Just like many students, I started cooking in September 2008 when I left India for my studies at Oxford. A few weeks before I left, I tried my hand at cooking simple dishes. It wasn’t that hard. But once you start cooking on your own you may realise that every recipe needs so many things. May be in small amounts but the list of ingredients is so big (especially for Indian food). Although I enjoyed cooking, I hated going to the supermarket in that cold weather just to get garlic paste or lemon juice. I complained about it and in response my mum said, “There is always something you can make from whatever you have in the kitchen.” As a student that statement is quite reassuring. Theoretically speaking, it is possible to make something, but will you that thing taste good enough to eat? Many of us might face this challenge.
In this process of learning how to fix myself a quick meal with as little number of ingredients as possible I have come up with a few recipes that I will share with you. Just to re-iterate, these are the recipes that I found tasted good to me and have been made with whatever I can find in my kitchen. Some of these have been tasted by others and they have seemed to enjoy it too.
Quick Fix Recipe 1: Mushroom + Egg + Onion
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 small onion, sliced (rings or half-rings)
- 200 g mushroom, sliced
- 3 eggs
- 40 g butter
- salt, garlic paste
- In a pan, pour 1tbsp olive oil and sauté the onions till they are nice and brown.
- In a separate pan, do the same to the sliced mushroom. Once the mushroom have absorbed the oil, add 20g butter and mix rapidly so that the butter is spread evenly. Add garlic paste and then keep on mixing for 2-3 mins more till the mushrooms lose a little bit of water. You may add salt or pepper to taste at this point. Add these mushrooms to the onion pan and keep the pan warm at the least level of heat (easy on gas stoves than electric ones!)
- Break the 3 eggs in a bowl and whisk them together. You may add salt and chili powder to taste at this point. Pour the mix onto the pan which had the mushrooms on it. Mix vigorously and break any lumps formed (a bit like bhurji). When done, add 20g butter and mix for a little more time. Then add the contents of this pan to the pan that has onions and mushrooms.
- Mix them well for the last time. Pour them in a bowl and enjoy this with Toast or Garlic bread or Khakra.
Overall Cooking Time: approx. 15 mins (includes time needed for chopping onions & mushrooms).
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