Are you a proud member of the self-proclaimed home chefs club? Do you think your cup noodles and boiled eggs qualify as ‘gourmet’? Well, it’s the third year of the memorable 20s and this year is all about upgrading yourself and learning some basic life skills. And even though you can sort of survive on Maggi and omelettes, it can’t hurt to know a bit more, right? You don’t have to create Masterchef-level dishes, but you should know enough to give you decent, half-healthy options for a week. So, here are some easy and quick Indian recipes for people who just can’t cook!

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1. Egg Bhurji

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Ingredients: 

4 large eggs

1/2 tsp salt

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1/2 cup chopped onions

2 tsp finely chopped green chillies

1 tsp finely chopped ginger

1 tsp chopped garlic

1/2 cup finely chopped tomatoes

1 tsp coriander powder

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1/2 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder

2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

Method:

Whisk the eggs in a medium bowl, add salt, and set aside. Place a pan over medium-high heat and add the oil to it. Once it’s hot, add the onions and saute them till they turn translucent, followed by green chillies, ginger, and garlic. Now, mix and saute till the onions are golden brown. Add the tomatoes to the mix and cook for a minute. Once the tomatoes start to soften a bit, mash them lightly and then add all the dry spices and cook for another minute till everything is mixed well. Now, reduce the heat and slowly add the eggs to the pan. Mix continuously till they are cooked and scrambled. Once done, garnish your egg bhurji with coriander leaves and enjoy hot.

2. Lemon Rice

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Ingredients:

1 tsp coriander powder

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1 tsp mustard seeds

3-4 curry leaves

2 green chillies, slit lengthwise

1 piece of ginger, grated

1/2 cup roasted unsalted peanuts

1 tsp turmeric

Juice of 2 lemons

2 cups cooked basmati rice, or leftover rice

Salt to taste

Method:

Take a pan and heat some oil in it over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the mustard seeds, curry leaves, and green chillies and fry the mixture until the splattering stops. Next, add the ginger and peanuts and fry for another minute. Turn off the heat and add the turmeric powder and lemon juice and mix till the mixture is well combined. Now, add the rice, coriander powder, and salt to taste, and mix thoroughly. There it is, an easy and quick recipe for an Indian dish that is fuss-free and tastes absolutely delicious.

3. Dahi Chicken

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Ingredients:

500 gm chicken, cut into small pieces

Salt to taste

1 tbsp oil

1 tsp red chilli powder or flakes

3 tsp ginger-garlic paste

1 cup curd

1/2 cup cream

1 tsp pepper powder

2 tsp kasoori methi

2 green chillies

Juice of 2 lemons

1/2 cup water

Method:

Place a pan over medium-high heat and add vegetable oil to it. Once hot, add the ginger-garlic paste to it and stir till the raw smell goes away and it turns slightly brown. Add the chicken to it and cook it for 5-7 minutes till the chicken starts to show some brown spots. You can add a little water if you feel the chicken needs to cook more. Next, add the salt, pepper, red chilli powder, and green chillies, and mix for a minute before adding curd to the pan. Let it cook for another 5 minutes till the curd releases all the water and coats the chicken completely. Now, add cream, kasoori methi, and lemon juice, give it a good mix and serve hot.

4. Jeera Aloo 

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Ingredients:

2 tsp oil

1 tbsp jeera

1inch ginger (finely chopped)

2 green chillies (finely chopped)

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder 

1/2 tsp coriander powder

3/4 tsp amchur 

A pinch of hing

Salt to taste

2 boiled potatoes (peeled & cubed)

1-2 tbsp water

2 tbsp coriander leaves (finely chopped)

Method:

Take a pan and heat 2 tsp oil and saute 1 tbsp jeera till it turns aromatic. Add in the ginger and green chilies and saute for a minute. Lower the flame and add turmeric, chilli powder, coriander powder, amchur, a pinch of hing, and salt to taste. Saute the mixture on low flame without burning the spices and then add the potatoes to the mixture. Mix gently without breaking potatoes, add 2 tbsp of water, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes. Once done, add coriander leaves and serve jeera aloo with rice or chapati. A wholesome, easy, and quick Indian recipe ready within half an hour!

5. Kachumber Salad

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Ingredients:

3 spring onions

1 beetroot

2 cups cherry tomatoes

1 large cucumber

1 large carrot

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 tsp salt, or to taste

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

Method:

Wash, peel, and cut your vegetables into small cubes and halves, and add them to a big bowl. To this, add the spices, lemon juice, and coriander leaves, and mix well till everything is combined. Serve this refreshing and tangy salad with any dish or have it as it is for a quick and healthy snack.

6. Mutton Keema

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Ingredients:

3 tbsp vegetable oil

1 tsp cumin seeds

2 medium onions, finely chopped

1 tbsp garlic paste

1 tbsp ginger paste

2 tbsp ground coriander

1 tbsp ground cumin

1 tbsp garam masala

Salt, to taste

500 grams mutton keema

2 medium tomatoes, finely chopped

tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice

1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro leaves, for garnish

Method:

Heat oil in a pan, and once hot, add cumin seeds and fry for about a minute till they stop spluttering. Next, add the onions and saute them till they turn golden brown, for about 5 minutes. To this, add ginger and garlic paste and cook for about a minute. Next, add the coriander, cumin, garam masala, and salt to taste and saute, stirring almost continuously, until the oil begins to separate from the masala. Add the mutton keema and cook for 5-7 minutes till it turns brown, and then, add the tomatoes and cook till they are soft. Once done, turn off the heat, add lemon juice, mix well, and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve this mouthwatering, easy and quick Indian dish with naan or plain rotis.

7. Chilli Cheese Toast

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Ingredients:

5 slices of brown bread

1/2 cup mozzarella grated

1 green chilli, finely chopped

1/2 tsp ginger, grated 

Salt as required, optional

Crushed black pepper as required

Butter, salted and softened, as required

Method:

Grate the cheese in a bowl and add the chopped green chillies and minced ginger to it. To this, add salt and pepper as required and mix well. Slice the bread into triangular slices and toast them lightly in a pan. Once they’re toasted, spread the butter evenly followed by the cheese mixture, and place them back into the pan. Now, cover the pan with a lid, and on low heat, cook for another 3-5 minutes till the cheese has melted. Serve with your favourite dips or tomato ketchup and enjoy a hearty snack.

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