One thing that has come with the coronavirus outbreak is self-isolation. Gyms, colleges, offices, and schools are shut across the globe and people have been asked to stay indoors. As a lot of office goers have started working from homework from home, snack breaks need to get more creative. Since it is no longer advisable to hop to your favourite food joint and pick up food, how about you get creative at home and try some healthy food recipes? The question is: how can you quickly cook in the kitchen when there are so many office deadlines to finish?
Well, guess what? There are many recipes that you can whip up with your microwave. Here are seven brilliant hacks that will make your work from home experience life a lot easier.
One of the most popular Gujarati snacks, Dhokla, is quite a healthy snack when it comes to satisfying your hunger and taste buds at the same time. Perfect for an evening binge, it takes less than 10 minutes to prepare.
1 cup besan, 1 tsp salt & turmeric, 1 tsp sugar, 1 tbsp oil, 1 cup sour curd, 1 cup water, 1 tsp ginger paste, green chilli paste
How to prepare: Mix the besan, ginger paste, chilli paste, salt, turmeric, sugar and oil and beat in the mixture till it turns smooth. Make sure the consistency is fine. Next, pour it into a greased microwaveable dish. Leave it to cook for about 7 minutes (approx). Utilise the same time to prepare a tadka. Heat the oil. Add rai, kadhi patta and green chillies. Put it over the cooked dhokla. Garnish with chilli and coriander leaves.
Who isn't missing the pasta dine-outs? Well, we sure are. Here's a quick recipe to prepare mac n cheese at home.
100g Dried macaroni, 1 cup water, 1/2 cup shredded cheese, 1/2 cup milk, salt (according to taste)
How to prepare: Boil the pasta and start cooking it in the microwave. Continue till it becomes soft and cooked. Add milk and cheese and cook it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir to make a nicely blended sauce. Add chilli flakes and oregano for an Italian flavour.
Why not make a pudding out of the leftover rice at your home?
1 egg, sugar, 3/4 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, salt to taste, cooked rice (100-200g)
How to prepare: Whisk sugar and egg to make the mix fluffy. Add rice once the mix is consistent and stir well after adding milk and vanilla extract. Pour the mixture into a mug and microwave for about 5 minutes. Add raisins, almonds and fresh-cut fruits for garnish.
A perfect tea-time snack, cookies are quick to make and perfect to satisfy your hunger pangs.
1 cup flour, 1/4 cup milk, 1 tsp vinegar, 1 cup butter, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tsp vanilla essence
How to prepare: Prepare the dough by mixing flour, milk, vinegar, butter, sugar and vanilla together. Make 10 small balls out of it and flatten with a fork. Place on a greased baking tray. Use a greaseproof paper and cook for about 2.5 minutes. Turn the tray after a minute. Allow it to cool after 2-3 minutes. Add choco chips to the cookie dough for the next set of cookies that you put in the tray.
A perfect mix of nuts and chocolate--here's a quick dessert recipe if you want to indulge your sweet tooth.
1/2 cup butter, powdered salt, 1 can condensed milk, 1/2 bowl nuts
How to prepare: Mix milk, butter and sugar together. Put in the microwave for it to melt for 7-8 minutes and stir in intervals. Leave it to cool for a couple of minutes. Add nuts and cut pieces to later munch.
Chocolate is an instant mood-lifter and much-needed especially when we're working from home. Here's a quick trick.
1/3 cup butter, 1/2 cup flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence, 1/4 baking teaspoon powder, 1 egg, 1/2 cup milk, a pinch of salt
How to prepare: Add sugar, egg, vanilla extract and milk to prepare a mix. Add flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt and whip it to prepare a smooth mixture. Put it in a greased bowl or mug and then leave it to cook in the microwave for 3-4 minutes. Keep overlooking and take out the bowl when the cake turns bouncy. Let it cool, wait for 5 minutes to turn the mug upside down and then take it out.
Celebrities like Kareena Kapoor Khan are doing self-quarantine differently and it wouldn't be wrong to seek solace in some yumm 'gajar ka halwa' just like her.
2 cups grated carrots, 100g evaporated milk, 2 tablespoons ghee, 4 tablespoons sugar
How to prepare: Put some ghee into the grated carrot. Microwave for about 2 minutes and then add water. Stir well continuously while microwaving the mix for 10 minutes. Cook until the milk blends into the mix. Add sugar and garnish with nuts.
Which of these easy yet delicious snakcs are you planning to munch on during WFH?
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