Leftover Queen – Mix Veg Gravy

HD and I were supposed to travel to a wedding but it got cancelled at the last moment (the travel plans of course). So we had 5 days of holidays at hand and nothing to do….no office (yaaaayyy)….just stuck at home cos it was raining disastrously in the city. The previous day only I had emptied the cupboard and the fridge to eliminate any perishables cos we would be gone and now we had nothing else in the house fit to eat…..not even one potato or even half an onion! We ended up having the best 5 days in a long time but what I am going to discuss here is what I made of the remnants in my kitchen.

Perishables in my kitchen

1 milk packet (1/2 litre)

2 lemons

3 tomatoes

5 potatoes

1 small piece of paneer

We were leaving the next day so we would be having only dinner at night. I was heating milk that morning when it curdled. What to do….so I added some lemon juice to it and made cottage cheese out of it and stored it. This is what I did for dinner to dish out a good meal while clearing out my kitchen.



Leftover paneer

3 tomatoes

5 potatoes

2 tblsp oil

1 tblsp zeera

A pinch of hing

2 cloves

A small piece of cinnamon

Salt and red chilli powder

1 tblsp garam masala

Grind the tomatoes with cloves and cinnamon and keep aside. Peel and cut potatoes into ½ inch pieces. Cut paneer into ½ inch pieces. Keep aside. Heat oil in a cooker and add zeera and hing. When zeera starts to splutter, add tomato paste and cook till oil separates from the paste. Add potatoes and paneer along with salt and chilli powder and 3 cups of water. Cook till one whistle and then let it simmer for 10 minutes. Add garam masala and serve with rice/roti.


I served it with rice…..easier to make and takes less effort. The leftover energy helped in packing 🙂

Leftover Queen – Fried Rice

Sometimes you end up cooking more rice than is required cos there are guests in the house and you don’t know how much will be required. Sometimes, the family members do not have much appetite and rice is left. If you have 1 or more cups of rice, there is no need to throw it away. You can recycle it and present it in a delightful way in the next meal (and no one will know 😉 )


1 cup Leftover Rice

1 tblsp oil

1 tsp zeera

1 onion

1 tblsp haldi

Salt to taste

Heat oil in a pan and add zeera to it. Dice onion and fry it. Add the leftover rice to this along with haldi and salt and cook on sim for 5-7 minutes. Serve hot.

Leftover Queen – Beans and Carrots Grilled Sandwich

Yesterday we made beans and carrots sabzi. Unfortunately, we started too late to make it and by the time it was ready, half our dinner was over. We were really hungry after a long day at office and after cooking dinner….. So half the vegetable was left. Good thing was that it was the dry sort. HD said that we should throw it away cos I don’t like the smell of beans and he won’t eat the leftover anyways….but I had this brilliant idea about making grilled sandwiches for breakfast out of it. So we stored it in the fridge. Today morning, it served for tasty grilled sandwiches.

Preparation time – 20 mins

Servings – 4 pieces


1 cup leftover beans and carrots sabzi

8 slices of bread

4 slices of cheese

Salt and Pepper to taste


Lay a slice of cheese on a slice of bread. Spread 1 tblsp of beans and carrot on it. Add salt and pepper and top it with another slice of bread. Apply oil on both the bread pices and grill for 10 minutes. Serve with tomato ketchup.