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April 11, 2020

Lockdown Recipes - Indian Vegetarian Recipes For Lockdown

Lockdown recipes list Indian vegetarian with Pdf

In this post, I have shared a list of lockdown recipes for Indian vegetarian breakfast, dinner, lunch and snacks that uses minimal ingredients, vegetables, oil and ghee at home. I have also made a downloadable PDF for easy access. When I shared the collection of upma varieties, some of my readers asked me to post a collection of easy Indian breakfast'/ dinner and lunch recipes using non perishable foods, uses minimum or no vegetables and rice during this lockdown period / home quarantine period.

Not only that, many people working from home find it really difficult to manage kitchen, household works, kids and office work together without house maids.  For those people, I have shared some easy breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes which can be prepared instantly with less chopping works, minimum vegetables and dry ingredients.

Most of the recipes I shared here are with dry ingredients like pulses, legumes, flours like wheat flour, ragi flour, rice flour, Poha/ pressed rice, sago, rava which can be stored for long time. I have given recipes with basic vegetables like potato, tomato, onion for side dishes.

Lunch recipes given in this list are one pot rice recipes that can be prepared quickly under few minutes in a pressure cooker, few kuzhambu varieties without any vegetables or with a single vegetable like potato, cabbage, cauliflower etc. Most of these recipes can be stored in refrigerator and use it for few days. Infact, they taste more better day by day. Just reheat and serve.

 You can alter the recipes based on the ingredients in hand.i.e by using chilli powder instead of chillies, using frozen vegetables instead of fresh ones, by using tomato puree instead of chopped tomatoes, desicated coconut etc. Finally I have also shared few snacks and sweets recipes which needs less oil and ghee by getting ideas from my friend Shalini and my sister Radha.

During this pandemic situation, I am trying to include foods that are rich in Vitamin c, anti fungal, anti viral Indian spices to improve and boost immunity. So I am taking pepper, cumin, garlic, ginger, onion, turmeric in the form of rasam, thogayal, pachadi, podi varieties, chutney varieties, turmeric milk, garlic milk. I have added all these recipes in the list. I also consume fruits like mosambi, orange, gooseberry, muskmelon, apple and watermelon in my regular diet to keep up the immunity levels. I will add more recipes using gooseberry in my upcoming post and include them in this list.

I hope this list of lockdown recipes would be helpful to you to decide on what to cook during this home quarantine period. I know I am late in sharing list but its better late than never 😊.  Ok friends, lets check out the list of Indian recipes that can be prepared during this lockdown period with the available ingredients in our pantry/ kitchen. Lets hope and pray God to overcome this pandemic situation and fight Corona !!

PDF DOCUMENT

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EASY BREAKFAST / DINNER RECIPES

I have shared some easy idli, dosa batter recipes which requires no or less idli rice. Some people may have a stock of ration shop rice. So I have included ration rice idli dosa batter and raw rice idli batter too. I have also given instant dosa varieties, one pot upma varieties, sandwich, paratha, pasta & noodles recipes that can be prepared instantly. Check it out below. 

IDLI / DOSA VARIETIES 

Instant Idli recipes
Idli dosa batter recipes 
Check out my 15+ idli varieties collection for more ideas !

Instant dosa varieties
SANDWICH / TOAST / PASTA/ SPAGHETTI RECIPES
PARATHA RECIPES
Please check this link for 10 poori varieties for more poori ideas.


UPMA VARIETIES
Upma varieties


I have made a separate post for 40 upma varieties which includes rava, semiya, bread, millets, rice, pasta etc. Please check this link or click the image above.


OTHER BREAKFAST RECIPES

SIDE DISH RECIPES – Chutney, Sambar, Kurma, Gravies

In this section, I have shared side dish recipes for idli, dosa, chapathi, poori and other tiffin varieties. I have shared all the coconut , tomato, onion , garlic and ginger based side dishes assuming you might be getting any or all these vegetables in your place. Please choose the dishes according to the ingredients in your hand and try them.

Chutney varieties
Check out my 65 chutney recipes collection for more options.

Idli Sambar varieties
Check out my 30 Idli sambar varieties for more ideas !

Kurma Varieties / Gravies for roti
Check out my kurma varieties collection for more ideas !


LUNCH RECIPES


RICE VARIETIES IN PRESSURE COOKER
KUZHAMBU VAREITIES WITHOUT VEGETABLES
Check out my 75 Kuzhambu recipes for more ideas !

RASAM VARIETIES
PORIYAL / CURRY RECIPES
PACHADI / THOGAYAL / PODI RECIPES FOR RICE
Check out my 15+ thogayal varieties for more interesting and healthy ideas !

BEVERAGES / DRINKS (DO NOT ADD ICE CUBES )
SNACKS RECIPES WITH LESS OIL
Check out this link for MURUKKU RECIPES.

Check out this link for VADA RECIPES

Check out this link for BAJJI BONDA RECIPES.

Check out this link to see all my snacks recipes collection !

SWEETS RECIPES WITH LESS GHEE
If you are looking for more sweets recipes, please check this link !!

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Friends, do check out the above list. Choose the recipes based on the ingredients in your hands and try them. If you find this list useful, do share with your friends and family members. Do leave a comment in the comment box below. It will make me happy😊 Stay safe and take care !!



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April 6, 2020

Turmeric Milk Recipe – Manjal Paal For Cold, Cough

Turmeric milk
 In my house, we used to drink milk with turmeric powder and pepper powder at night during initial stages of cold and cough to get a good relief. Apart from this, we also inhale steam twice in a day, do salt gargle, drink hot water, consume everything hot throughout the day to curb cold and cough in the initial stages itself.

As per my ayurvedic doctor’s advice, every night before going to sleep, I give turmeric milk adding a pinch of pepper powder for Raksha as she is prone to get cold and cough very often. Addition of pepper powder helps to absorb curcumin from turmeric powder. My mom and MIL has also insisted me to give manjal milagu paal (also known as Golden latte) at night and some tulsi leaves in morning when she was a kid to build her immunity, get rid of cold, cough, allergies and to improve overall health.

Now when I heard about this Corona virus ( Covid-19 ), we all started to consume this manjal paal everyday at night. So I thought of making this post for beginners to know about our traditional turmeric milk and its health benefits. Drinking a cup of milk adding a pinch of turmeric powder + pepper powder everyday has so many amazing health benefits.
  • It is loaded With Antioxidants
  • Helps to boost immunity
  • Induces good sleep
  • Helps to Reduce Inflammation and Joint Pain
  • Improve Memory and Brain Function.
  • Curcumin in Turmeric helps to Improve Mood
  • Protect Against Heart Disease.
  • Lowers Blood Sugar Levels.
  • Reduce Risk of Cancer.
  • Has Antibacterial, Antiviral and Antifungal Properties.
  • Some articles have mentioned that turmeric milk helps in weight loss too. 
As far as I know turmeric milk doesn’t have any side effects in general. But over consumption or over dosage for some people may experience nausea, stomach upset problems. If you want to give turmeric milk for babies or kids below 3 years, please consult your doctor.

Every year my MIL used to give me a pack of homemade turmeric powder using the raw turmeric we buy during Pongal festival. I add a pinch of turmeric powder in milk, boil for few minutes and then consume it. You can also use good quality store bought turmeric powder. Ok, lets see how to make turmeric milk at home with step by step pictures and video.



manjal paal

Turmeric milk / Manjal paal recipe


Turmeric milk / Manjal paal recipe Turmeric milk / Manjal paal recipe for cold and cough

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Drinks
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 2 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 12 Minutes



INGREDIENTS
1 cup = 240ml
  • Milk - 500ml (1/2 litre)
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Pepper powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Sugar or palm candy or organic jaggery - as needed
HOW TO MAKE TURMERIC MILK

  • In a pan, boil milk. Reduce the flame to low. Add turmeric powder, pepper powder and sugar or palm candy. Turmeric milk
  • Boil for few minutes and switch off the flame. Strain the milk through a cloth strainer or mesh. Transfer to the glass.. Drink hot ! Turmeric milk  Turmeric milk
  • For variations, you can also add a pinch of dry ginger powder, a pinch of cinnamon powder too. If you are using jaggery, add powdered jaggery or jaggery syrup after switching off the flame. This helps to avoid curdling of milk.
  • Enjoy !


Note

  • Usually I add 4 tsp of sugar for 500ml milk. Add 2 tbsp of palm sugar candy if using.
  • Do not add more turmeric powder and pepper powder than the mentioned quantity. Over dosage may result in stomach upset problem for some people.
  • Drink the milk hot when you have cold and cough. It helps to give a good relief from cold and cough during initial stages.

Try this healthy turmeric milk at home and enjoy !

Turmeric milk for cold cough

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March 23, 2020

How To Use Instant Pot Buttons, Cooking Times Chart/list


In this post, I have discussed how to use Instant pot buttons / Preset Programs also known as IP cooking modes and Instant pot cooking time chart/ table or cheat sheet for beginners. Hope the chart/list would be useful for beginners to get some idea.  Please adjust the quantity of water and cooking time for Indian dishes based on your Instant pot model, quantity and usage. Do check out my first post on Instant pot.  

In my Instant pot, there are 10 preset modes /smart programmable options. I have shared how to use each mode for people who are getting started with Instant pot. Please check this link to view my instant pot model. 

  1. Saute

  2. Pressure cook ( In some IPs, its mentioned as Manual button)

  3. Slow cook

  4. Steam

  5. Yogurt

  6. Rice

  7. Porridge

  8. Soup / broth

  9. Bean chili

  10. Multigrain.

Smart Programs / Instant Pot Buttons



  1. Sauté Button
  • Don’t use the lid on sautĂ© mode.
  • Press the “SautĂ©” button.
  • You can choose to sautĂ© in Normal, More or Less temperatures.
  • Press sautĂ© (also works as an adjust button) several times to toggle between the   temperature levels.
  • Use Normal sautĂ© for Pan searing.
  • Use Less sautĂ© for Simmering & thickening sauce.
  • Use More sautĂ© for stir-frying & browning.
  • Press +/- keys to adjust the sautĂ© time.
  • You can sautĂ© for a maximum of 30 mins.
  • When you press the saute, the display changes to “ON” after ten seconds and starts heating up.
  • Then it shows “Hot”, and you can start adding the ingredients.








  1. Pressure Cook Button (Manual)
  • Use this smart program for Manual Programming.
  • Lock the lid in pressure cook mode, or it will prompt you to lock the Lid.
  • Turn the steam release handle to “Sealing” position.
  • Now press the “Pressure Cook” button.
  • You can pressure cook in Normal, More or Less temperature settings.
  • Use the “Pressure Level” button to cook in “High” or “Low” pressure your recipe calls for.
  • Use +/- keys and set the pressure cook time.
  • Instant Pot will show “ON” to indicate the cooker is heating up and developing pressure.
  • Once pressurized, the timer will start a count-down.
  • When cooking is done, the instant pot will beep and goes to “Keep Warm” mode.
  • Do a quick release or natural release based on the food type.  
  • Natural Release: Leave the steam release handle in “Sealing” position. The cooker will depressurize naturally over time and the float valve pops down. May take 10-40 mins based on the quantity of food.
  • Quick Release : Turn the steam release handle from “Sealing” to “Venting” position. For precaution don’t stay close while doing a quick release.
  1. Slow cook Button
  • Use this smart program for All-day-cooking.
  • Lock the Lid and remember to keep the steam release handle in “Venting” position since it is going to cook all day long.
  • Press the “Slow Cook” button.
  • You cannot use +/- keys in this mode.
  • Press the slow cook button several times to choose Normal (Medium cooking time 6 hrs), More(Fastest cooking time 4 hrs) or Less(More cooking time 8 hrs).
  • When cooking is complete, the instant pot will beep and goes to “Keep Warm” mode.
  1. Steam Button
  • Steaming creates more pressure than pressure cooking.
  • Always use a trivet or steamer basket to elevate the food and fill the bottom of the pot with water. 
  • Lock the lid and turn the steam release handle to “Sealing” position.
  • Press the “Steam” button.
  • Choose between Normal, More or Less temperature settings based on the food type.
  • Always do a Quick release to prevent overcooking and preserve the nutrients.
  1. Yogurt Button
  • Use this smart program to make fresh home-made yogurt.
  • Pour milk into the Instant Pot.
  • Press the “Yogurt” button several times until it shows “boil”.
  • Instant Pot beeps when boiling is done.
  • Let the milk cool down for 15-20 mins.
  • Add some yogurt (with live cultures) into the cooled down milk.
  • Whisk well.
  • Lock the Lid, no need to keep the steam release handle.
  • Press the “yogurt” button until it shows 8 hrs.
  1. Rice Button
  • It is an Automated cooking program to cook rice.
  • Lock the lid and turn the steam release handle to “Sealing” position.
  • Press the “Rice” button.
  • You can choose between Normal(12 mins), More(15 mins) or Less(8 mins) setting based on the type of rice.
  • Instant pot displays “Auto” while heating up and then the timer starts a count-down. 
  • Wait for Natural Release to get fluffy rice, or you can also opt  to do Quick Release after 10 mins of Natural Release.
  1. Porridge Button
  • Use this smart program to prepare oatmeal, porridge, kheer etc.
  • Lock the lid and turn the steam release handle to “Sealing” position.
  • Press the “Porridge” button.
  • You can cook in Normal, More or Less heat based on the grain you use for porridge.
  • Always do Natural Release when cooking food that expands.
  1.  Soup/Broth Button
  • Use this smart program to make vegetable soup and broth.
  • Always do Natural Release.
  1. Bean/Chilli Button
  • Use this smart program to cook beans or legumes.
  • Choose temperature setting based on the type of bean and texture (soaked/dry).
  • Ensure the food is completely immersed in water.
  • Always do Natural Release.
  1. Multigrain Button
  • Use this smart program to cook tough grains or mixture of grains and beans.
  • Choose temperature setting based on the type and texture.
  • Always do Natural Release.

Other Controls / Buttons

  1. Cancel:

  • Press the Cancel button any time to stop a smart program.
  1. Delay Start:

  • Use this to postpone cooking up to 24 hours.
  • Select any smart program (except sautĂ©) and then press the “Delay Start” button.
  • Use +/- button to adjust the hours & minutes before cooking will begin.
  1. Keep Warm:

  • It goes on by default for all smart programs except sautĂ©, sous vide and yogurt.
  1. Sound On/Off:

  • Press and hold - key for 5 secs or until the display shows “S off”.
  • Press and hold + key for 5 secs or until the display shows “S on”
  1. Temperature unit F or C:

  • Press and hold + and - keys together for 5 secs to toggle between F and C.
Instant Pot Cooking Time Chart

Here is the basic times chart for Instant Pot Cooking, however it may vary based on your instant pot model. Please do some experiment with your instant pot to come up with the exact cooking time based on size, texture & quantity of food you prefer to cook.


Rice / Grains (cook on HIGH pressure)
Rice/Grains
Rice : Water Ratio
Cooking Time (mins)
Release Mode
Rice - Sona Masoori
1:2.5 (adjust)
4 - 5 mins
NR
Rice - Basmati
1:1.25 (adjust)
4 - 5 mins
NR
Brown Rice
1:1.5 (adjust)
20 - 22 mins
NR
Rice Congee
1:4
16 - 20 mins
NR
Millets
1:2
10 - 12 mins
NR
oats
1:2
3 - 4 mins
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Vegetables (Cook on HIGH pressure, +2 mins if using steamer basket or Pot-in-Pot)
Vegetables
size
Cooking Time (mins)
Release Mode
Cabbage
shredded
3 mins
QR
Carrot
whole / sliced
3 - 4 mins
QR
Green Beans
whole / sliced
3 - 4 mins
QR
Beets
sliced
4 mins
QR
Corn
whole
5 mins
QR
Corn
kernels
2 mins
QR
Cauliflower
florets
2 - 3 mins
QR
Broccoli
florets
1 - 2 mins
QR
Potato
whole
8 mins
QR
Potato
cubed
4 - 5 mins
QR
Sweet Potato
cubed
2 - 4 mins
QR
Eggplant
cubed
3 - 4 mins
QR
Okra
Thick cut
3 mins
QR
Raw Banana
cubed
3 - 4 mins
QR
Pumpkin
cubed
2 - 3 mins
QR
Chayote
cubed
3 - 4 mins
QR
Mixed Vegetables
any
3 - 4 mins
QR


Lentils & Beans (immersed in water, cook on HIGH pressure)
Lentils & Beans
Dry / Soaked
Cooking Time (mins)
Release Mode
Toor Dal/Split pigeon pea
Dry
8-10 mins
NR
Masoor Dal
Dry
8 - 10 mins
NR
Moong Dal / Green gram
Dry
8 mins
NR
Chana Dal
Dry
8 mins
NR
Black Gram / Urad Dal
Soaked
20 mins
NR
Red Kidney Beans
Soaked
25 - 30 mins
NR
Black Eyed Peas
Soaked
15 - 20 mins
NR
Black Beans
Soaked
25 mins
NR
Chickpeas
Soaked
25 - 30 mins
NR
Lima Beans
Soaked
15 - 20 mins
NR
Peas
Soaked
15 mins
NR




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