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Vegetable Rice Cakes - Have a bowl of leftover rice? Wondering what to do with it? We got you covered with these Savory Vegetable Cakes. Perfect for a nutritious breakfast or for the days when you like 'garam nashta (warn snack)' Vegan. GlutenFree.

The one thing that is making me go crazy is that how could I have not shared this recipe earlier. I have no clue why I didn't think of it. Especially when this is a pretty staple recipe at our place typical made on Mondays. Why Mondays you ask? Well, I have this habit of always making some extra food, especially when there is a get-together. Since most get-togethers are on the weekends, most Mondays I have leftover rice. I either consume them with Dal or Curried Vegetables, or I make these savory, steamed Vegetable Cakes with the leftover rice.

Steamed Vegetable Dhokla Cakes

This is a pretty easy and straightforward recipe. It's literally just adding all the ingredients to make a batter and then you can either use an egg poacher, appe pan or your idli maker to make these cakes or balls. Ever since Little A has started going to school, I am always on the lookout for lunch options and last evening I was thinking to myself that these would make an awesome lunch option as well. It's made with grains, vegetable & protein and it's is mess free. It's as simple as picking up the cake and biting it, without worrying about stains from the curry or sauce. So today I gave Little A these Vegetable Rice Cakes for lunch. Will keep you posted on how did it go.

Rice Cakes Dhokla Cakes / Vegetable Rice Cakes

Rice Cakes Dhokla Cakes / Vegetable Rice Cakes



Dhokla Cakes / Vegetable Rice Cakes

Little A's school as a rotating lunch time. Day 1 starts at 10.30 am and every day lunch is half an hour later until the last day lunch being at 1.20 am.  After which the scheduled moves back to Day 1. Last couple weeks I noticed that he barely eats anything the days lunch is at 10.30 am. I mean obviously, he has just had a big breakfast at 8.30, I can't expect him to be hungry within a couple hours. So my game plan is I will give him a lighter lunch and rater give these vegetable rice cakes for snack around 1pm. I know he is fond of these cakes at home, lets see how things turn out when I give him these vegetable cakes for lunch.

Dhokla Cakes / Vegetable Rice Cakes

You can also try making Vegetable Manchurian balls with leftover rice and veggies.

So do you have a leftover rice hack?

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Dhokla Cakes / Vegetable Rice Cakes

Vegetable Rice Cakes


  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 cup veggies of your choice (carrots, bellpeppers, cilantro, peas, zucchini)
  • 1/2 cup besan (gram flour)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoon oil


In a mixing bowl, add 1 tablespoon oil and toss all the ingredients together. The batter should be as thick as the Dhokla or Idli Batter.
Drizzle oil into each cavity of the Eggpoacher and pour the batter. you could even use an Idli Maker or Abelskiver or Appe Pan.
Cook on slow to medium flame for about 15 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the cake to make sure it's completely cooked. Cook longer if required.
Once the cakes are ready serve them warm with [Multipurpose Green Chutney|] or [Sweet Guava Chutney|] or just Ketchup.

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Have a bowl of leftover rice? Wondering what to do with it?Make these Savory Vegetable Cakes. Loaded with nutrition from grains, vegetables & protein (V+GF) | @bellyrulesdmind

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Sunday 24th of December 2017

If I make these veggie cakes in Idli maker, then they will be steamed, right? But your veggie cakes look like they have been fried. How did you achieve the 'fried' look with egg poacher. Egg poaches is also basically steaming method for cooking eggs. Looking forward to hearing from you.


Friday 22nd of September 2017

This looks so good!! I always seem to have left overs and never thought of trying to use them up this way! I'll definitely be giving this a try, thanks for sharing!


Friday 22nd of September 2017

This looks absolutely AMAZING!!! I need to try this. And I love how you can use leftovers

Ashley - Forking Up

Thursday 21st of September 2017

Yum! This is a great way to add some extra veggies into your diet with a bit of a different texture and flavor profile. And I like using the poaching pan to make them!


Thursday 21st of September 2017

What a lovely idea :) love the idea of using leftovers

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