COVID-19 Lockdown: Easy Recipes To Make For Everyone At Home

The Corona virus lockdown or Safe Living as it's been called has taught us invaluable lessons. Apart from life lessons like healthcare professionals are worth more than celebrities, we have also learnt minor lessons. Additionally, knowing basic cooking skills are a blessing in disguise in recent times. If you are living alone or trying to help around at home by cooking a meal, knowing a few easy to make dishes can help elevate your mood as well as provide sustenance to your loved ones. Let's look at some easy recipes to make for everyone at home during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Furthermore, if you are looking for some simple things to do to make life easy during Covid-19 lockdown, read our previous blog

Tasty Wraps:

Pleasing little ones at home is no easy task! Bored easily of run-of-the-mill dishes, keeping them interested at the dinner table beats round table conferences!! If your child is bored of roti, sabzi treat him/ her with wraps.

Wraps are healthy and can be made with rotis and whatever you desire in the filling; making it a complete meal for your family. Make rotis & fill them up with items available in your pantry like veggies, paneer, potatoes, eggs, chicken. Garnish it with some coriander and cooked bell peppers to make them look colorful. Moreover, involve everyone in making these wraps making it a family activity. For more ideas on what to make for kids, click here

Rajma Soup

Most Indian households maintain a healthy stock of pulses. Rajma or kidney beans apart from being tasty, help meet our daily iron and protein requirements. Soak one cup rajma overnight. Next morning, drain the water from rajma. In a pressure cooker, add little oil and finely chopped onions and garlic. When done, add chopped tomato and fry well. Now add rajma and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles. When cool, puree in a mixer and bring to a boil with enough water and some salt and chili powder to taste. Serve hot along with toasted wheat bread.

Easy Cabbage Sandwiches 

Even a leaf of cabbage inserted as layer between breads along with a cheese slice is good enough to amp up the taste and flavour of the sandwich. One can really play around with ingredients and make their own sandwich but here’s how you can make a simple one.

Take bread slices. Add a slice of cheese, sliced tomatoes, chopped cucumber. You can add your favorite veggies or simply top up with some paneer/chicken. Add some shredded cabbage. Season everything with some salt and pepper and finish the sandwich by keeping the second bread loaf over this … your sandwich is ready. 

Beetroot Vegetable (Sabzi)

A great beetroot recipe for rotis, this is a fairly simple recipe:

Boil beets in  pressure cooker (1-2 whistle max). Cool, peel and slice. Put some oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds. Once they begin to crackle a bit, add chopped onions, chopped green chilies and some curry leaves and give it a good stir. When the onions begin to turn pink, add in some chopped tomatoes. Once this mix is well cooked, add salt, crushed black pepper, turmeric powder and one spoon sugar (optional). Add chopped beets. Let it cook for 5 minutes and yummy sabzi is ready.

For more ideas about cooking with beetroot, see this

Dal Palak:

Combining dal with spinach makes for a very interesting & healthy dish. Moreover, it goes very well with steamed or jeera (cumin) rice.

Simply add some chopped spinach to yellow dal in the pressure cooker. Cover this with enough water and add some salt and turmeric. Start the pressure cooker and heat until one whistle followed by additional 10 minutes on slow flame.

Every family gives a different tadka to their dals. One of the more common ones is with oil, cumin seeds, asafoetida, red chilly powder and coriander powder. Make this and add over the dal once it cools down in the cooker and voila dal palak is ready.

Leftover Rice Pakodas:

Looking to make an innovative dish with leftover rice? Soak cooked leftover rice with enough curd for couple of hours. Do not make it too mushy. Add gramflour, chopped chilies, chopped coriander, pinch of sugar & salt to taste. Mix well to make a medium consistency batter. Fry in hot oil till golden. Serve hot.

Moreover, try making these easy dips to pair with these crunchy pakodas.

Caramelized Banana: 

An easy dessert on your mind? Caramelized banana is a great fuss free dessert. Start by diagonally cutting 4 peeled ripe bananas. In a pan, heat 50 gms unsalted butter with 1/3 rd cup brown sugar & little vanilla essence. When the butter starts melting, lower flame & add the bananas & cook on both sides till caramelized. Take care not to burn. Transfer to a plate & serve. Besides, top it up with your favorite dessert sauce like caramel or butterscotch.....yum, isn't it?

Sweet Jaggery Rice

Looking to satiate your taste buds with something sweet but don't want to make an elaborate dessert?

Make this simple rice preparation that tastes great & is ready in a jiffy. Jaggery and rice are the main ingredients; combined with cardamoms, cloves, bay leaves and raisins. They can be further garnished with dry fruits of choice.Soak some jaggery in water for 30 minutes till soft. Bring enough water to boil and add some soaked and washed rice, cloves and cardamoms. Allow the rice to cook. Drain the rice once cooked by placing in a colander. Place a heavy bottomed pan on flame. Add ghee, cardamoms, cloves, bay leaves, rice and mix well. Lower the heat, and mix in the jaggery. Stir for a couple of minutes till cooked. Sprinkle some raisins on top and serve.