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How to heat yesterday’s leftover Rice

Many times after dinner we discover that there is some rice left. This rice can be served the next day after storing it in refrigerator. This leftover rice can be heated and served the next day but the question is how to heat this leftover rice.


I have seen people putting the rice in a pot and heating on the stove, at times the rice gets burnt while heating it this way. I have also seen that some people add water, boiling it and draining the water. This method is also not perfect because the taste of the rice changes.


The best way best way to heat rice is to steam it.

  1. Take 2 pots of different sizes (make sure that the smaller one easily fits inside the bigger pot)
  2. Put the leftover rice in the smaller pot.
  3. Pour 1 cups of water in the bigger pot.
  4. Put the smaller pot inside the bigger pot.
  5. Steam this on the stove for a few minutes.


Before storing the rice in the refrigerator, I usually separate the grains. This helps to steam easily.

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Chicken Palau

Palau in Fiji is a very special dish, it is cooked during special events like Weddings, Birthdays, Christmas, New Year  or for a special guest. Chicken Palau recipe is an authentic Indo-Fijian dish.

Meat Palau is prepared by cooking the meat curry first and than cooking the rice in spices, when rice is half way cooked, the cooked meat is added to the rice portion.  This is than cooked together. Palau looks somewhat like Chicken Fried Rice (in western countries) or Biriyani (in India)  its more closer to Biriyani because of the similar type of spices used.

Palau can be cooked with Chicken, Goat, Lamb or even Beef. All the meat mentioned can be cooked using the recipe below, the only difference will be to substitute the Chicken with Goat, Lamb or Beef. The only thing that differs between Chicken Palau and other meat Palau is that chicken meat is more tender therefore, it will need lesser cooking time than Goat, Lamb or Beef.


Ingredients for Cooking Meat:

  1. 1 kg chicken
  2. Salt
  3. Jeera
  4. Methi
  5. Sarso
  6. Masala
  7. 1/2 Onion sliced
  8. Garlic paste 1 tbsp
  9. Ginger 1/4 tbsp paste
  10. Water 4 cups
  11. Oil
  12. Lewang
  13. Elachi
  14. Dhalchini
  15. Curry leaves 4 -5 pcs
  16. Masala 2tbsp

Ingredients for the rice:

  1. Rice 2 cups
  2. Salt
  3. Jeera
  4. Methi
  5. Sarso
  6. Palau masala/ Chicken masala
  7. Coriander Powder
  8. Roasted Jeera Powder
  9. 2 onion sliced
  10. Garlic paste 1 tbsp
  11. Ginger paste 1/4 tbsp paste
  12. Butter 100 grams
  13. Curry leaves 10 pieces
  14. Lewang 2 – 4 pieces
  15. Elachi 3 – 5 pieces
  16. Dhalchini 2 -4 pieces (1 cm each)

For Garnishing: Coriander leaves rinsed and cut into small pieces, add this when the Chicken Palau is cooked and you are about to take it off the stove.

Method for cooking Chicken Palau:

  1. Cut chicken in curry size pieces and rinse it.
  2. Heat oil and pour in methi, after a few seconds add a few pieces of onion, ginger, jeera, sarso and stirr.
  3. After a few seconds add garlic, lewang, elachi, dalchini, , coriander powder and curry leaves. Fry this till garlic is light brown.
  4. Add chopped meat,  salt and mix this well.
  5. Cook till meat is tender.
  6. Rinse the rice and keep it aside.
  7. In another pot heat half the butter and pour in methi, after a few seconds add onion, ginger, jeera, sarso, curry leaves, elachi, lewang and dhalchini and stirr.
  8. After a few seconds add garlic and curry leaves, chicken masala, coriander powder. Fry this till garlic is light brown. Add the rice and fry this for 2 minutes and add hot water and salt. Let this cook till rice is half cooked and most of the water has disappeared.
  9. Add the cooked chicken and mix well.
  10. Let this cook till rice is tender and add jeera powder and mix well.
  11. Cut the remaining butter in small pieces and pour it over the chicken palau and let it melt.
  12. Sprinkle the coriander leaves and serve chicken palau with tamrin chutney or tomato chutney or salad.


  1. Some People spell Chicken palau as pulau, palaoo, pulao, pulav etc.



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Egg and Vegetable Fried Rice


  1. 2 eggs
  2. 1 Carrots
  3. 1/4 Capsicum
  4. 1 onion
  5. 5 Long beans
  6. 1 Cup Rice
  7. 1 stock Celery
  8. Salt
  9. Chinese salt (pinch of)
  10. Ginger paste 1 teaspoon
  11. Garlic paste 1tbsp
  12. Oil/Butter
  13. Dark Soy Sauce (optional)


  1. Cook the rice and cool it, separate the grains individually.
  2. Use a food peeler to take off a thin layer of skin from the carrot, rinse it and cut the carrot in very small cubes.
  3. Rinse the capsicum and cut into small cubes.
  4. Take off the onion skin and cut the onions in either circles or small cubes.
  5. Rinse the long beans and cut it into small pieces.
  6. Rinse the celery and cut it into small pieces.
  7. In a bowl add the egg white and egg yellow, pinch of salt and beat well.
  8. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a frypan and pour the eggs. Keep stirring while frying to make the eggs into small pieces. Take it out of the fypan when cooked and keep it aside.
  9. Heat butter in a frypan and pour in half of garlic and ginger, add the carrots, capsicum, long beans and celery, stir fry these vegetables on high heat for about 1 to 3 minutes.
  10. Add the rice , eggs, salt, remaining garlic and ginger, onions chinese salt and stirr well (If you are planning to add soy sauce than you can do so now… only need to sprinkle 2 to 3 drops) . Cook this for 2 to 5 minutes and serve.
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How to make rice in a pressure cooker


  1. 2 cups rice
  2. 4 cups water


  1. Pour the 2 cups rice in a bowl and rinse it.
  2. Transfer the washed rice into the pressure cooker.
  3. Pour 4 cups of water in the pressure cooker.
  4. Close the cooker and put it on the store.
  5. Cook this in high heat till the whistle blowing gets stable.
  6. Switch off the flame and leave it without taking out the pressure. Let the pressure escape by itself.


  1. The above recipe was cooked in hawkins futura pressure cooker.
  2. White ordinary rice was used.
  3. This method of cooking rice will save your gas and electricity.
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Cooking Rice

If you do not have a rice cooker or maybe the electricity is off and you wish to cook rice. You can cook it in a pot using the following method. People used to cook rice the following way when rice cooker was not invented.


  1. Rice 1 cup
  2. Water 3 to 4 cups


  1. Pour the rice in a pot, pour water and wash the rice.
  2. Fill water in the rice pot and boil it till the rice is tender.
  3. Drain out excess water.
  4. Simmer this on very low flame for 1 minute.
  5. The rice is ready to be served.


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