Leftover Rice Recipe ~ Rice Paratha ~ Chawal ki Roti

by on July 25, 2014

Leftover Rice transformed into Rice Paratha! This is the first suggestion that will be given by all my aunts, grandmothers, mother and mom-in-law whenever there is leftover rice! I guess it’s a very Rajasthani thing to do. Popularly known as Chawal ki Poori in most of our families, it is delcious, and quick and easy to make. Pooris does not necessarily mean deep fried; we refer to shallow fried rotis also as pooris. Distinction is made by referring to shallow fried on skillet as ‘tava ki poori’ and deep fried as ‘kadhai ki poori’. The term ‘paratha’ is borrowed from other North Indian zones such as Punjab.


Leftover Rice Recipe - Rice Paratha


Quick Recipe:

The Leftover Rice Recipe for yummy rice parathas is absolutely simple: Simply mix the leftover rice with spices of your choice and enough flour to knead into a dough. Roll into parathas, shallow fry and serve hot.


For those of you who prefer details, here is the recipe for making 8 parathas.



  • Leftover rice – 2 cups
  • Wheat flour – approx 1 cup
  • Chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Amchur powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – a pinch (optional)
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp (optional)
  • Salt – to taste


  1. Mix the leftover cooked rice with spices. Add enough wheat flour to knead into a dough. No water at all!
  2. Now break the roll into rounds and roll into slightly thick rotis.
  3. Shallow fry on a skillet with some ghee or oil, as per preference.

Serve hot with curd or pickle.


Special tips:

  1. My mother says: When the cooked rice is of soft consistency, this method is ideal. But when each grain of the cooked rice is separate, you can try making stuffed parathas. To do that, just mix the leftover rice with spices. Use this as a stuffing for parathas.
  2. For perfectly roasted golden parathas, allow yourself to be generous with the ghee.
  3. Add chopped coriander or fenugreek leaves while kneading the dough for richer flavours.

Photo Courtesy: Srivalli of Cooking for All Seasons


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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

sneha July 25, 2014 at 8:09 pm

The special tip was very useful… Thank you!!


Anupa January 3, 2015 at 3:07 am

I am going to have to try this….wonder how it will work with brown rice Pratibha!


Pratibha Jain January 12, 2015 at 2:15 am

Even better I guess, let me know how it turned out.


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