Winter means cosying up on the couch/bed and that means our need for comfort food is on the rise. Thankfully, there are one-pot meals, which can come in handy during such a time.
The beauty of a one-pot meal is not just minimal dishes to wash, but also the fact that cooking everything together allows the flavours of all ingredients to come together and create a delicious dish. Khichdis, soups, and casseroles are some simple yet tasty one-pot wonders that are unbelievably comforting. All you need to do is get your ingredients in place, throw them in a pot (or skillet/baking sheet) and let them cook to perfection.There are a lot of versions of this Gujarati dish, but we like this simple, desi-ghee loaded fada ni khichdi by chef Gautam Mehrishi . Apart from the fibre-rich cracked wheat, this rice preparation also features a couple of beans and chickpeas. What particularly stole our attention was the butter, cinnamon, green chillies, and kasuri methi tadka that the dish is finished off with. Looking for something cheap, healthy and delicious, then this protein-rich Kathiawadi khichri by chef Vaibhav Mahajan can be your ‘IT’ meal. It is the perfect combination of rice and mixed vegetables, finished with an aromatic tempering of mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves, garlic, and asafoetida. Ditch the take-out soup for chef Ripudaman Handa’s scrumptious Thai coconut soup with noodles. It is a fragrant soup made with Thai red curry paste, vegetable stock, coconut milk, and vegetables ladled over boiled noodles.
Spanish Chicken BasqueGot some leftover chicken from last night’s meal? Use it to cook this Spanish Chicken Basque recipe by chef Pankaj Bhadouria. It is a lip-smacking combination of chicken, rice, peppers, and black olives. Chef Bhadouria makes her’s with brown rice, but you can experiment with your favourite kind of rice or any other grain. Fresh, bright coloured tomatoes add some much-needed vibrancy to this one-pot pasta by Team LF . Our favourites; however, are the myriad of flavours the different of types of cheese—mozzarella, parmesan, and ricotta—lend to the dish. In case you’re planning to try this, don’t forget to sprinkle some freshly cracked black pepper on the pasta.
Ratatouille-style Grilled VegetablesThis grilled vegetable recipe by chef Sabyasachi Gorai is inspired by the French classic ratatouille. The recipe is filled with the goodness of fresh vegetables and can be prepared under 20 minutes. You can eat it as it is or complement the dish with a few pieces of toasted bread.
Here’s another wholesome and quick recipe to whip up this winter. Chef Ranveer Brar takes the flavours of this simple lentil soup to the next level by cooking it in mustard oil and some paanch phoron masala, which is a Bengali spice mix consisting of fenugreek seeds, nigella seeds, cumin seeds, black mustard seeds, and fennel seeds.
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