Leftover Rice Recipes | 23 recipes with leftover rice

Leftover rice recipes collection. there is some leftover rice we all have in our kitchens and we do wonder how to use it or what recipe to make with it. Usually as a habit, I do not throw away leftover food and this also includes rice. At times I do have leftover rice from the previous night that I use up the next day. I refrigerate and use the rice next day. Do not keep leftover rice for a long time. Use it within a day or some hours.

left over rice recipes

In fact there are many delicious recipes you can make leftover cooked rice. they can be range from snacks to sweets or even a main course. In this post, I am sharing recipes that can be easily made with leftover rice.

Usually 1 cup of raw rice yields 3 to 3.5 cups of cooked rice. this does vary with the type of rice and can even be more.  depending on the quantity of rice you have you can increase or decrease the other ingredients accordingly. if the rice is lumpy, then just break the lumps with your hands and then add the rice in the dish.

3 recipes made with leftover cooked rice

1. Idli recipe from cooked rice – steamed cooked rice makes these idlis ultra soft, fluffy and very light. these idlis are much much softer than the usual Idli recipe i follow with idli rava (cream of rice). to make these idlis, use leftover rice which is of the same day.

idli recipe with cooked rice

2. Rice pakora – crisp and soft pakoras made with leftover cooked rice. these rice pakoras have a crisp texture from out and are soft from within. They are so good, you won’t come to know that these pakoras are made from rice.

rice pakora recipe

3. Rice cutlet recipe – crisp and delicious rice cutlet. The rice cutlet recipe is very easy to prepare. You just need cooked rice along with some boiled potatoes. Add your spices. Mix everything and then shallow fry or pan fry the cutlets. Serve rice cutlets with coriander chutney or tamarind chutney or mint coriander chutney or pudina chutney.

rice cutlet recipe

20 rice recipes made with leftover rice or cooked rice

1. Lemon rice – crunchy, flavorful and tangy rice recipe from the South Indian cuisine. This is one of the most popular and often made rice recipe from south India. you can make lemon rice with freshly cooked rice or even with leftover rice.

lemon rice recipe

2. Tamarind rice – popular South Indian recipe of sour and spiced rice made with tamarind pulp and spices. This dish is also called as puliyodharai in the tamil language.

tamarind rice recipe

3. Fried rice recipe – aromatic, flavorful and delicious vegetable fried rice recipe. One of the popular street foods in India. You can serve veg fried rice with any Indo Chinese gravy dish.

veg fried rice recipe

4. Curd rice – a popular South Indian rice variety that is served with a South Indian meal or South Indian thali.

curd rice recipe

5. Tawa pulao – a popular Mumbai street food of rice and vegetables sauteed together with pav bhaji masala and other spices-herbs. The street side vendors use a huge Tawa and they make pav bhaji, masala pav and tawa pulao on this huge tawa. For home cooks, this recipe can be made in a frying pan or even in a kadai (wok).

tawa pulao recipe

6. Schezwan fried rice – spicy and tasty Indo Chinese recipe of stir fried vegetables and rice in Schezwan Sauce. This schezwan fried rice recipe is completely vegetarian and vegan-friendly, and features lots of veggies.

veg schezwan fried rice recipe

7. Vangi bath – homely delicious recipe of brinjal rice from the Karnataka cuisine. Karnataka style vangi bath recipe makes use of vangi bath masala powder and tamarind pulp as two of the main ingredients. Whereas the Maharashtrian vangi bhath recipe used goda masala and curd or tomatoes.

vangi bath recipe

8. Masala rice – this masala rice recipe is quick & easy, especially when you have leftover rice. It makes for a filling brunch or lunch or dinner. You can have them plain or accompanied with raita or a bowl of curd or a side salad. boondi raita or cucumber raita goes very well with this spicy rice.

masala rice recipe

9. Coconut rice recipe – light, mild South Indian coconut rice recipe made with fresh grated coconut. also known as thengai sadam. you can serve coconut rice as it is or pair with a gravy or curry like kara kuzhambu, veg stew.

coconut rice recipe

10. Mango rice – spiced, tempered and tangy rice made from raw mangoes. the tartness of the unripe mangoes, the subtle sweetness of fresh coconut and the heat of the red chilies balance very well in this dish.

raw mango rice recipe

11. Bhindi rice recipe – simple homely spiced okra rice recipe, where sauteed okra or bhindi is mixed with cooked rice.

bhindi rice recipe

12. Singapore fried rice – one of the fusion rice varieties from the Indo Chinese cuisine is singapore fried rice. This veg fried rice recipe has got nothing to do with singapore. Its a spicy rice variety that is a part of the menu of many Indo Chinese restaurants and even street food stalls in India.

singapore fried rice recipe

13. Carrot rice – lightly spiced and delicious carrot rice recipe. this is one of those rice recipes that can be made quickly. It also goes well as tiffin box lunch.

carrot rice recipe

14. Mushroom fried rice – delicious Indo Chinese recipe of fried rice with mushrooms. Easy to cook and too good to taste.

mushroom fried rice recipe

15. Paneer fried rice – Indian inspired delicious recipe of a mildly spiced paneer fried rice with mixed veggies.

paneer fried rice recipe

16. Burnt garlic fried rice – Indo Chinese recipe of burnt garlic fried rice. One of the popular variety of veg fried rice available in the Chinese restaurants and stalls in India.

burnt garlic fried rice recipe

17. Sweet corn fried rice – A delicious fried rice variant made with sweet corn, spring onions and herbs+spices. This is a comforting and easy preparation, yet high on flavors.

sweet corn fried rice recipe

18. Cabbage fried rice – This is a mildly spiced and delicious Indian style cabbage fried rice made with shredded cabbage, basmati rice, onions spices and herbs. Pair it with an Indian pickle or raita for a comforting meal.

cabbage fried rice recipe

19. Pineapple fried rice – simple and delicious lightly spiced fried rice made with fresh pineapple.

pineapple fried rice recipe

20. Mushroom rice – an easy and quick recipe of mushroom rice made in european style.  it is not an elaborate or complicated recipe. Easy for bachelors, students and single people.

mushroom rice recipe

This Leftover rice recipes post from the archives, originally published in November 2017 has been updated and republished on February 2023.

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  1. One recipe with leftover rice that I was hoping to see is Karnataka Akki Rotti. Could you please add that?

    PS: love your channel, I don’t use any other!!