Cheesy Rice Cutlets



We had a long weekend, thanks to a public holiday for Miladunnabi yesterday. We didn’t even move out of the house, that’s been the case ever since we have come back from our vacation – yeah, it’s been more than three months, still… πŸ˜€ On top of that, thanks to see-saw weather, I ended up getting a very bad cold and cough and still struggling with it. Everybody is scaring me saying that whatever is coming now stays for at least a month. I am just hoping it is not that bad. Hehe… The silver lining was the arrival of my parents on Saturday night, Alhamdulillah. As usual, they came along with a lot of luggage and lot of stuff to eat, and I am in a battle with my mind that nothing of all that is mine to be eaten. This time, they will stay longer than the usual one month, so the kids are mighty excited. The main point of their excitement lies in the fact that they can be their notorious best and I will be tongue tied and hand tied majority of the times! I know how I used to play with the strings of my mattamma when we used to go for vacation and I can see the kids doing exactly the same… What goes around DOES come around! πŸ™‚


We all love to utilize our leftovers some way or the other, right? I am always lost for ideas, somehow my mind goes down the drain when I start to think what to do with any food that is leftover. Most of the time, the quantity is so minimal that it wouldn’t do its task as becoming a meal. These cheesy rice cutlets were born out of the compulsion to finish off the little rice, mashed potatoes and the remaining cheese in a packet. Mind you, these were so delicious and that you wouldn’t feel that you are having a patties with all leftovers in it. πŸ˜€ We enjoyed it with our cup of tea, but I am sure this would be amazing as a sandwich too, between two slices of bread, some more cheese and some chopped veggies, like tomatoes and onions. Off to this easy recipe…





Cheesy Rice Cutlets

Course Snacks
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 cup leftover rice I used pulao made of basmati rice
  • 400 gm potatoes boiled and skin removed
  • 1/2 cup grated mozarella cheese
  • 1 tsp red chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp garlic flakes
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 onion minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 large egg whipped with a tbsp of milk
  • Breadcrumbs as required
  • Oil to shallow fry


  • Mash up the rice and potatos till smooth.
  • Add the remaining ingredients till salt and pepper and mix till you have nice patty dough.
  • Shape into patties, dip into the beaten egg and roll in the breadcrumbs. Repeat till done.
  • Heat oil in a saucepan and shallow fry till both sides are golden brown.
  • Serve warm with ketchup or hot sauce and some tea! Makes around 12 cutlets.

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  1. this is a good way to use the leftover rice…and addition of cheese is bonus..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Amrita…

  2. Tell me about grandparents and grandchildren. I know. Love the idea of using leftovers for this yum cutlets. After all, i believe very strongly in waste not what not,

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Nava…

  3. Crisp and nicely golden…so delicious!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Angie…

  4. i make dosa with leftover rice,but this is really yummy with cheese:)

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Ramya…

  5. I love cutlets and this is a very nice way to use left over pulao rice. Hi five.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Tuma…

  6. oh delicious way to use up leftovers da! i make pakoda with leftover rice, must try these cutlets next time

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Pakoras seems to be a lovely idea, will try them next time… Thanks a lot Priya…

  7. Such a good way to make use of rice. Sometimes I am left with rice that would not even serve one meal – its innovative to turn it out into cutlets.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Ria…

  8. Wow nice way to use leftover rice..Nice snack recipe

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot dear Ruxana…

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