As many of us have been in lockdown over the past few months and facing the inevitable, we are looking for ways to keep busy and active. I have noticed an increase in cooking videos on the net and decided to try out some of them. With some spare time on my hands I decided to try out some dishes which I wouldn’t have had time to try out before!

Are you constantly on the lookout for quick easy meals using ingredients in your pantry/fridge? I have learnt the art of being creative with using a combination of ingredients. There are some ingredients which prove a meal saver many times. Like – flour, eggs, cereals – rice, pasta, lentils, oats, semolina, tinned provisions.

Here are some quick dishes which I have discovered with 2 staple ingredients:

  1. Dosas (Indian snack or light main meal)

Ingredients:  Semolina 1 cup, Yogurt (natural) 1 cup. Mix these 2 in a bowl separately. 1 cup cooked left over rice. Salt to taste.

Method:  Mix well the semolina and yogurt in a bowl. In a blender add the cooked rice, then the semolina and yogurt mixture. Blend for a few seconds. Pour this mixture into a bowl, cover and set aside for 2-3 hours. You can add a little water to the blender jug to clean out whatever is left inside and add to the batter. The batter should be a little thick, not too thin (otherwise it could break up when frying it). After 2-3 hours, get ready to fry these dosas (like crepes). Use a little oil for each dosa to avoid it breaking up. Heat a frypan on low heat, add a little oil, pour a ladle spoon of the batter in the centre and allow to cook for a few seconds, spreading it gently with the back of the ladle around the pan a little to form a crepe. With a flat spatula ease the crepe over gently to cook on the other side. Turn out onto a serving platter.

Serve this with a coconut chutney, potato bhujia, spiced dhal, pudina chutney (mint).

2. Flatbread or Naan

Ingredients:  Self raising flour 1 cup. Natural yogurt 3/4 cup. A pinch of salt.

Mix the flour, pinch of salt and yogurt well together till it forms a dough. This takes a couple of minutes. The dough is quite soft. Pat into a round shape, cover and set aside for a few minutes. Heat a hot griddle. No oil needed! It cooks well as it is. Cut the dough into 4 parts, roll into a round shape about 8 inch in width. Cook each flatbread for a minute on each side, it will puff up a bit, keep turning till well cooked both sides. You can double the quantities for extra serves.

This is so delicious eaten while still hot, serve with anything of your choice – dips, cheese, curries, salads. Great for anytime of the day – breakfast, light lunch or dinner. This recipe can also be used for pizza.

Look out for my bread making endeavors in my next post!

I look forward to your comments.  We are not perfect, we are on a learning journey. Some days are better than others, but keep trying!

Happy cooking!

~ Mary