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Missing Restaurant Food? Try These Tasty, Super-Quick Recipes
One-pot meals that are easy on effort and high on taste
With the lockdown, you and your family maybe missing delicious takeaways you are used to ordering but cannot now. Here are a couple of super-easy, delicious one-pot meals that are low on effort but high on taste. We promise, your family will love them.
Chickpea and Cottage Cheese Bake
Who doesn’t love paneer? There’s so much you can do with this healthy and versatile food. This vegetarian bake will be a hit with your little ones too.
How to: Preheat the oven to 200°C. In a shallow dish, heat some butter or olive oil and gently sauté 5-6 cloves of sliced garlic until they start turning brown. Add 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika (or Kashmiri chilli powder) and dried oregano and lightly stir (a little too long and it will burn the herb).Then, add 3 cups of chopped, blanched tomatoes or you could use readymade arrabbiata sauce, a pinch of sugar, salt, pepper, dried basil and one teaspoon of red chilli flakes. Stir the sauce and let it simmer for about 5 minutes.
Rinse a cup of boiled chickpeas. After straining the excess water, add them to the sauce. Let it cook for 5 more minutes. Remove from the heat. Take 500 gm of cottage cheese, cut into 2-inch cubes, and arrange them in the pan. Spread them evenly, pressing them enough so that they are covered with the tomato sauce. Sprinkle a generous layer of breadcrumbs on top and then finish off with grated cheese. Bake it in the oven for 20 minutes or until the top becomes crusty. Serve as is or with garlic bread or rice.
Mushroom Spaghetti Aglio Olio
This no-cream pasta is full of flavours and loaded with mushrooms that lend an earthy deliciousness to it. A great combination of healthy olive oil and mushrooms and durum wheat spaghetti, this comforting dish can be made in under 15 minutes.
How to: Boil water in a deep pan. Add 250 grams of spaghetti, some olive oil and salt. Cook till the spaghetti is al dente (has a bite), drain and run it under cold water. Keep aside.
In the same pan on medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Now, add 2 tablespoons of sliced garlic. Stir fry until the garlic cloves are sauted and there is an aroma; then add 2 teaspoons of chilli flakes and saute again.
Add 300 grams of sliced mushrooms and cook till they are brown. Add cooked spaghetti, 1 tablespoon of butter/olive oil, two tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley or any dried herbs, salt and pepper as per taste. Toss until everything is mixed well. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese from the top. Serve it warm, garnished with chopped fresh parsley.