Brown rice, besan and chili
Most of us love to cook and when we do, there is always left overs. If it is vegetables or meat they could be used in sandwiches, pastas and more. But have we thought of leftover rice? There are so many possibilities to make use of leftover rice whether it is brown or white rice. I do not like to waste food. I think twice before dumping into garbage (if at all) because so many people in this world do not even get a meal a day when we take things for granted. I even watch out when I wash utensils to not waste too much water; the thought that so many people do not have drinking water comes to my mind. I teach this to my friends, family especially kids because they are our future and we are their role models. So today, I will share a recipe with leftover rice. I use brown rice, but you can follow the exact recipe for white rice.
Leftover cooked brown rice
1 Green chili chopped or as per taste
Salt to taste
2 tsp red chili powder or per taste
2 tsp rye
Kari leaves for garnish
Dhania (herb) for garnish
Mix rice and besan. If you have 1 cup of cooked rice add a little bit of besan and some oil and mix well. See if it blends well and you are able to make a ball out of it. Adjust besan and oil if needed. Add some green chilies, salt, red chili powder and mix everything together. Take some portion of this mixture, roll into cylinder by placing in between your palms. Steam it for about 15 -20 mins or until cooked.
Steamed and cut brown rice
Let it cool a little before cutting into bite size pieces. In a non stick pan, add about 1 tbsp oil and heat. Add the rye and let it splutter, then the kari leaves and some more chopped green chilies. Place the steamed brown rice bites in the pan and let it caramelize. Turn them to caramelize all over if possible. Serve hot with a side of my dhania chutney or as is.
Leftover brown rice bites with a side of dhania chutney
TIP: You can add chopped onions, grated carrots, peas and whatever vegetables you may want while mixing the brown rice with besan. Tastes fantastic.