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Solitary splendour

Here are some easy to prepare `meals for one'


COOKING FOR just yourself is as soul sapping as eating alone. Help however is at hand and there is no need to reach for the phone for yet another pizza. Here are some easy to prepare dishes.

Pav bhaji

IngredientsPotatoes (diced) - 50 Gms

Beans (diced) - 30 Gms
Carrots (diced) - 40 Gms
Cabbage (diced) - 40 Gms
Salt - to taste
Red chilly powder - to taste
Turmeric powder - ½ tsp
Tomato puree - 3 tbsp
Pav bhaji masala - 1 tbsp
Onions (chopped) - 2 tbsp
Butter - 2 tbsp

Method

Boil all the vegetables. In a pan sauté onion in butter add all the vegetables and sauté for some time. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook it for some. Mash the vegetables while cooking. Adjust the seasoning and the bhaji.

Presentation

To be served hot accompanied buttered hot pav and garnished with a dollop of butter and chopped coriander.

American chopsuey

Ingredients Beans - 3
Carrot - 2
Cabbage - 50 Gm
Onions - 1
Capsicum - 1 Cucumber - 10 Gms
Tomato - 10 Gms
Tomato sauce - 5 tbsp
Noodles (boiled) - 60 Gms
Oil - for frying
Corn flour - 40 Gms
Sugar - 20 Gms
Salt - to taste
Vinegar - 2 tbsp

Method

Mix dry corn flour into the noodles and deep-fry the noodles till they are of golden colour and crisp. Arrange in a dish. Keep aside. Shred all the vegetables. Heat oil and sauté all the vegetables and add tomato sauce and water. Add sugar and salt, and thicken it with corn flour and vinegar. Pour this sauce over the noodles into the serving dish. Garnish with shredded spring onions.

Milky way burger

Ingredients Burger bun - 1 Cottage cheese (grated) - 80 Gms

Salt/pepper - to taste
Thyme - ¼ tsp
Butter - 1 tbsp
Lettuce leaf - 2 Potato (mashed) - 20 Gms
Tomato roundels - 2 Cucumber roundel - 2 Bread crumbs - 2 tbsp
Oil - for frying

Method

Cut the burger bun into three slices. Spread butter on all the three slices. Heat the bun on a griddle. Make a smooth mixture of cottage cheese, potato, salt, pepper, thyme. Shape them into a patty and crumb fry it. Arrange a lettuce leaf on the lower base and then place the fried patty on it. Then put the middle slice and arrange cucumber, tomato and on it. Then cover it with the third slice.

Presentation:

To be served hot accompanied with French fries, Cole slaw and pickled vegetables.

Spaghetti with pepperoni sauce

Ingredient Red capsicum (juliennes) - 80 Gms
Black olives (stoned) - 10
Capers - 1 tbsp
Olive oil - 50 ml
Salt - to taste
Spaghetti - 450 Gms
Butter - 50 Gms
Cheese - 100 Gms
Milk - 1 tbsp

Method

Sauté red capsicum in olive oil till they become tender, adding chopped olives and capers half way through the cooking time. Add salt to taste and strain off the excess olive oil. Boil the spaghetti in water and salt solution until it becomes just tender. Transfer the spaghetti to a serving dish and pour the sauce over the top. Add the butter, cheese and milk and mix it thoroughly.

Presentation

To be served hot garnished with grated cheese.

The writer is Executive Chef, Hotel ITC Kakatiya Sheraton and Towers

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