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Sunday, 29 April 2018

Leftover Dal Paratha / Leftover Recipes

Leftover Dal Paratha as the name suggests uses left over dal to make the paratha dough. This is one of the best ways to use up the last night's left over dal , and making a hearty breakfast or brunch with it and trust me, know one will make out even . Basic Indian spices, whole wheat flour and cooked dal is what you need to make this delicious dal paratha. Serve it with plain curd or raita and some pickle and a delicious breakfast is ready under 30 minutes. Here i have used the leftover dal tadka ( cooked and tempered pigeon pea/ Arhar ki dal) , you may use any left over dal (not more than 1 day old) in this recipe.

I usually cook fresh everyday and there is hardly any leftovers in my kitchen. But when you have guests , some leftover food is common. In our Indian culture, we are taught to respect every morsel of food. Food is one of the basic necessities of life and so it is rightly said "Anna He Purna Bramha" We cannot throw away leftover food. If there is any leftover food, i reheat it and give it to my domestic help. If the food has spoilt and is unfit for human consumption i dig a small pit in my kitchen garden and add the leftover food there and cover it so that it becomes manure.

Leftovers are common in many households. Reheating the leftover food and consuming it again can be boring and then only one person of the house, which is almost always mother has to finish it up . There are many innovative ways in which leftover food can be used up in making something new and healthy for the whole family. You can mke many types of fried rice dishes using leftover rice, like Soybean chunk fried rice , Schezwan fried rice, Pineapple Fried Rice etc. Leftover chapati can be shredded and stir fried with spices, onions and capsicum to make the lip smacking Chili paratha or simply pulsed with little ghee and jaggery to make Instant Chapati ladoo .Even the leftover sugar syrup from Gulab Jamun or Rasgulla can be addedto whole wheat flour and made into sweet deep fried fritters, Gulgule. Many times i end up using my leftover khichadi in vegetable cutlets or in multigrain pancakes and believe me no one in the house can make out that i have used leftover food in the dish. This is the thought behind the theme for #142 nd #FoodieMondayBloghop and it is #Cooking with the Leftovers . And these delicious dal paratha is my contribution towards the theme . Do check out my fellow bloggers posts as well for some innovative ideas on this theme. 

 Preparation time: 10 minutes
 Cooking time: 15 minutes
 Serves: 6

  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup left over dal ( here i have used cooked pigeon pea/ Arhar Dal)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds / Til
  • 1/4 teaspoon carom seeds / Ajwain
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried mango powder / amchur powder
  • 1 tablespoon oil + extra for roasting the paratha
  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • Salt to taste

  1. In a bowl take whole wheat flour. Add sesame seeds, carom seeds, oil , salt and spice powders ( turmeric powder, red chili powder, amchur powder, garam masala). Mix well .

2. Add left over dal, coriander leaves and knead into a dough. You may add little water if required while doing so. I added just 2 tablespoon water and could make a semi soft dough from this mixture.

3. Cover the dough and allow it to rest for 10 minutes at room temperature.

4. Make 6 equal portions of the dough and roll out each dough ball separately into a medium size paratha with a rolling pin. Dust little flour on the working surface while rolling out the dough ball.

 5. Roast the paratha on a heated skillet from both the sides until light brown spots appear on the paratha. Apply little ghee or oil while doing so.

  6. Make all the paratha in the similar way. Serve with curd and some pickle of your choice. I have served the dal paratha with instant lemon pickle.

  Recipe Notes:
  • Any leftover dal ( not more than 1 day old) can be used to make this recipe. 
  • It is not compulsory that you require the above mentioned quantity of dal to make this paratha. If you have less the amount of dal, add more quantity of water to make the dough. If the dal is more , increase the amount of wheat flour and spices accordingly.
  • Be careful while adding salt to the paratha dough , as  the cooked dal already has salt in it.
  • The dal paratha can be served at breakfast or for lunch with plain curd or raita and some pickle of your choice.
  • Finely chopped onions, green chilies , grated ginger can also be used in this recipe for variation in taste.

 So next time you have some left over dal with you, do try out bthis recipe.  If  you do so , feel free to share your feed back with us. Follow us on #Facebook , #Instagram , #Twitter   and #Google+ for more recipes and new updates. 

For more recipe with leftover food, do check out my following blog posts




  1. This is such a great way to use up leftover daal! The parathas look fabulous! :)

  2. Super way to use leftover daal. Tasty , nutritious and handy option .. lovely share dear. Beautiful pics

  3. I have heard about using up leftover dal for parathas but have never tried the recipe. I will do so next time I have some dal left over. My aunt use to make sweet parathas for us from the syrup left over from gulab jamuns. Our grandmothers and mothers knew how to give a new refreshing look and taste to leftover food. I too hate throwing away food.

    1. Absolutely di..do give it a try and share your feedback with us

  4. A very frequent dish at my place..my go to option for lunch boxes whenever there is left over Dal...lovely pics.

  5. Dal parathas are life-saver for me because there is always a katori full of dal whenever I make it. My mother in law makes the best ones but I too manage well with them ;) Yours looks perfect and tasty!!

  6. Your dal paratha looks superbly delicious. I love to use my leftover dal in paratha for breakfast. Loved your presentation 👌

  7. Perfect idea to use left over dal. Makes Paratha more tasty and yum.Fab share Poonam.

  8. Hello Poonam,
    Nice....is any other way to use leftovers rice...not use as rice again....non fried as well...

    1. Hi Harsha , glad to hear from you. You can pulse the leftover rice in grinder and add it to multi-grain flours and make pancakes out of it , or add it with boiled potato and other grated vegetables and make cutlets which can be either baked or shallow fried.

  9. Thank you for this wonderful,healthy recipe. Delicious..my toddler loved it.. Adjusted the spices to his taste

    1. Hi Malavika ..thank you for stopping by my site..I am so glad your little one enjoyed the dish :)

  10. Delicious, such a well use of left over dal