Lunch recipes from across the globe to sort your work from home routine

by Sanjeev Kapoor

Working from home requires serious discipline. Especially right now, as we try to navigate this difficult and unpredictable times. In this scenario, the last thing we think about is what we are going to make for lunch. This is most likely because we lack enough time, we are not sure what we want to eat, as much as we know exactly what we don't want to! Without a proper routine of a shared workplace, we are left with our own devices. If we kick in a good day, working from home might mean productive hours of work, exercise and nutritionally balanced meals matched with our activities level. However, what if the day doesn’t turn to be good and you are swamped with work? The share of struggle seeps in. All this not only affects the work quality, but also the choices we make around our diet and other activities. We know it is a tough situation and you have been up to your eyeballs in work. Having said that, nothing beats healthy, nutritious food made at home. But if cooking nutritive meals all through the day is impossible for you, there are other ways to get your hands on at least one wholesome meal daily that could be the lunch time. 


So, we thought to choose recipes that are easy and interesting as well. Our collection of versatile lunch recipes will help you embrace the lunch time meals as a pleasant daily ritual to incorporate into your daily routine. Not just this, since they come from different parts of the world, we are sure it will make you more inquisitive of how each one pans out to be. We say, try ‘em all! 


  1. Indonesian Coconut Rice

It’s no rocket science when we talk about this one as rice is something that is cooked in our Indian kitchens quite often. However, this is unique from the picturesque land, Indonesia. It is mild in taste and is made with the goodness of coconut milk. The garnishing with deep-fried onions makes it all the more alluring. So, enjoy this twist, we have our fingers crossed and hope that you will love it all!


  1. Capsicum Dolma

This one is a Greek special, but, don’t worry it is easy to make too! It is spicy and super delicious. Additionally, it is also high in nutritive value and protein-rich. What else one can wish for! We are sure you’re already getting ready to gather all the ingredients together and excited to try this out. But hold on, we still have many more recipes to present. So, before you make a move, do try out this one.


  1. Sri Lankan Dal Curry 

Dal is almost a daily dastoor of an Indian diet, where it is made all the more mazedaar with a tempting tempering. That is to precisely mention that it is a true desi recipe which all Indians love mostly since their childhood days. But you must be wondering why we are talking about it so much in length, isn’t it? That’s because we want you to taste something new this time. This one is made with coconut milk and has a mild taste. As we believe this simple Sri Lankan version might turn an evergreen for you. Ummeed hai ki aap ungliyaan chaatte reh jayenge!


  1. Malaysian Vegetable Curry 

We understand that not everyone is pro or keen on cooking and on the top of it, we mostly prioritize work over food while working at home. However, since you can’t go out and practice social distancing to the max, its good to be happy with your own company and still enjoy the food. Then why not make it intriguing enough and not just fill the stomach, but satisfy the taste buds too. This recipe is a spicy curry loaded with an unending charm of a lip-smacking taste. It has carrots, mushrooms, baby corn, broccoli and tofu. Also, each ingredient is in season, then why not give it a shot.


  1. Paneer Makhni

With such a recipe name, you might be thinking that we have brought some restaurant-style complex recipe here. Nonetheless, to burst your myth bubble this one is an endearing, easy recipe that will ensure that your lunch becomes memorable and you try your hands on it more than often. Well, we understand that you can’t share your food right now, but you can at least show off your culinary skills to your colleagues over a video call. So, are you game for it?


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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.