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Last Updated : Mar 09,2018



Fabulous Recipes with just Four Ingredients

There are many reasons why some people find cooking stressful – and it is our goal to find and root out each of these problems so that cooking becomes a pleasure for everybody. While some people avoid cooking because it takes time, some people find just ‘stocking up’ to be a hassle. Sourcing and maintaining innumerable ingredients, without them rotting or spoiling can be a headache. Moreover, some ingredients are so exotic that they can be used only in a few specific recipes. Some recipes are so elaborate that just assembling all the ingredients together and preparing them takes more than half an hour. Well, often it is worth the effort – because the dishes do turn out as grand as the ingredients that go in – but on a busy day, nobody has time for such fare. We gave this some thought, and you can see the results in this mailer.

This article brings to you an assortment of recipes, each of which needs just four major ingredients. Most of these ingredients are common ones that you will have at home. Take the dosa, for instance. All you need is rice and urad, both of which are usually there at home. Plus, even if you buy the ingredients, they won’t go waste because you can make loads of recipes using these. A similar logic applies to the Hariyali Chawal. The recipe focuses on the awesome flavor of coriander, which gives the rice an instant perk-up.

If you take a closer look, you will find that many of these recipes highlight the special characteristics of one or two ingredients, such as coriander, garlic, banana, mooli or vanilla, which have the power to make the dish special. These ingredients have such a strong flavor and aroma that they can enhance a dish without much help from other ingredients! If you understand this concept, you can easily create many more such stunning recipes with a small array of ingredients.

The recipes span different meals, right from breakfast to lunch and dinner, and even snacks and desserts. Take your pick from Paneer Paratha, Oats Upma these, and enjoy the comfort of a home-cooked and tasty meal even on hurried days. You will also discover many more such easy but awesome recipes with minimal, common ingredients on our website and app.

Remember, it is not all about what goes into a dish; it is also about how the ingredients are used – so take a few ideas from this to cook smart, live smart.

Happy Cooking!

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Recipe# 36250
21 May 18

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by Tarla Dalal
With the tanginess of orange and the creaminess of vanilla ice-cream, the not-so-popular muskmelon transforms into a delightful drink! Garnish the Melon Smoothie with a well-cut wedge of muskmelon to enhance its visual appeal. Looking for more recipes using melon, check these out-
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Recipe# 32927
21 May 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Dosa is as popular in South Indian cuisine as Idli is! Crisp and thin pancakes made of a rice and urad dal batter, dosas are even more exciting than idlis. In fact, while idlis are considered to be an easy, comfortable steamed food, ....
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Recipe# 42488
23 Mar 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Chilla, the Indian pancake, is so versatile that you can add any combination of ingredients to the basic besan batter to come up with something new that tastes different! This Lauki Chilla is one such version that you will definitely fall in love with. With the ....
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Recipe# 39025
05 May 17

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 by Tarla Dalal
Fruit and nuts complement each other no matter in what form. When you don’t have time for a cooked breakfast whip up a hearty almond and banana smoothie for instant energy! You can also try other smoothies like Black Grape Smoothie and
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Recipe# 39002
26 Nov 13

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 by Tarla Dalal
Feel like having dhoklas for breakfast? you can whip them up instantly by using beaten rice, which requires no soaking or fermenting. These dhoklas also make a good tiffin option since they do not need reheating. Green chutney balances the not-so-spicy dhoklas.
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Recipe# 4660
24 Apr 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Fibre, calcium, protein and loads of energy come together in a tasty roti flavoured with spring onions and green chillies! jowar pyaz ki roti is a gluten-free, cholesterol-free recipe that you can prepare even every day. You just need a spot of practice in flattening the dough with your palms, or al ....
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Recipe# 38987
05 Apr 18

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by Tarla Dalal
This recipe is one that will make oats a much-loved ingredient in your house! Here, fibre-rich oats is cooked along with a traditional, flavourful tempering and scrumptious, colourful veggies like carrots and peas, which add to the flavour and visual appeal of the dish. Take care to roast the oats w ....
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Recipe# 40885
31 Oct 16

 
 by Tarla Dalal
These flavour-packed puris are perfect to have for breakfast when you are in the mood for something traditional, but don’t have enough time to prepare an elaborate spread with accompaniments and all. A simple dough of whole wheat flour is pepped up with everyday spice powders, which give the Mas ....
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Recipe# 42169
11 Oct 17

 
 by Tarla Dalal
The Healthy Instant Oatmeal is one of the most popular breakfast recipes across the world, all with good reason – it is healthy, easy, quick and filling! Loved by kids and adults, this no-fuss breakfast is made very easily by simply soaking oats and natural sweeteners like honey and dates in hot ....
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Recipe# 39446
09 May 17

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 by Tarla Dalal
This quick snack gets full marks in all aspects – taste, health, and satisfaction for moms and kids! Made easily with readymade idli batter, chopped spinach and grated veggies, the Quick Vegetable Appe is not only nutritious but also yummy and handy for kids to hold, dunk and gobble up. No fuss, no ....
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Recipe# 42259
18 Nov 17

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Kick-start your day with this healthy, filling and super tasty dish, which can be fixed in a jiffy if you have all the ingredients ready in your fridge. The combination of oats, peanut butter and almond milk, perked up with tangy and filling green apples, makes a delightful breakfast, which has ....
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Recipe# 42098
26 Mar 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Three exciting berries pour their goodness and zesty flavours into this glassful, making it a top-rated smoothie! The vibrant and refreshing flavour of the berries combine beautifully with curds, which is used as the base of this smoothie. Laced mildly with honey, the Blueberry Raspberry Strawbe ....
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Recipe# 1707
15 Oct 15

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 by Tarla Dalal
Rava idli can be made rather quickly as the batter need not be fermented. However, you ought to take into account half an hour’s soaking time. The buttermilk imparts a welcome sourness to the idlis, while the tempering adds to the flavour. Throw in a spoon of cashews with the tempering for a crunchy ....
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Recipe# 42103
19 Sep 17

 
 by Tarla Dalal
The Avocado Coconut Smoothie is a droolworthy yet healthy smoothie, which is filling enough to have for breakfast, as a between-meals snack or after a workout. It combines the lusciousness of avocadoes with the pleasant, creamy flavour of coconut to give you a really soothing glassful. A good do ....
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