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Nov 10, 2010 12:15 PM

Ideas for how to use leftover basmati rice?

I have a bunch of basmati rice left over from Indian takeout last night - don't want to throw it away, any fairly simple ideas [not more than an hour's work] for what to do with it? I usually make fried rice with leftover Chinese rice but I'm not sure that soy sauce and basmati would go together? Ideally would like to be able to use it with ingredients I already have [some frozen veggies, potatoes, a few fresh veggies, canned black beans, some cheeses, broth, ground turkey, your standard stuff] and I don't really like rice in salad. I already did a search on this board but didn't come up with much. Any help much appreciated - thanks!

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  1. It sounds like you have soup. Saute some aromatics (leeks/garlic/onion/shallots) whatever, chop to the appropriate size and gently saute some of your veggies, make little meat balls out of the ground turkey, and finish with the broth and some herbs. Toss in the rice to give texture and mouth feel at the end.

    1. Basmati rice makes great fried rice. If your basmati is scented with cumin or other spices, then you can still make fried rice, just don't make it a Chinese fried rice. No soy sauce. But you can still stir fry the rice with whatever veggies you want.

        1. I think basmati would give a nice flavor to a rice pudding. I know,it doesn't use up your veggies or turkey - but might be a good dessert to follow your meal!

          1. fried rice= thinly sliced green onions, pine nuts, dried currents, cumin if you like it.