Left over vegetable bhaji

Last evening was one of those rare evenings where the son had no sporting activity to turn up to and I had the luxury of pre-planning our next few meals. Feeling extremely organised, I opened the fridge only to be accosted by the baleful glare of assorted left-over vegetables.

You see, we had chicken teriyaki for dinner on Sunday made by the husband (I know, I had a quick look outside and the moon did have a blue tinge) with lots of fresh vegetables on the side… and guess which little boy didn’t eat his snow peas, or his baby corn, or his courgettes.

Anyway I decided to teach the leftovers a lesson by putting them all in a bhaji along with onions, potatoes and a couple of tomatoes. And yes, a decorative red chilli as well.Left oversThe boy helped me arrange them all for this photo and clocking their health benefits immediately informed me that he would not be eating this. At all.

Left over vegetable bhajiThe result doesn’t look bad does it? And what’s more I am so confident about this bhaji that I am going to serve it to a friend who is coming home for dinner tonight. As for the boy, I will just have to tell him that Michael Phelps and Sachin Tendulkar have both tweeted me this evening to inform us that this is their most favourite dish ever.

Yeah, right, whatevs. You’ll be amazed at how world-weary and cynical eight-year old boys are these days.

Left over vegetable bhaji

Serves 4
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 25 minutes
A delicous bhaji made up of Left over vegetables


  • all left over veg in your fridge
  • 1 onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 tomatoes (finely chopped)
  • 1 potato
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 small piece ginger
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp. garam masala
  • 1 red chilli (whole)
  • 1 tbs. oil (we use sunflower)


Please remember that different vegetables take different times to cook - so put them in according to their cooking times. Example - I always put in the potatoes for a couple of minutes before the other vegetables.


Step 1
Heat up the oil in a pan, when it is hot add in the cumin seeds.
Step 2
Add in the garlic and onions and fry till the onions are soft.
Step 3
Add in the tomatoes and the masalas and fry for a bit. Add salt
Step 4
Add in all the vegetables and stir until cooked. Note you can add a spoon of water if the vegetables stick to the base.
Step 5
Serve hot with pitta bread and yoghurt.