As the OP says: use the leftovers in something else - although there is the risk that, having used the rest of the mung beans, you now have half a jar of harissa sauce, which you can use in a Moroccan so and so, except there’s now 3/4 packet of chick peas, and so on... but it does all get used in the end.
Alternative is to check the cupboard for spices, pickles, herbs etc that are close enough to replace that special ingredient. There is the risk of a somewhat pale imitation, and a slim chance of disaster. But every so often it’ll come out even better.
That’s all far too sensible for the Rant Room. So... The more you do this sort of thing, the better you understand ingredients and how they work together, the less you need to follow recipes anyway, and the more you realise how much these promotional recipes are all more or less rubbish, and you’d be better off grabbing a few yellow sticker bargain main ingredients and going from there. After all, you’ve cupboards full of spices and sauces left over from...
Last edited by ChrisH77; 2 Weeks Ago at 22:05.