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3 Quick Meals To Cook In The Microwave While Working From Home

27 May 2021

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3 Quick Meals To Cook In The Microwave

The 'work from home' norm may have eliminated our traffic troubles, but the workload remains quite the same! As we whizz through our weekdays swiftly finishing deadlines, conducting meetings, and even getting a little snooze on the side - do we remember when was the last time we prepared food with joy in our hearts?

This is where microwave ovens can play a huge role during the workdays to help us prepare quick meals, that bring back our love for cooking good, wholesome food! So, it's time to avoid ordering that takeout and instead prepare these easy, delicious recipes in your Hafele convection microwave ovens.

1. Mug dhokla


The hype of the 2-minute mug dhokla fad is quite real! Not only do these mini dhokla meals turn out soft and spongy, but they serve as a quick breakfast fix on days you have to attend those dreaded morning meetings. For best results, pair with a cup of coffee and you'll be ready to tackle the workday with zest!

Portion size serves 2
Time required - 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Gram flour (besan)
  • ½ cup Yogurt
  • ½ cup Water
  • 2 tsp Green chillies, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger, grated
  • ½ tsp Asafoetida (hing)
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • ½ tbsp Sugar
  • ½ tbsp Eno fruit salt
  • ½ tbsp Coriander, chopped
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 2 Red chillies, chopped
  • 6 Curry leaves
  • Salt to taste

Method

  • Combine the besan, yogurt, hing, ginger, green chillies, turmeric, sugar, ½ tbsp oil, and salt in a bowl.
  • Pour ½ cup of water to the bowl, little at a time, and whisk well to make a smooth batter.
  • Add the Eno fruit salt; mix the batter, and then immediately pour it into 2 microwave safe mugs.
  • Microwave each mug separately for 2 minutes on a high setting.
  • Heat the leftover ½ tbsp oil in a pan and add in the mustard seeds. Once the seeds sputter, mix in the red chillies and curry leaves. Tadka is ready.
  • Pour this tadka equally onto the mug dhoklas.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and enjoy!

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2. Peas Pulao


A simple serving of mutter pulao is a delectable story of aromatic fresh rice and fragrant spices mixed with crunchy green peas. This is a dish that is to be devoured slowly, with its heavenly taste being felt completely with each delicious bite. Cook this meal in a microwave oven during lunchtime, and we promise you won’t regret it!

Portion size serves 4
Time required - 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Basmati rice, washed and soaked
  • ¾ cup Green peas
  • 2 Onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 tsp Cumin
seeds (jeera)
  • 4 Cinnamon sticks (dal chini)
  • 1 Star anise
  • 3 Cloves
  • 3 Green chillies, chopped
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • ½ tbsp Mint leaves (pudina)
  • Salt as required

  • Method

    • Pour the ghee in a microwave safe bowl and let it melt on a high setting for 15 seconds
    • Add the jeera, dal chini, cloves, bay leaves, star anise, green chillies, and chopped onions into the bowl. Mix well and microwave on high for 2 minutes or till the onions are caramelized.
    • Add the green peas, rice, and salt. Mix them gently and then pour the water.
    • Cover the bowl and microwave for 15 minutes, stirring once or twice in between.
    • Garnish with pudina leaves and serve.

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    3. Paneer Tikka


    The more we work, the more we need snacks that satiate the body and soul! Come evening when the deadlines are met, and our hands reach for those potato chips, this is the time to instead quickly cook a plate of paneer tikka. As you take a soft bite and let the delicious tikkas melt in your mouth, all thoughts of bingeing on unhealthy crisps and chips will be driven away from your mind!

    Portion size serves 4
    Time required - 30 minutes

    Ingredients

    • 1 kg Paneer, cut into 1.5 inch thick cubes
    • ½ cup Curd
    • 1 tbsp Ginger garlic paste
    • 2 tbsp Coriander leaves, chopped
    • ½ tbsp Red chilli powder
    • 1 tsp Chaat masala
    • ½ tsp Garam masala powder
    • ½ tsp Black pepper
    • 1 tbsp Oil
    • Salt as required

    Method

    • Combine the curd with all the spices in a bowl and mix well. Add the paneer cubes and let it marinate for 20 minutes
    • Arrange the marinated paneer in a dish, brush with oil, and microwave on high for 3 to 4 minutes.
    • Turn over, brush again with little oil, and microwave again on high for 3 minutes.
    • Sprinkle coriander leaves, serve with green chutney and enjoy!

    Product Recommendation:

    Hafele’s Diamond Neo 28 Microwave oven with grill is equipped with 5 Microwave power levels, 8 auto-cooking options and a grilling feature that makes your cooking experiences truly exceptional. Try cooking your paneer tikka with this awesome oven the next time an evening snack calls out to you!

    For best results, it’s advisable to cook these tasty meals in a high quality microwave. As Hafele is known to offer the best microwave ovens in India , you can easily prepare these delicacies in our appliances.

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