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Monday, August 25, 2008


I had made Khichdi (Also known as Pongal down south) and a lot got leftover, since we are not supposed to eat leftovers on festival days(It was Janmashtami the next day), we couldn’t finish eating it the next day and the khichdi was kept in the refrigerator.
Rice has become so expensive these days in Singapore that I didn’t have the heart to throw the khichdi, it was so tasty.
So on Day 3, I took out the khichdi and invented this new recipe Khichdi Vada,
You can make this with plain leftover rice also. The khichdi already has some spices, as it is already cooked and ready to eat, so when adding the salt etc, taste and see how much is required.
Leftover Khichdi /Rice – 2 bowls(Can serve 2 people)
Gram Flour – 1 cup
Bread crumbs – 2 tbsp
Onion – 1 medium size
Ginger paste – ½ tbsp
Green chillies- 2 finely chopped
Red Chilly powder – ½ tbsp
Cumin powder – 1 tsp
Freshly chopped coriander leaves – 1 tbsp
In a bowl, Take the khichdi, add all the ingredients and mix well. Khichdi is usually soft and overcooked so the texture is a bit gluey unlike Pulao rice etc. This vada can be made with slightly overcooked rice only as that can be mashed to mix with the rest of the ingredients.
Heat oil in a frying pan and when the oil is hot, drop small balls of the batter, while dropping spread your fingers so they drop unevenly and look shapeless, this makes it more crispy. Fry the Khichdi vadas till golden and crisp on a slow fire. Remove and drain on a kitchen towel to remove excess oil. Serve hot with green chutney/ coconut chutney or tomato sauce.
Believe me the vadas were so tasty that no one at home could believe that it was made from leftover khichdi.
This taught me a lesson that its not necessary that we must throw leftover food, we can always make something so interesting that no one would be able to guess what it was just like in the Comic I had made earlier.


  1. Lovely and creative idea of making vada out of leftover khichdi....Looks delicious....

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