Now now, here’s a fun fact—everybody who lives, eats. Some people eat to live while others live to eat. If you belong to the latter category like me, then it’s time that you try your hand at cooking too. No, don’t be scared because in this segment I will introduce you to types of minimalist dishes that everyone can make, and no it doesn’t include maggi. So get ready, put on your chef’s hat. Let’s indulge in some magic.
One of the most basic of the lot, it makes for a great Indian breakfast. You can personalise the filling—paneer (cottage cheese), onion, potato, cauliflower, etc. Some people also like to experiment and have pea paranthas. Well, be creative and let your taste buds do the magic. Have the filling ready with an appropriate amount of salt and chili for taste. Put the right amount of filling in the dough, cover it, roll it with a rolling pin into any shape—I personally love the triangular one that my dadi makes and the square one too that my maasi experiments with. Then simply cook it on a metal tawa by adding ample amount of ghee or oil (whatever you prefer).
Another of the usuals seen on any Indian household breakfast menu is the sandwich. Indian mothers love to experiment here too. While some of them prepare the traditional parantha filling and simply spread it on the bread slices and put them together to cook them as a sandwich on a tawa, others like to do it in style. They use a sandwich maker and grill it often. Some like to keep it on the healthier side by simply taking bread slices and putting raw slices of cucumber, onion, tomato, etc. and sprinkling a bit of salt for taste. They don’t prefer to cook it on a tawa or in a sandwich maker to avoid greasing it and add to the calories.
Nowadays, pizza isn’t just limited to Dominos and Pizza Hut and other such outlets. Experimental Indian mothers have made it possible to make a pizza at home with personalised toppings. Take inspiration from them and get on with the pizza game. Pizza bases are easily available at grocery stores or bakeries. For toppings, you can chop raw capsicum, onion, tomato, paneer, red pepper, olives, etc. according to your taste. For authenticity, buy a jar of pizza spread or mayonnaise. Spread it on the pizza base and then sprinkle the toppings. Grate enough cheese and then place it in an oven. Keep checking it in between. As soon as the base turns slightly brown, know that the pizza is ready to be cut into pieces and served hot.
The salads that I am talking about here aren’t limited to cucumber, onion, tomato and radish. Go berserk with this dish that can be a complete meal for the fitness freaks. With fancy Russian and Greek salads entering the market, the young generation is up for giving salads a twist. I personally love this pasta/macaroni salad that one of my friends gave me the recipe for. It turned out to be healthy and quite easy to make, so I decided to share it here with you all.
This can be your first on the cooking journey. So let’s get going.
Pasta/Macaroni Salad (Servings: 4)
1 red capsicum
1 yellow capsicum
1 green capsicum
1 broccoli (half-boiled)
1 iceberg lettuce
200 g paneer
50 g roasted peanuts
2 teacups boiled macaroni/pasta
black pepper, salt, crushed sugar & lemon (according to taste)
2 spoons of olive oil
Step 1: Boil the pasta/macaroni.
Step 2: Half-boil the broccoli so that it softens a bit.
Step 3: Now take all the above-mentioned ingredients (red, yellow and green capsicums, broccoli, iceberg lettuce, cucumber, tomato and paneer) and chop them for the salad.
Step 4: Take a large bowl and put the chopped ingredients in it. Add pomegranate and roasted peanuts. Then put boiled pasta/macaroni in it.
Step 5: Mix evenly.
Note: You can store this salad in the fridge at this stage.
When you want to serve this, follow further steps:
Step 6: Take the necessary quantity of the salad in a bowl. Sprinkle black pepper, salt and crushed sugar (bhura) according to taste.
Step 7: Squeeze half a lemon or full as per your liking.
Step 8: Add 2 spoons of olive oil and stir evenly.
Serve the salad or have it yourself.
P.S. You can easily get these ingredients at the local vegetable market, grocery store or online grocery stores like bigbasket and grofers.
So, go for it food lovers. Get experimental. Let us know if the recipe delighted you. If you try this or any other easy-to-make recipe, do share the pictures with us.