In such a busy life style, we almost forget to give any attention to the food we eat. It’s not uncommon to come home after a long day only to find the refrigerator has nothing but left overs to offer or sometimes the ingredients in the fridge are so boring you’re in no wish to cook anything.
If you come home after a tedious job, cooking is the last thing on your mind. All you want is to eat something that can be whipped up quickly with least effort. Here are a few quick and easy dinner hacks that will simplify your life and you can easily cook these dishes anytime of the day whenever the hunger pangs strike:
Spicy Veg Fried Rice
Rice is the staple diet of India and no meal is complete without the inclusion of rice. However eating the same “daal- chawal” can be boring for the taste buds and you can transform your plain rice into this yummy treat that will fill you up in no time.
Heat 2 tbsps. oil in a wok and to it ad ½ cup capsicum, ¼ cup grated cabbage, ¼ and cup sliced baby corn and ½ cup sliced French Beans and cook them on a high flame for 2 minutes. You can then add in the rice, 2 tsp of Chinese 5 spice powder, chilli sauce and soya sauce. Add salt to taste and mix everything and cook for 5 minutes on a medium flame.
Serve this delicious mix instantly and watch it vanish in no time!
Paneer is the veg version of chicken for vegetarians. Some people cannot get enough of it but sadly paneer is used in common variations like Matar Paneer, Palak Paneer and Shahi Paneer which are a little time consuming to prepare. If you’re craving for Paneer, you can give this easy recipe a try.
Mix 1 tsp. of fennel seeds (saunf), ¼ tsp. mustard seeds, 5-6 seeds of fenugreek (methi), ½ tsp. cumin seeds (jeera), and ½ tsp. hing in a bowl. Heat 1 tbsp. oil in a wok and add this mixture. When they start giving of an appetizing aroma, add ½ cup sliced onions and mix till onions are slightly translucent. Next add 1 cup diced paneer, ½ tsp. haldi powder and ½ tsp. of chilli powder to this mixture along with salt and pepper to taste and mix well.
Add ¾ cup fresh curd and sprinkle 1 tbsp. flour and make sure everything is mixed well. Decorate with coriander leaves and enjoy your relishing heaven called Pickled Paneer.
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Buttered Rice Topped with Baked Beans
This one sounds relishing just by the sound of it. Melt 2 tbsp. of butter in a non-stick pan along with salt to taste and add the rice. Sauté the mixture on medium flame for 1-2 minutes; let the rice become glazed and incorporate an amazing taste of melted butter.
For the baked beans, melt 1 tbsp. butter, add 1/4th cup chopped onions, 1 tsp. garlic paste, ½ cup chopped capsicum, ½ tsp. chilli powder, 2 tbsp. ketchup and 1 can baked beans and stir on a medium flame till the vegetables are nice and crispy.
In a microwave safe bowl, spread the rice and pour the hot baked bean sauce on top of it. Sprinkle cheese and microwave for about 3 minutes till the cheese melts. Serve hot!
This is a nice twist to the regular Rajma Rice we get bored of eating!
Banana Noodle Salad
This one sounds like an odd duck, but tastes absolutely mouth relishing. All you need is ten minutes and this dish will take lesser time to finish!
In a bowl mix 1 chopped banana, 1 cup cucumber diced, 1 cup noodles which have been boiled, ½ cup shredded lettuce, ½ cup grated carrot and 1 cup salad cream. Mix well and garnish with walnuts.
This is all it takes but makes one tasty and healthy salad that will burst a whole spectrum of flavours in your mouth!
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This is a great add on recipe you can make that will complement the veg spicy fried rice. Before you start cooking, dissolve 1 tsp. corn flour in 2 tbsp. of water along with 2 ½ cup of soya sauce, as this mixture will be used later.
In a non-stick pan, heat 1 tsp. oil, to which you add 1 finely chopped green chilli and 4 finely chopped garlic cloves. Sauté on a medium flame for 2 minutes till it crackles. TO this add 2 cups of mushrooms cut in half along with salt to taste. When the mixture nicely settles, add the mixture of corn flour and soya sauce till the mushrooms are nicely coated. Garnish with spring onions and you’re done!
These easy recipes are not only appetising but also add an interesting twist to otherwise boring food you might be sick of eating. Whether you stay alone, or have fussy kids who look for variety, dazzle them with these easy recipes which are prepared in no time!