Three Tasty-Easy Recipes for Leftover Rice

There are two things that are staple foods in the Iranian cuisine: rice and bread. They eat rice with different kinds of meat stews or vegetable dishes. In North of Iran, near the Caspian Sea, there are beautiful rice fields which are widely famous for cultivation of different kinds of Persian rice.


You can make 10s of gorgeous dishes with white/brown or wild rice. You can make rice with stew, curry, beautiful green herbs and vegetables or spices. You can cook rice in a rice cooker, in microwave or on the stove.


Anyway, what led me to talk about rice was that sometimes after a party we have leftover rice on hand, so instead of wasting it, you would be better to turn your leftover plain rice into a fabulous new rice dish 🙂

I have three easy- quick and tasty recipes for turning your rice into lentils rice, herbed rice and potato rice.


Ingredients for lentils rice

  • one cup lentils

  • 1 cube meat or vegetable stock

  • ½ tsp cumin powder

  • Pinch of black pepper

  • Butter

How to make it?????

Bring to a boil, add lentils, one vegetable or meat stock,  pepper and cumin. Reduce heat and simmer until they are tender but not mushy( it takes typically 20-30 minutes) and usually  it depends on the age of your lentils. Once it is cooked, add it to the leftover rice and gently mix. Spread some melted butter all over the rice and serve it.


Ingredients for herbed rice

  • small bunch of chives or spring onions, finely chopped
  • small bunch of dill, finely chopped
  • small bunch of coriander, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil

How to make it?????

Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped herbs, seasoning with salt, pepper, cinnamon and cumin. Saute for 3-4 minutes. Remove from the heat, fluff the rice with a fork, and stir in sautéed herbs and gently combine and allow it up for few minutes  and serve it.


Ingredients for rice and potatoes

  • 5 baby potatoes

  • Pinch of chilli flakes

  • butter

  • Salt to taste

How to make it?????

Put the potatoes in a pot and cover with cold water. Salt the water. Bring it to a boil and cook the potatoes until tender. Drain and add melted butter and sprinkle chilli flakes on them. Serve the rice in a plate and top it with buttery potatoes.


Kelane Naan Bread

Kelane is a traditional Kurdish stuffed fried flat bread. A very delicious thin bread. This bread is made in different countries such as Iran, Turkey, Afghanestn, Republic Azerbaijan. and referred to by different names. For example in Iran it’s called ‘ Kelane  ‘ in Afghanestan is called ‘ Bolani  ‘ .


Traditionally this wonderful bread is baked on a brick or stone griddle but nowadays, if you want to bake it at home, you can use a pan, like I baked Kelane in a dried pan and in serving time you put some butter on the bread. Kelane bread is not only a bread but also is a full healthy meal.

It’s made of flour and stuffed with herbs such as chives , spring onions and garlic. . They are out of this world. So so sooooo yummyyyyy. This bread is one of those goodies that you won’t stop eat it.


Ingredients for dough

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 200ml water


For filling

  • 300 g spring onions
  • A bunch of coriander
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin



In a bowl mix flour and  salt. then add oil and mix together. Then slowly add  water. Mix well. Using your hand and Knead it well for 3-4 minutes.  Cover the dough with a kitchen towel and  leave to rest the dough for half an  hour.

Meanwhile, finely chop herbs and vegetables for filling. Add all spices, grated garlic and olive oil. . Mix ingredients together and set aside.

Once dough is ready, Divide it into 10 pieces or less ( you can keep the size of dough small or big as desired ).  Take one piece of  dough. Flat the dough with a rolling pin. Spread some of herbs in half of the dough and fold it ( as you see in the photos). Then with your hand or  with a rolling pin, gently press it.

Heat a pan and spread a little bit oil. Place the dough in the pan. Spray some oil top of the dough and bake each side for 3 minutes.



Traditional Herb Salad with Bread and Cheese (Sabzi Khordan)

In Persian food table you will always have vegetable or herbs salad in summer time and different types of pickles in winter season. These salads are made of fresh fruits or vegetables that usually housewives are buying straightly fresh from vegetable grocery.

In my country when we buy herbs, it is always selling in big bunches of very fresh herbs ( Sabzi khordan) . Popular herbs or Sabzi khordan in our Persian table includes: chives , radish. scallion . mint , dill , basil . parsley , coriander tarragon  and watercress

You need to pick herbs from stalks and then put them in a big bowl of cold water and let soak for 10 minutes and then drain in a colander. You can keep them fresh for few days in the fridge by wrapping herbs in a cotton towel.

You can serve these beautiful green and aromatic herbs in a basket or platter. You can have all these herbs or just get herbs you fancy, I am sure once you eat, you will not stop and eat more and more specially when you serve herbs with warm and fresh breads and feta cheese :).
These herbs are enough flavoured that no need to any dressing.


Chicken noodle soup

This  is a rich, hearty and spicy chicken soup that would make your cold winter evening very warm 🙂




2 skinless and boneless chicken breast or thighs

1 sheet of egg noodles

1 small red bell pepper

Small piece of fresh ginger root, chopped lengthwise

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 bunch scallions, sliced green part and white part separately

1 cup coconut milk powder

1 tbsp light soy sauce

50g green peas

3 cups water

Salt and pepper to taste





Heat the oil in a saucepan, add diced chicken to the pan and fry for 5 minutes and stirring until golden. Add ginger, garlic, bell pepper and white part of spring onions to the chicken and fry for 2-3 minutes.

Stir in water, coconut milk powder, soy sauce, noodles in a pot and season with salt -pepper, bring it to a boil. Then add fried ingredients, green peas and green part of spring onions and cook for 10 minutes. Stirring occasionally.


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سوپ مرغ با رشته فرنگی

این سوپ خیلی لذیذ – تند ( ولی نه اونقدر که اشکتون دربیاد) و دلچسبه و جون میده برای یک غروب سرد زمستونی 🙂

مواد لازم

یک دسته رشته فرنگی

دو تکه ران یا سینه ی مرغ خرد شده بدون پوست و استخوان باشه

یک عدد فلفل دلمه کوچک قرمز رنگ

یک تکه ی کوچک زنجبیل تازه ی که به صورت طولی خرد شده

دو حبه سیر خرد شده

یک دسته پیازچه که قسمت سفید و سبز رنگش جداگانه خرد شده باشن

یک پیمانه پودر نارگیل

یک ق غ سس سویا

پنجاه گرم نخود سبز

سه پیمانه آب

نمک و فلفل به میزان لازم



طرز پخت

روغن رو در تابه گرم می‌کنیم و گوشت مرغ رو برای 5 دقیقه سرخ می‌کنیم تا طلایی رنگ بشه و در ضمن سرخ کردن هم میزنیم تا نسوزه. وقتی گوشت مرغ سرخ شد – زنجبیلسیر – فلفل دلمه و قسمت سفید رنگ پیازچه رو به مرغ اضافه می‌کنیم و برای دو سه دقیقه همه ی مواد رو با هم تفت می دیم.

در یک قابلمه آب می‌ریزیم وپودر نارگیلسویا سس و رشته فرنگی و نمک و فلفل اضافه می کنیم. می‌گذاریم آب بجوش بیاد . وقتی شروع به جوشیدن کرد موادسرخ شده ی بالا – نخود سبز و قسمت سبز پیازچه رو هم به مواد داخل قابلمه اضافه می‌کنیم و می‌گذاریم برای 10 دقیقه و روی شعله ی کم بپزه.

گاه گاهی هم سوپ رو هم می زنیم. همین سوپ حاضره خیلی سریع پخته میشه و واقعن لذیذه .

نوش جان


Iranian cabbage rice ( kalam polow Shirazi)

This meal is one of the most popular rices in Iran. Combination of cabbage ( kalam) with rice, flavorful herbs and minced meat, makes an aromatic rice from beautiful and famous city of Shiraz in SW of Iran.
200g rice
200g cabbage leaves ( or turnip cabbage)
100g fresh herbs (dill- tarragon- basil-mint-spring onion)
1 medium onion
300g minced meat (beef/ lamb OR mixture of both)
1tbs saffron water
1tsp turmeric
1tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp red pepper powder
Salt and olive oil

Wash rice, soak in 4 cups of salty water for one hour before cooking. Shred lengthwise cabbage leaves. chop finely all herbs. peel off onion and chop it finely. Put a pan over a medium heat, add some olive oil and add chopped onion and allow to cook for about 10 minutes, stir it occasionally. Add minced meat, stir it and breaking up any large chunks with spoon. Once color of meat is brown, add some red pepper and salt and saffron water. Remove it from the heat. Put a pan on a medium heat and add 2tbs of olive oil, and add shredded cabbage leaves. Add all spices to cabbage leaves. cook for about 10 minutes or until have softened.
Then, add chopped herbs to cabbage leaves. Stir it until herbs have softened, and then remove it from the heat.
Put a pot on a high heat, bring it to boil. Drain salty water of rice and pour it into the boiled water. Let it to cook for about 10 minutes or until slightly is soft. Drain the rice in a colander under running wart. In a nonstick pot, add 2tbs of olive oil, place 3-4 cabbage leaves on the bottom of pot. Then add some of parboiled rice. Cover it with a layer of herbs and next layer with minced meat and finish with a layer of rice. Cover the pot with lid. Allow to cook on a medium heat for 15 minutes. Once it is cooked, remove it from the heat, and serve it with pickles, salad.


کلم پلو شیرازی
این غذا یکی از محبوب ترین غذاها در ایران است. ترکیب کلم یا کلم قمری با سبزیجات معطر- گوشت و برنج – این پلو را بسیار خوش عطر و مزه می کند. کلم پلو شیرازی همانطور که از نامش معلوم است از شهرزیبا و معروف شیراز می باشد. گوشت بکار رفته در کلم پلو را می توانید به صورت کوفته قل قلی های کوچک یا  خیلی ساده به صورت سرخ شده به
پلو اضافه نمایید.

مواد لازم:

دویست گرم برنج

دویست گرم کلم سفید یا کلم قمری

صد گرم سبزی معطر شامل: نعنا- ریحان – شوید- تلخوه و پیازجه

سیصد گرم گوشت چرخ کرده ی گوساله یا گوسفند یا مخلوطی از هر دو

یک ق غ زعفران

یک ق چ زردچوبه

یک ق چ دارچیننصف ق چ پودر فلفل قرمز

نمک به میزان لازم

روغن زیتون

طرز تهیه:
برنج را شسته و در یک کاسه همراه با 4 لیوان آب و مقداری نمک برای 1 ساعت بماند. برگ کلم ها را به صورت طولی خرد کنید. سبزیجات و پیاز را نیز خیلی ریز خرد نمایید . یک ماهی تابه را روی گاز گذاشته – مقداری روغن زیتون اضافه کنید و پیاز را به مدت 10 دقیقه تفت دهید. سپس گوشت چرخ شده را اضافه کرده و گاه گاهی مخلوط را هم بزنید. زمانیکه رنگ گوشت قهوه ای شد- مقداری نمک – فلفل قرمز و زعفران را به گوشت اضافه کنید. سپس ماهی تابه را از روی حرارت بردارید. در یک ماهی مجددن مقداری روغن زیتون ریخته – کلم های خرد شده را همراه با ادویه ها به مدت 10 دقیقه تفت دهید تا برک کلم نرم شوند سپس سبزیجات خرد شده را به کلم بیفزایید- و تا زمانی که سبزی ها نرم شوند هم بزنید و سپس از روی حرارت بردارید.
یک قابلمه را با 600 میلی لیتر آب پرنمود و بگذارید به جوش آید. سپس آب نمک برنج را دور ریخته و برنج را داخل آب جوشیده بریزید و بگذارید تا کمی پخته شود. سپس برنج را داخل آبکش ریخته و آب شیر را روی آن باز کنید. داخل قابلمه مقداری روغن ریخته و کف قابلمه را با برگ کلم پر کنید و روی آن یک لایه برنج بریزید. روی برنج یک لایه کلم و سبزیجات – یک لایه گوشت و مجددن یک لایه برنج بریزید. سپس در قابلمه را گذاشته و روی حرارت ملایم به مدت 15 دقیقه بگذارید دم بکشد. زمان سرو می توانید با ترشی / سالاد میل کنید. نوش جان