7 easy ideas for great dinners at home

Dinner is when we spend quality time with our loved ones. If you don’t have a lot of time (or loved ones), cooking dinner can be a boring prospect. What you need is to whip up something that tastes delicious and takes less prep time. Even if you’re not a huge curry lover, you’ll love these quick Indian dinners that can be prepared in just a few minutes. These are not just recipes, but life hacks!

1. Chana Dal with rice or chapatis

Chana dal is the great ingredient in Indian cuisine. We take it for granted but we can’t do without it for more than a few days either… maybe a week for the most stoic among us. It’s washing that leads to procrastination, isn’t it? Yet, chana dal needs to be simmered with aromatic spices and vegetables for just a few minutes to make it a nutritious, healthy and tasty dal. You can also try variations of this recipe by replacing the chana dal with black gram or masoor dal. To make chana dal more nutritious, you can add pomegranate seeds, crushed urad dal, crushed peanuts, raisins, or even amchur okra. Serve it with rice or chapatis at dinner for a healthy and nutritious meal.

2. Creamy Dal Makhani With Chapatis Or Pooris

Dal makhani is a rich and creamy North Indian curry served with roti or mild Poori. Like other curries, it is also gluten-free. Dal makhani is made with lentils, kidney beans, butter, cream, tomatoes and spices. If you know how to make ordinary dal at home, you can make dal makhani in just 9 steps:

  • Heat oil in a skillet
  • Add the mustard seeds and let them crackle
  • Add green peas and sauté until they turn pink
  • Add chopped onion
  • Add the ginger
  • Sauté until they turn translucent
  • Add lentils and kidney beans; fry them for a few minutes
  • Add tomatoes and turmeric
  • Simmer the dal makhani for 10-12 minutes
  • Serve it with rice, chapatis or Pooris. Your dal makhani is ready in about 30 minutes and can be eaten over the next few days with fresh roti. For such an elaborate dish, it is easy to cook at home.

3. Lemon rice with Aloo Matar curry

Lemon rice is a simple yet nutritious meal. It is easy to make and can be served as an evening meal or for breakfast. Lemon rice is a perfect side dish to any Indian or Asian curry. You can serve it with aloo matar curry (peas), paneer or tofu curry, chutney and pickle for a complete meal. You can also try different variations of lemon rice by adding vegetables or other ingredients to the basic recipe.

4. Brinjal and tomato curry with rice

Brinjal (eggplant) is a great option for vegetarian curries. It absorbs the curry flavor and is well mashed. You can make it into a curry or make it a side dish by adding other vegetables. You can also make eggplant and tomato curry by mixing other vegetables like potatoes, carrots, peppers, etc. Eggplant is high in fiber and vitamins, an excellent source of potassium and believed to lower blood pressure. Eggplant is also a good source of protein. Eat it with rice or rotis.

5. Chicken Curry With Rice

Chicken curry is a delicious and simple recipe that can be made in a jiffy. It is usually served with rice or chapatis. Here’s how you can quickly make your brown chicken curry at home:

  • Fry the onions, then add the whole spices and ginger garlic paste
  • Add spices like turmeric, chili pepper, cumin, coriander, black pepper and kasuri methi
  • Add a few drops of water and sauté well for a few minutes.
  • Add the chicken
  • Add potatoes and tomatoes with enough water
  • The spices will flavor the chicken and make it delicious. Serve it with steamed rice or chapatis.

6. Tender lamb shanks with curry

Lamb shanks are an excellent source of protein and rich in minerals. They are best served with sauce or curry. You can prepare tender lamb shanks in curries for a hearty meal. Shank curry is delicious with roast rice or jeera. Add herbs and spices like cumin seeds, black pepper, coriander seeds, bay leaf, cinnamon, black salt, red chili powder, garam masala, garlic, ginger with lamb shank curry to spice it up.

seven. Simple vegetable rasam with rice

Rasam is a delicious soup made from lentils, vegetables, spices and tamarind. The tamarind dominates the opening taste, but the rest really adds magic as the taste settles in. Rasam is, of course, usually served with rice, but can also be served with idli or dosa. The spices and herbs used in rasam are cumin, mustard seeds, black pepper, garlic, curry leaves, coriander leaves which relieves you from cold and is also believed to help digestion. It’s a great dish to make when you’re in a hurry and want to feed your family something nutritious.

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