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Ideas for how to use leftover basmati rice?

ViolentScarlet Nov 10, 2010 12:15 PM

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!

  1. luckyfatima Aug 2, 2011 07:36 AM

    Old thread, but for anyone else having this problem-use left over rice to make one of the South Indian flavored rice dishes like curd-rice, lemon-rice, or tamarind rice. It is just a matter of stirring the seasonings for the particular rice you like into the leftover rice. I love lemon-rice the best.

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    1. re: luckyfatima
      jvanderh Aug 2, 2011 08:44 AM

      d'oh!!! I did it again. Guess she's probably used up that rice by now. . .

      1. re: jvanderh
        luckyfatima Aug 2, 2011 09:12 AM

        I have done the same thing before without noticing, but truthfully I think these threads never die, I have gotten good info from threads that popped up again a few times with new responses, even though they were from the early 2000s. I wouldn't have seen the info or learned anything if no one had revived the thread.

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      travelchica Aug 2, 2011 05:27 AM

      Fried rice: sautee the rice with onions, sweet peas or edamame and cashews with a sprinkle of clove powder and a dried Bay leaf. It will be subtly sweet :)

      1. mamachef Nov 10, 2010 03:19 PM

        I think you could make a turkey chili with the beans, broth and turkey and a lot of onion and cumin and serve it over the leftover rice with some cornbread - but the first thing that came to mind for me was fried rice too...or biryani, which actually calls for basmati.

        1. HillJ Nov 10, 2010 02:05 PM

          believe it or not, leftover rice makes a wonderful crust for quiche.

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          1. re: HillJ
            jvanderh Aug 2, 2011 06:01 AM

            Really?! How does one go about it? Just smash the rice in the bottom of the pan?

            Also, you could do a Caribbean rice and beans type thing. Sauteed garlic and/or onion, a little tomato product if you've got any, and nutmeg and cinnamon or a pinch of pumpkin pie spice.

          2. mangeur Nov 10, 2010 12:52 PM

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

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              edwardspk Nov 10, 2010 12:43 PM

              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!

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                virtualguthrie Nov 10, 2010 12:27 PM

                Biryani comes to mind.

                1. TorontoJo Nov 10, 2010 12:24 PM

                  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. rcallner Nov 10, 2010 12:24 PM

                    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.

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