It is a simple instruction: Stay at home! You are unlearning old habits and settling into a new routine of staying indoors to flatten the curve and spread of coronavirus. This comes with the baggage of managing bored partners, cranky kids and needy pets, while you’re trying to stretch the scant supplies in your pantry. You are not alone—celebrities, influencers and even chefs are sailing in the same boat. Some of them took to social media to help out where they can.
Bollywood celebrities have been sharing productive ideas to make the most of lockdown. Celebrity chefs on the other hand are doing what they do best: cook. Only this time they are sharing their cooking secrets from their home kitchens via social media.
It all started with Michelin-starred restaurant Osteria Francescana’s chef Massimo Bottura with his Kitchen Quarantine series on Instagram Live. The Italian chef and restaurateur shares pantry-friendly recipes, hosts Q&A sessions, and documents his #QuarantineCooking adventures to help comfort fans and followers in this uncertain time.
Very soon, Indian chefs and TV hosts followed suit. From chef Vineet Bhatia to chef Ranveer Brar, culinary wizards are sharing recipes, tips and tricks, and all the motivation you need to get through the coronavirus lockdown.
#BeHomewithRB by Ranveer Brar
Every day, Brar shares easy and comforting recipe videos on his social media platforms under the hashtag #RBLockdownCookbook. In addition to this, he hosts a 45-minute chat session—#BeHomeWithRB—on Instagram Live with celebrities and influencers such as musician Shankar Mahadevan, chef Vineet Bhatia, and chef Sanjeev Kapoor.
#RasoiTimeWithVB and #RasoiQuarantine by Vineet BhatiaBhatia has been instrumental in popularising Indian cuisine around the world through his restaurants and books. Now, as he practices social distancing due to the COVID-19 lockdown, the London-based chef is using Instagram to continue his mission to make Indian dishes great. Learn basic Indian recipes with a tadka of chef’s expert tips on cooking and plating. He also shows us how to reuse leftovers.
Once you have the hang of the basics, take up Bhatia’s #RasoiQuarantine challenge and get creative. For this, chef picks three ingredients from his pantry and challenges his followers to create a dish of their own. This challenge kickstarted with sago, crab eye peas, and paneer. Check this out:
Chef Ajay Chopra’s VlogChopra’s Instagram account has become a virtual cooking class. Every evening at 5:00 pm, the Northern Flavours: Shubh Vivah host shares fun recipes to cook with kids. Joining him in his culinary adventures at home are Chopra’s two sons. Different flavours of popcorn, banana bread, and vegetable cutlets are a few of the well-received recipes of this series.
Survival Recipes with Amrita Raichand
With limited access to food supplies and delivery, many, especially those who live away from home, have realised the importance of basic cooking skills. Under #SurvivalRecipes, TV host and actress Amrita Raichand, along with her husband Rahul Raichand, shares a collection of easy recipes from an Indian kitchen that people can make to fill their bellies during the lockdown.
Mornings with Goila by Saransh Goila
Chef Saransh Goila describes his chat show on Instagram Live, Mornings with Goila, as a humble effort to spread joy in stressful times and promote his mantra, isolated but not alone. Goila hosts the Live from his kitchen with famous people from different walks of life—from chef Sanjeev Kapoor to YouTuber Prajakta Koli—talking about how they are dealing with situation, what are they eating, and more. In an interview recently, he shared: “The idea is to begin the day on a positive note, so people can spend the rest of it with happy and fun thoughts”.
#TogetherAtHome with Anahita DhondyLet Anahita Dhondy, chef and partner, SodaBottleOpenerWala at Cyber Hub, teach you some age-old Parsi delicacies as well as international eats through her Instagram TV series called #TogetherAtHome. What's interesting? Every recipe she whips up is clubbed with ideas to reduce food waste and also, the cost of cooking. Watch her give a tasty twist to the humble rajma, make a delicious-looking pesto with carrot leaf, and more. She's also answering queries, so don't forget to send in a question or two.
Here, she shows you how to make thai curry paste from scratch:
Cooking up nostalgia with chef Atul KochharCalling all street food lovers, chef Atul Kochhar has been using all his free time to teach you how to recreate popular local eats at home. Not only this, the culinary expert, who won Michelin stars for two restaurants Tamarind and Benaras in London, also has been revisiting food memories of his childhood in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand and sharing recipes to comforting delicacies with a pinch of nostalgia.
India on your Plate with Chef Megha Kohli
"Obsessed with regional Indian dishes, local & seasonal produce" reads her Instagram bio and her feed is a proof enough. Expect a smorgasbord of nostalgia-inducing, comforting dishes from around India made using ingredients in her kitchen. Think tangy tomato rice from south India, creamy butter chicken from Punjab, and lip-smacking khattey baingan from Jammu.
Quarantine Cooking with chef Vicky RatnaniTrust chef Vicky Ratnani or #VickyTheGastronaut to whip up international dishes with desi ingredients and vice versa. As he stays home to 'flatten the curve' like all of us, the culinary whizz is dedicated to teach his followers how to make the most of what's home. Learn to make 'fridge ka pulao' by putting together whatever veggies you've got in your refrigerator or rustle up a poached chicken in milk and saffron with rice. He is also hosting LIVE cooking demos on Instagram, so don't forget to login and ask away all your questions!
So, we’ve shared the list of chefs offering quarantine-friendly virtual cooking classes. Now it’s your turn to pick your favourite, follow him or her, and get cooking!
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Images: All featured chefs and Shutterstock