Sustainable kitchen is a concept slowly gaining popularity in the post-Covid era. Eco-friendly kitchens involve several techniques to make it a self-sustaining, environment-conscious unit; for instance, people are choosing to grow their own produce in kitchen gardens to reduce their carbon footprint. Another major factor to consider while making the kitchen sustainable is limiting the amount of food waste generated. This means using and reusing leftovers from the kitchen to create new and innovative recipes. A recent Twitter thread discussed this very practice of using the previous day's leftover sabzi or curry to make a completely new dish. It all started with a tweet by user @dillisingh:
As Punjabis we have evolved to open the fridge, find an obscure bowl of leftovers and ask ourselves two questions.
Kya iske parathe ban sakte hain?
Kya iske sandwich ban sakte hain? pic.twitter.com/3D4I01TqXl— Ujjwal (@dillisingh) February 17, 2021
"As Punjabis, we have evolved to open the fridge, find an obscure bowl of leftovers and ask ourselves two questions. Kya iske parathe ban sakte hain? Kya iske sandwich ban sakte hain," wrote the user in his hilarious tweet. The tweet went viral, receiving over 3.7k likes and hundreds of comments and retweets. Several users agreed with the relatable post, saying that making paranthas with leftovers was a common practice found in many Indian households and not just Punjabi ones.
Desi Twitter also came up with their own unique suggestions and ideas for recipes made with the previous day's leftover sabzi or curry. While some users suggested rolls, sandwiches or wraps as ideas to use leftover vegetables, others recommended the leftovers to be incorporated in dishes such as cutlets, flavoured rice or even a Dosa batter!
Take a look at some responses:
Kya iske rolls ya cutlets ban sakte hain??— Saumya (@SomyaCh04084574) February 18, 2021
Paneer hai toh dono!— Rajesh Kalra (@rajeshkalra) February 17, 2021
Leftovers are life saver, other day made paratha out of leftover palak paneer. Dam it was delicious ????— Pravin Pardeshi (@CHEFPrav) February 18, 2021
And if you can't make paratha with it, can you make plain paratha and make a roll of it— Kapil M (@kdm0101) February 17, 2021
The sandwich filling option is universal:)Have eaten rasam and sambar sandwiches:)— Nikhil Varma (@nikes225) February 18, 2021
And the south Indian equivalent is: if I bung this into a mixie, kya iske dosas ban sakte hain? And if feeling particularly indulgent, kya isko fry kar doon toh vadas ban sakte hain?— Prema Govindan (@chweepster) February 18, 2021
My mom used to put leftover curries in rice :D— emmess88 (@EmmEss88) February 18, 2021
The answer is pakoras. Always keep a jar of pakora mix, add green chili + onions +literally ANY leftover and it will turn out delicious— مردِ چَرس (@retroguy02) February 18, 2021
Niche ke pizza base par iski topping kijiye aur thoda se cheese ke saath bake kijiye. Mast punjabi pizza ban jayega????— Sunaina Sharma (@khushi1512) February 18, 2021
I even made leftover "kofta pizza". Dont shake your head! It was very good.— Talat Hameed (@hameedtalat) February 18, 2021
(Also Read: 22 Recipe Ideas For Leftover Rice)
Trust users on Twitter to come up with these wonderful recipes. If you are pondering what to do with leftovers in the fridge, try these interesting and unique ideas suggested by desi Twitter. And in case all else fails, there's always paranthas! What is your favourite way to use leftovers? Tell us in the comments below.
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