1. Achaari Paneer
You'll never go hungry if you've got paneer stocked in your fridge. You can make so many dishes with this particular food item, it's unbelievable! However, achaari paneer is the easiest to make. Take a bowl and mix fennel seeds, mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds and asafoetida. Heat oil in another pan and add the seed mixture. When they crackle, add onions and saute till the onions turn pink. Add the paneer, turmeric, chilli powder, black salt and stir for some time. Later, add coriander and salt and bring to a boil.
2. Anda Curry
Those who stay away from home, swear by eggs. And anda curry is easy and hassle free. Just heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a saucepan and add chopped onions, garlic and ginger paste. Sauté for a few minutes until the onions change colour. Once the onions are fried, add some turmeric powder, garam masala powder, coriander powder and red chilli powder. Stir it well. Now add the tomato puree, salt and boiled eggs. Boil the curry for 10 to 15 minutes until you see the eggs are coated well with the curry.
3. Methi Pakoras
On a rainy day, if you're in the mood for some quick pakoras, here's how you go about it. Mix methi leaves, besan, rice flour, ginger, finely chopped green chilli, onions, curd, cooking soda, red chilli powder and ajwain in a bowl. Add water gradually, and make it a thick batter. Heat oil in a wok and drop the battered pakora one at a time. Deep fry till they turn golden.
4. Aloo Kurkure
Combine potatoes, mint leaves, green chillies, cumin seeds powder, lemon juice and salt in a bowl and mix well. Shape the mixture into round balls and keep them aside. Take some plain flour in a different wok, add little water to make a thick and smooth paste and keep aside. Dip each potato ball in the flour paste and then roll in powdered rice flakes till they are evenly coated from all the sides. Heat oil in another kadhaiand deep-fry the potato balls a few at a time till they are golden brown in colour.
5. Phodnicha Bhaat
All you need is some leftover rice, onions and chilli powder. And, you are done! 'Phodni' basically means 'tadka' in Marathi. Add rice to thetadka of cumin seeds, mustard and chilli powder, add some salt and you're done!
6. Idli Upma
Mash leftover idlis by hand till they break down to small pieces. Heat oil in a vessel. Add mustard, urad, chanaa dal, red chillies and curry leaves, and keep it on a low flame. Once the mustard seeds crackle and the urad dal turns a healthy golden color, add onion and turmeric powder for a desired colour. Once the onions turn brown, mix the mashed idlis and add salt.
7. Anardaana Raita
You can make this yummy raita for dessert too. Just whisk the yogurt to make it creamy, add a pinch of salt and some red chilli powder. Add the pomegranate juice and the seeds to yogurt mix. And, you're done!
Be it paneer or with eggs, bhurjee takes hardly 10 minutes to cook. All you need to do is saute cumin, onions, hing, green chillies and curry leaves in oil and add eggs or paneer. After adding salt, you're done!
9. Moong Usal
For people who are on a diet, this is the perfect food to carry for lunch. Sprouts are healthy and are also rich in proteins. For moong usal, heat oil in a pan, add mustard, turmeric powder and curry leaves to it. Add the sprouts, salt, red chilli powder, and water. Mix well, cover and cook on a low flame for five minutes and it's ready.
10. Bhindi Fry
If you have a jiffy to cook a vegetable, pick bhindi and fry it because it won't take much of your time. Wash and dry the bhindi, cut both the ends and cut into two-inch-long pieces. Heat the oil in a kadhai and add the cumin seeds. When they turn brown, add the onions and saute till the mixture turns light golden. Add the green chillies and saute for half a minute. Add the bhindi and sprinkle the red chilli, coriander and turmeric powders. Mix well. Add the salt and amchur (only if you want the sweet and sour taste). When the bhindi is almost cooked, increase the heat and cook for two minutes.
11. Curd Rice
This comfort food is easy to make and completely satiates your hunger. You can either mix curd with rice and have it, or give it a spicy tadka of spices. All within 15 minutes.
12. Egg Maggie
Instead of making the usual Maggi, give it a twist by adding an egg to it. Heat oil in a pan. Add chopped onions, peas, beans, tomatoes or any other vegetables of your choice. Now add the noodles, water, tastemaker and one egg. Cook till the water evaporates. Simple, isn't it?
13. Shahi Tukda
If you're bored of sandwiches, here's a sweet dish you can make with bread. Make a thick rabadi, by adding sugar, nutmeg powder, elaichipowder, almonds and pistachios and keep it aside. Toast the bread slices and pour the warm rabadi over the slices. Refrigerate the slices for two hours. Add more almonds and pistachios for a great taste.
For cheela, you need to take besan, wheat flour, onions, garlic pods, salt, coriander, green chillies and red chilly powder in a bowl and add water to make a paste. Heat oil in a pan, and pour the batter on the pan. Fry till they turn brown.
15. Aloo Mattar Sandwich
Why go to a sandwich stall if you can make a healthy, crispy sandwich at home itself? You will have to boil a potato and some peas. Smash the potatoes and mix the peas and make a filling. Toast the bread slices. Put tomato slices on a toasted bread slice. Top it with the potato-peas filling and cover with another slice of toasted bread to make a sandwich. Layer it with cheese or a sauce of your choice.