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Leftover white rice can be made into a vegetable pulao or egg-fried rice. Leftover chapatis or rotis, bread and idlis can be broken into very small pieces, and after tempering with mustard seeds, curry leaves, onions, tomatoes and salt for taste, can be made into a delicious upma, garnished with coriander leaves. Leftover dal can be mixed with wheat flour to make nutritious rotis. Leftover cooked chicken and mutton can be minced or shredded and added to boiled potatoes to make delicious kababs. Leftover curd can be used for marinating chicken and mutton. Girija Menon
The day’s leftover food is summed up to a small complete meal, packaged and happily given to the building security guard on night duty. Additionally, I give excess portions at times to the local visiting laundry man. Nina Misquitta Lohale
Leftover bread is always a sad waste of food; therefore before it gets stale, I put it in the fridge and grind some of it in breadcrumbs, which I use in my gratin once a week. I also cut leftover bread in cubes for croutons and oven-toast them with some butter and thyme. I freeze them and remove a big handful of them whenever I am making soup or salad. Finally, I sometimes make pudding out of leftover bread by slowcooking bread with milk, custard, sugar, vanilla essence and almonds. The whole family just adores my bread pudding. I suggest that each family makes it a must to sit and discuss once a week how to reuse food and other things in the house so as to reduce wastage and pollution. We can donate to poor people and we can produce compost out of perishable food from the kitchen. Preety Parahoo
However much we try to make the right amount, there are days when I have leftovers. I never throw them. I remember my mum making us realise the necessity and importance of food during my childhood. She says it’s God’s gift. What I do usually is to refrigerate the leftovers and use them the next day. At times, I knead leftover vegetables to make parathas. I don’t remember having wasted food – thanks to my mum for that. Sheena Jishu Thomas
Every one of us eats rice. But I have seen people throwing leftover meals, especially rice – they simply discard it. Please don’t waste food. Rice is a multi-purpose meal and you can make so many new recipes with leftover rice, like curd rice or lemon rice or even you can mix in some gram flour and spices with rice and make tasty cutlets called bhajiya. Seema Ismail My family and I have reduced food wastage to a minimal level. If the food is half-cooked to save the nutrients, then we make sure that we finish the food that day itself. But if we are sure that the leftover food will stay safe to eat for some time, then we make sure to store it properly after it is completely cooled. We never refrigerate foods that are reheated once. And we always cook only what is required. Don’t waste food! Not only because there are many who don’t have enough food to eat, but also because it contributes to increased CO2 levels. Sudharani Ramineni