How to Rescue Leftover Dal Makhani

Leftover dal makhani is much more versatile than you thought

Annabelle D’Costa

You gave in to your craving for warm dal makhani (Click here to learn to make dal makhani at home) by making the dal makhani recipe at home. After licking your plate clean, you realise there's half a vessel of dal makhani still staring back at you. Of course, you could go for some more helpings of dal makhani and jeera rice. After all who can resist the comfort of creamy dal makhani? But if you're the experimenting kind, why not do more with the leftover dal makhani. Besides, the experts say dal makhani tastes even better the next day. Get creative with the below ideas and thanks to your leftover dal makhani, you won't have to worry about what to cook for a few days. From breakfast to dinner, these ideas help you make many more meals out of your favourite dal makhani.

Dal Makhani Parathas

All you have to do is mash the leftover dal makhani with some wheat flour (or a flour of your choice) to form a stiff dough. You could add spices and herbs to enhance the flavour of your parathas. However, don’t go overboard with the spices as your dal makhani is already bursting with flavours. You may, however, want to add some salt. After you’ve made equal-sized small balls out of the dough, roll them into a thick paratha and then roast on a tawa or a griddle over a low flame. You could add some butter or ghee if needed. A spicy chutney or even tomato sauce goes very well with these hot dal makhani parathas.

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If you’ve got some pre-cooked rice at hand, it can easily be converted into a spicy and nutritious meal along with the leftover dal makhani. You could even replace the rice with quinoa or any millet of your choice. In a pan, throw in some whole spices along with a few curry leaves and roughly chopped onions. You could also add chopped vegetables of your choice and sauté for a few minutes before finally throwing in the leftover dal makhani. Let the dal makhani simmer on a low flame till it reduces. Add the cooked rice in small portions while stirring continuously to prevent the rice from burning. To enhance the flavour further, you can also add in some ginger-garlic paste or ready-to-use masala powders. Cover and let it cook for a few minutes. Garnish the rice with some shredded coconut or coriander leaves. Serve hot along with some pickle or roasted papad.

Dal Makhani Pakoras

Hunger pangs between meals are best satiated by the all-time favourite snack food - pakoras. Apart from the usual potato and onions, you can make pakoras out of almost anything - from chicken and fish to vegetables of your choice. But how about converting the leftover dal makhani into small balls of happiness? Simply add besan to the leftover dal makhani along with some chopped onions and any other leftover vegetables. Add some salt and other dry spices to balance the flavours. Mix all the ingredients well to form a thick batter. Using your hands, make small balls out of the batter. Throw these into some hot oil in a wok one at a time and deep fry until golden brown. For a healthier alternative, you could bake them instead. Serve alongside some ketchup, chutney or bowl of plain yoghurt.

Dal Makhani Toast 

Yes, you can use your leftover dal makhani to make breakfast the next day! Add some besan aka chickpea flour to the leftover dal makhani and stir well to avoid any lumps. Next, using a spoon, spread this paste on a piece of bread. Or you could make small pieces out of the bread and dip them into the paste. Cook on a hot tawa or skillet with a little oil or ghee. Flip over and repeat until the bread turns golden and is cooked from the inside. Enjoy these dal makhani toasts with a cup of hot chai or pack them in your kid's tiffin. Go a step further and top these toasts with some chutney or jam for a little extra kick.

Dal Makhani Tikki

When you’re in no mood to cook but the hunger pangs have struck, dal makhani tikkis will come to your rescue. All you’ve got to do is add some boiled potatoes, besan, salt and other powdered spices of your choice to the leftover dal makhani. Mix well and make small cutlets or tikkis out of the mixture. Roll them in some bread crumbs or rava and shallow fry on a hot tawa. Serve this dal makhani tikkis as a snack with some spicy chutney. You can even sandwich the tikkis between bread slices. To make it a non-vegetarian sandwich, throw in some shredded pieces of chicken or meat of your choice.

Dal Makhani Curry

Give your leftover dal makhani a spin by turning it into a new dish all-together, without spending too much time in the kitchen. If you're in the mood for some south Indian flavours, all you have to do is turn to ready-to-use sambar powder for a little help. In a wok, add some oil and throw in chopped veggies of your choice along with the sambar powder. Once the veggies are done, add the leftover dal makhani and let it boil for a few minutes. You could also turn your dal makhani into a rich, spicy and meaty curry by simply replacing the sambar powder with garam masala or any other powdered spices you can find in your kitchen. Along with the veggies, you can even add pieces of chicken or lamb. Top with some curry and coriander leaves and enjoy with a generous serving of rice.

More Ways To Rescue Leftovers

Check out the rest of our leftover food series for more ideas on how to give a second life to your extra food and you will never have to complain about wasting food again!

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