Chickpeas Rice – Using Leftover Rice

Leftover rice is always a headache at home. Me and my hubby though eat rice, but not daily. I make white rice only for my kids. So, whenever there is leftover, it is always me who has to finish it next day. I normally try to make a mixed rice with it and pack it for my hubby and save some for me. 
This chickpeas rice, is one of the variety i make with leftover rice. The addition of pav bhaji masala gives a nice aroma to the rice. While i thought my lil ones, might not like this variety, to my surprise my elder one loved it and asked me to make it for weekend lunch sometime.
1 Cup cooked rice (i used yesterday’s leftover rice)
1/2  cup cooked chickpeas or 1/2 of canned chickpeas, drained
1 onion
1 tomato
1/2 tsp red chili powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp pav bhaji masala
2 pinches of turmeric powder
Salt to taste
fresh coriander leaves  and ginger julienne’s for garnish

2 tsp oil
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
a sprig of curry leaf

  • I always keep boiled chickpeas ready in my freezer. if you don’t, then soak chickpeas overnight or 8 hours,, drain the soaked water, add fresh water and pressure cook until soft with little salt and turmeric. Drain and keep aside until use.
  • Chop the onions and tomatoes. Heat oil in a pan, crackle cumin seeds and add curry leaf. Next add onions and saute until translucent.
  • Next add tomatoes, followed by red chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric and salt. Add 1/2 cup of water to this. Let the tomatoes cook until soft.
  • Now add the boiled chickpeas and another 1/2 cup of water. Let this cook until the spices soak up the chickpeas and the liquid is almost absorbed.
  • Now add the cooked rice and give it a good stir, take it off the stove. garnish with ginger julienne and coriander leaves and Serve hot with curd, onions and some crisps.