When you’re stuck at home during a global pandemic, it may be difficult to get access to ingredients for a wholesome meal. You might need to make do with whatever ingredients you have stored in your fridge or your kitchen cabinet since it’s unsafe to go out and let’s face it, a lot of supermarkets are running out of inventory as well.
During times when everything is so stressful and gloomy, you even lack the motivation to cook up a storm and might want to stick to the easy stuff so that you can save time and do other important things. Like playing Ludo Star with your friends.
Here are some easy 3-ingredient recipes that we have compiled for you so you can make the best out of your quarantine life:
1. Nutella Mug Cakes (Nutella, Eggs and Flour)
Mix half a cup of Nutella with two eggs and a quarter cup of maida (flour) in a medium bowl. Distribute the mixture evenly between two mugs. Microwave them for two minutes each and serve with cold vanilla ice cream or as is. Good for the 2AM munchies, am I right?
2. Cheesy Garlic Potatoes (Potatoes, Garlic and Cheese)
Boil the potatoes in a pot until the time they are almost cooked. Poke holes in the potatoes so that they are able to cook evenly. Spread them on a buttered baking dish and sprinkle with salt and pepper or a few herbs if you have them lying around. Stir garlic powder with cheddar cheese and sprinkle generously over the potatoes before putting them in the oven to bake. There’s no such thing as too much cheese so don’t be stingy.
3. Chicken Teriyaki (Chicken, Soya Sauce and Honey)
Fry boneless chicken pieces in a pan until they are nicely browned. Add in a cup of soya sauce and half cup sugar or honey and keep stirring until the mixture turns sticky and starts coating the chicken. Sprinkle some sesame seeds and green onions on top if you like and serve with fluffy white rice.
4. Banana Pancakes (Bananas, Eggs & Sugar)
Mash a banana with all the frustration you have about not being able to go outside. Add two eggs and a pinch of cinnamon powder (so that you can feel you’re in Cinnabon). Spoon the mixture in a circle on to a non-stick frying pan and flip when you see bubbles on top. Serve with powdered sugar or jam or honey or cream on top, depending on what’s available.
5. Cheese Pakoras (Gram Flour, Cheese Cubes and Water)
Mix a cup of gram flour with some water to achieve the desired consistency of a thick paste. Add some spices and herbs according to preference. We recommend using salt, chili flakes, cumin powder and chaat masala. Dunk in cubes of whichever cheese you like in the paste and deep fry that until the pakoras turn golden brown. Serve with ketchup, mayo or both. There are no rules in quarantine cooking.
6. Hummus (Boiled Chickpeas, Garlic and Lemon Juice)
This is the easiest hummus you’ll ever make. In a blender, dump in a can of chickpeas, add some salt and pepper, four cloves of crushed garlic and five tablespoons of lemon juice. Give that a long blitz until you see the mixture turning into a smooth paste. You can top that with some olive oil before you serve.
7. Chapati Quesadillas (Leftover Chapati, Chicken and Cheese)
You can utilize all your leftovers with this really fun recipe that your kids will love as well. Use leftover chapati/parathas and any filling of your choice. Shred some chicken and grate some cheese over a chapati. Top that with another chapati and press down to make sure the mixture inside does not get out. Heat this up on the pan until the cheese inside melts fully.
8. Karhai Tacos (Leftover Karhai, Naan/Chapati and Sour Cream)
Is everyone at your house bored of the same Karhai they had for dinner last night? Why not give it a western spin and turn those frowns upside down. Heat up some Naan or Chapati in the oven or on the stove, spread that leftover karhai on the chapati and top that with fresh salsa, sour cream or cheese. You can squirt some lemon on top if you like.
9. Cheesy Maggi Balls (Maggi, Cornflour and Cheese)
Boil one cake of Maggi in a pot of water. As soon as it’s boiled, drain the water and mix in four tablespoons of corn flour and grated cheese. You can add any vegetables to this if you like. Fry spoonfuls of the mixture in a pan of hot oil until golden brown.
10. Peanut Butter Cookies (Peanut Butter, Egg and Sugar)
Mix a cup of peanut butter with one egg and half a cup of sugar to form a dough. Roll that dough into the size of golf balls and place them on a baking sheet. Use a fork to press down on the peanut butter balls and flatten them out. Pop them in the oven for about eight minutes or until golden brown. Take them out to cool for a while and enjoy.
Let us know in the comments below if we have missed out on any interesting 3-ingredient recipes. Would love to know if you tried any of the recipes mentioned above.