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Cooking for when you’re single

Cooking for when you’re single

Cooking for one can be, well, complicated. Sometimes, you get lazy. Sometimes, you’re caught up with work and chores. This is how life was for me, especially living in a city and busy with the hustle, until I got my hands on the Nutri-Pot, which changed the game for me as far as meals go.

Nutri-Pot gives you consistent cooking at the touch of a button. Even if you are not an expert at cooking or you are a weekend chef at home, Nutri-Pot makes it simple for you. You don’t need to remember the number of whistles that are needed to make dal or vegetables or khichdi or biryani or chicken, unlike in a pressure cooker. This is where most of the cooking goes wrong. Nutri-Pot makes it simpler! Just press the button, go about your errands and let it do the rest. It’s silent and noiseless compared to traditional pressure cookers along with the Automatic Keep-Warm function that keeps the temperature of the food warm until ready to serve. Here, I put down some quick one pot recipes easily cooked through the Nutri-Pot that could make single life that much more bearable for you.

Chole Dhania Masala

Ingredients 

  1.  ¾ cup chickpeas (kabuli chana), soaked overnight and drained 
  2.  ¼ cup split Bengal gram (chana dal), soaked overnight and drained 
  3. Salt to taste 
  4. 1 small bunch fresh coriander leaves (hara dhania) 
  5. 2 green chillies (hari mirch) 
  6. 2 teaspoons ghee 
  7. 1 medium onion, sliced 
  8. 1 teaspoon garlic paste 
  9. 1 teaspoon ginger paste 
  10. 1½ tablespoons chole masala
  11. ½ tablespoon dry mango powder (amchur) 
  12.  ½ teaspoon garam masala powder 
  13. Black salt (kala namak) to taste

Steps

  • Pre-heat Wonderchef Nutri-Pot by pressing the Sauté button on it.  
  • Grind coriander leaves and green chillies to a smooth paste.  
  • Add ghee and once it is hot, add onion and stir for three to four minutes or till golden. 
  • Add garlic paste and ginger paste and continue to stir for another minute. 
  • Add the chole masala, dry mango powder, garam masala powder, black salt and coriander paste and stir for two to three minutes or till ghee separates from the masala.  
  • Press cancel, cover and cook on chole masala mode (i.e. for 30 minutes). After 5 minutes the pressure will be released. 
  • Lock the pressure by turning the whistle in the left or right direction and let it cook for the remaining time.  
  • Once 30 minutes are over, Nutri-Pot will go on “Keep Warm” mode, press “Cancel” and let the pressure settle down. 
  • Open the lid. Transfer the chole in a serving bowl. Serve hot with puris.

This age-old dish comes to new life through the Nutri-Pot! Try this out and let me know how it goes. 

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Dal Khichdi 
This one’s a classic, a recipe my mom made when I was a kid. Super simple to put together with the Nutri-Pot and one that’ll remind you of comfortable night-ins with family. Soul food, through and through.

Ingredients

  1. 1 cup quick cooking brown rice, soaked for 30 minutes 
  2.  ¼ cup split skinless green gram (dhuli moong dal), soaked for 30 minutes 
  3. 2 teaspoons ghee + for drizzling 
  4. 1 teaspoon cumin seed (jeera)
  5.  ½ teaspoon asafoetida (hing) • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic • 1-2 green chillies, finely chopped • 1 medium onion, finely chopped • 1 medium tomato, finely chopped • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder • Salt to taste • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander leaves

Steps

  • Pre-heat Wonderchef Nutri-Pot by pressing the Sauté button on it. 
  • Add ghee to the pot. Add cumin seeds and when it changes colour, add asafoetida and stir. 
  • Add garlic and green chillies and stir for 1 minute. 
  • Add onion and stir till golden brown. 
  • Add tomato and stir till soft. 
  • Add remaining chilli powder and salt, mix and cook for 1 minute.  
  • Add rice, dal and 5 cups water, mix. 
  • Press cancel, cover and cook in biryani mode (i.e. for 30 minutes).
  •  After 5 minutes the pressure will be released. Lock the pressure by turning the whistle in the left or right direction and let it cook for the remaining time.  
  • Once 30 minutes are over, Nutri-Pot will go on “Keep Warm” mode, press “Cancel” and let the pressure settle down. 
  • Open the lid.  
  • Transfer the khichdi in a serving bowl.  
  • Sprinkle chopped coriander leaves and mix well.  Drizzle some ghee on top and serve hot with yogurt.

This one never disappoints!

Author : Alina Gufran, writer and film-maker, who loves the outdoors and reading.

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