5 Recipes You Can Easily Follow In Quarantine

For the past two months, we all have been spending a lot of time in our kitchens trying out new things. Whether it was the dalgona coffee fever or the banana bread craze, people have been experimenting a lot lately with their taste buds. The pantry based recipes are not only nourishing, but are a treat for sore eyes. Many of us have discovered plenty of kitchen hacks and quick snacks to keep our families and ourselves content during the lockdown period. Whether we seek inspiration from websites like Allrecipes, youtube channels like Food Fusion, or instagram bloggers, the good thing is we all are learning interesting meal ideas! Here are 5 comfort foods that you all can easily whip up for an iftari at home, or for your upcoming quarantine Eid: 

1. Batata Harra by MunchiesandBunchies

Who doesn’t like potatoes? They can be added to any dish or served alone. Batata Harra are skillet potatoes popular in the Middle East and taste amazing. These Lebanese spicy potatoes can be fried or roasted, and then tossed in a flavourful sauce usually made with cilantro, garlic and crushed red pepper. You can improvise the spices if you like with whatever you have in your pantry! 

2. Egg Salad Sandwiches by Thepmpmom

Egg salad sandwiches are traditional snack items for tea at almost every home. They are easy and simple to make, yet extremely satisfying in taste. The ingredients are available in your fridge right away so don’t forget to add this to your iftar menu today. These delicious sandwiches are also a perfect substitute for a light meal or midnight snacking – yum!

3. The leftovers recipe by Spicespoon.

This is one dish that can be made as often as you like. We all have some sort of delicious leftovers lurking in the kitchen island somewhere. It’s always best not to throw them away and instead, try thinking of inventive ways to utilise them such as through this recipe by Shayma! 

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LEFTOVERS RECIPE — I usually thumb my nose at green capsicum, preferring the red version. But that’s what I got in my farmers’ box, and the sight of it immediately took me back to a dish which may be a childhood favourite for many of you, as it was for me: keema aur simlay ki mirch. Spiced ground beef, fragrant of black cardamom and cinnamon with velvety, bitter, sweet ribbons of green pepper. In our home, where there was always a Camp Chapati vs Camp Rice (my Ami was and remains Camp Chapati) it was served with a bowl of thick, salty yoghurt, and we spooned it onto steamed basmati, or scooped it up with garam garam roti. ⁣ ⁣ I made this dish the other night (I’m Camp Rice), feeling nostalgic for those family meals at the dinner table in Nairobi, when we were all a family of 5. A bit of the keema was leftover, and I decided to repurpose it for an omelette, aamlate, frittata, kuku—whatever you’d like to call it. ⁣ ⁣ The eggs and greens are from my @locofields farmer delivery.⁣ ⁣ A simple recipe:⁣ •5 eggs⁣ •1/3 cup of chopped fresh herbs (I used coriander, as that’s all I had)⁣ •1 tsp pul biber, divided⁣ •1/4 tsp pink Pakistani salt (marketed as Pink Himalayan)⁣ •2 tbsp neutral oil ⁣ •1 tablespoon finely sliced shallot⁣ •1 tsp butter or ghee⁣ •1 cup of leftover keema ⁣ •handful of greens or fresh herbs to adorn⁣ ⁣ Whisk eggs, coriander, 1/2 tsp pul biber and salt in a bowl. Set aside. Warm oil on medium-high heat, in a medium-size frying pan and add shallots. Sauté slowly, till bronze, about 5-7 minutes. Add dollop of butter or ghee. Pour eggs into pan and cook, undisturbed, until it begins to set, about 5-7 minutes. Add keema and gently spread across the top. Allow to cook 2-3 more minutes (on low heat). Carefully fold the omelette over the filling. Transfer to a serving dish, adorn with micro-greens or herbs of your choice and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp of pul biber. ⁣ ⁣

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4. Crispy Garlic Fried Chicken by Marium Hosein.

Crispy garlic fried chicken can tantalise your taste buds like nothing else. Plus, it’s a wholesome dish that doesn’t take too long to cook. Also, how good does that look? If you haven’t yet been motivated to cook, this picture is sure to get you in the kitchen!

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Last night I made this crispy garlic fried chicken. Half way through cooking I realized who am I even cooking for? I haven’t heard from salim all night or all day. He had been on call and it had been rough. I had gotten two vague messages from him, but nothing about if and when he would come home. ⁣ ⁣ And just like that I was transported back to when he was in his surgical residency. The meals alone, the not knowing when he’d be home, dropping meals to him at the hospital with two little kids because that’s probably all the kids got to see if him. Tough times don’t last, tough people do. And this is true for residency spouses. At the moment we’re all experiencing fear on top of the loneliness also. What’s going to happen, I hope the masks protects them, I hope they’re not mentally burnt out. Ramzan begins today and May all our duas come true. Our prayers for all the frontline and essential hospital workers is that they are able to come home soon and be with their families. To my residency spouses. All my love and all my support. Thank God we have each other to understand and stand in solidarity with.⁣ ⁣ This particular recipe has been in my head for so long. And I am thrilled it came together the way it did because it was so so good. I must think of more genius recipes like the ones that crop up in my head when I’m starving!⁣ ⁣ Swipe for the recipe⁣ Loads of pyar ⁣ Xx⁣ Recipe inspired by the amazing maangchi #Desiblogger #RamadanCooking #RamadanMubarak #Iftari #cookingathome #Stayhome #pakistan #quarantinelife #quarantinecooking

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5. Gajjar ka Halwa by Afsheen Owais

Saved the best for last. This divine delicacy can be eaten with or without any special occasion; it simply brings joy whenever you eat it. We are definitely reserving this one for Eid. This heavenly carrot dessert is known to be a tradition for Eid in many houses, and everyone has their own way of making it. But if you’re looking for a recipe, we definitely recommend this one. Our advice: adding nuts only makes it better!

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