Quick Recipes: Prepare THESE easy and delicious dishes amid lockdown

Amid 21 day lockdown, one can prepare these quick and easy dishes. Check out the recipes right here.
Quick Recipes: Prepare THESE easy and delicious dishes amid lockdownQuick Recipes: Prepare THESE easy and delicious dishes amid lockdown
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The novel coronavirus is spreading like wildfire and the whole world is fighting the battle against it. In a bid to thwart the spread of highly contagious disease, a 21-day lockdown was announced by the PM Narendra Modi on March 24. The news left many paranoid with confusion over essential commodities and services. However, everybody got a respite when the announcement of the availability of essentials was made. Even though staying at home and self-isolating seems taxing it is the best thing we can do right now while doctors and others are risking their lives and battling COVID-19 as frontliners.

Speaking of lunch and dinner meals, with no house help and a lot of household chores, cooking a healthy 3-course meal amidst this can be challenging. And that's why we asked Dietician Jinal Savla, Founder, Healthy Palate to share some easy to make recipes which anyone can prepare a dish in a snap's time. These dishes are not only simple but also delicious. So, instead of eating pre-packaged meals, prepare these nutritious & tasty meals. From Mexican rice to Barley risotto, check out the recipes right here:

Check out these quick and easy recipes by Dietician Jinal Savla, Founder, Healthy Palate:

MEXICAN RICE

Ingredients:

Cooked Rice (Brown rice/Red rice)- 1 cup

Olive oil- 2 tsp

Garlic- 1tbsp

Spring onions with greens – 2 no

Capsicum, chopped- 1no

Bell peppers, chopped (optional)- ½ cup

Corn, boiled- 1 cup

Kidney beans (Rajma)- 1 cup

Seasonings as per taste:- salt, pepper, oregano and chilli flakes, Mexican seasoning powder.

Tomato puree/ketchup- 2tsp

Tobasco sauce/ Chilli sauce- dash

Method:

Heat oil in a pan and sauté onion, garlic, capsicum, bell peppers, corn, rajma, tomato sauce, Tobasco and seasoning as per taste and cook for a while. At the end add spring onion greens sauté for a min and turn of the flame and serve.

GRAIN FREE CAULIFLOWER FRIED RICE

Ingredients:

Cauliflower – 1 big

Onion, finely chopped- 1 no.

Garlic, finely sliced- 8 cloves

Red, Yellow  Bell Pepper & Capsicum, julienned – ½ each

Carrot, finely chopped- 1 no.

Sweet corn, steamed -1/4 cup

Green peas, boiled-1/4 cup

Ginger, grated- ½ tbsp

Garlic, minced- ½ tbsp

Spring Onion Greens, chopped- 4tbsp

Soya sauce- 1tsp

Green chilli sauce - 2tbsp

Black pepper powder- 1tsp

Oil- 1tbsp

Salt, to taste

Method:

Chop the cauliflower into florets and add it to water to which 2 tablespoon salt is added. After 30 minutes, drain, wash and keep aside.

Pulse this in a food processor for 1 minute till it looks like grains. You can even grate this using a grater.

Heat a kadai/wok and add 1 tablespoon oil. Add sliced garlic and saute till the raw smell of garlic goes away.

Then add onion and fry till onion turns pinkish. Add carrot, julienned bell peppers & capsicum and let it cook for 5 minutes.

Add the boiled green peas and boiled sweet corn and mix well.

Add the chopped spring onion greens and mix.

Add ginger-garlic paste and soya sauce and green chilli sauce and mix well.

Finally, add the shredded cauliflower and mix well. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes.

Add black pepper powder, salt to taste, mix well and it is ready to be served.  

OLIVE & TOFU IN HARISSA SAUCE CURRY

Ingredients:

Olive Oil – 1tbsp

Garlic, finely chopped- 6 cloves

Onion, finely chopped- 1 no.

Cumin powder (Jeera)- 1tsp

Harissa Paste- 1/3 cup 

Tomato puree- 1 cup

Salt, to taste

Honey- 1tbsp

Water- 1/3 cup

Black pepper powder- 1tsp

Black olives- 1/3 cup

Tofu, cut into cubes- 200g 

Method:

For the Harissa Paste:-

Heat oil in a pan, add 1tsp cumin seeds and let them splutter, then add 4-5 red Kashmiri chillies, ½ of the red bell pepper, 1 clove of garlic, 1 tbsp tomato paste/ketchup, cool and blend.)

In a pan heat olive oil, on medium flame, add garlic and sauté and then add onions and saute for 3-4 minutes, until the onions begin to sweat and change colour. 

To this onion-garlic mixture in the pan, add the cumin powder, salt to taste, add the harissa sauce and stir. 

Then add tomato puree & salt mix and allow this mixture to come to a boil. 

Once the onion-tomato mixture comes together, add water and allow the harissa curry to come to a boil. Add the black pepper powder, olives and tofu, cover and cook for about 2 minutes.  

Turn off the heat, transfer the Olive & Tofu In Harissa Curry to a serving bowl and serve hot with brown rice/red rice or with multigrain toast.

BARLEY RISOTTO

Ingredients:

Barley, soaked - 1 1/2 cups

Oil - 1 tablespoon

Garlic, chopped - 1 tablespoon

Onion, finely chopped -1 medium

Vegetable stock/milk - 3 cups

Red chilli flakes - 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Crushed black peppercorns to taste

Parmesan cheese powder -1/4 cup

Spinach chopped- 1 cup  

Method:

Heat oil in a non-stick pan, add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. Add onion, mix and sauté till golden. Add the pearl barley, mix and cook for a minute.

Add vegetable stock, chilli flakes, salt and crushed peppercorns mix cover and cook till the barley is done.

Add parmesan cheese and mix well. Switch off heat, add spinach and mix well.

Serve hot garnished with spinach.

Do give these recipes a try & give us your feedback in the comments section below. Be safe, be healthy.

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Comments

During this time when you are not getting all normal vegitable, you are suggesting recipies that requires ingredients that might not be available in many people's kitchen.

OMG the ingredients in the recipe are normally not stocked in the Indian kitchens, at least a good majority of them. These recipes seems to have been cut & paste job without applying mind.

We should the ingredients at home to cook if we do not please suggest alternative it would be nice

What does 1 no and 2 no mean?

Dear friend it is very obvious it the number of material required for prossesing. 2 spring onion with green(leaves); 1 Onion finely chopped.

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