Rice happens to be the most widely consumed staple food for a large part of the world’s population, especially in Asia. It is the agricultural commodity with the third-highest worldwide production. India is one of the principal rice-producing and rice-consuming countries of the world where people consume rice as a main part of their daily meals. Due to which rice is prepared every day in most Indian households which results in left over rice after meals are done with. Most of this leftover rice is thrown away and wasted. But have you ever realised that this leftover rice can be used in making a new dish? If not, we have two wonderful leftover rice recipes for you!
1. CHOCOLATE RICE PUDDING using leftover rice:
You can easily make a rich creamy dessert with the leftover rice that you were planning to throw away, with a few kitchen-staple ingredients. The ingredients used in this recipe are definitely there in your kitchen right now. Instead of tossing out the leftover rice, use it to make this easy leftover chocolate rice pudding.
Ingredients for this creamy, comforting, and chocolate loaded recipe:
- 2 (1/2) cups milk
- 2 cups leftover cooked rice (white or brown)
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 table spoon salt
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 large egg
- 1 table spoon vanilla extract
- whipped cream for serving (optional)
Instructions for preparation:
Step 1: Mix 2 cups of milk, the left over rice, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring it to a simmer over medium heat and cook for some time, stir often about 15 minutes until it has thickened slightly. Stir in the chocolate chips until it melts.
Step 2: In a bowl, whisk the egg and the remaining 1/2 cup milk. Slowly pour a ladleful of the hot rice mixture into the egg mixture. Pour the egg mixture back into the pot with the rice and cook. Stir it until it thickens and just comes to a boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
Step 3: Serve the pudding warm or chilled, with whipped cream and chocolate chips.
Special instruction: The pudding will thicken as it cools down. If it gets too thick in the refrigerator, add a little extra milk before serving.
2. BREAKFAST RICE PUDDING using leftover rice:
You can easily make a creamy rice pudding with coconut milk, cinnamon and brown sugar for breakfast. This dish is a healthy way to use leftover rice for breakfast. This is a sweet recipe which is delicious and easy to prepare. It is also a good after school snack or dessert if served cold!
Ingredients for this breakfast recipe:
- 1/2 cup leftover cooked rice
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup cream (or coconut milk)
- 1/2 table spoon brown sugar or maple syrup(use according to taste)
- 1/4 table spoon ground cardamom or nutmeg
- 1/4 table spoon ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch salt
- Fruit of your choice for topping
Instructions for preparation:
Step 1: Mix the rice, milk, cream, brown sugar or maple syrup, cardamom, cinnamon, and salt in a saucepan.
Step 2: Heat the pan to medium-high and bring it to bubble.
Step 3: Turn down the heat to simmer.
Step 4: Cover it and simmer until the mixture becomes thick with pudding-like texture. (It’s going to take about 5 to 7 minutes)
Step 5: Top with fruit and more sweeteners, according to your choice.
Step 6: Serve the rice pudding hot, cold, or at room temperature.
Special instruction: Serve it chilled if you want to consume it as a dessert.