Dal Chawal Cutlets

Dal Chawal Cutlets(baked), a delicious snack made with leftover rice and dal along with fresh or leftover vegetables. 


Dal Chawal(rice) is a comfort food for many of us. An everyday meal that is so quick and easy to make. Another comfort food that many of us like to have is khichdi a no-fuss dish that ones loves when fresh and hot. Many people avoid a day old rice or at night as per the ayurveda. Khichdi also tastes best when fresh but no one except a few like to eat it the next day.

What are Dal Chawal Cutlets 

Try these no fry cutlets, with left over rice and dal or even khichdi. Add grated or finely chopped veggie like carrots,  boiled potatoes, spinach  or even fresh fenugreek leaves. You can also add any left over veggies like I used leftover aloo beans.

I bake these cutlets but these you can deep-fried or shallow-fried also.

These cutlets are very light as these are non-fried and an be enjoyed just like that with chutneys or ketchup and a cup of chai. Ideal for kids lunch boxes. Shape it in big patty and enjoy it as veggie burger. Kids will love this snack and it just disappears as soon as it is served.

What I need for Dal Chawal Cutlets 

You can use leftover rice(Steamed or Jeera), khichdi or pulao to make these. Also, you can use any leftover dal (arhar dal, moong dal).  Use boiled potatoes and bread crumbs to bind the cutles. Spices like garam masala, red chilli powder or chaat masala can be added along with fresh herbs like cilantro or coriander.

Let’s see how I make these easy and delicious cutlets..

To make these cutlets I used leftover Steamed rice, leftover Moong Lentils and leftover aloo beans.

As mentioned above, you can add any cooked veggies(mash properly) or grated carrots, spinach, corn or peas. Fresh coriander leaves enhance the flavours. I didn’t use it here as I did not have any in my refrigerator.

Since I baked these cutlets I didn’t need any cornflour to bind these. I used only bread crumbs to give texture to cutlets. If you want to fry the cutlets you can add 1-2 tbsp of cornflour as per the moisture in dal rice mixture for binding.

When making cutlets with leftover dal rice , do not use very watery dal as the cutlets won’t shape properly and you will have add lot of bread/breadcrumbs to shape it.

Cook dal with garlic tadka before mixing with rice, it adds more flavor to dal and also makes it thick to be mixed with rice.

Add cooled dal with rice, spices and finely chopped coriander leaves. Mix everything very nicely, mashing cooked rice grains and veggies that are added. Do not make the mixture very smooth keep it little coarse. Shape into cutlets, brush with oil and bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes from both sides.

Dal Chawal Cutlets

Dal chawal Cutlets.. Baked Cutlets made with leftover rice and lentils and vegetables.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course snacks
Cuisine Indian


  • 1 Cup Leftover rice/khichdi or pulao
  • 1 Cup Leftover dal/lentils can leave dal when using khichdi
  • 1/2 Cup Any leftover dry veggies optional
  • 1-2 Green Chillies optional
  • 1-2 Garlic Cloves optional
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder
  • ½-1 tsp Chaat Masala Powder
  • 1-2 tbsp Fresh Coriander Leaves Finely Chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Bread Crumbs
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Oil for frying dal
  • Oil to brush Cutlets


  • In a pan heat oil, add cumin seeds, when seeds crackle add garlic.
  • Add dal and cook till it is thick. Cool dal.
  • Meanwhile, add veggies, coriander powder, chaat masala ,fresh coriander, green chillies and mix well.
  • Mash rice and potatoes(if adding) well.
  • Add dal and breadcrumbs and mix up everything and form small cutlets. You can shape these as your prefer.
  • Preheat oven at 400°F. Keep shaped cutlets in refrigerator till the time oven is preheating.
  • Then bake cutlets at 400°F for 15-20 minutes. turning sides after 7-10 minutes. Bake till till golden brown and crisp. Brush more oil if you feel the cutlets are coming out dry.

To fry Cutlets

  • Add more bread crumbs and 1-2 tbsp of cornstarch/cornflour.
  • In a kadhai, heat oil for frying and fry cutlets in hot oil till golden brown.

To Shallow fry Cutlets

  • In a non-stick pan, add 3-4 tbsp of oil.
  • Once the oil is medium hot, add 203 cutlets depending on the size of your pan, and shallow fry from both sides till golden brown and cutlets are crisp and cooked well.


I used leftover beans and potato veggie.. you can use any other veggies of your choice.Like Finely chopped bell peppers, carrots, spinach leaves or corns.
Add more bread crumbs when frying. 
You can add soaked poha also instead of breadcrumbs to bind the dal rice mixture.
You can skip adding dal when using khichdi to make cutlets and temper khichdi in cumin and garlic for more flavour. Cool before adding spices and breadcrumbs. 
Keyword cooking with leftovers, rice cutlets, Vegetarian

Do make these easy and delicious cutlets from leftover dal rice or khichdi. You can also serve these crispy cutlets at your parties. These are so crispy and the same time melt in mouth,  one will know that these are made from leftovers.

The pics came out quite dark, as I clicked the pics after sunset not enough light..  will update better pics when I make these again.

If you like light and easy snacks and cutlets, you will surely like.. Aloo Poha Cutlets, Chana Dal and Yam Kebabs.

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11 thoughts

  1. This is really such a wonderful idea of using leftover dal chawal in another munching way. I have been used leftover dal and rice in a single single way, never thought that we can combined them. Such an creative idea I must say.

  2. Whenever I have very little rice, dal and veggies left, I usually don’t know what to do with them and have to eat it while others enjoy freshly cooked food. Now I know what to do with them. Such a wonderful idea Swaty to make them into cutlets.

    1. Thanks pooja.. I bake these cutlets often when no one in house wants to eat leftover khichdi or dal rice.

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