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Have leftover rice, dal and sabzi? Turn it into a filling soup

Chef Anahita Dhondy experiments with leftovers to give us this sumptuous delight.

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Published: April 27, 2020 12:30:07 pm
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Having leftovers at the end of a week is quite natural. But neither do you want it to go waste in any way nor do you want to eat the same meal next day. So what if we tell you there is an easy way out that not only saves leftovers from turning bad, rather transforms them into a more nutritious meal. Highlighting the importance of zerowaste cooking, chef Anahita Dhondy took to Instagram to share a recipe that had our attention.

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This isn't glamourous or very good looking but it's #uglydelicious and pure comfort food! And it was dinner last night. What do you do when you've got leftovers? It's such a difficult tricky situation to be in with the family, you don't want to eat the same thing again but you can't waste any of it because we've got limited pantries. So I had some stuff and I didn't want to eat the same thing, it felt boring. I wanted to eat it though because it's Nutritious but it just didn't look so pretty to eat! Decided to take inspiration from what is known as the 'National Soup of India – Mulligatawny soup!' I did see a few recipes and did remember making this at the Taj where it was quite frequent on the buffet menu. This isn't an original recipe AT ALL! It's me winging it and putting something #Zerowaste and #Nutritious on the table for the family. So it's fairly simple, have a look at the recipe! Hope you enjoy it and when in a situation like there where you've got little bits of leftovers piling up in your fridge you can use this little idea! For this recipe you need: Leftovers: Dal – toor / arhar cooked Sabzi – any mixed veggies Boiled rice 1tsp ghee/oil 2bay leaves 6-7curry leaves 1tsp ginger 1tsp garlic 1/2tsp curry powder 1/2tsp coriander powder Salt to taste Water Black pepper Lemon Coriander leaves Method: 1. In a pot add the ghee / oil. Add the spices. 2. Let the spices brown, add the dal, sabzi and rice. 3. Add the dry spices and water 4. Let it all come together. 5. Blend and strain of needed (I didn't want to throw anything) 6. Serve hot with boiled rice, black pepper and a good squeeze of lime. P.S. I'm sure this doesn't look very appetizing or Instagrammable but it's healthy and Nutritious! It's completely zero waste! We had it for dinner with Aloo Toasties! Kept it simple 🤗 Hope you enjoyed this recipe, I'm sure our mom's and grandmoms have been doing this forever and we just didn't know! Big virtual hugs, stay home, stay safe and #TogetherAtHome we'll be cooking everyday. Happy cooking, Happy eating and remember don't waste anything! 👩‍🍳❤️ #soup #dal #rice #sabzi #leftoverscanbesexy #delicious #homemade #repurposing #leftovers

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“What do you do when you’ve got leftovers? It’s such a difficult tricky situation to be in with the family, you don’t want to eat the same thing again but you can’t waste any of it because we’ve got limited pantries,” she captioned the post.

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“So I had some stuff and I didn’t want to eat the same thing, it felt boring. I wanted to eat it though because it’s nutritious but it just didn’t look so pretty to eat! Decided to take inspiration from what is known as the ‘National Soup of India – Mulligatawny soup!’ I did see a few recipes and did remember making this at the Taj where it was quite frequent on the buffet menu. This isn’t an original recipe at all! It’s me winging it and putting something #Zerowaste and #Nutritious on the table for the family,” she added.

So if you have leftovers every other day, it is a good practice to look at alternatives to save food and also pack a nutritious punch while saving yourself the effort to plan a meal for the day.

Ingredients

Leftovers

Dal – Toor/arhar cooked
Sabzi – Mixed veggies
Boiled rice
1tsp – Ghee/oil
2 – Bay leaves
6-7 – Curry leaves
1tsp – Ginger
1tsp – Garlic
1/2tsp – Curry powder
1/2tsp – Coriander powder
Salt to taste
Water
Black pepper
Lemon
Coriander leaves

Method

*In a pot, add ghee/oil. Add the spices.
*Let the spices brown. Then add the dal, sabzi and rice.
*Add the dry spices and water.
*Let it all come together.
*Blend and strain if needed.
*Serve hot with boiled rice, black pepper and a good squeeze of lime.

PS: “I’m sure this doesn’t look very appetising or Instagrammable, but it’s healthy and nutritious! It’s completely zero waste! We had it for dinner with aloo toasties!” she said.

Do you plan to try it out?

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