What To Do With Leftover Curry? [Chicken, Lamb, & More]

If you are like most people, you probably enjoy a good curry dish. It is flavorful and aromatic, and it can be tailored to fit just about any craving and any special diet regimen.

The only problem is that you are usually left with a big pot of leftovers. What do you do with leftover curry?

Leftover curry can be easily packed in an airtight container and stored in the fridge for up to 7 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Any extra curry paste, sauce, gravy, and leaves can also be kept in the fridge for other recipes.

Depending on the type of curry, you can turn the leftover into ingredients for salad, pasta, pie, stew, samosa, croquette, lasagna, taquitos, fried rice, quiche, soup, soup base for ramen, rice omelet, vermicelli, and burrito.

Leftover Curry recipes

What Can You Make With Leftover Curry Chicken?

The tender meat in chicken curry is delicious, whether hot or cold.

If you have some extra curry chicken, you can create a quick curry chicken salad that tastes wonderful by itself or as a delicious filling for sandwiches.

Curry Chicken Salad

Instead of using traditional salad dressing, the creamy curry sauce is a great substitution to give the salad an extra exotic flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb chicken, cooked and diced
  • 1/2 cup grapes, halved
  • 1/4 cup celery, diced
  • 1/4 cup green onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Start by mixing the curry chicken with chopped greens, diced tomatoes, green onions, and shredded cheese.
  2. Add in some raisins or dried cranberries to give the salad a slight hint of sweetness.
  3. Top it off with chopped nuts or croutons to give it some extra crunch texture.

Creamy Chicken Curry Fettuccine

If your chicken curry has been sitting in the fridge for more than a day, you may want to reheat the chicken to create a hot dish instead.

One of the best ways to reuse chicken curry is to make a creamy chicken curry fettuccine.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of fettuccine noodles
  • 1 cup chicken curry
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Parsley for garnish

Instructions:

1. Cook noodles according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.

2. In a large skillet, heat chicken curry over medium heat until it is heated through.

3. Stir in heavy cream and cook for 1-2 minutes until slightly thickened.

4. Add cooked noodles and stir to combine.

5. Garnish with parsley and serve immediately. Enjoy!

What Can You Make With Leftover Curry Lamb?

Lamb meat can be a little dry without sauce. As a result, recipes that call for a thicker sauce or gravy are most suitable for leftover curry lamb.

Curry Lamb Shepherd’s Pie

  • Ingredients
  • 2 cups leftover curry lamb
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 1/4 cup corn
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/4 stick of butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a large pot, cook potatoes in boiling water for 20 minutes. Drain, add butter and a pinch of salt, mash the potato until it is creamy, and set aside.
  3. In the same pot, saute onions and garlic over medium heat until softened. Stir in flour and tomato paste and cook for 1 minute. Add thyme, milk, salt, and pepper.
  4. Simmer the sauce until it thickens. Remember to stir frequently so the sauce does not burn or stick to the bottom of the pot.
  5. Add peas, corn, and curry lamb into the mixture. Mix well.
  6. Pour the mixture into a large baking dish.
  7. Smooth the mashed potato on top of the mixture.
  8. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool for 5 minutes, and serve.

Curry Lamb Stew

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb lamb, cooked and diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 potatoes, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups beef broth

Instructions:

1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, combine lamb, carrots, potatoes, onion, garlic, flour, curry powder, salt, and pepper.

2. Pour in beef broth and stir to combine.

3. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1-2 hours or until the vegetables are tender.

4. Serve hot with some crusty bread.

What To Do With Leftover Potato Curry?

Leftover potato curry often has a drier consistency and can be used like baked potato or mashed potato.

Potato Curry

It can also be incorporated into other recipes that call for potato as an ingredient, like samosa, croquette, and shepherd’s pie.

Samosa

Ingredient

  • 1 cup potato curry
  • 1/4 onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup green peas
  • 1 pre-made pastry dough

Instructions:

1. Mix potato curry, onion, and green peas together in a medium bowl.

2. Cut pastry dough into small triangles.

3. Fill each triangle with the potato curry mixture. Fold to create a pocket.

4. Deep fry or bake the samosas until they’re golden brown. Serve with chutney on the side.

Curry Potato Croquette

Ingredients

  • 1 cup potato curry
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs, plus more for coating
  • 1 egg

Instructions:

1. Mix together potato curry, bread crumbs, and egg in a medium bowl.

2. Form the mixture into small patties.

3. Coat in bread crumbs and shallow fry until golden brown.

4. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

For extra protein, you can add mincemeat into the mixture. Beef, lamb, pork, salmon, or even crab meat all work nicely in this recipe.

What To Do With Vegetable Curry?

Because vegetables contain a lot of water, recipes that thicken up the juices are excellent for vegetable curry leftover.

If you do not wish to blend the vegetables into a thick creamy soup, cheesy dishes such as lasagna and taquitos are great ideas to re-purpose the curry.

Curry Vegetable Lasagna

Ingredients

  • 1 lb leftover vegetable curry
  • 1/2 box lasagna noodles, cooked
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. In a 9×13 inch baking dish, layer cooked noodles, vegetable curry, mozzarella cheese, and ricotta cheese.

3. Bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Curry Vegetable Taquitos

Ingredients

  • Leftover vegetable curry
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • 6 pre-made tortillas

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or heat oil for frying.

2. In a medium bowl, mix together leftover vegetable curry and shredded cheese.

3. Fill each tortilla with the mixture. Roll up and place seam side down.

4. For baking: Spray taquitos with cooking spray and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. For frying:

Fry in hot oil for 1-2 minutes per side or until golden brown and crispy.

5. Serve with sour cream or salsa on the side.

What To Do With Leftover Indian Curry?

Curry biryani is a popular choice for people who love a non-saucy Indian curry dish.

Biryani is a rice dish that is layered with meat or vegetables, spices, and often saffron. It is then cooked over low heat until the flavors have melded together.

But what can you do with some leftover curry biryani? Having a drier consistency, it is perfect for simple recipes such as fried rice and quiche.

Curry Biryani Fried Rice

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of rice that has been cooked overnight
  • 1/2 cup curry biryani
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup chopped vegetables of your preference, such as onion, green peppers, carrots, and peas
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • Salt, sugar, and pepper to taste

Instructions:

1. Combine a pinch of salt and a pinch of sugar into the eggs. Beat the eggs and set them aside.

2. Heat coconut oil in a large skillet or wok.

3. Scramble the eggs. Set aside for later use.

4. Stir-fry chopped vegetables until they are tender.

5. Stir in cooked rice, curry biryani, and scrambled eggs. Make sure everything is evenly distributed.

6. Add salt and pepper to taste.

3. Serve hot.

Curry Biryani Quiche

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup curry biryani
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 pre-made pie crust

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. In a medium bowl, stir together curry biryani and eggs.

3. Pour the mixture into the pre-made pie crust.

4. Bake for 30 minutes or until the egg is cooked through.

5. Serve hot or cold.

What To Do With Leftover Japanese Curry?

Japanese people love curry and have incorporated it into many of their dishes. While most of us are familiar with Indian curry, Japanese curry is quite different.

It is less spicy and has a sweeter flavor due to the addition of apples and carrots.

All that extra Japanese curry can easily be repurposed for making udon, ramen, and the famous Japanese curry omelet rice.

Curry Udon/Ramen

Ingredients

  • 1 package of cooked udon or ramen noodles
  • 1 cup of leftover Japanese curry
  • 1 teaspoon of miso paste
  • 1 cup of chicken, beef, or vegetable broth
  • 1 boiled egg
  • Roasted seaweed
  • Chopped green onion

Instructions

1. In a pot, combine the leftover curry with broth.

2. Bring the mixture to a simmer.

3. Add the noodles and cook until heated through.

4. Turn off the heat. Stir in the miso paste.

5. To serve, divide the noodles into bowls and top with boiled egg, roasted seaweed, and chopped green onion.

Curry Omelet Rice

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of cooked rice
  • 1/4 cup of leftover Japanese curry
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons of milk or cream
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or vegetable oil
  • Chopped green onion, and roasted seaweed for toppings (optional)

Instructions:

1. Combine the milk/cream with the egg and beat until the mixture is smooth.

2. Heat oil in a small frying pan over medium heat.

3. While waiting for the oil to heat up, pack rice into a small rice bowl, and flip the rice onto a plate.

4. Pour the egg mixture into the pan and tilt it so that the egg covers the entire bottom of the pan.

5. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until the edges of the omelet are set, and the bottom is golden brown.

6. Flip the omelet and cook for an additional 1 minute.

7. Slide the omelet over the rice.

8. Pour the Japanese curry on top of the omelet.

9. Add desired toppings and serve immediately.

What To Do With Leftover Thai Curry?

Because Thai curry contains coconut milk and cream, it can spoil easily within four days of storage in the refrigerator.

Thai Curry

Consider making Thai curry soup with vermicelli noodles if you find yourself with leftover Thai curry.

If you do not have any vermicelli noodles available, consider using angel hair noodles or thin spaghetti. Other fun noodle options are glass noodles and konjac noodles.

Thai Curry Soup Vermicelli

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup leftover Thai curry
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 oz vermicelli noodles, cooked according to package instructions
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Instructions

1. Combine the Thai curry, broth, coconut milk, fish sauce, and sugar in a pot.

2. Bring the mixture to a simmer.

3. Add the cooked vermicelli noodles and cilantro.

4. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until the noodles are heated thoroughly.

5. Serve hot in bowls with additional cilantro (optional).

What To Do With Leftover Curry and Rice?

Because rice contains sugar that will increase the fermentation and spoilage process, your leftover can only sit in the fridge for a maximum of two days before it goes bad.

To keep the curry rice fresh, store the content in an airtight container in the refrigerator or the freezer.

If you are left with a small amount of takeaway leftover curry and rice, you can turn it into a delicious burrito!

Quick Leftover Curry Rice Burrito

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup leftover curry and rice
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup of black beans
  • 1 sheet of tortilla wrap
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream, green onion, cilantro (optional)

Instructions:

1. Mix together the leftover curry and rice, cheese, onion, and black beans in a bowl.

2. Heat the mixture in the microwave for 2 minutes.

3. Place the mixture in the center of the tortilla wrap.

4. Add the cilantro, green onion, and sour cream, if desired.

5. Fold the bottom of the tortilla up to cover the filling.

6. Fold in the sides of the tortilla.

7. Roll the burrito up from the bottom.

8. Slice in half and serve immediately.

How to Store and Use Extra Curry Ingredients

It can be tricky to gauge how much ingredients you need to create a pot of curry. Often, you are left with extra sauce, curry paste, meat, and spices.

So what can you do to store and repurpose these leftovers?

What To Do With Curry Sauce and Gravy?

Curry sauce and gravy are essential just like stock broth. If you have any extra sauce or gravy, you can freeze them in ice cube trays.

Once frozen, transfer the curry cubes to a freezer-safe bag. And when you need curry gravy, thaw out the desired amount and use it in your recipes.

You can also add curry cubes to soups or stews for an extra flavor boost. Because curry gravy is already cooked, it will only take a few minutes to heat up before using.

What To Do With Curry Paste?

To store any opened jars of curry paste, put a piece of cling wrap on the jar opening and tighten the jar lid.

When stored properly in the fridge, the paste should last up to two weeks. You can also freeze curry paste in ice cube trays and store the cubes in a freezer-safe bag.

Each cube is equivalent to one tablespoon, so you can use them as needed in future recipes.

If you want to give your dish a boost of flavor, simply add a spoonful of curry paste. If you are making a stir-fry, add a teaspoon of curry paste to the pan before adding your vegetables.

You can even use curry paste as a dipping sauce for fried chicken or pork chops. Simply mix the paste with some mayonnaise and serve on the side.

What To Do With Japanese Gold Curry Blocks?

If you have any unused curry paste blocks like the Japanese Golden Curry or House Curry bars, you can wrap them in a ziplock bag and keep them in the refrigerator for up to three months.

However, these blocks are so versatile that you can use them up in no time.

If you are making an instant ramen noodle, you can break a small piece into the soup to create an instant curry noodle.

And if you are making fried pork chops, chicken nuggets, or even fries, you can melt some curry into the dipping gravy for an added depth of flavor.

What To Do With Leftover Curry Mince?

If you have no immediate use for your leftover curry mince, you can store the meat in an airtight or freezer ziplock bag and keep it in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to two months.

When you are ready to use it, simply thaw it overnight in the fridge or cook it straight from frozen.

Curry mince is a great way to add extra protein to any dish. Whether making a soup, stew, or stir-fry, simply add a spoonful of curry mince to the pot.

You can use curry mince as a filling for tacos or burritos. You can even add it to the pasta meat sauce for extra flavor.

What To Do With Leftover Curry Spices?

Spices tend to lose their aroma when exposed to oxygen. If you have any extra seasonings, store them in an airtight container and place them in a cool, dark cabinet.

Most spices can last for six months to a year stored this way. When you are ready to use them, simply add them to your next batch of curry.

Curry spice is a great substitute for adding salt and sugar to your regular stir-fry dishes.

Simply add a teaspoon of the curry spice blend to the pan before adding your vegetables.

You can also use curry spice blend as a seasoning or marinade for chicken, fish, or tofu dishes. Just remember, a little goes a long way for curry spices.

What To Do With Leftover Curry Leaves?

The best way to store curry leaves is to wrap them in a paper towel and keep them in an airtight container in the fridge.

To make sure they stay fresh for over two weeks, change the moistened paper towel regularly, remove water condensation in the container, and remove blackened leaves.

Curry leaves are great for masking the fishiness smell and taste. If you are cooking a fish dish, add a few curry leaves into the mix.

The curry leaves will absorb the fishy smell and leave behind a subtle flavor. It also works with other seafood such as clams, crabs, squid, and shrimp.

You can also use curry leaves to flavor rice dishes, such as yellow rice and pilaf. Simply add a few leaves during the cooking process.

Final Thoughts

While it is always best to finish your curry, sometimes it is impossible. If you find yourself stuck with some extra leftovers, there are plenty of delicious ways to use them!

Whether it is Indian, Japanese, Thai, or any other type of curry, there are many ways to incorporate them into other recipes.

So go ahead and experiment with different dishes to find your new favorite way to enjoy leftover curry.

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