Beyond Curry: Fodni Bhaat (Indian Fried Rice)

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[Photograph: Prasanna Sankhe]

If you're ever wondering what to do with leftover rice, the answer is Fodni Bhaat. It's a no fuss, few ingredient boost to last night's dinner. Many homes in India have it for breakfast, but you can just as easily make it for lunch or dinner.

There's a saying I recently came across that goes- if a man gets Fodni Bhaat to office for lunch, it means he didn't show up on time at home for dinner! It's sort of a wife's subtle way of telling him that he's going to have to finish last night's dinner, one way or the other. I think it's so delicious, that most men would embrace tardiness quite eagerly.
The garlic gives the dish a nice flavor and bite, while the green chilli imparts a subtle heat. Fodni Bhaat is the kind of delicious reincarnation every leftover should have.

About the author: Denise Dsilva Sankhe is a writer & creative director by profession. But that's only when she isn't eating her way across India. She recreates this delicious cuisine in her Mumbai home, which she shares with her newly-married husband, who has long since given up his determination to have salads for dinner.

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