On Tuesday night when PM Narendra Modi addressed the nation and announced the 21-day lockdown, many rushed to stockpile on essential supplies. Panicked over home confinement days coming ahead, they stripped stores of staples ranging from bread, milk and vegetables. And the biggest challenge that most of us are facing right now is to manage decent food with the limited available ingredients. So a limited supply of fresh veggies and other ingredients is causing a lot of panic right now.
However, instead of constantly worrying and stepping out to buy your stock, staying at home is the need of the hour. Along with staying indoors, what you also need to do is, rework your daily menus and brainstorm healthy food recipes that can be made even with limited ingredients.
So here are some fool-proof recipes for all of you struggling with all the cooking and “boring food” woes right now. From fancy-looking food like falafel tikkis to an easy-to-make mug cake, here’s something for you all.
P.S: You can make gourmet food with everyday ingredients also. Don’t believe us? Read on:
The basic burrito rice has been my go-to recipe for days when I feel lazy and yet want to eat something flavourful. Fortunately, it also happens to be one of those few dishes that require minimal cooking. Additionally, the dish can be easily adjusted as per your individual preferences and according to the availability of ingredients at your home. While you can make it as fancy as you desire, a simple burrito bowl with the most commonplace ingredients works equally well. And that’s where the charm of these recipe lies.
Rice (cooked)- 2 Bowls
Chickpeas/kidney beans/sprouts (boiled) -1.5 Bowl
Tomatoes -2 medium-sized
Onions (finely chopped) -1/4 Bowl
Capsicum -1 medium-sized
Green Corriander (Finely Chopped) -2 tbsp or more (as per your taste)
Lemon -2 (medium-sized)
Ghee -1 tbsp
Salt -As per your taste
Red pepper -As per your taste
Did quarantine get you craving for something fancy? The Indianised Falafel Tikki is sure to take care of your taste buds and before you are put off by the anticipation of all the complexities and cooking coming your way, take this from me: this too is a basic deal made with the most basic of the ingredients. Here’s the recipe:
Chickpeas (boiled) -2 Bowls
Potatoes (boiled) -4
Bread crumbs or plain flour (whichever is available) -1/2 bowl
Onions (finely chopped) -1/2 bowl
Garlic (crushed & finely chopped) -2 tbsp
Corriander (finely chopped)- 1/4 bowl
Green chilly (finely chopped)- 1
Salt- as per your taste
Red chilly- as per your taste
Turmeric- 1 tbsp
Cumin powder- 1 tbsp
Oil- for shallow frying
P.S: You can exclude any of these ingredients except salt as per availability
Missing all the mid-work snacks that you’d keep ordering from work? Well, here’s a snack that’s not only easy to make but would also kick the other snacks’ ass. I have been literally making Aloo Tikka since school and this one has never failed me. Here’s the recipe:
Potatoes (partially boiled)- 7 to 8 medium-sized
Hung Curd- 1/2 bowl
Ginger-garlic paste- 1 tbsp
Turmeric- 1/2 tbsp
Red Chilli- as per your taste
Salt- as per your taste
Amchoor- 1/2 tbsp
Garam Masala- 1/2 tbsp
Mustard Oil- 1 tbsp
Olive oil- to grease the oven sheet
Preheat the oven at 180 degrees C for 10 minutes in grill/broil mode. Now, place a foil sheet in a baking tray and grease it with oil.
Now, what’s the joy of cooking sans any dessert? Now here’s some news: this is perhaps the simplest dessert recipe ever, requires only four ingredients and tastes bomb AF! Game for some dessert? Read on:
Oreos 7 to 10
Milk- 1/2 cup
Sugar- 1 tbsp (or skip if you don’t like it too sweet)
Baking Powder- 1/2 tbsp
Butter- for greasing
So folks, all set for some gourmet cooking?
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