5 Fun Dishes You Can Whip Up Using Last Night’s Leftovers

We all love entertaining and cooking a storm for our near and dear ones, don’t we? However, the real excitement lies in the meals we make with the leftovers. The bigger, the better is what we say, and the best part is, leftovers can be used in more ways than one. Read on to know about five dishes you can whip up quickly using last night’s leftovers.

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First things first: Things to take care of when dealing with leftover foods.

  1. Your hands should be thoroughly washed while handling leftover food.
  2. Shallow and smaller containers should be used to store leftovers, which also help cool the food quick and fast.
  3. Sniff the odour of the leftovers. Should you have an iota of doubt on the quality, do not use it.
  4. Always cover the leftover food dishes with a plate or plastic sheet before storing them in the fridge to avoid mingling of flavours and smells.
  5. Remove the stuffing before storing cooked poultry and dairy. Never keep them in the fridge for more than two days.

1. Poor Man’s Pudding

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Leftover Food: Stale bread
Cooking Time:
10 minutes


  • 8-10 slices of stale bread
  • A cup of unsalted butter
  • A quarter cup of refined sugar
  • A cup of milk
  • 2 eggs
  • A fruit of your choice (finely chopped)


  1. In a blender, beat the butter, sugar and milk till frothy.
  2. Add eggs to the frothy mix and beat for two minutes till it turns into a semi-thick paste.
  3. Finely chop the fruit and soak it in a little sugar water for a minute.
  4. Place a non-stick pan over mid-flame, add a teaspoon of butter and let it melt.
  5. Pour the blended mix into a deep bowl, and add the finely chopped fruits.
  6. Dip the bread slices into the mix, one at a time, and place on the pan.
  7. Cook on both sides till light-brown.
  8. Serve hot!

2. Shredded Chicken Salad

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Leftover Food:
Cooking Time: 10 minutes


  • A cup of shredded leftover chicken (processed, curry chicken or tandoori chicken pieces, whatever is left from last night’s meal)
  • Assorted salad items (those that are quickly available in your refrigerator)
  • A few green olives, chopped
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs
  • Half a cup of shredded cheese
  • Salt, lime to taste
  • Chilli powder and dried basil, thyme and oregano (optional)


  1. Mix the shredded chicken leftover with salt and lime. If you love your dish spicy, add some chilli powder, along with the oregano, thyme and basil.
  2. Toss the marinated chicken into a bowl of greens, salad items such as tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, spinach, onions (your choice).
  3. Finely chop the hard-boiled eggs and add it to the semi-tossed mixture.
  4. Add to this melted shredded cheese and give it a final toss with two skewers for a minute.
  5. Refrigerate for three minutes and serve as a stuffing between bread slices, tortillas and even on nachos!

3. Thanking The Turkey

easy at-home leftover food recipes

Leftover Food: Shredded turkey
Cooking Time:
10 minutes


  • A cup of boiled noodles
  • Shredded turkey pieces
  • One finely chopped onion
  • Two tablespoons of yoghurt
  • Salt and lime to taste
  • A bunch of spinach, one cucumber and one radish (finely chopped)


  1. Brown an onion nicely and then add the turkey pieces. Sauté on low flame.
  2. Add the salt and lime to the turkey pieces and let roast well.
  3. Throw in the spinach, cucumber, radish and yoghurt. Mix well, but very gently, over slow flame.
  4. Now add the boiled noodles, salt, pepper and lime. Mix well.
  5. Serve hot!


4. Keema Cutlets

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Leftover Food: Minced meat
Cooking time: 30 minutes


  • 2 large potatoes
  • 100g of leftover minced meat
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 green chilli
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 whisked egg (optional)
  • Oil for shallow or deep frying


  1. Boil potatoes and keep aside. You can either pressure cook them the regular way or put potatoes in a plastic bag and microwave them for five minutes to soften them.
  2. Now take the leftover keema (minced) and potato, salt, pepper, lemon juice, chopped green chilli and coriander. If the keema is already cooked, then just add lime to add the extra flavour to it.
  3. Mash the mixture well and make them into round cutlets/balls. You must wet your hands first with some oil to avoid sticking of the mixture.
  4. Heat oil in a frying pan.
  5. Coat the patties in egg completely and shallow fry them until crisp and brown. This point is optional and you may or may not coat them in eggs, depending upon its availability.
  6. Sprinkle lemon juice when done and serve with tomato ketchup.


5. Cheese and Palak Sandwiches

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Leftover Food: Spinach purée or gravy
Cooking Time:
10 minutes


  • A cup of cheese, grated
  • Onion, chopped
  • Leftover palak (half a cup)
  • Salt, pepper and dried oregano to taste
  • A teaspoon of chili flakes
  • A dash of lime
  • Half a cup butter
  • 4 bread slices


  1. Mix the cheese in a deep bowl with chopped onions and leftover spinach paste or gravy.
  2. Add the spices and toss in the bowl for a minute.
  3. Throw in a teaspoon of lime juice and mix well.
  4. Butter the bread slices and place the mixture neatly on each of them.
  5. Grill the bread with the stuffing inside for a minute or two.
  6. Serve hot!

So, who’s ready for a healthy meal using last night’s party leftovers?

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