4 Quick Dinner Ideas That Will Save Time Without Discounting On Taste

Dinner is an important meal considered by many. Nowadays, most of us have a busy schedule. We rush through breakfast and lunch, and dinner is the only time of the day in many homes where the family sits down together. Ideally, lunch should be the important meal of the day when digestion is at its best. Dinner should be much lighter, but it should always have two secret ingredients. Love & Care.

So, today we decided to share 4 quick dinner ideas, and after a tiring day, the less time you spend in the kitchen, the better. Most of these recipes take 30 mins to prepare and cook, and the ingredients are easy to find. Let’s jump into some easy dinner ideas for busy weeknights!

Quick dinner ideas to try at home

1. Dal Paratha/Lentil Stuffed Flatbread 

Paratha embodies the spirits of Indians. Hailing from the north, this recipe not only is easy to make but also requires very few ingredients, most of which are all kitchen staples. If you have leftover cooked dal, that would be perfect for this recipe. If your kids don’t like dal, then forcing them isn’t an option, but making them eat this recipe is – because it’s delicious.

4 quick dinner ideas

Ingredients: 

  • 1 teaspoon of red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 3 teaspoon of refined oil
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 ½ cups of atta (flour)
  • ½ cups of cooked dal (lentil)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of ginger
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 pieces of green chilies
  • Coriander leaves for garnishing (optional)

Process:

  • Finely chop the ginger, green chili, and coriander leaves, set them aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds, chopped ginger, green chili, and allow it to cook for a few minutes. Add turmeric powder as well as sauté it for a few seconds. 
  • Add cooked dal beside salt, green chili and reduce to a thick consistency. Once the dal gets thick, keep it aside and allow it to cool.
  • Take a mixing bowl and add cooked dal to the atta, knead it well.
  • Rest the dough for 5-10 minutes, separate the dough into equal balls and roll it with a rolling pin.
  • Cook the paratha on a Tawa (frying pan) by applying little oil from both sides till light golden marks.
  • Then garnish it with coriander leaves and serve with white curd.

Nutritional  Info. 349 cal (per serving); 3 Servings; Time – 20 mins.

2. Aloo Jeera/Cumin Potatoes

Aloo Jeera is versatile. There are more than 50 different types of recipes for this same aloo jeera. So, this easily falls under the quick dinner ideas category. This also falls under North Indian cuisine and is loved by everyone because it can be cooked within 5 minutes. You can even customize the dish by adding different types of veggies, powder, etc.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoon of oil
  • 1 tablespoon of cumin seeds
  • 1-inch ginger
  • 2 green chili
  • ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Kashmiri red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon of coriander powder
  • ¾ teaspoon of dry mango powder (optional)
  • Pinch of hing (asafoetida)
  • 2 boiled potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons of coriander leaves

Process:

  • Heat oil and sauté cumin seeds till it turns scented.
  • Put in ginger and green chilies, and sauté for a minute.
  • Keep the flame low; add turmeric, chilli powder, coriander powder, dry mango powder, a pinch of asfoetida, and salt to taste. Sauté on low flame without burning the spices.
  • Additionally, add boiled potatoes (cubed) and mix gently without breaking potatoes.
  • Add a little bit of water, cover, and seethe for 5 minutes.
  • Finally, add coriander leaves, and serve jeera aloo with rice or roti (flatbread).

Nutritional Info. 173 cal (per serving); 3 Servings; Time – 20 mins.

3. Paneer Bhurji/Scrambled Indian Cottage Cheese

One of the most popular savory dishes made with paneer. The creaminess of paneer combined with the tanginess of tomatoes. Sprinkled lemon and coriander leaves make a sparkling gastronomic experience. The way paneer melts in your mouth when served hot is délicieux. Can’t ignore these easy weeknight dinners.

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons of refined oil
  • ½ teaspoon of coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of cumin
  • ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon of red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon of Kasuri methi (fenugreek leaves)
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 onions
  • 1 teaspoon of ginger
  • 1 tomato
  • 250 g of paneer
  • 2 teaspoons of coriander leaves
  • 2 green chilies

Process:

  • Crumble the paneer gently and set it aside. Finely chop green chili, coriander leaves, onion, ginger, and tomato.
  • Heat the oil in a pan, add cumin seeds, ginger, green chili, and sauté it well.
  • Add chopped onion and cook until sauté. Add all the spices, and salt to taste. Sauté it well.
  • Add tomato, cook until soft and squashy. Once the tomato is cooked, add crumbled paneer and mix it well.
  • Add Kasuri methi and garnish with coriander leaves and lemon juice.

Nutritional Info. 289 cal (per serving); 3 Servings; Time – 25 mins.

4. Egg Fried Rice

Ok, egg fried rice isn’t “quite healthy”, but changing one main ingredient would make it healthy, the rice. Instead of white, go for the brown one, they are far better (pun intended). Why are we mentioning this in easy dinner recipes? Because this dish can be cooked with leftover rice and is quite famous around the world.

Ingredients:

  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 ¼ tablespoons of vegetable or peanut oil
  • ¾ cup of diced onion
  • 1 ½ cups of diced mixed vegetables (your choices)
  • 3 cups of rice
  • 2  tablespoons of soy sauce
  • Pinch of five-spiced powder
  • Dash of ground white pepper (optional)
  • 2 to 3 spring onions (optional)

Process:

  • Crack the eggs into a petite bowl and beat them together.
  • Heat a skillet with a tablespoon of the oil on medium-high heat. Once the pan is searing, add the beaten eggs and scramble them for a minute. Transfer the eggs to a dish.
  • Drizzle the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil into a kadhai (wok) over high heat. 
  • Add the onions and cook them for about a minute, stirring constantly. Add the vegetables and cook for two minutes. Season it with a pinch of salt.
  • Add the cooked rice into the kadhai and cook for several minutes, until the rice is heated through. If there are large clumps of rice, break them apart with the rear of your spatula.
  • Add the soy sauce, five-spice powder, a dash of white pepper, and stir to distribute the seasonings. Add the scrambled eggs and stir to combine again. 
  • Garnish with spring onions (if you have them).

Nutritional Info. 365 cal (per serving); 3 Servings; Time – 20 mins.

These were our 44 quick dinner ideas quick dinner ideas that you can add to your weeknight rotation. Dinner is a vital meal, and you can experiment with a wide variety of great foods. Having a healthy dinner is linked to good sleep, which lowers inflammation, stress, stable blood glucose, lower anxiety, and improves digestion. So, start making your choices and also share them with us.

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