Invention is always a challenge….Or discovering something that’s experimental and stimulating to the mind and taste buds as well.. Just not with food but with anything don’t we like to wonder if its worth the effort and experimentation and the investment, Well I say sometimes let things be for the joy of it… And if it brings joy to the heart, the returns come to you naturally.. Let the process be fun…no matter what the outcome.
With leftovers sometimes you just want to reheat and have them because else by then they get boring and mundane..
And Leftovers are common. But creatively churning out something that’s worth eating the next day too.. is quite a challenge…
I had left over Dry Spicy Khichdi/ an Indian preparation made from rice and lentils (dal).
Khichdi is commonly considered to be a comfort food, and was the inspiration for the Anglo-Indian dish kedgeree. Khichri is also thought to be the inspiration for the popular Egyptian dish, kushari.
In India Khichdi is usually prepared atleast once a week (Just a guess). An absolute comfort food.
If you are new to this, you must try and have it hot with the family with some pickle of your choice.
A quick recipe of Khichdi would be:
In a pressure cooker, temper in two tsp of hot refined oil, some chopped onions, cumin seeds, mustard seeds and green chillies. Add one cup of lentil (moong/ tuar),one cup of regular rice and three cups of water. Add two pinch of turmeric powder, 1/4th tbsp of red chilly powder, two tbsp or more tomato puree or chopped tomatoes, salt and let pressure cook with two whistles or till rice and lentile are just cooked. Garnish with chopped coriander.
So, since I had these leftovers, I ended up whipping these fritters/ snackers that would go perfect with you cuppa tea or coffee.. Click on the link to get a ginger tea recipe done the Indian way.
You can use left over steamed rice too and play with flavours by adding more spices to the fritters dough
The ingredients used in this recipe have a lot character and Indianess ! By that I mean, they all together add to the final recipe and taste!
To make this mathri kind of fritters or snackers,
Take a quarter plate or a big cup of khichdi.
Add 1 and half cup of sieved maida/all purpose flour.
Throw in 1/4th cup of fine semolina and 1/4th cup of sieved rice flour. And one tbsp of gram flour.
Add dry ingredients like, 2 tbsp jeera/cumin seeds, one tsp ajwain/ carom seeds, one tsp turmeric powder, one tbsp red chilly powder, some dry fenugreek/kasuri methi if you have. Add a pinch of baking soda and a pinch of castor sugar.
Now add two big onions chopped very very finely and a tbsp of chopped garlic. These added an interesting dimension indeed since the touch of onions added a sweet and crunchy taste/texture.
Knead it into a pastry kind of crumble. Do not over knead. Not soft but slightly firm. Add flour as per your judgement here keeping in mind that you would need to roll them and cut into pieces later.
Take tiny batches of these kneaded dough and spread on flat surface with a rolling pin. Not too thick. Maintain medium thickness.
Pierce all over.
Cut into pieces of your desired shape.
In a deep bottomed pan, heat sufficient oil for deep frying.
Once smoky hot, add these bits and let fry till crisp. Golden brown. Place them in paper towel so excess oil gets absorbed.
Let them stand for about 20 minutes.
Enjoy them crisp with a cuppta tea!!
Good to keep in mind:
You can also make soft round flatbreads /parathas with them if you do not want to deep fry
Cumin seeds add great taste so add as per your whim
Since these have onions and left overs its better not to store them beyond a day. Have them fresh once slightly cooled.