Hey, friends, nine months ago I wrote this food blog on five easy to cook dishes for girls in a metro. Now it looks like that even the guys living in metro cities need some new tiffin dishes. So in this blog, I will tell you some more easy to cook dishes especially for working people who are living away from their home. I invented one of these a day ago and I named it as soy wrap. Well, honestly it’s not a genuine version but instead just a new experiment from Kathi roll and mix veggies. My family loved it and this gave me another idea of stuffing samosas with macaroni or some Indian sweets like “gajar ka halwa” (made with carrots). We have all eaten momos/dumplings, macaroni samosa and Carrot samosa is like a fried version of these dumplings.
Metro cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore are the places where half of the graduates run to for getting a job. We youngsters live away from our parents excluding a few who don’t have to leave their family for money. A lot of my friends moved to metros and are now suffering this serious problem of good food to eat. If you are a fresher then you must be living as a paying guest or in a hostel where the quality of food is not at all good. Also, there is less variety and tasteless food which gradually results in upset stomach and an upset mind. It’s good if you have a kitchen but even if you don’t get a kitchen then I would suggest you keep an induction cooktop or a microwave to make your dishes whenever you want.
Here is a list of dishes and tasty spreads which you can make in a short time. You can eat these before you go to your office, on the go or just take them in your lunch box.
I named this dish as soy wrap because it has lots of soya chunks in it along with other vegetables. It’s very familiar to Kathi roll, only the difference is that in a Kathi roll the wrapping chapati/roti is made of all purpose flour (maida) and in my soy wrap I replaced it with simple wheat chapatis.
All purpose flour is not good for health and causes lots of stomach issues like indigestion and food poisoning. Now in a soy wrap, you can either use boiled potatoes or paneer (Indian cottage cheese). So here is what you need to make a soy wrap, two each for four people. The
Preparation for Stuffing the roll
- 500 grammes Nutrela Soya granules soaked in hot water for 5 minutes
- 500gms Paneer/ 4 low starch boiled potatoes
- Olive oil or rice bran oil (as these two are really good for health)
- Two Bell peppers
- Two carrots
- Four green chillies
- Fresh coriander leaves
- Ching’s Schezwan sauce
- Two teaspoon coriander powder
- One teaspoon chilli powder
- Half teaspoon turmeric powder
- Salt as per taste
Recipe – In a frying pan take two tablespoons of oil and then add the vegetables with sauce and spices. Remember you need to saute these veggies that are cooking on a high flame just to maintain the crunch. As for the cheese you can use it sober or fried, it completely depends on which texture suits your taste buds. Add salt as per taste. Keep it aside and now prepare your chapatis. Roll your stuffing in chapatis and now you can take these to the office or eat it on the go.
Moong Sprout Salad
This amazing morning dish is very healthy to eat and will definitely help you in building a good figure. I heard a little funny saying that IT sector girls are not able to maintain their body because of extensive workloads and grow a big belly :D. So all you girls out there beware of belly fat and try sprout salad. Sprout Salad will make your body grow healthy without killing the happiness of your taste buds. Moong sprouts or mung sprouts can grow up to 4 centimetres long without any leaf on them. So my salad has these sprouts as the main ingredient.
Steps to grow mung sprouts
- Water soaks at least a handful of mung beans in a flat vessel for 10 hours.
- Now strain the water and in that same vessel put a clean wet cloth.
- On top of this cloth keep your soaked sprouts and cover the vessel so that no light can enter it.
- Keep the vessel away from light for another 10 hours and then after 10 hours you will see a millimetre long sprouts.
- Again spray very little water on these sprouts and keep them for the second day
- Keep doing this for four days maximum to get perfect 4-centimetre long mung sprouts.
Once you are done with the sprouts farming, can pick them all out and now prepare your salad.
For the salad, you need fresh herbs like coriander leaves, mint leaves, basil (if you have it then great otherwise don’t bother). Add tomatoes and all the herbs will some black pepper and a pinch of salt. On the top, you can also squeeze a lime for adding a tangy taste to your crunchy salad. This salad is really healthy and the crunchy texture of mung sprouts will soothe your tongue. You can also use mung sprouts in Chinese hakka noodles or in tomato soup.
Try making a fruit salad with grapes, apples, orange, melon, banana, papaya and pineapple. Most of the working people don’t have a fridge to preserve these stuff. You can buy these according to your needs. For instance- if you need it just for yourself then buy one or two fruits of each type and make a salad for the present day. Cut all your fruits in small cubes and add some chat masala to it. Your healthy fresh fruit salad is ready to eat. You all must be thinking as for why I am telling you such an easy recipe which you can eat from any juice shop or any other snack shack. Well, it’s all about saving money and convenience people.
This same salad will cost you more and there would be a good quality guaranteed. Also, you can eat these healthy salads and wraps daily if you cook them on your own. It is just like eating a paneer paratha at a shop which is worth 70-80 INR. Rather taking so much trouble, you can make some parathas for your roommates and yourself along with the spreads. Making your own dish and having it is much more satisfying than the one you eat outside.
Other than above-mentioned dishes, I have some more recipes for tasty spreads. You can use these dips with chips, paratha, bread or some crochets. These dips have curd as the main ingredient. Curd makes a good dip with mint, cucumber, onion, dry red chilli, boiled potatoes or sometimes just a mix of allspice. These were some more easy to cook dishes at home for working class people who miss their “Ma k hath ka khana“. Don’t forget to read my other food blogs at Chicken 65 hash brown frankie, festive delights, recipe for thin crispy dosa, signature dishes around the world.
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