Tired Of Doing The Dishes? 5 Delicious One Pot Meals

10 dirty utensils to make one dish? No, sir! Here are 5 one-pot meals that you can make at home without worrying about washing the dishes later.

If there was ever a greater need to minimize food wastage and use all our resources to their optimum potential, it is now. To encourage us all to do this, and in ways that don’t need a whole lot of added effort, we have come up with simple ideas to use staple ingredients differently in your daily meals. Most of you may already have these as part of regular groceries. Through these posts, we hope you get fresh ideas to use your kitchen supplies wisely and in interesting ways.

Imagine this – you just finished cleaning up a mountain of dirty dishes. A clean sink, a clean kitchen. Finally! 1 millisecond later, a pile of dirty dishes appears in the sink. Exasperated, ‘But, I just did the dishes’. How is this even happening?

We all are missing our house help to the extent that we can write poetry about their absence from our lives. Yes, we can! What most of us didn’t realise before the lockdown was, how easily we threw all the utensils in the sink. We knew that they will be washed, dried and taken care of. If the pile of dirty dishes is not reducing and you’re tired of washing them again and again, here are 5 one-pot meals you can cook for the family without worrying about 10 utensils that you’ll have to wash later.

1) Vegetable Pulao

Vegetable Pulao is a classic rice dish made often in Indian households. You can add onions, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, cauliflower, beans, peas and corn amongst other things. A bowl of steaming hot vegetable pulao with a cool boondi raita is perfect weekday dinner, for when you don’t want a long tower of dishes in the sink.

Are your rice grains sticking to each other too much? If yes, add a few drops of lemon before you cover the pulao to cook. Avoid cooking pulao in a pressure cooker, use a heavy base pateela (stockpot).

 Tired Of Doing The Dishes? 5 Delicious One Pot Meals
Vegetable Pulao is a loved dinner staple by many Indians.

2) Tomato And Egg Bake

A tomato and egg bake is such a versatile dish and can be had for breakfast, brunch or dinner. You will need a heavy-bottomed pan with a lid. Cook a garlicky tomato puree sauce and season it with salt, pepper, and some sugar. Break in the eggs one by one. Put on the lid and let it cook on slow till the yolk is cooked to your preference.

You can give this tomato and egg bake a middle eastern twist (Shakshuka) by adding cumin, paprika, and roasted red bell peppers. For a Spanish twist, add chorizo and top with Manchego cheese.

 Tired Of Doing The Dishes? 5 Delicious One Pot Meals
A tomato and egg bake can be topped with cheese too.

3) Veg Clear Soup

Nothing like a hearty bowl of clear vegetable soup. You can add all the vegetables you have in the crockpot and season it according to your preference. Add some lemongrass and galangal for a Thai flavor or add some Maggi masala for a desi version. Add noodles, rice noodles, chicken or top it with a boiled egg if they are available. You won’t be disappointed at how filling and satisfying a bowl of clear soup can become.

 Tired Of Doing The Dishes? 5 Delicious One Pot Meals
Yummy in my tummy – Clear soup is all good and no bad.
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4) Kerala Style Vegetable Stew

A vegetable stew is made with coconut milk and roughly cut vegetables. Add french beans, peas, carrots, cauliflower and loads of coconut milk. Make sure you temper the stew with juliennes of ginger, dried red chilies, mustard seeds, and curry leaves. Serve with boiled rice, idiyappam or appam. The flavor is rich and coconut-y and the family will surely find this to be a refreshing change.

 Tired Of Doing The Dishes? 5 Delicious One Pot Meals
The flavor of coconut is dominant in this stew.
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5) Sindhi Curry

The beauty of a Sindhi Curry is the tanginess attached to it. You will definitely need lots of tomatoes. A few french beans, potatoes, lotus stem, drumsticks, fried ladyfingers, and besan. A mustard seed-curry leaf tempering is sure to amp up the flavor. Serve Sindhi Curry with boiled rice and aloo tuk. Make sure you make this in bulk because no one is going to stop after just one serving.

 Tired Of Doing The Dishes? 5 Delicious One Pot Meals
Sindhi Curry with some aloo tuk and boiled rice is perfection.
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Which is your favorite one-pot meal? Is it on the list? Let us know in the comment box below.

Struggling to cook with limited resources? There is a lot in our kitchens even during this lockdown, all we need is a set of fresh ideas and suggestions to keep our menus interesting! Read these posts to help you choose what to cook for the next meal using regular staples like attasujimoong dalrice and potatoes. We will also give you tips on how to use common condiments like mayonnaise and spices like jeera and turmeric in your diet to maximise the usage of everyday products.

About The Author

Nishtha Asrani Sethi, born and brought up in Delhi, is a content writer who has previously worked with NDTV and Resolver. Her roots are deep within the food industry, thanks to her family business and a keen interest in contemporary food products. Nishtha loves to serve her articles with a side of humor. Her Bachelor’s degree in Home Science comes in handy while researching the science behind the food. When she is not trying to win a battle of fries vs fruit with her daughter, she is busy experimenting with her huge joint family with crazy recipes.

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  1. Divya singhani says

    I love love LOVE Sindhi kadi. It is one of the yummiest things I have ever eaten. Try having paapad with sindhi kadi.

  2. Can’t wait to try the kerela style stew ! Thank you for giving us new ideas during this difficult period

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