Stuck at home due to rains? Try these quick recipes

Jun 23, 2013, 09:27 IST | Deepali Dhingra

Stuck at home during monsoon and don't know what to cook? Try these simple recipes and make the most of your rainy day

Have you ever noticed that when it’s pouring outside, you crave something wholesome and yummy? And most of the times, there is that one ingredient that’s not available at home, for the dish you feel like preparing? Well, we all know that feeling. So there you are, stuck at home and hungry as hell! It’s at time like these that it comes handy to have your kitchen stocked up with some basic ingredients. Flipping through pages of recipe books, you might just come across some easy-to-make and delicious-to-eat dishes, just like we discovered while going through some cookbooks. So as a monsoon treat, here are a few recipes that we sourced from various recipe books. They require basic ingredients, but we promise you, they will make your ‘rainy’day! 

The Goa Portugesa Cookbook by Deepa Suhas Awchat
Caldo Verde

(Spinach and potato soup) This hot, nutritious soup is just apt keeping the weather in mind

* 24 Spinach leaves
* 3 Potatoes, medium
* 2 tbsp Butter
* 15 Garlic cloves, chopped
* 2 cups Milk
* 2 cups vegetable stock or water
* 2 vegetable stock cubes
* 1 tsp white pepper powder
* Salt to taste
1. Chop the spinach leaves finely. Boil, peel and grate the potatoes
2. Heat the butter in a pan and sauté the chopped garlic till light brown. Add the spinach and sauté for a minute; add the grated potato and sauté till they change colour 
3. Add the milk, stock or water, stock cubes, white pepper powder and salt to taste. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer over medium heat for two minutes till moderately thick
4. Serve hot 

Sense for Spice: Recipes and Stories from a Konkan Kitchen by Tara Deshpande Tennebaum

Double roti upma
A great way to use day-old bread and fill your tummy
* 4 tbsp vegetable oil
* ½ tsp black mustard seeds
* 1 tsp husked, split black gram or urad dal
* A pinch of asafoetida powder
* 3-4 green chillies, ½"- 2" long, chopped
* 12 fresh curry leaves, torn

* 360-400 gms two-day-old bread
* ¾ cup finely chopped red or white onions
* 1 tsp turmeric powder
* 1 tsp or more cayenne pepper powder or red chili powder
* 1 tsp salt or to taste
* 1 tsp sugar or to taste
1 tbsp fresh or frozen, defrosted, unsweetened coconut Juice of 1 lime
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander leaves
1. Slice off and discard the crusts and cut the bread into ½" cubes
2. Heat the oil for the tempering in a kadhai or work on high heat. Add the tempering spices and sauté for 30-60 seconds
3. Reduce heat to medium and add onions. When they turn light brown, add the bread pieces. Sprinkle in the spice powders, salt and sugar and toss well. Add 2-3 tbsp of water
4. Cover and cook on how low heat for 5 minutes
5. Uncover, stir and cook for another 5-7 minutes, till the bread turns golden and crisp at the edges
6. Garnish with coconut, lime juice and coriander leaves
7. Serve warm with tea or coffee

Aah! Chocolate by Sanjeev Kapoor
Warm chocolate shots

It might get a little chilly outside, but your insides will get warmed up with these warm chocolate shots
* ¾ cup chopped dark chocolate
* ½ cup milk
* 1 cup chocolate ice cream
* 2 tsp instant coffee powder
* 2 tbsp powdered sugar

1. Place the dark chocolate in a deep microwave-safe bowl and melt in the microwave on high for 30 seconds. Alternatively, melt in a double broiler. Remove and
whisk well
2. Heat the milk in a non-stick pan, but do not boil it. Add it to the chocolate and mix well. Add the chocolate ice cream and mix well
3. Dissolve the instant coffee powder in two tablespoons of warm water and add this to chocolate-milk mixture. Add the powdered sugar and mix well
4. Pour the mixture into eight shot glasses and serve warm 

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