BM #95 Week 2 Day 2 - 

Here is another steamed dish for the series this week. 

All of us face the problem of leftovers in our everyday routine. In this post, I deal with leftover rice, which is a perennial problem. There is always a mismatch between what I cook and how much is consumed at home.

With two 'strong minded' eaters at home, I constantly battle with what to cook and how much to cook. As a typical Indian mom, I err on the side of cooking more than needed. The result being LEFTOVERS. I repurpose the leftovers almost all the time and here is one more idea to use up the leftover rice.

Recipe Source - notes from a tv program
Ingredients - 

Cooked Rice 1 cup
Yogurt 1 cup + more if needed
Sooji / Semolina / Bombay Rava 1/4 cup
Mixed Vegetables, finely chopped 1 cup
Ginger grated 1 tsp
Green Chili, chopped 1/2 tsp (or as needed)
Salt as needed
Nuts, Chopped 2 Tbsp
Seasoning (Oil 1 Tbsp, Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp, Chana Dal 1 tsp, Urad Dal 1 tsp, Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp, Asafotida a pinch, Curry Leaves few)

Method Of Preparation -

Mash the cooked rice and add yogurt and sooji. Set aside.

In a heated pan, add oil and the rest of the seasoning. After the dals are golden brown, add the finely chopped vegetables, ginger, green chili, chopped nuts and saute for a few minutes.

Add this mixture to the cooked rice+ yogurt mixture.

Add salt to taste and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat a steamer with 2 cups of water. Grease the idli plates. Place a roasted cashew in each of the slots[Optional]. 

Pour ladleful of batter into each of the slots and put the idli stand in the steamer.

Let it cook in the steam for about 15 minutes. Allow another 5-10 minutes for it to cool down a bit.

Carefully unmould and serve with a chutney of your choice.


Preparation Time 30 minutes
Makes 10-12


  1. Priya Suresh Says:
  2. Omg, with leftover rice you have dished out Idlis, thats seriously fantastic Harini. Even in my dreams, i would have never thought of dishing out idlis with leftover rice. Well done.

  3. Wow, idlis with left over rice!! This is a must try recipe as you said, leftover rice is perennial problem.

  4. That is a brilliant idea for using up leftover rice. I just love that beautiful colour of the idlis. They look so yum.

  5. Pavani Says:
  6. That’s a genius idea for using up leftover rice. Idli look so colorful and delicious in their new avatar :-)

  7. Swati Says:
  8. Very nice use of leftover rice. Idllis look so yumm!!

  9. Suma Gandlur Says:
  10. I wrongly read it as rice rava and was wondering how did you end up with leftovers. :) This is such an interesting recipe with left over rice.

  11. Srividhya Says:
  12. This is a brilliant idea. I am in the same bandwagon as you... I struggle with rice a lot. Thanks for this amazing idea.

  13. veena Says:
  14. wow!Idli with leftover rice. Looks too good

  15. Srivalli Says:
  16. What a brilliant recipe Harini, this will be God sent to many I am sure. The idlis look so nice and inviting!

  17. That is a wonderful use for leftover rice. The idlis have turned out so well.

  18. code2cook Says:
  19. very well done. Making idlis with leftover rice is a great idea. Loved the recipe. Idlies looking awesome.

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