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Rice Croquettes with leftover rice

If you have leftover rice, do not worry. These delicious rice patties from left over rice will make you deliberately prepare extra rice the next time.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 17 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Servings 8 pieces


  • 1 cup cooked rice* leftover, slightly overcooked
  • 1/2 cup grated carrot
  • 1/2 cup grated green papaya or use zucchini
  • 1 - 2 green chillies finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2-3 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves
  • 2 tbsp chickpea flour besan
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil cold pressed


  • To prepare the rice croquettes using leftover rice, mix all the above ingredients (except oil) in a bowl. The mixture should not be too soft, or else the patties wont retain their shape. If needed squeeze out excess water from grated veggies and then add to the mixture.
  • Bind into a smooth ball.
  • Divide into 8 pieces and shape each into oval / rounds. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Pour 1 tbsp oil in a non stick pan and once oil is hot, place the shaped croquettes and fry on a medium flame for 6-8 minutes per side until both sides are crisp and golden brown.
  • Serve with chutney / tomato ketchup.


*I used green papaya because I had to put the ones in my garden to use, you can use any such veggie like bottle gourd, or a carrot-just make sure it's not something that will ooze too much liquid. Squeeze well and add to the mixture.
If the rice is too dry the following morning, sprinkle some water, cover and microwave for 2 minutes until it is somewhat softened. Extremely dry rice will not hold together in these patties.