Leftover Brown Rice Bites

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.

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23 Responses to Leftover Brown Rice Bites

  1. dhivya says:

    wow!innovative idea!looks so yummm

  2. Siri says:

    they look sinfully yummy..:) a must try.. thanks for sharing!


  3. That is a very creative recipe dear..Nice way to use left over rice..

  4. Vaishali says:

    That looks lovely, Priya. What a delicious and healthy snack!

  5. Madhuram says:

    That’s brilliant. Few years back, I have come across a similar recipe, but it was deep frying in oil. This one is the best.

  6. Anjali J. says:

    wow, they look absolutely delicious. good way of finishing the leftovers.

  7. TBC says:

    That makes a very nice snack and what a great way to use up leftovers!

  8. skribles says:

    Thats really an innovative idea Priya! Great way to make use of leftover rice – and its steamed and roasted – so less oil too … that is taste with health … will surely mark it to try out.

  9. Cham says:

    Lovely pic and recipe too, great and healthy way to enjoy the left over 🙂

  10. sagari says:

    What a delecious way of using brown rice ,yummy

  11. Mansi says:

    that’s like “muthiya” that gujaratis make, right? looks good girl:) I too made besan dosas at my blog today:)

  12. Vani says:

    What a nice idea this is to use leftover rice and make it attractive!

  13. sunshinemom says:

    Beautifully presented! I too used to make this – so often! I really don’t remember why I haven’t made it for some time! Thanks for jogging my memory!! I learnt it from my Rajasthani neighbour!!

  14. 365DaysVeg says:

    Thank you everyone for your thoughtful comments. Yes, do make these if you have leftover rice. Add your vegetables too to make it more tasty & nutritious. Sunshinemom, you said you learnt it from a rajasthani neighbor.. what a coincidence, I am a rajasthani too although my family moved to the south.

  15. ranji says:

    wow!!cool way to use leftover rice..very creative…:)

  16. Lakshmi says:

    What a cool way to use leftover rice. A novel recipe and when combined with some veggies,will make for a wholesome meal.

  17. Trupti says:

    Brown rice muthiyas…! awesome.

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  19. richa says:

    hi Priya, I made these and they turned out so good. Just posted this for mbp, thanks.

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  21. tinaspins says:

    Love the idea (and the pic)!

  22. Superfoods says:

    Those look totally amazing!!! so cool! would love to try to make those raw style, maybe with jicama instead of cooked rice. thanks for sharing this.

    • 365DaysVeg says:

      Thanks Jason for checking out the recipe. Yes there is no hard rule on how to make this dish, so use your imagination and give it a try and I am sure you will love it.

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