Sep 17, 2007

Fodnicha Bhaat

What would you do with a bowl of leftover rice? Would you throw it or make a simple stir fried rice that will be ready in 10 minutes but taste great?

Fodnicha bhaat is one of my favorite rice dishes. Aai used to make it when she would be bored of eating leftover rice alone. Of course, we wouldn't touch the rice being averse to all leftover items. So, mom used to add an onion make the rice spicy.

Fodni is a simple tempering of mustard, asafetida, and turmeric powder added to the rice. You can use the same method to make Fodnichi Poli or Fodnicha Bread by substituting cooked rice with chapati pieces or bread crumbs.

I usually don't make this rice as I seldom have any leftover rice. During weekdays, we make 1 cup rice and 1 cup daal and this suffices us for around 2 days. If ever there is any leftover rice, I simply mix it with some puliogare paste. Mom had made Fodnicha bhaat during our recent India trip and P liked it so much that he made me cook it on a weekend.

Fodnicha bhaat/ Stir fried rice
Ready in: 15 minutes (if you are using left-over rice)


  1. 1 cup cooked rice (left over or fresh)

  2. 4 green chillies - washed and chopped fine

  3. 10-15 curry leaves - washed

  4. 1 small onion - chopped fine

  5. 1 tsp mustard seeds

  6. Pinch of asafetida

  7. 1/2 tsp turmeric powder

  8. Salt to taste

  9. 1/4 tsp red chilli powder


  1. Separate the rice in a plate. Add salt to taste and 1/4 tsp red chilli powder in the rice and mix well.

  2. Heat oil in a pan over medium flame. Add 1 tsp mustard seeds, and once they splutter, add asafetida and 1/2 tsp turmeric.

  3. Next, add the green chillies and curry leaves. Fry for around 30 secs. Add the chopped onion and fry till it turns light brown.

  4. Add the rice and mix together all the ingredients. Cover and cook on low heat for 5-7 minutes. Serve hot.

You can add leftover vegetables in this rice to make Mixed Vegetable Stir Fried Rice. Serve with raita or plain yogurt.


Jyothi said...

Hi Swapna! this is my favourite rice dish with leftover rice. We will call as "popannam" (tempering rice). Long back I had posted this recipe in my blog. Only one difference is we will add handful of groundnuts before adding rice. Really mouthwatering dish. Looks lovely. Thanks for sharing.

shilpa(Aayisrecipes) said...

We squeeze some lemon/lime juice on it and call it chitranna/lemon rice. A great dish to use all left over rice :). I feel it is one of those comfort foods for all of us :).

musical said...

Quick and great tasting! Love it and its my favorite way of using left over rice :). Looks yummy, Swapna!

PVP said...

Amhi thode dane pan ghalto. If you are fond of peanuts then you cud add it ..a simple variation.

supriya said...

My MIL gave me this recipe and I jus love it. Only difference in CKP's fodnicha bhat is along with chilli powder,some haldi and chopped cilantro is mixed with the recipe. The rest of the fodni is the same,plus a couple of cloves of garlic are added. Try it this way next time!!:)

Tee said...

maajhya ani maajhya navryachi favorite dish ! :)

Swapna said...

Jyothi and PVP: Adding groundnuts is a great idea. Thanks for suggesting.
Musical:Thanks for the comment.
Shilpa: I think Lemon rice is different from this rice. But adding lemon juice on this rice will definitely add a new flavor to it.
Supriya: This rice also has red chilli and haldi. I will add cilantro next time.

Sharmi said...

we do this with left overs and add some lemon too:) easy right?

Asha said...

Almost like Chitranna except lemon juice and chilli pd. Looks yum Swapna.Great entry too!:))

Sandeepa said...

Quick and easy, my fav way of making left over rice interesting.

Happy cook said...

This is what i like nice and sipmle they are the best always.

Manasi said...

Perfect for a quick b'fast on a lazy weekend! fodnicha bhaat ani fodnichi poli! all time favs!!!

Seema said...

Wow Swapna, That is one quick dish and a great recipe when you have leftover rice. Thanks buddy and belated happy chouthi wishes to you and your family.

Swapna said...

Sharmi:Yeah, it's one of the most super easy and super fast dishes:)
Asha:I am definitely adding lemon juice next time.
Sandeepa and Happy Cook: Glad you liked the dish. And same pinch:)
Manasi:Fodnichi poli is another dish I haven't made in a long time.
Seema:Thanks for the comment, dear. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!

Nags said...

yeah this sure is simple. bookmarking :)

Sudha said...

Thanks Swapna for the event's reply :) btw ur blog is yummy..

saurabh said...

Hi Swapna, Thanks for your recipie. I was looking for this quite for long time. From the comments, It looks you have more yummy stuffs on your blog site, i will go through and try something..these days cooking has become my passion.