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#WorldVegetarianDay - 5 easy recipes that will make your mouth water

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 5:13 IST

Sometimes, all you need is good food, a good book and a 5 day-long weekend. Since the latter two may or may not happen, good food need not wait for one minute longer than it must.

Here are 5 quick-fix recipes that are bound to make your body and soul happy.

Easy Cheesy Pasta

Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4

What you need:Pasta (penne/macaroni/ fusilli) - 2 cups

Onion - 1 (sliced)

Celery - 1 tablespoon (chopped)

Capsicum - 1/2 cup (sliced)

Boiled mixed vegetables - 1 cup

Milk - 3/4 cup

Cheese slices - 3 slices or 1/2 cup grated cheese

Dried mixed herbs - 1/2 teaspoon*

Butter - 1 tsp

Salt and black pepper to taste


What to do:

In a hot pan, melt the butter and saute onion, celery and capsicum. Add the milk to the mix, and then add cheese. Bring to a boil. Add the vegetables, mixed herbs if you want, salt and pepper and mix.Add cooked pasta in the sauce and bring to a boil. Serve hot with toast or garlic bread.


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Indian Stir Fry

Time: 25-30 minutesServes: 5

What you need:

Mustard oil - 1 tablespoon

Garlic paste - 3 teaspoon

Onion - 1 large (chopped)

Tomato puree - 1 cup

Cumin seed powder - 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder - 1 teaspoon

Red chili powder - 2 teaspoon

Coriander powder - 1 tablespoon

Babycorn - 1 cup

Button mushrooms - 8-9

Red pepper - 1/2

Yellow pepper - 1/2

canned artichoke - 1 (chopped)

Coriander seeds - 3 tablespoons

Peppercorn seeds - 3 tablespoons

Fresh coriander leaves - chopped

Salt, to taste

What to do:

Bring the water to a boil, put in diagonally-cut babycorn. Remove before cooked, rinse under cold water. Repeat process with quarter-chopped mushrooms and de-seeded and diced peppers. Canned artichokes need not be blanched.Roast and ground peppercorn and coriander seeds.

In another pan, pour mustard oil, add garlic and caramelise till golden brown. Once the garlic is done, add onions and saute till golden-brown. Pour in tomato puree, cumin powder, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder and salt.

Once the sauce is cooked, add blanched veggies and the ground peppercorn-coriander seeds. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.

Gnocchi and Tomato Bake

Time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4

What you need:

Olive oil - 1 tablespoon

Onion - 1 (chopped)

Red pepper - 1 (de-seeded & finely chopped)

Garlic clove - 1 (crushed)

Tomatoes - 400 grams (chopped)

Gnocchi - 500 g basil leaves

Mozzarella - 125 grams

What to do:

Heat oil and saute onion and pepper, add garlic and fry for a minute. Add tomatoes and gnocchi, and bring to a boil. Let the mix bubble for 10-15 minutes, till the gnocchi becomes soft and the sauce becomes thick. Add salt, basil. Add mozzarella on top and cook in the oven for 5-6 minutes till the cheese starts bubbling.

Crispy Veggie Pizza

Time: 25 minutes

Serves: 2-4

What you need:

Tortillas - 4

Tomato puree - 1 cup

Mozzarella cheese - 220g


Onion - 1

Jalapeno - 1

Tomatoes - 4 (small)

Bell pepper - half

whatever topping you wish for!

What to do:

Spread the tomato puree over the tortillas. Add basil, all the veggies (chopped) and sprinkle cheese generously on top. Cook in the oven for 10-15 minutes at 180 deg c.


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Vanilla Sponge Cake

Serves: 10

What you need:

Plain flour - 1 and half cups

Sugar - 1 cup

Oil - 1/3 cup

Water - 1 cup

Baking powder - 1 teaspoon

Bicarbonate of soda - 1 teaspoon

Vanilla - 1 teaspoon

Vinegar or orange juice - 1 tablespoon

What do to:

Preheat oven to 180 deg c, oil cake tin, and sprinkle a thin layer of flour to ensure the sides don't stick. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Beat oil, vinegar, vanilla and water together. Add this mix to the flour and mix well. Pour the mixture into the cake tin and bake for 45-60 minutes.

Once the cake cools down, cut into uneven pieces and keep the biggest ones for yourself. Kidding! Enjoy!

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First published: 1 October 2015, 6:15 IST