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Last Updated : Mar 26,2019



भारतीय फ्रोजन फूड्स वेज फ्रीज़र - हिन्दी में पढ़ें (Frozen Foods, Indian Freezer Recipes recipes in Hindi)
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Indian Frozen Foods Recipes

When one says frozen foods, it need not necessarily be a fully cooked and frozen food that you defrost and eat. All said and done, this will not taste as good as a freshly-cooked meal. Indian cooking offers a wonderful workaround. Here, we can just prepare and freeze some of the basics like chutneys, gravies and pastes, so that we can fix a meal within minutes. Just boil veggies and cook them with the appropriate pastes or gravies to make a tasty main course in a jiffy. Even if you do not have time to cook veggies, you can simply toss cubes of paneer with tangy and spicy frozen gravy and voila, you have a mouth-watering dish ready to place on the table. But, what do you serve these with? You can make and freeze some sumptuous parathas, which can be cooked swiftly on a tava and served with these quick and easy subzis and gravies. Likewise, when you are in need of a quick snack, you can use delicious chutneys from the freezer to make sandwiches and chaat.

That said, frozen Indian food is a grey area for many – not just amateurs but even experienced folks – because they are unsure about what Indian foods and ingredients can be stored in the freezer, how long they will last, how they are to be used later, and so on.

We are all set to dispel your doubts now, by introducing you to a world of Indian frozen foods and ingredients. We have tried and tested these and are sure about their shelf life, so go ahead and try them out. However, if you have long power cuts in your neighborhood, then it is likely that the shelf life of the foods will be reduced drastically. The shelf life mentioned by us is subject to the fact that there is relatively uninterrupted power supply (short cuts of a few minutes or even up to half an hour will not be a problem because the freezer will remain cool for such small periods).
 

7 Indian Basic Recipes to Store in the Freezer

How often have you started preparing a dish and then realized that you need grated coconut or garlic paste for it, and you do not have any! It takes time to prepare each ingredient, and sometimes it can just put you off, especially if you are running on a very tight schedule. However, when you have all the basic stuff readily available in the freezer, all you need to do is assemble the required ingredients on the kitchen counter and start cooking.

So, we suggest that you stock up your freezer with the following basic recipes, which are essential for Indian cooking. These last for a long time if stored in the freezer. However, you must not stuff too many things into your freezer, as it will reduce the efficiency of the appliance and lead to spoilage.

1. Green Peas
Fresh green peas are available only in the winter months from December to February. But, they are so tasty that we wish to have them all year long. So, when green peas are in season, buy a large batch, peel and dry them completely, place in Ziploc bags and freeze. You can use them all year long.
2. Sweet Corn Kernels
Sweet corn kernels can be preserved for at least three months by storing them in the freezer in Ziploc bags.
3. Coconut
Grate the coconut and freeze it in an airtight container. It lasts for at least three months.
4. Mango pulp
Mango is indeed the King of Fruits, but it makes its grand appearance only for a few months in the summer! So, while you can catch hold of mangoes, make some Aam Ras (mango pulp) and store it in the freezer. It lasts for a whole year.
5. Green Chilli paste
Roughly chop the cleaned green chillies and blend in a mixer with a little salt till it is smooth. Make sure you do not add any water. Store the paste in an airtight container in the freezer. It lasts for at least 3 months.
6. Ginger Paste
The ginger should be peeled, roughly chopped and blended in the mixer along with a little salt and no water till smooth. Store the paste in an airtight container in the freezer. It will last for at least 3 months.
7. Garlic Paste
Peel, roughly chop and blend the garlic in a mixer along with a little salt and no water till smooth. Store this paste in the freezer in a clean airtight container. It keeps well for at least three months.
 

Indian Ingredients to Store in the Side Compartment of the Freezer

Indian Ingredients to Store in the Freezer Door Compartments

Some raw ingredients tend to spoil if stored at room temperature. In order to increase their shelf life, these can be stored in the side compartments of the freezer. First place these ingredients in clean and dry airtight containers or Ziploc bags. Then make sure you store them in the side compartments or drawers (that is, on the door of the freezer). These are better not stored in the main section of the freezer.

Some ingredients that can be stored in the side compartment of the freezer are:

1. Semolina
2. Plain flour
3. Oats
4. Kabuli chana
5. Green chana
6. Jowar flour
7. Bajra flour

It is obvious that by storing the appropriate ingredients and foods in the freezer, you can fix a meal within minutes without any hassles. Moreover, it also helps to improve the shelf life of both raw ingredients (like semolina) and processed ones (like grated coconut or garlic paste), making sure that the right ingredients are available when you need them to cook up a delicious treat!

However, as mentioned earlier, the shelf life is subject to the availability of reasonably good uninterrupted power supply. If you have long power cuts every day, the foods are likely to spoil, so you have to prepare only in small quantities.

Likewise, you can also try and freeze the chutneys and gravies in small portions (depending on the average quantity you will need each time). When you need that particular frozen ingredients, gravy, chutney or basic recipe, you can just take out the required quantity without having to thaw the whole batch every time. This is not only faster but also helps improve the shelf life further. How do you do this? You can use small containers if you have. Else, you can first fill the prepared food or ingredient into an ice-cube tray. Leave it to freeze for a day or two, then take all the cubes out and store them in an airtight container or Ziploc bag in the freezer. When you want to use it, take out only the required number of cubes, thaw and use in the recipe. The rest is untouched and remains good for a really long time!

Hacks like these will help you to feast on tasty home-cooked food every day, however busy you are. You can also surprise sudden guests with a sumptuous meal cooked in a jiffy with no sweat, only smiles!

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Happy Cooking!


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Green Curry Paste, Thai Green Curry Paste
Recipe# 426
26 Nov 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
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Recipe# 425
26 Nov 13

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
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Double Beans Curry
Recipe# 1540
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 by Tarla Dalal
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Recipe# 38884
23 Sep 13

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
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Potato Rotis
Recipe# 1473
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 by Tarla Dalal
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Recipe# 1503
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Subzi Ka Salan
Recipe# 257
23 Sep 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
An aromatic vegetable preparation made with a bounty of veggies. While i have used french beans, green peas, carrots and cauliflower you can opt to use other vegetables as well. Although a lot of vegetables and spices are used in the subzi ka salan, the preparation style is such that the final effec ....
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Recipe# 33402
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 by Tarla Dalal
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Lachha Parathas ( Swadisht Subzian )
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 by Tarla Dalal
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Red Paste
Recipe# 22527
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 by Tarla Dalal
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Bajra Kand Rotis
Recipe# 3593
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 by Tarla Dalal
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Mint and Coriander Chutney
Recipe# 3539
26 Nov 12

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
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Basic Chettinad Paste
Recipe# 33512
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 by Tarla Dalal
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Basic Dum Aloo Gravy, Punjabi Restaurant Style Dum Aloo Recipe
Recipe# 33511
21 Oct 12

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 by Tarla Dalal
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Basic Goanese Paste
Recipe# 38058
21 Oct 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
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Basic Green Paste, Coriander and Green Chilli Paste
Recipe# 33507
21 Oct 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Basic green paste, this is a coriander-based gravy, which is pale green in colour. It is a little spicy and sour in taste compared to other gravies because of the green chillies and the lemon juice. Ensure that the stem portion of the coriander is not used much since the stem may impart a bitt ....
Basic Hydrabadi Paste (  Popular Restaurant Recipes )
Recipe# 33497
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 by Tarla Dalal
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Basic Kadai Gravy, Popular Restaurant Style Kadai Gravy Recipe
Recipe# 33501
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Basic Kolhapuri Gravy
Recipe# 33505
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 by Tarla Dalal
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Basic Malvani Gravy
Recipe# 33498
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 by Tarla Dalal
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Basic Nawabi Paste, Popular Restaurant Style Nawabi Paste Recipe
Recipe# 33499
21 Oct 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
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Basic Pasanda Gravy, Restaurant Style Pasanda Gravy Recipe
Recipe# 33496
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 by Tarla Dalal
Basic Pasanda Gravy, this unique gravy is made using browned onions and boiled onion paste, thus giving it a pale whitish colour. It is enriched with cashewnuts which masks the mild spicy taste of the gravy. It is a versatile gravy and can be used with other vegetables besides the classic “paneer” c ....
Basic Spinach Gravy ( Popular Restaurant Recipes )
Recipe# 33510
21 Oct 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
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Basic White Gravy, White Gravy
Recipe# 33492
21 Oct 12

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
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