Must-to-try Leftover Recipes

By Foodism Team


We always have leftovers in the fridge which don’t quite make sense. Maybe it's a cup of rice and some random vegetables and we just don’t know what to do with this combination. So we thought what better way to celebrate World Environment Day than giving you our top 3 Leftover recipes! Here we go-

Leftover Rice Cutlet


  • 1 cup tightly packed cooked rice
  • ½ cup tightly packed mashed potatoes 
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli chopped
  • 1.5 tbsp coriander leaves
  • 1 pinch of turmeric powder 
  • ¼ tsp red chilli powder 
  • ½ tsp cumin powder 
  • ½ tsp Coriander Powder
  • ½ tsp Garam masala
  • 2 tbsp gram flour
  • Salt- As required
  • Oil for frying


  1. Take all the ingredients in a mixing bowl, except the oil.
  2. Mix very well. Check the taste and add more spice powders or salt if required.
  3. Shape the mixture into small to medium-sized patties or tikkis.
  4. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a frying pan or tawa (skillet).
  5. When the oil becomes medium hot, place the rice cutlets on the tawa.
  6. When the base is lightly browned, flip them using a spatula and fry the other side.
  7. Flip again and fry till they are crisp and golden. You will have to flip them a couple of times for even cooking.
  8. When nicely crisp and golden, remove them and place them on a kitchen paper towel so that any extra oil is absorbed if any.
  9. Serve rice cutlets while hot!

Leftover Roti Pizza


  • 3 pieces roti
  • Pizza or Italian seasoning
  • Red chilly flakes as needed
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • Cheese spread as required
  • Pizza pasta sauce as required
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp Chaat masala
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Salt to taste

Mixed veggies:

  • 1 medium sized onion Finely chopped
  • 1 cup mixed capsicum
  • 5-6 chopped black olives
  • 1/4 cup sweet corn kernels boiled
  • 1 small tomato Finely chopped



  1. Put finely chopped mixed veggies in a bowl and add all the spices
  2. mix it
  3. Take roti and take some cheese spread and spread all over the roti.
  4. Now apply some pizza pasta sauce and spread it. 
  5. Put some finely chopped veggies and spread all over the roti.
  6. Lastly, add some more grated mozzarella cheese and sprinkle little olive oil.
  7. Repeat the same process for rest of the roti.
  8. Grease non-stick pan with olive oil and put roti pizza in a pan and cover the lid and cook it on low flame till cheese melted and roti become slightly crisp.
  9. It will take around 7 minutes to get ready in a pan.
  10. Garnish it by sprinkling some pizza seasoning, red chilly flakes.
  11. Roti pizza is ready to serve!

All-in-one Soup

Logic- Get everything in your fridge and make a soup out of it! Here is what was in our fridge, feel free to improve and improvise!


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 sticks of celery, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1-litre water or vegetable stock
  • 400g of chopped tomatoes
  • a large handful of green veg (about 150g, use any seasonal veg you have – gourds, green beans, chard, spinach etc), roughly chopped
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cut into cubes


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan on medium heat and cook the onion, carrot and celery until soft, about 10 mins, then add the garlic and tomato purée. 
  2. Pour in the water/stock along with the tomatoes, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 mins.
  3. Add the green veg and potato pieces, along with a generous pinch of seasoning. 
  4. Cover and simmer for another 15-20 mins or so until the veg is tender and the soup has thickened. 
  5. Top with some parsley, olives, chilli flakes and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Serve with crusty bread on the side for dunking.