Some of us just don’t enjoy spending time in the kitchen. Or maybe we did once, but all we want to do now is get food preparation over with as soon as possible. In such circumstances, where you are unable to have a cook come in or order out, it is important that your meals are quick to make, yet full of nutrition. And also a full meal rolled into one dish perhaps. Here are a few ideas.
South Indian Tiffins: Most south Indian tiffins such as idlis and dosas are quick to make, especially if there are just two or three people in the house. You can make a chutney for the whole week on one day and store it in the refrigerator, so all you have to do on a particular day is make the tiffin itself. Here are a few chutney recipes that are unique as they’re quick.
One Pot Meals: Cooked from the word go right to the end in just one pot or vessel, these meals are especially suitable for days when you don’t feel like doing too much. Adding in paneer or pulses to a recipe can add a protein factor, while vegetables such as tomatoes provide antioxidants. Likewise, chitranna and puliodarai are other options for easy rice recipes that can be made in a jiffy. What’s more, these recipes use very few vessels so cleaning up is easy. Here is a little inspiration.
Salads and Soups: Salads are quick to whip up and eat for days when you want something easy on the tummy. Just chop a bunch of vegetables and toss them together with some olive oil and lemon juice. You can also add flax seeds for added health. Contrary to what it seems like, a soup is very easy to make. Just boil the vegetable of choice in a pressure cooker until mushy, strain it and moil the mixture with a little water and some flavouring. If you cannot do without stock, a Maggi Magic cube will do the trick.
Dishes With Eggs In Them: Eggs are a great natural source of protein and energy. They’re easy to cook with and can be whipped up in minutes. A quick egg bhurji can be scooped up with some rotis. An omelette or a frittata with vegetables makes for a filling meal. Even a boiled egg can be a quick snack to have in the morning. The things you can do with eggs, and the speed at which you can do them, are infinite.
Time For Some Dessert: Most Indian desserts are made with a lot of love and care, and they take a long time to make. Don’t let that put you off from eating some sweets! Payasam is a quick recipe you can make at home, and it can be made with sugar free alternatives too. Likewise, you could just blend some fruits to make a pulp, chill it with some cream and have it for dessert.
There are so many other dishes like pastas and sandwiches that take very little time to make but can make for a great meal on days when you want to make something special. Happy eating!