How To Make Easier, Quicker Meals With One Pot Dishes

Chicken Pulao with Raita

We can all agree that washing up all the pots and pans and miscellaneous cooking items takes up a lot of the pre & post meal time; it’s not ideal. Wouldn’t it be better to be able to quickly wash up and then go right back to relaxing, after a long meal? This is where one pot meals come to the rescue.

What is a one pot meal? 

Simply put, this meal requires only one pot. This could mean one pot/skillet/pan/baking tray but essentially everything is prepared in that one vessel. Everything that is necessary in a meal, i.e. carbohydrates, protein and vegetables are all put together into one yummy dish. They offer the pleasure of home cooking assembled with little fuss and minimal clean-up. 

Why it simplifies the cooking experience:

  • Cooking only one dish. Instead of spending time on cooking a main dish and side dishes (such as cooking roti, sabzi separately) 
  • Clean-up kept to a minimum
  • Trying out a variety of cuisines made easy! Most cuisines have their variety of a one pot dish so you can cook up a variety of dishes

A one pot recipe can range from a slow-cooked meaty stew to an easy, lazy stir-fried rice or even a summery pasta, but since we’re looking at quick & easy meals, here’s a classic, speedy recipe to get you started: 

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Ingredients:
Simple, rich, and super tasty--this recipe will keep you full for hours.
Chicken Pulao with Slice of Lime
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 1 hour
Servings
people
Ingredients
Marinate:
Whole spices (use whatever you have in in your pantry)
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 1 hour
Servings
people
Ingredients
Marinate:
Whole spices (use whatever you have in in your pantry)
Chicken Pulao with Slice of Lime
Instructions
  1. Mix the chicken with the ingredients for the marinade and set aside for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Wash and soak the basmati rice for about 20 minutes (30 minutes for regular rice). Drain.
  3. Place the whole spices and the ginger garlic paste in cooking oil. Saute until they start to sizzle
  4. Add in the sliced onions and fry until lightly browned
  5. Add in the marinated chicken pieces and let the whole mixture cook for 10-12 minutes
  6. Add in the coriander and the min leaves and stir until aromatic
  7. Put in the soaked rice and pour the coconut milk and water into the pot
  8. Cover and cook on low flame for 10-15 minutes until the rice is fully cooked
  9. Sprinkle garam masala, chopped coriander leaves, and ghee and stir the mixture thoroughly
Recipe Notes

And there you have it, a quick, one pot meal! Find more delicious one pot recipes here

 

If you try out any one pot meal, tag us @licious_foods! We’d love to hear about your cooking experiences.  

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