites, carrots and capsicum, break in a whisked egg and scramble it with the veggies.Add the chicken pieces,sauté for a while, then add the leftover rice. Mix well, and then sprinkle some black pepper, half a tsp soya sauce and a tsp of vinegar. Adjust salt and top it up with some chopped spring onion greens.
Your simple yet the tastiest ever, chicken fried rice is ready, invite your friends and with them enjoy this appetizing platter….
4. Caramelo Pop-corn
Your movies are incomplete without a big pack of popcorn and here we bring to you all your favorites in one whole pack- caramel, popcorn.
To prepare caramel sauce; add a big knob of butter into a hot pan, pour in cup full of sugar into it
keep stirring, and let it come to a boil (color will become brownish). Add salt, vanilla essence and a dash of baking soda. Keep heating the sauce until it comes to a nice thick consistency. Combine the popcorn and the caramel sauce. Line the popcorn on a baking tray and bake for about an hour at 180 degree Celsius just to make it dry and crunchy, keep stirring every 15mins. Serve this with vanilla ice cream or just by their own. You can keep them in an airtight container and they will go for a week without any spoilage.
Get in front of your home theater, and there you are ready to watch your favorite movie and munch on this mouthwatering caramel popcorn…
5. Mixy Tixy
Wanna bite into a healthy protein burger???Get going….
Mash some boiled potatoes, add in soaked soya granules, and mashed paneer. Add some corn flour to get a crispy crunch. Fine chop some onions, capsicum, and coriander stems and add then into the mix with some salt red chili powder and garam masala. Knead to make a soft dough, and then divide into portion size pieces. Make round tikkis of about 1 inch in thickness, coat in breadcrumbs and shallow fry until brown.
Bask in these healthy tikkis with some mint-coriander chutney and curd or cram it between your burger and grab a bite of this wholesome evening snack.
Slightly lengthy recipes, but people believe us you won’t regret, coz with these, you invest time and not waste….
6. Pasta Fagioli
This one is especially for all the Italian cuisine lovers out there…
In a pan of hot oil, add some chopped onions, carrots and some celery (non-veg optional sweet Italian chicken sausage, casing removed).Once cooked, add some tomato puree and let it cook. After that, add some fresh thyme, oregano, some pepper, and salt. Pour in 3 cups of veg/chicken stock (water if nothing is available) and let it come to a simmer; add in the leftover cooked pasta.
Add little slurry(in half a cup of water around 2tbsp of corn flour) to thicken the soup, adjust the seasonings and lay some beautiful basil leaves on top. Serve hot with crisp garlic bread. Top it up with Parmesan cheese.
Revel in your pasta, proteins, and veggies all in one big bowl.
7. Filmy Gnocchi
Take two leftover boiled potatoes; add around 120 gm of flour into it. Whisk in an egg and knead some chopped fresh thyme and oregano leaves in it to form a soft dough. Roll the dough into a long snake-like structure, now divide bite portions and pinch them a little. Take a pan with hot salted water, add in the gnocchi, wait for 3-4 mins and take out the gnocchi once they swell and come to the top of the pan. In a saucepan add a knob of fat and throw in the boiled gnocchi. When they get a good crisp on the sides, add freshly grinned pepper, few knobs of butter to make a rich sauce, add fresh garden peas some thyme and fresh lemon juice. Adjust salt and serve hot.
You can delight into these small packs resembling potato dumplings with a sauce of your choice; tastes best with pesto, aglio olio, and arrabiata.
8. Grilled Kidney Bean Sandwich
Power packed with proteins and carbohydrates, this grilled sandwich is one of the most wholesome ever. To savor your healthful meal, you just got to take some leftover boiled rajma, saute it in a pan till little crisped. Take some boiled potato mash and add the cooked
beans, some browned onion, garlic and ginger into it. Sandwich this mixture between two bread slices and put on a grill after applying butter on the top side. This energizing meal is not only scrumptious and yummy but one of the best to add into your regular diet plan to keep you in good shape.
A recipe has no soul, you as the cook must bring soul to the recipe….
You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food, you don’t even need good food to enjoy good food, all you need is some leftovers in your fridge and get ready to make a delicious magical platter using the extra leftover foodstuff….