Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Leftover Delight III- Crispy Rice Cakes

Leftover rice is an issue in every kitchen. Especially among Hindus, rice is considered as Goddess Lakshmi and to let it go waste is unacceptable. However, to make the exact quantity of rice for the family is something which even our seniors cannot achieve at times. The result is a bowl of rice most commonly found in the refrigerator, sometimes a day old or sometimes a week. When in India, I used to use the leftover rice to feed the birds. However, I am not left with that option anymore in Singapore. So while surfing on the net for some interesting bake recipes, I chanced upon this recipe which was so simple and can be given numerous interesting variations. 

2 cups leftover rice, at least a day old
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/2 inch piece ginger, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tbsp flour
2 tsp cornflour
1 egg (vegetarians can omit this)
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves, chopped
1+1 tbsp olive oil

In a pan, heat 1 tbsp oil and add the onions, ginger, and garlic and fry till golden brown. Add the rice and stir till there are no lumps and the oil has coated the rice properly. Add the dry spices and salt and fry for a few minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool.
In a bowl, beat the egg and add the flour, cornflour, and mix well till no lumps are formed. Add the rice and mix well. The mixture will be lumpy. With the back of the spoon, mash the rice a bit, if not completely. Add the coriander leaves and mix. In a pan, heat the remaining 1 tbsp oil and put spoonfuls of the batter into the pan. Flatten with the back of the spoon like a cake and fry till golden brown on both sides. Drain excess oil on paper towels and serve hot with your favorite chutney or ketchup. 


This recipe is my entry to Cooking with Seeds (CWS) event - Rice

1 comment:

  1. We are fasting these days for Ramzan and I had a hectic day at work today. I came home pretty close to the time when we break the fast was wondering what to cook up. Then I went through the list of posts I had bookmarked to try someday and chanced on this recipe. Was such an easy peasy recipe and of course had all the ingredients at hand. Came out well and was over in no time. Thanks. Do visit my blog too sometime - http://everydayandnotsoeveryday.blogspot.in/