‘Minimum ingredients’ meal’ for the day!

by Sanjeev Kapoor

With the situation going around the world, you’ve got to keep yourself busy and occupied. Lockdown has got us stuck at our homes with probably doing nothing other than over thinking.  In our opinion, the best way to avoid that is to cook up a storm in your kitchen and let that stress die! But then comes the second part, every morning you’re worried about ‘what to cook?’Since, there are just specific ingredients available and you can’t go for fancier recipes involving tons of ingredients. So, here are some fun all-day meal ideas which involve just basic ingredients, but are surely to make your day extra special.


Blockbuster breakfast!

Till now, you might have already gotten bored with poha and upma. Boycotting them is not an option, so, we’re going to add some twist to your all-time favourite breakfasts. Here’s a delicious Poha Dhokla with just the everyday ingredients to add life to your mornings. Also, these need no fermenting. So, you can whip up the dhokla batter instantly.

Another way to add life to your breakfasts is this Bread Upma, this one, in a South Indian avatar. If you have leftover bread or pav, you can make use of them in this amazing recipe.


Lazeez lunch!

What could be better than a delicious and flavourful pulao for a comforting lunch? So, here’s a slightly different recipe: Chukandar Corn Pulao, packed with the goodness of beetroots and deliciousness of corn. Serve with your favourite raita or just curd, and get ready for a post-lunch nap.

You can also make a quick sabzi like this Dahi Baingan. Why don’t you make it for lunch, serve with garmagaram chapattis and find out why is it so popular?

Superb snacks!

Now it’s around 5 PM and you’re craving for something crispy and crunchy. We’ve got you two best options: Potato Stick Friesboiled potatoes are mashed and mixed with breadcrumbs, then filled into a piping bag and piped into sticks. Nice and crispy, with minimum ingredients and mehnat, a unique snack that tastes downright amazing. And the second option is Sindhi Aloo Tikki, best if you’re looking for something filling and slightly greasy. These tikkis are made with bread and potatoes, stuffed with a flavourful spiced Bengal gram mixture and fried till crisp. You might want to go for the lightest dinner after this. But, shaam ka nashta sorted!


Delightful dinner!

You might probably be full after snacking in the evening.So, we’vegota perfect salad to cater to this. A nutritious Cucumber and Moong Salad with protein-rich green gram andrefreshing cucumbers – you’re going to definitely love this and it’s going to fill up your tummy just right. And then one, just in case your evening snack wasn’t that stuffy, Garlic Cheese Parantha. Fried garlic and a combination of melted cheese stuffed with a creamy filling is so good that you won't be able to resist it. And we say, you shouldn't, so go fot 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 www.sanjeevkapoor.com 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.