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Ideas For One-Pot Meals

Jan/28/2024 / by bindu-gopal-rao

These wholesome dishes will take you through winter

Overhead view of a bowl of mutton biryani with spices in the background
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A one-pot meal is a solace in the cold season. Easy to prepare, convenient to clean up after, and loaded with nutrients, these dishes are a great choice for those who prefer keeping it simple in winter.

SEEMA recommends ideas for one-pot meals to keep you warm.

Aromatic Mutton Biryani

Imagine the combination of fluffy basmati rice, caramelized onions, and warm spices like cardamom, cloves, and a fragrant carpet of saffron. A one-pot biryani is more than yummy to taste. Its aroma also fills the home as it cooks.  “Winter veggies like carrots, peas, and cauliflower add color and texture to the biryani, while roasted hazelnuts will add a nice crunch,” says dietician Vidhi Chawla, founder, Fisico Diet and Aesthetic Clinic.

Pad Thai Noodles With Vegetables and Tofu

Pad Thai noodles are an excellent choice for a one-pot meal in winter, according to Harjyot Singh Bamrah, chef de cuisine, Sheraton Hyderabad. Pan-seared tofu adds protein to the dish, while vegetables like broccoli and the flavor of garlic add a warming element.

Additionally, the vegetables and peanuts bring fiber to the dish, which is essential for maintaining a healthy digestive system and reducing the risk of heart disease.

Fried Rice

One-pot meals do not require much effort but the choice of ingredients should be selected with caution. Debaditya Chaudhury, MD, Chowman Hospitality Pvt Ltd, co-owner Oudh 1590 and Chapter 2 advises using seasonal produce. To your fried rice, you can also add protein in the form of chicken or eggs to make the dish filling.

Using fresh green, leafy vegetables enrich the dish, while different types of sauces and oils make the dish more flavorsome.

Thai Seafood Hot Pot

Hot pots are warm comforting bowls of goodness packed with spicy, sour and brothy flavors that will warm you from the inside out. Priyanka Singh, owner of The Sumo’s recommends seafood hot pots are they are a perfect balance of carbs, veggies, and protein. “You’re getting all those nutrients without having to cook multiple dishes! This dish will help you stay warm, cozy, and happy,” says Singh.

The One-Pot Advantage

  • Minimum number of plates: Fewer dishes means spending more time with a good book or coffee.
  • Heating: Cooking creates less heat in the kitchen and provides welcome relief from dry winter air.
  • Flavor fusion: Each ingredient creates a depth of flavor that a single ingredient or spice cannot provide.
  • Hot from the inside out: Hearty meals, curries, and soups nourish body and soul and leave you satisfied.

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