Tala Hua Chawal

I do not fancy a day or two old left over plain rice for meals. Plain rice keeps well in the refrigerator for almost a week if stored in an air tight container. And it is convenient for working people. But I am not fond of stored left over rice. Fresh cooked rice tastes so much better. However there are days when there is leftover rice and you do not know what to do with it. My Ammi makes sun dried rice crackers using the day old rice just like the dal ki badiyan and they used to be so yummy. Unfortunately the weather here in Toronto does not always favor it. So I make an another of my Ammi’s speciality. Spicy and lemony Tala hua Chawal. Serve this chawal warm at breakfast or as a mid day meal.

Tala Hua Chawal – Recycled Spicy Rice


Leftover plain Rice (1 day old) – 2 cups
Canola oil – 2 tbsp
Mustard seeds – 1 1/2 tsp
Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp
Curry leaves – 2 sprigs
Red chilli powder – 1 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Salt – to taste
Lemon juice – 3-4 tbsp


In a non stick skillet at medium high heat pour in oil and as soon as it warms up add the mustard seeds and ginger garlic paste and stir fry until the ginger garlic paste turns golden brown and the seeds begin to pop. Immediately add the curry leaves, red chilli powder, salt and turmeric powder. As they splutter, add a few splashes of water and add the 2 cups rice. Mix well. Stir fry for 2-3 minutes until the rice is well mixed. Pour lemon juice and cover with a lid. Remove with a lid and serve warm.

Enjoy Tala hua Chawal along with Khadi dal or on its own.


A few days back, I was finally able to get my hands on a teeny weeny Curry leaf plant. It was quite costly but I couldnt resist buying it since I had been searching it from the past few years. Since it is almost spring, I transplanted the baby plant to a deeper pot and added manure to it as the fertilizer. It is now sitting in front of a large window in my house. Alhamdulillah it is growing nicely and I hope it will continue to flourish and hopefully will provide me soon with a fresh constant supply of curry leaves for my cooking purpose.

On an another note, hubby dear had gifted me a sewing machine this last Eid-ul-Adha, something that I had wanted since long. Sewing is an another favorite hobby of mine, so I have been doing a few sewing projects lately. There are a lot of interesting and clearly explained projects shared by very talented sewists on their blogs. Inshallah I will update my blog with projects that I will be doing.

I wanted to share with you all this project that had caught my attention a few days back, and it turned out pretty good. I used hubby’s old t-shirt and a time-worn kitchen towel instead of the chenille sock and I got 3 reusable swiffer mop pads. I plan to use them to wipe my kitchen floor and when they are soiled, just wash them and they are again good to go. How convenient is that.


14 thoughts on “Tala Hua Chawal

  1. Ooooo Mona, where o where did u get that curry leaf plant?! I’d love to know! And good on u for having fabulous sewing skills, and a creative mind to come up with solutions for the budget-conscious housewife 🙂

  2. Sister can u please some blog links for stitching tips etc for beginners?

    I have just started learning and I’m doing it on my own,would be really grateful if I get some help online.

  3. So, my mom always makes tala hua chawal and I’m so shocked to see it on your blog, how exciting! It’s really yummy. I love your collection of hyderabadi recipes, although I follow my moms (you know how it is.) But it’s so nice to send a link to my friends so they know what I’m talking about when it comes to our home cooked food. Thanks for this!

    P.S. someone mentioned bacteria in chawal. Although I’ve never had an issue with tala hua chawal and it being from two day old rice there is something about chicken biryani that upsets my stomach if it’s the next day or later..so now I avoid it.

  4. Assalam alaikum Mona!! how are u doing? i love your cooking..it so reminds me of hyderabad, can pls e-mail me the recipe of 2 chicken dishes which are in valima dinner in hyderabad. its in red and green colour.. hope u get it..thnx

  5. awesome your cooking mona i will try it today and mona yes ur new project on sewing is reallly great i always wanted to learn it but i had no time then but now i hope i will learn it from u are u planing to launch another blog for sweing or the same zaiqa………please let me know do u know how to stich salwar kameeeez 😛 hope i learn from u khudahafiz

  6. Salam
    That is awesome,
    I remember my chachi making that rice for me, it brought back childhood memories.:)
    u r so talented mashaallah
    When my mom wanted me to learn sewing i never paid attention
    Now I soooo want to learn it

  7. I am v happy if I have leftover rise, i love to eat tala hua rice, hey Mona would love to know more abt ur kadipatta plant I am planning on getting one too …insha Allah

  8. I love your cooking recipes. Mubarak on your sewing machine. Cant wait to read about your sewing tips, projects and patterns.


  9. I love your reusable swiffer cloths! That might be a nice easy project for me (I’m just learning to use my sewing machine).

    The curry leaf plants looks so sweet. I just put mine outdoors yesterday so it can catch some sun, but I have to watch the weather like a hawk in case the temps decide to drop.

  10. assalam alaikum Mona,
    I don’t know if you are aware, because I wasn’t until very recently, that there is a bacteria in rice that can cause food poisoning if more than 2 days old? I did not know that and I think have blamed tummy upsets on other things when it was probably the rice. I am very careful now to use up all my leftover rice within a day (usually by making what you just posetd!)Just thought I would mention it to you.
    BTW, the rice looks delicious. I love rice.

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