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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# 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# 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# 32927
20 Aug 13

 
 
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# 42098
18 Sep 17

 
 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# 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# 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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Recipe# 42111
20 Sep 17

 
 by Tarla Dalal
There is nothing like slurping up a creamy smoothie to replenish your energy after a vigorous workout, as a quick and healthy breakfast , or when you feel hungry between meals. It is easily one of the healthiest snacks you can have, and fortunately ....
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Recipe# 42082
09 Sep 17

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Sannas, a famous Goan delicacy, is a steamed rice cake that has a soft texture and pleasant flavour. The unique batter, made of rice, coconut and yeast, yields an amazing rice cake with a lovely taste. Traditionally, toddy is used for fermenting this, but we have used yeast instead as it is easi ....
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Recipe# 42045
30 Aug 17

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by Tarla Dalal
This is a wonderfully quick and tasty version of Peanut Ladoo, which you can make in a jiffy without requiring you to make a syrup or any such complex step. You just need to roast and powder the peanuts, mix it with powdered sugar and spices and shape the ladoos laced with aromatic ghee. A super ....
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Recipe# 42067
05 Sep 17

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Pineapple and banana demonstrate an amazing synergy in this tasty smoothie. The soft texture and appealing sweetness of bananas balance the sharp, invigorating flavour and texture of pineapples very well, resulting in a luscious smoothie with a very enjoyable flavour. Curd adds to the creaminess ....
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Recipe# 42053
31 Aug 17

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
These unique pakodas have a very different mouth-feel and a perfect flavour! They are not crisp like the conventional pakodas but interestingly soft. A combination of spices, ginger and green chillies is worked into the batter to give the Yellow Moong and Urad Dal Pakodas an appetizing flavour. ....
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Recipe# 36255
28 Mar 15

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 by Tarla Dalal
The thandai smoothie is a fruit-less smoothie with a rich and festive feel. Since the thandai syrup is based mainly on spices, this smoothie is generally liked more by adults than kids.
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