Leftover rice fryums – vadam

leftover rice vadam fryums.
Once more we have a short lockdown. We have developed a cluster and to break the chain we are all staying home and doing the right thing. 

How do I utilise this? 

It is summer, and following the good old mum trick, we make vadams and vattals in summer aka fryums. Well, ours has turned out to be a wet one, but does that stop the unexpected few days at home being turned into a family activity?  Just as much as we like to eat together we like to cook together too and this summer ritual is slowly getting passed on generously to the next in line. 
Earlier in the blog, we have two recipes f0r vattals and vadams.
So utilising the minimal sharp sun available and plenty of good creative time at hand, I decided to test out a recipe with leftover cooked rice that will stay for a bit longer and satisfy the crunch factor for the kids on holidays at home. 

Here is an image gallery of how we made it

The recipe is incredibly simple. With ample sunlight, I am sure it will come out more crisp. To aid the drying process at night, I left them under the fan so the air circulation is maintained. Try out these for yourself when sunlight is at its best. Scroll down for the ingredients and method and refer this pictoral for how it looks.

Once dried completely they will be hard and crispy. Store this in airtight jars for up to a year. To enjoy, deep fry small portions of the sundried ones. Serve it up as a part of an Indian meal or as a teatime snack. 

deep fried vadam

On a south Indian platter, these are the best combinations 

Steamed rice, Coconut milk sambharKnolkhol poriyal with these fryums.

For serving as a namkeen (savoury) snack use some Hari (green) chutney and Tulsi Chai – Fresh basil leaves tea.

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leftover rice vadam fryums.

Leftover rice fryums - vadam

gluten-free, sundried.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 30 minutes
Course Appetizer, Sweets and savories, Traditional
Cuisine Baby toddler food, Indian, Karnataka, Kids choice, South indian, Summer, tamilnadu, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 8 people


  • 2 cups rice ( cooked left over rice)
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida


  • Into a mixing bowl add all the ingredients.
    leftover rice mix for the fryums
  • Mash them and mix well.
  • Pinch small portions of this mix on to a thick plastic sheet.
    sundrying the fryums
  • Sundry this for about 2-3 days.
  • They separate from the plastic sheet when they are dry.
    sundried vadams
  • Dry once more completely and the store in airtight containers.

To serve them

  • Set the oil in a wok to heat up.
  • Deep fry the dried fryums and drain them when the bubbling around them stops.
  • The crunchy puffed up vadams (fryums). Store the fried ones in airtight containers for up to 1 week.
    deep fried vadam
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
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2 years ago
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Fryums from leftover cooked rice is indeed a unique and quite innovative recipe. We make with a traditional method which is a bit tedious. Your method is quite a simpler one when running against time except the time taken for sun drying. Will try it soon.

Lata Lala
2 years ago
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Short and crisp recipe for fryums is a great way to use leftover rice. Traditional recipe to make them is bit lengthy and takes hell lot of time.
Love how you have come up with shortcut of it.

Avin Kohli
2 years ago
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Do you guys really cool as a family? I am all alone here. Though your fryams looks yummy.

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