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Recipes with Cereals
Leftover roti upma
Got leftover rotis from dinner? Make this super simple roti upma for breakfast and a super simple recipe to put together too.
Ragi- superfood, banana- superfood, put two together and make yourselves these delicious and healthy pancakes.
Oats banana pancakes
One more delicious superfood pancake for all those sweet tooth cravings and stress free breakfast.
Gud aur saunf whole wheat cheela
This popular Punjabi breakfast is sure to put a smile on all your loved ones.
Cheela is a savoury pancake that is made with besan but this one has oats in it as well. It is super soft and hardly takes 30 mins to make it.
Paneer stuffed besan cheela
Got spoiled milk? Make paneer and then make these super soft besan cheela with a good amount of veggies thrown in.
Dhoklas are great as it but why not add some goodness of spinach and make it even better. Try this recipe for palak dhokla and you will be surprised.
These fried dumplings have the goodness of bananas in them and are sweet. But you can always trade that for some chopped green chillies, ginger, coriander leaves and make a fantastic snack.
Move over banana bread because we’ve got your ripened bananas covered with these delicious Mangalore buns. Serve with a cup of hot filter coffee and coconut chutney.
Gatte ki sabji
This is Rajasthani dish made with besan and curd dumplings that is simmered in a very simple gravy.
This is a Maharashtrian flatbread/roti recipe that is made using multigrains and some chopped onions and green chillies.
So adai is a South Indian version of a cheela. Jazz it up if you like to make your breakfast interesting.
Cabbage & methi whole wheat parathas
This is one of the best ways to add more veggies to your diet or use up leftover ones that’s hanging around in your fridge and especially if they are greens.
Khasta missi roti
These are honestly one of the best rotis from Punjab and go great with just a bowl of dahi and some achar.
Laccha onion paratha
Onions- raw or fried, have a totally different fan base. These parathas are made with a filling of raw onions that is later cooked on the tawa, resulting in a caramelized onion parathas. Delish!
Spanish/ Mexican rice
Spicy yet flavourful, one pot meal that is a refreshing change from the usual Asian fried recipe, which I also love. Add a couple of sausages to it and you are good to go.
Want to lunch like the Nawabs but not in a mood for a biryani? Try this super simple Lucknowi zarda, rice cooked with dry fruits and nuts.
Spicy Cabbage rice
This is a super simple all in one rice dish, that comes together as easily as ever and works best with leftover rice as well.
Aloo, gobhi, mattar Tehri
This is a super comforting and soulful rice dish that hails from Uttar Pradesh and no its not a pulao.
Bedmi poori with spicy aloo sabzi is just a perfect match. The poori is made up of atta and urad dal, which is what makes it so different yet so interesting.
Everyone has their own foolproof dosa recipe that has been passed down by their own grandmothers or their friend’s. This recipe is a must add to your repertoire.
A super simple rava dosa that might just fulfill all those dosa cravings.
Carrot & ginger spiced dosa
This again is the best trick to add more veggies into your daily meals, by adding it to the dosa batter. You can do more variations with tomatoes, spinach, beetroot.
Sweet & spicy bajil (avalakki/beaten rice/poha)
Best of both worlds. A South Indian, Konkan beaten rice dish which is both sweet and savoury. Also sometimes eaten with upma.
A super delicious breakfast with lots of peas for extra color, texture and goodness.
This flattened rice with yogurt breakfast parfait, I am pretty sure will give overnight oats a run for its money. Try it guys.
Vermicelli upma with soft boiled eggs
Vermicelli or semiya is again a very filling and easy to put together dish and while you are at it why not add some chopped boiled eggs for that extra protein.
A quick Chickpea pasta
A super simple pasta dish that can be whipped using the most simplest of the ingredients.
Past+Pepper+Parmesan.. What more could you want to make one of the best pastas ever.
Chicken, cheese and pasta casserole
A casserole is something that just warms your heart. Using it as base add what your heart desires and make it yours!
Nothing better than a creamy mac & cheese on a hectic week night.
Savoury bread pudding
Bread puddings are the best but savoury bread puddings are on another level. Serve it for breakfast or dinner, it’s just perfect.
Aglio e olio 4 ways
One of the simplest pasta ever and just needs a couple ingredients to put together a lip smacking dinner. Be it the mushrooms, olives, prawns or bacon, everyone gets apick.
Pearl onion pulao
Shallots or locally known as sambar onions is very good in curries and sambar or as garnishes but try this version of pearl onion pulao and you will love it
Kichadi is soul food, that is one step above comfort food and this recipe with brown sesame seeds with some aloo jeera and dahi, is heaven.
Roasted tomato basil pasta
This pasta is just full of health and deliciousness. That one pot meal you can enjoy anytime.
2. Lentils, Legumes
Dal khichdi arancini
Why should only the Italians have all the fun. Let’s give our humble khichdi an Italian twist with these dal khichdi arancini balls.
Chole ka paratha
There’s always leftover chole from the previous day, mash it and use it as a filling in your parathas for breakfast and let’s make mornings great again!
Moong Sprouts pulao
Cooking healthy is as important as cooking easy and this sprouts pulao is just your answer for that.
Mixed legumes/ panch or navratan curry
Best way to use assorted legumes is to make this one pot deliciousness scooped up with some flaky parathas.
A delicious restaurant style dal tadka that is a must have recipe for all dal lovers out there.
Punjabi dhabe wali dal
Dal in a restaurant is good, great sometimes but the dal that you get on the roadside dhabas, in the north, has a different fan base all together and this is my rendition of that.
Kerala parippu curry
This moong dal curry is a staple especially in Onam sadya. It is also said to have a better effect on our health than most lentils.
Instant Chana dal
This hearty, protein packed dal is cooked with lots of tomatoes and spices. Best eaten with steaming hot rice and ghee.
Quick dry dal
This dry dal recipe is a quick one and a good change from the regular dal. Give it a try and might just love it.
Punjabi maa di dal
This Punjabi ma di dal is cooked on low for hours, preferably overnight. It’s where the dal gets its trademark creaminess from.
Methi moong dal
Incorporating methi in one’s diet can be a little challenging. Try this recipe of methi moong dal with rotis and is a great option especially for quick and easy working lunches.
Sabut moong dal
This Punjabi Sabut Moong Dal with the goodness of ginger and spiciness of garam masala is the perfect accompaniment to any meal. Add a dash of lime on the top and enjoy it with either rice or phulkas!
A simple Maharashtrian dal chawal that is made with toor dal and coconut. The simplicity of the dish is that it allows the dal to shine through.
Chole bhature ki chole is the best kind of chole there is and it has a family secret ingredient in it. Check out the recipe to know more.
Kabuli chana pulao
Chickpeas in chole is a great dish but chickpea pulao is something definitely fascinating and worth a shot.
Spicy roasted tandoori chickpeas
Marinated chickpeas with sour yogurt and spices, pan fried or baked in the oven is just the perfect snack with a hot cup of chai.
Sundal is a chickpea snack that is tossed with grated coconut and spices. And this can be perfectly substituted with any kind of legumes you have in hand.
White channa sundal
This is a classic kabuli chana sundal recipe that everyone loves and adores. It is a very easy and quite filling snack that the kids will love.
This is a classic Sunday lunch scene in most Punjabi households (or should I say all) and there is nothing more satisfying than a good meal of rajma chawal ending it with some gajar ka halwa.
Kebabs have been around in Indian since the time Mughals adopted it from Middle Eastern cuisine. And these black eyed peas kebabs are perfect for a tea time snack with a yogurt dip.
Andhra style garlic pepper rasam
This is a family recipe that has been passed down from generations and is my personal favourite. It is laced with garlic and pepper and also uses no rasam powder.
Beetroot and chickpea salad with burnt garlic
Beetroot and chickpeas salad with burnt garlic comes together perfectly and so quickly, provided you have cooked chickpeas on hand.
Chickpeas and fruit salad
Chickpeas is a very versatile and a pantry staple ingredient that can be used in so many ways. Toss it with some apples or pears and pomegranate and light dressing, make for a perfect salad.
Besan chilla or eggless omelette? What is in a name you say. Ok, so here’s a recipe for besan chilla or tomato omelette and make it even more exotic by stuffing it with paneer.
Capsicum ginger dal
Capsicum ginger dal sounds exciting right and yes tastes too. The spiciness of capsicum, sharpness of ginger and earthiness of moong dal make for a great dish.
This Bengali dal goes perfectly with some luchis (poori). It is lightly spiced and slightly sweet chana dal with coconut flakes and a ghee tadka.
Three bean cutlet
This is a fantastic snack to make if you have any leftover cooked legumes on hand and want to make something spicy and crunchy to have with your coffee/tea.
Garlic, chickpeas and spinach curry
Cooked chickpeas in the fridge is a blessing, especially when you want to cook up something quick to it. This curry is rich in vitamins and perfect for vegans too.
Horse Gram curry
This humble legume has been a part of Karnataka’s since time immemorial. This is also two recipes in one kind of a recipe. A win win situation.
Sattu ka paratha
Sattu is boiled chana dal and sattu ka paratha is a delicacy in Bihar as it is their most common choice of protein. The boiled chana is also flavoured with some mashed mango pickle for that extra zing.
Sprouts and muesli chaat
Muesli is just the perfect topping there is for your oats, puddings and even ice creams. Imagine a full on desi chaat with muesli with sprouts, perfect for all those tea time cravings.
Steamed besan ki sabji
We always have that moment in the kitchen when something goes wrong and this dish is a beautiful result of one such incident. It’s just perfect how everything comes together.
Moong dal kosambari
Kosambari is a true blue South Indian salad that is just healthy and scrumptious, filled with goodness of vegetables, coconut and moong dal.
Best dal recipes compilation
Here is a recipe compilation of all dals perfect.
Easy and best chickpeas recipes compilation
Chickpeas- a saviour in the kitchen, here is a compilation of the best chickpea dishes you can make anytime.
3. Tinned/Frozen Stuff/ Dry items
Dahi Papad ki sabji
This is a Rajasthani dish that is made especially in the dry seasons, when availability of vegetables is scarce and there is always papad in hand.
Tuna sandwich with smashed chickpeas
This super easy chickpea sandwich can be made with any ingredients that you have in hand. Stay true to the flavours you like and go crazy, like adding tuna and chickpeas together.
Pasta salad with roasted bell pepper and Tuna
One of the best ways to use canned fish is to put them in salads or creamy sandwiches and you would have made something delicious, on your own
Tinned Sardine stir fry
Fresh sardines are sometimes difficult to come by, especially in non coastal regions. This tin stuff is great for such times and make this easy stir fry.
Chilli mac casserole with frozen minced chicken
Casserole dishes are perfect for when you want to avoid washing and this recipe can be perfectly substituted with frozen/fresh chicken mince that you have on hand.
Canned Tuna fish cutlets
Fish cutlets are perfect appetizers. Flavours are the key here and you can always play around with Thai, Indian, Italian or even Middle Eastern flavours here.
Matar ka nimona
Best way to use up those frozen peas that is sitting in the fridge and make yourself a lip smacking dinner with this Banarasi special.
Spicy corn curry
Corn on the cob or frozen corn kernels both are just perfect for this spicy corn curry that goes so well with some hot parathas.
Minty pea puree bruschetta
Who says that bruschetta only has to be about tomatoes. Here is a great recipe for a peas and mint puree bruschetta to prove you otherwise.
Green peas and roasted tomatoes sandwich
Cheesy roasted tomato sandwich with mashed green peas is a perfect sandwich for breakfasts, tea time or even midnight craving. Just saying!
Creamed corn or buttered corn is a great side dish to serve along your sauteed vegetables and roast chicken.
Easy corn salsa with peppers
Salsa is one of the easiest and quickest salads out there and just perfect if you’re looking for a light and healthy meal
Zucchini corn fritter
Are you looking out for different ways of cooking zucchini? Try these zucchini corn fritters. It is a big hit in my household.
Super crunchy, spicy and chaat kind of a snack with either crispy fried corn or even baked.
Methi and corn pulao
Simple methi and corn pulao, a very hassle free, one pot meal for those super busy work days.
Corn and paneer samosa
Samosa and chai, there is no better combination than this. Corn and paneer is a very interesting combination and works very well in samosas.
Stuffed peas paratha
These stuffed peas paratha has a little oats and soya flour in it for that added boost and goes a long way.
4. Long-lasting vegetables
Garlic and herb sauteed bell peppers
Bell peppers is one of those vegetables that goes with almost everything. This sauteed version can be made with added soya chunks or sausages in it.
Red bell pepper salsa
This salsa is more chunky or adip like that can be served with nachos, chips or even vegetable sticks.
Shakshuka with bell peppers and beans
A classic Middle eastern poached egg dish in a savoury tomato and red bell pepper sauce that’s perfect for both breakfast and dinner. https://www.acouplecooks.com/white-bean-shakshuka-with-feta/
Red bell pepper chutney
Bell pepper chutney is a must try for all you chutney lovers. Works great with or without coconut.
Capsicum with potato & peanut sabji
Sweet bell peppers, with crisped up potatoes all flavoured with roasted cumin and a touch of crushed peanuts, Works great with parathas.
Red capsicum poriyal
A crunchy South Indian red capsicum stir fry with ginger spiced coconut.
Kerala style potato stew
A simple stew made with potatoes and onions, coconut milk and mildly spiced with green chillies and ginger.
Bengali dum aloo
Stir fried baby potatoes that are later simmered in a tomato based gravy. It’s perfect for when you’re low on pantry stock.
Spicy potato poriyal
Podi masala is a great condiment to have in hand. Used in this recipe to stir fry grated potato makes for a great side dish.
Every state in our country has their own version of cooking potatoes. This is a classic dish from Bihar that is flavoured with onions and green chillies.
Roasted potatoes are the best if you ask me. These are roasted with some fresh rosemary and tomatoes for that pop of color and flavour.
Garlic smashed potatoes
One more excellent way to roast potatoes and serves as the perfect side dish. Crispy on the outside and buttery soft on the side. Perfection indeed!
Latkes (potato pancakes)
Crispy potato pancakes made with grated potatoes, is a Hanukkah special that can be served with any of your favourite dips.
Honey roasted sweet potatoes
Finding sweet potatoes a little too blah? Try this recipe and you will not feel the same again.
Cabbage and apple slaw with honey lime dressing
Let’s take the usual coleslaw a step higher, with this cabbage and apple slaw and the honey lime dressing is just what the salad needs.
This is the most adaptable soup there is. Add whatever ingredient you have in hand and make it fancy.
Cabbage and sausages stir fry
Got some leftover sausages in the fridge? Then you must try this stir fry, perfect especially for those on keto.
One of the best ways I have learnt, to get people to eat cabbage is with this chutney, perfect as a side for your breakfasts.
Cabbage kofta curry
Paneer koftas are great but these cabbage koftas are fantastic for when you don’t have paneer in hand. Perfectly spiced and served with a very simple gravy.
Kootu is a South Indian mixed vegetable gravy usually cooked with dal and coconut and tempered with dry red chillies and curry leaves.
Indian style potato roast
With the perfect spices and tempering, this is the only potato recipe you will need and trust me on that.
Pesto is a fan favourite but sometimes it can be a task to get hold of fresh basil. Substitute it with spinach and you will be glad that you can still make pesto
Indian style stuffed bell peppers
Stuffed vegetables just taste so good compared to its sabji counterpart. Give this recipe a try to know what I mean.
Curry leaves podi
Curry leaf powder is a super healthy podi masala that like any other can be used with idli, dosas and stir fried with paneer/chicken as well.
Keema gobhi is a healthy and easy sabzi to put together. Serve it up with some hot ghee laden rotis and enjoy!
Lahori spiced potato curry
A rich and spicy gravy that gets its tanginess from tomatoes and reaminess from poppy seeds, coconut and milk.
Ash gourd and red beans stew
Olan, is a very simple coconut stew made with red lentils and ash gourd, a must have for a Onam sadya, especially.
Bitter gourd sambar
Bitter gourd is not people’s go to vegetable but once you try this sambhar, there is no going back.
Chowder is a variety of soup that is so comforting and tasty and the potatoes in it takes care of your carb count for the day as well.
Beetroot & orange salad
Finding it difficult to cook beetroot in different ways? Try this orange and beetroot salad, light and refreshing salad.
Tomato tastes great in any form, a rasam, a sabji or even as a pizza sauce. This tomato saaru is similar to rasam but is not. It’s a Maharashtrian delicacy that is served with masala baath.
Watermelon salad with pickled onions
Another splendid salad to add to your repertoire. Feel free to create your own using this as a base.
Carrot, radish and peas salad
This salad comes together so perfectly and topped with some Indian spiced dressing, great for week day dinners as it does not involve much prep.
Zucchini spinach soup
I love a good comforting and filling soup that is packed with flavours and this is one of them. Serve with some garlic & herbed croutons and you are good to go.
A spicy zucchini chutney that can be made in under 20 mins.
Roasted tomato soup
This roasted tomato soup is the one to make if you are starting out making soups. Very easy and flavourful.
Afghani eggplant with garlicky sauce
This Afghani dish is loaded with garlic and tomato sauce, with shallow fried brinjals and topped with this cooling yogurt sauce that is slightly flavoured with garlic.
The original and authentic Punjabi baingan ka bharta that is indeed very simple to make.
Green chilli thecha masala
This is again a Maharashtian favourite. A spicy green chilli- peanut masala mix that can be used to saute vegetables, paneer and even chicken in it.
Paneer kali mirch
This is not a very restaurant famous paneer dish but is a good recipe because the highlight of the dish is black peppercorns but in a very subtle way.
Paneer bhurji gravy
Bhurji is to scramble. And paneer bhurji can be made both a dry dish as well as a gravy dish. Best eaten with rotis and some chopped onions.
Matar paneer bhurji with homemade paneer
A very simple recipe to make if and when your milk gets curdled. Tips to make paneer at home and use it in this bhurji.
Paneer koliwada is a simple snack made with marinated and batter fried paneer.
Sesame crusted paneer
This is a great recipe if you want to make something appetizing to have a drink with. Also can be made with podi masala if you have some at home.
Paneer kathi roll
A very popular street food that is, flaky parathas, layered with spicy paneer, bell peppers and sweet caramelized or raw onions.
Sweet & spicy Paneer stir fry
Who doesn’t love a good desi Chinese dish that is sweet and spicy. This chilli paneer dish makes for a great appetizer.
Khatta moong in buttermilk curry
Using buttermilk as a base for curries is not something new. It’s been done from kadhis to mor kuzhambu. This is a Gujrathi version of the same made with green gram dal.
This is a very healthy, diabetic friendly kadhi dish that is perfect for such scorching summers as well.
Palak dumpling kadhi
Basic Punjabi household kadhi made with spicy palak dumplings. The crispy fried dumplings go so well with the mellow curry.
A no cook coconut & curd curry
This is basically a dish that needs to be ground and mixed together. No cooking required.
Dahi wale aloo
Again a very simple dish where the potatoes are boiled in lightly spiced curd based gravy.
Kadai paneer, everyone loves to eat it outside but never really tried making it at home. Just a simple stir fry with paneer and bell peppers.
Lauki ka raita
Raita is one of the best accompaniments there is to any meal. Grated lauki is steamed or boiled and then added to the yogurt with paanch phoran tempering.
Lehsuni paneer tikka
Paneer tikka that is ready in just 30 mins. Give it a try.
Ginger and green chilli raita
Commonly known as Inji thayir, ginger curd is again a very simple raita recipe with just ginger, green chillies and curd.
Orange peel raita
Orange peel gives that light tangy and sweet note to the raita that is perfectly contrasted with the dry red chillies and curry leaf tempering.
Roasted bell pepper raita
Roasted bell peppers are normally used in making pastas, salsa, shakshuka etc but add it to your raita and that will become the new normal.
Original and true to its South Indian roots, this lightly spiced buttermilk curry is one for the keeps.
Easy egg curry
Rustled up in over 20 mins and doesn’t use any fancy ingredients.
Baked eggs in corn cups
Makes for easy breakfast cups that can be baked and had on the go.
Egg kothu paratha
Kothu paratha is a famous street food dish from Tamil nadu. But can be easily replicated at home with some leftover flaky parathas and eggs.
Egg white frittata
This amazing low calorie frittata is the best with some roasted vegetables and perfect for breakfasts or dinner with a salad on the side.
A simple Medittarenean dish that is poached eggs on top of smooth garlic yogurt and finally a drizzle of chilli oil on top.
Schezwan egg fried rice
A classic egg fried rice which I think even people who don’t like to or know how to cook must know how to make this.
Tamil style egg fry
Shallow fried boiled eggs with a thin coating of the masala. Goes perfectly with some curd rice if you wish.
Maybe an indulgent salad but works great even as a sandwich filling or a topping for bruschettas. You can skip the blue cheese if required.
This is what you call Mr. Fancy Pants appetizers but it is so easy to make that you’ll be just smiling from within.
Roasted bell pepper Quiche
The golden, flaky, buttery crust with a super rich, savoury custard like filling with roasted bell peppers is just drool worthy. This recipe has chicken in it , feel free to replace it with more vegetables or with what you have on hand.
Egg bhurji just like a masala omelette is one thing that every Indian has their own way of making. There is no right or wrong way of doing it. But this here is my favorite way of making anda bhurji.
Crispy fried soft boiled eggs, with a coating of sausage meat and cornflakes/breadcrumbs.
Thai Eggs (Son-in-law eggs)
A simple boiled egg and bell peppers stir fry with a tamarind, thai red chillies and jaggery sauce.
Instant pot egg biryani, for those biryani cravings minus the chicken or mutton since you got to do with what you have in your pantry.
Hope these links help and make your quarantine cooking easier.