Everybody has become a cook during this quarantine and some of them are even planning to participate in the master chef in the coming year 😜😜 I have also become a chef and here are the 3 best recipes that I tried out this quarantine 🤭 Sharing one recipe each for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
We’ll start the day with a healthy breakfast, so here is our first recipe
1) Rava Dosa
1/2 cup Rava (Fine semolina)
1/2 rice flour
1/4 cup all-purpose flour (Maida)
1 green chili (chopped fine)
1 onion (finely chopped)
1 tsp grated ginger
1 tsp cumin (Jeera)
1/4 tsp crushed black pepper
3/4 tsp salt (more or less to taste)
5-6 curry leave ( finely chopped)
2 tbsp coriander leaves (finely chopped)
2 cups water (you may need more)
1 tbsp curd (plain curd)
2 to 3 tbsp oil
1) Add rava, rice flour, all-purpose flour, ginger, green chilies, coriander leaves, curry leaves, cumin, crushed pepper, onions, and yogurt in a bowl.
2) Pour two cups water and begin to make the batter, blend it all well together. You may need some more water, add salt to taste. The batter should be relatively thin (pouring consistency). Once the batter is ready keep it aside for 10-15 minutes.
3) Heat the pan on a medium-high flame, sprinkle some water and rub it with a cloth then quickly pour the batter on it in a circular motion, fill up the gaps if any by pouring more batter.
4) Reduce the flame to low. (Good food is always cooked on ‘dheemi aanch” 🤭) now pour 1 teaspoon oil across the edges and a little over the dosa.
5) When the edges begin to rise, ease out the dosa with the spatula under it, when the dosa becomes crisp and golden, remove it to a serving plate.
Adding yogurt to the batter is optional but it is good if you add, it makes the dosa soft. Make sure the consistency of the batter is thin, for rava dosa you pour the batter and do not spread.
Now for lunch,
I was really craving some Chinese food, and when it comes to Chinese, schezwan fried rice is my favourite. If you’ll are also craving some Chinese food, here is the recipe in 3 easy steps.
2) Schezwan Fried Rice:
2 cups long-grain rice or regular rice
2 tbsp oil
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp vinegar
2 tbsp red chili paste
Salt (As per taste)
Finely chopped garlic
2 tbsp Capsicum
(All the veggies should be finely chopped)
Roasted peanuts (It gives a crunchy taste)
1) Rinse the rice and soak it before cooking. After the rice is well-drained, boil water add salt and 1 tbsp oil into it, then add soaked rice. Cook rice until it is 80% done. Strain the water and spread the rice in a plate to cool down naturally.
2) Now heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan, add chopped garlic and saute all the veggies, cook for 15-20 seconds. (cook veggies until they are cooked and crunchy, don’t cook them till they turn soft), add salt and pepper ( as per taste), add vinegar, schezwan sauce, red chili paste and mix it well and cook for 30 seconds, now add cooked rice, mix and stir fry for 2-3 minutes tossing the rice so that the sauce coats each and every rice grain well.
3) The rice is ready, Garnish it with spring onion greens and serve the schezwan fried rice hot.
Don’t over-cook rice to keep rice grains separated. You can use veggies as per your preference.
It’s time for,
Winner Winner Chicken Dinner:
But no no we won’t be cooking chicken for dinner.
Our next recipe is,
3) Nachni Pizza
1 cup nachni ( finger millet) flour
2 tbsp wheat flour (atta)
1/2 cup water (to knead the dough)
1/2 tbsp oil
Salt (to taste)
1/2 cup grated cheese
Salt and pepper
1/2 Onion, chopped into small pieces
1/2 Capsicum, chopped into small pieces
Olives, Jalapenos ( If you like)
1) First make the dough with these ingredients (nachni flour, oil, salt, wheat flour) then add warm water little at a time to knead to make a soft dough for nachni pizza base.
2) Cover the dough and allow it to rest for about 2 hours.
3) Roll out the dough to make the base with the help of little flour. Now make a large round chapatti, cook the chapattis on tawa each side.
4) Put the chapattis directly over a flame on each side until they are cooked.
5) Once cooked, you can now spread pizza sauce on the top of the chapatti, sprinkle grated cheese on top, add all the toppings and cover the pizza with a lid and allow the pizza to cook.
6) Once the cheese begins to melt, open the lid and cook for about a minute more. You will notice the bottom of the pizza and the sides are becoming slightly crisp and brown. The nachni pizzas are now ready.
Oh, wait Cheesee pleaseeee… Add some more cheese and now the pizza is ready to eat.
Now that we have had a day full of delicious food, we’ll end it with a healthy dessert recipe.
4) Chia Pudding:
1 Cup Milk
1/2 cup chia seeds or Basil seeds (sabza)
1-2 tbsp honey or sugar (more or less to taste)
1 tsp vanilla extract ( Just for taste)
1. To a mixing bowl add milk, chia seeds, or basil seeds (sabza), honey or sugar (to taste), add vanilla extract. Whisk all ingredients to combine.
2. Cover, shake and refrigerate for an hour or 2.
3. The pudding should be thick and creamy then add some fresh fruit of your choice. You can add Mango or Banana, to give it a different taste you can also add peanut butter or chocolate chips and coco powder to get the chocolaty taste.
Disclaimer: Sabza and chia seeds are different, Sabza is basil seeds. You can make this recipe using either of the seeds.
Pudding can be stored for 4-5 days if refrigerated correctly.
It’s very easy to make, nutritious, and delicious!
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