Leftover pongal vadai- gluten free fritters

leftover pongal
In most Indian homes kichadi, in some form or other features on the menu. Usually, there is not much fuss over the Pongal at my place except if it is for breakfast. They only like it on cold winter nights for dinner. Easy peasy one pot solution of a warm comforting balanced meal for me too.  So it frequents the crazy weekdays. 

Here is how to make a perfect Pongal

Once the meal is done the leftover Pongal haunts me…Most of us end up with about a cup or two of Pongal or Kichdi leftover. By then it is gone cold and kind of solidified. This is a lump even I hate. As all the leftovers end up on the mommy’s plate. I too dislike it. This prompted me to the inevitable.
Had to find a way too recycle this back and not make this hideous lump occupy my plate, for I can’t take another bite of this cold sticky leftover Pongal.
On the other hand, there is total comfort in anything fried. So the experiment triggered off.
leftover Pongal
This vada will work when the leftover Pongal or kichadi is solid than more of the pouring out consistency.  Making these sized crispy vadas turned out a good experiment. Its become sought out now for its gooey centre and crispy exterior…yumm.
Pongal vadai
Dunk them in the delicious green chutney (click here for the recipe) and enjoy a leftover made awesomely.
Wait no more for this delicious recipe and clear out all that cold Pongal in a delicious snack version. Serve them with Salad or on Arisikaruvadam cups.
I am very sure you have some Pongal left this new year season, so don’t miss to try it.
Read about Pongal celebrations. Wish you a wonderful upcoming Pongal season.
This post is a part of the Healthy wellthy cuisines, #WinterDelightsAtHW. This collection of exciting bloggers have wonderful creations try some of these
leftover pongal

Left over pongal vadai

Gluten-free fritters
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snacks, Sweets and savories
Cuisine Baby toddler food, Fusion, gluten free, Indian, Kids choice, One pot, South indian, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 20 small
Calories 25 kcal



  • 2 cups pongal premade or leftover
  • 1/4 cup Chopped onions (red or brown)
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves chopped
  • 1 green chilli Chopped, optional
  • 1/4 cup mixed vegetable grated, like carrot, beets, celery etc

for deep frying

  • 2 cups cooking oil


  • To the two cups of cooled down, Pongal adds the vegetables, chopped onions, chilli and coriander and mix well.
  • Mix this well into a thick dough and make small gooseberry sized balls.
  • Heat oil in a deep pan till hot but not smoky
  • Deep fry this dough till golden brown and drain well
  • Serve on bed of salad, or top it off with little bites of tomatoes or other veggies of your choice.
    leftover Pongal
  • Serve with green chutney.


Calories: 25kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 0.4gSaturated Fat: 0.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.002gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.003gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 110mgPotassium: 9mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.3g
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The Girl Next Door
5 years ago

Oh, wow, this is such an innovative recipe! What a great way to use leftover khichdi! 🙂 The vadas look scrumptious, and would be a great treat for the winter months!

5 years ago

Wow!!! Super awesome innovation dear Seema!! And the presentation is class apart. Feels like eating them right away!!

Vanitha Bhat
5 years ago

Such a wonderful idea to use leftovers dear! In our house, we always have leftover pongal and I end up eating it! Now, that you have given me this brilliant idea , our whole family can enjoy it in a new avatar! Thanks for sharing Seema 🙂 🙂

5 years ago

This is a good way to make use of the leftover pongal. Children will happily eat these vadas as a snack. Nice share Seema.

5 years ago

What’s an idea Maam ji 😉 vada from kichidi makeover is superb ! An healthy meal in a tempting and delicious getup . Thank you for the share dear.

5 years ago

Amazing it tastes… Looks wonderful. Great idea to use leftover Khichdi.. Must be a great hit with hot cup of tea..

Mayuri Patel
5 years ago

Wow what a wonderful snack you made form khichdi. I would have never thought of making it into vadai. Left over khichdi to me means thepla. Must try out these vadai next time.

5 years ago

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5 years ago

Wow… Love the idea of making pongal to badai. Never thought of that. Beautiful presentation as well. Brilliant👏👏

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