Why It Works
- Chile, spices, and garlic enliven day-old rice.
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 sent to the 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 chile imparts a subtle heat. Fodni bhaat is the kind of delicious reincarnation every leftover should have.
1 1/2 tablespoons (23ml) vegetable oil
1 teaspoon whole black mustard seeds
3 medium cloves garlic (15g), roughly chopped (about 1 tablespoon)
4 green Thai chiles or 2 serrano peppers, stemmed and halved lengthwise
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon red chile powder
2 cups (12 ounces; 350g) cooked white rice (see notes)
1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
In a medium cast iron skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Reduce heat to medium heat, add black mustard seeds, and cook, stirring, until seeds pop, about 15 seconds. Add garlic and green chiles and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 2 minutes, adjusting heat as needed if garlic is browning. Add turmeric and chile powder and stir until they impart their color to the oil, about 10 seconds. Immediately add rice and stir until thoroughly coated with oil. Season with salt to taste. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.
Cast iron skillet
Rice should either be cooked fresh, spread on a tray, and allowed to cool for five minutes, or, alternatively, cooked in advance and refrigerated in a covered container for at least 12 hours and up to 3 days.
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 11g||14%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||5%|
|Total Carbohydrate 50g||18%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||9%|
|Total Sugars 0g|
|Vitamin C 4mg||19%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|