Easy pantry-friendly recipes

Hi everyone!

I have compiled some pantry-friendly recipes which requires minimum ingredients easily available at home. In times like these, it's important to make use of whatever is already stocked up at home and  not waste food at all. I have also mentioned alterations or modifications incase you don't have any particular ingredient. Hope this compilation of recipes helps you all. 

This simple Gur ka daliya is delicious and hearty.  It's made with just 4 staple ingredients like ghee, broken wheat (daliya), jaggery and cardamom powder. It's nutty, rustic and has right amount of sweetness. It's great for breakfast and for lunch/dinner, pairs really well with moong dal which we marwaris make pretty much every day.

Simple and flavorful dish made with minimum ingredients- instant oats, sambhar masala, chopped tomatoes apart from other basic ingredients. It gets done in like 5 minutes and makes for a complete meal which is healthy and easy to make.

Ingredients which can be substituted or omitted:

Skip curry leaves if you don't have any
Substitute green chili with chili flakes or red chili powder
Omit tomatoes if you don't have that too, use lemon juice/chat masala for the sour element.

Since we all are home quarantined and we have all the time in the world, don't forget to try this Margherita Pizza with homemade pizza dough and pizza sauce /marinara sauce. It comes out thin, crispy and super delicious just like a good Italian style pizza. I am putting the link of both dough and sauce after this. Making pizza at home is a fun activity which will excite both kids and adults.

Alterations which can be done:

Skip fresh basil and just sprinkle mixed herbs and chili flakes. 

Substitute regular cheddar with mozarella if you want. Even cheese slice is great since it melts faster.

I have the perfect pizza recipe for you guys which you all can use to make homemade pizza. It uses basic ingredients like flour, olive oil, salt, herbs and yeast. Pizzas made with this dough comes out perfect and absolutely crispy.

Incredibly easy sauce made with tomatoes which comes in handy for making pizzas, pasta, risotto, gnocchi. Made with basic pantry ingredients like butter, olive oil, garlic, onion, tomatoes/canned tomatoes and some seasoning. 

Some alterations which can be done in the recipe:

- Add mixed herbs or dried basil if you dont have fresh basil
-Use canned tomatoes if you don't have fresh tomatoes with you.
-Omit olive oil if you don't have. 

Homemade matar paneer (No onion/garlic)

Matar paneer is one of my favorite all time Indian curry. Soft and moist paneer and peas dunked in tomato-cashew based gravy and seasoned with all of Indian spices. It's so comforting and goes really well with chapatis. You can easily make paneer at home. Just make sure to pack crumbled panner in a mesh cloth tightly and then put under heavy weight for 15 minutes and then you will easily be able to cut panner into cubes.

Alterations which can be done:

-Use ground oats or ground makhana( fox nuts) to thicken the gravy if u dont have cashews or leave it out completely.
- If you don't have peas, add capsicum or leave that out also if u want.

Lemon rice

This lemon rice is probably the best way of using left over rice and apart from rice it only uses some curry leaves, lemon juice, green chili and turmeric. It's incredibly fragrant and goes well just on its own and taste even better with yogurt. It's a complete meal in itself and very filling. You can do the same thing with quinoa too.

-Skip curry leaves and fresh coriander u don't have it handy

Instant stove-top granola

If you have rolled oats or even instant oats lying in your pantry, then this is the recipe you must try and make a batch of it for quarantine breakfast or snack anytime of the day. It uses basic ingredients like oats, honey and any nuts or dried fruits you have on hand. Serve it with fresh/ tetra pack milk or yogurt for breakfast.

Alterations which can be done:

-Substitute  coconut oil with any vegetable cooking oil.
-If you don't have honey, add jaggery/palm sugar.

Mexican kidney bean tacos with pico di gallo

Hearty, flavorful, satisfying, spicy and super yummy Mexican bean tacos with pico da gallo. This recipe uses all staple ingredients which will be easily available in your home- kidney beans, onion, tomato, cumin powder, ketchup, mayo(optional). 

Ingredients which can be skipped:

- Fresh Coriander
- Substitute lemon juice with chat masala or sumac powder

Egg-less chocolate and walnut brownies

We all can do it with some treat while we all are house locked. This is such a moreish recipe and the best part is that its one bowl. You don't even need an electric beater, just mix everything together with manual whisk or a spoon and batter will be done for baking. Just basic ingredients like flour, sugar, butter, milk, dark chocolate and some baking powder. These brownies are insanely chocolate-y, fudgy and gooey.

-  Skip walnuts if you don't have.

Whole wheat apple pie pancakes

This is an easy breakfast recipe which is healthy, delicious and filling. These pancakes are made with whole wheat flour and oats which are high in fiber.  Apart from that, it uses other basic ingredients like apple, cinnamon, butter, yogurt and honey which will be easily available in your pantry.

Alterations which can be done:

-Can skip oats if you don't have

Simple kidney bean salad in honey-mustard dressing

This is such a fabulous recipe which so much crunch and flour. It requires all pantry ingredients- Kidney beans, onion, tomato, olive oil, honey, mustard sauce and other basic ingredients. It's quick to make and incredibly flavor. Filling and hearty too!

Alterations which can be done:

-Can substitute kidney beans with black eyed peas or chickpeas.
- Can use only onion and tomato in salad if you don't have bell peppers, cucumber and carrot.
-Skip adding coriander if u don't have

Classic hummus

Hummus is something which you must keep ready in your refrigerator in times like these. Comes in handy for so many recipes. You can smear it on toast for breakfast or make Grilled vegetable wraps which you'll see next on scrolling down. Its great for snack and can be used as a dip with raw vegetables like carrots, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, khakhara. Hummus is made with all of basic ingredients like chickpeas, olive oil, cumin powder, garlic, chilli powder and lemon.


Omit olive oil if you don't have.

These wraps or soft tacos will bring a smile on your face in this time of self quarantine. You can sautee/roast/grill whichever vegetables you have with you. These wraps are healthy, filling and super delicious. Great for feeding all of your family members as you can make a big batch of hummus and use it for 2 days. 

Alterations which can be done:

Substitute bell peppers and mushroom with chopped onion, cauliflower, carrot, capsicum, broccoli, french beans.

Egg-less Double Chocolate banana bread

Eggless and moist Double Chocolate Banana bread. A must try if you love chocolate. It's something your kids will love to bake with you and will relish it so much. It's fudge-y, chocolaty and so good! Made with simple ingredients like flour, butter, banana, cocoa powder and dark chocolate. It's really very moreish and indulgent.

- Can skip cocoa powder and add just chopped chocolate or vice versa
- Can skip chocolate essence and add vanilla essence or skip that too.

Pad Thai- Thai stir-fried noodle dish

Pad Thai is a stir-fried rice noodle dish which is quick, easy and packed with tons of flavor. This hearty and filling dish is spicy, sour, sweet and salty.

Ingredients which can be omitted or substituted:

-Use any other veggies like broccoli, baby-corn, thin strips of bell peppers instead of carrots and beans or leave our veggies altogether.
-Substitute peanuts with roasted cashews

Egg-less whole wheat banana cake

Incase you are missing sweet treats which you like to buy from your fav bakery, here's sharing delicious yet incredibly healthy whole wheat banana cake recipe which is so so moreish. I like to swirl in some nutella just before baking but you can skip it if you want.


-Can use regular cooking oil if you don't have olive oil.

This Indian curry made with chickpeas is extremely flavorful and uses tomatoes and Indian spices which you will easily find in your pantry. Great for batch cooking and pairs really well both with chapatis and rice. It tastes great even with toasted bread.

These pancakes are one of my favorite breakfast items. For the past 10 days that I am home, I have made these pancakes thrice and they turn out soft, fluffy and delicious every single time. Made with basic ingredients like (Whole wheat flour, chopped dark chocolate/choc chips, yogurt, baking soda/Eno), these are instant to make and so so healthy. Just make the batter and then you can immediately start making pancakes. Favorite among both kids and adults. These come in so so handy for kid's breakfast and you can add whatever toppings they want like chocolate spread, jam, honey or extra butter.

Another star recipe which comes together easily and so delicious. Requires minimum ingredients and totally healthy too. Just make some paneer at home with citric acid or lemon juice and then make these wraps using regular chapatis.


-Substitute bell peppers with capsicum.
- Omit slaw if you don't have carrot and cabbage.
- If you don't have schezwan sauce, add good quantity of garlic before sauteing onion and also tiny bit of any other hot sauce like red chili sauce etc,

This Rajma masala is one of all time fav recipe and I have literally grown up eating it.  I would really look forward to lunch whenever Rajma was made at home. I personally love it with rice but goes well with chapatis too. Made with all staple ingredients like kidney beans, garlic, onion and tomato, it's a great lunch/dinner option.

This Penne Arrabiata is such an easy and flavorful meal. It uses ingredients like pasta, tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, onion, mixed herbs and chili flakes which is easily available at home. Have it with a side of home-made garlic bread to make it even more scrumptious. It's easy to make, quick and very filling. A complete meal in itself.

Another easy and quick pasta dish which is super delicious and comes together in like no time.  Kids and elders both love it. It uses very basic ingredients like butter, flour, milk, cheese and bacin seasoning. This recipe uses mushrooms but you can use other vegetables like broccoli, bell peppers or skip adding veggies.

This instant dal makhani is made with puy lentils (masoor dal) but tastes as delicious as when made with beluga lentils (urad dal). You just need to soak this daal for like an hour and then just pressure cook after sauteing tomatoes. It has basic Indian spices but tastes very flavorful. Goes well both with rice and chapatis and great if you have lot of people to feed in your family.

This Zero oil Potato rosti is great for breakfast or as an appetizer incase you are starting to miss restaurant food. It uses potato, caarrot, cheese, mustard sauce, salt and other basic seasnoning. Cheese acts as the binding agent and makes it more delicious. Since its a zero oil recipe, ensure that you use a good non-stick pan. Relish it with ketchup or mayo.


-Can skip carrot if you don't have
-Can skip mustard sauce too 

Roasted vegetable and grape salad with orange- garlic-mint- dressing

Roasted vegetable and grape salad with this unbelievable orange-garlic-mint- dressing!  Easy , satisfying and so delicious. It's hearty, filling and great for lunch/dinner. Grapes and pomegranate just burst in your mouth and makes this salad even more delicious and balanced.

I am pretty sure that most people don't find broccoli and cauliflower scrumptious especially in a salad but please take my word and try this salad soon! Its gonna totally change the way you look at these two vegetables.

Lately I have been obsessed with roasted vegetables! They are so easy to make and taste so incredible. You can add roasted vegetables in sandwiches, wraps, buddha bowls or simply toss it in sweet-sour dressing and have as a meal.

Roasting makes the vegetable crispy on the edges, slightly charred and incredibly appetizing. So so good! Some of the vegetables which taste the best after roasting  are onion, beetroot, broccoli and cauliflower. Yes you heard me right cauliflower! Its probably my least favorite vegetable but the magic that roasting does to it- I cannot stop eating it.

This salad has color, texture and not to mention tons of fiber and vitamins from all the different vegetables. It's low in fat, carbs and that's why ideal for weight loss too.

It has this amazing orange-garlic-mint dressing which not only packs amazing citrus-y punch but is also very refreshing. Mint and garlic taste heavenly together and combination of orange, mint and garlic is so good that it's become my new favorite salad dressing.

If you are looking for more ways to up your vegetable or salad intake, then I highly recommend you try this vibrant and scrumptious salad. Easy to put together but so big in flavors.

I love eating salads because they are loaded with so many nutrients and vitamins. There are so many ways to make salads interesting and more delicious like this fruit based vinaigrette I use in Mango salad with mango-mint dressing. You can grill fruits and veggies and add in salads just like this Mexican Grilled Pineapple salad. Salads can have different themes like Italian, Thai, Moroccan, Lebanese, Mexican etc etc.

Colorful, hearty and filling salad with orange-garlic-mint dressing- delicious and so easy!

Type: Appetizer/ Light meal
Diet: Vegetarian
Serving size: 2 portions


1/2 cup cauliflower florets
1/2 cup Broccoli florets
1/2 cup chopped carrot (Diagonal shape)
1 chopped Beetroot
1/2 cup sliced black/white Grapes
1/4th cup Pomegranate aerials
1 cup washed and chopped Lettuce (Can use Romaine, Arugula too)
2 Tsp Extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp chilli flakes
salt to taste


1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp orange juice
1/2 tsp orange zest
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp honey
1 small onion- finely chopped
1 tsp mustard sauce
2 tbsp finely chopped mint
1 tsp chilli flakes
Salt to taste


Blanch broccoli and cauliflower florets in salted for 5-10 minutes and strain under cold water. Rinse properly and set aside.

Now add cauliflower, broccoli, beetroot and carrot in a bowl and toss with olive oil, salt and chilli flakes in a bowl.

Spread veggies in an oven tray and place in a pre-heated oven at 200 degrees for 10-15 minutes and toss once in between.

Prepare dressing by adding all the ingredients in an air-tight jar and shake everything together.

Once veggies are charred and about done, add in a salad bowl and toss with the dressing. (Reserve some dressing to drizzle later)

Once salad is slightly cold, add chopped lettuce, grapes, pom and rest of the dressing.

Toss everything again together and serve.

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Here are some of my favorite salad recipes which you must try

Strawberry and apple crumble

Strawberry season is in full swing and Valentines day is also just around the corner! Enter this Strawberry and apple crumble - insanely easy, sweet and tangy, butter-y, crunchy and OMG delicious! Remember you must serve it hot straight out of the oven with vanilla ice-cream. That's the protocol when it comes to Crumbles or Crisps!

If you are looking to bake a dessert this Valentines day then I highly recommend picking this easy and crazy delicious dessert. Soft stewed fruits, buttery crumble and a scoop of vanilla ice cream- I will take this dessert anytime of the day! Strawberries get all jammy and taste super fruity. 

Its one of those desserts which you can make at the last second too. All you have to do is mix fruits with some lemon juice and sweetener and then top with crumble and then just slide in oven while you are having dinner and then viola! Just like that, you will be serving the fanciest dessert. Even if you hardly  enter kitchen, I guarantee that you will be able to make it very easily.

Speaking of easy desserts, No bake chocolate tart  and Paan and rose trifle jars are also unbelievably easy and so droolicious. It will be perfect too for Valentines day !

I know strawberries are tart as it is but you must add some lemon juice and lemon zest. Makes all the difference and gives this dessert a beautiful fresh lemony flavor.  You can even add orange zest and orange juice to change the flavor profile a bit.

For the crumble, instead of using only flour, I have used more of rolled oats which gives an amazing body and crunch to the crumble. This dessert is fuss free and perfect way to make use of seasons fresh strawberries which are incredible right now.

If you are looking to create more recipes with strawberries, try this Egg-less Strawberry and almond meal cake which will also be amazing as a Valentines day dessert. Strawberry and Pineapple layered smoothie and Blushing Pink smoothie bowls are reader favorites and taste super delicious. 

Sure it's romantic to go on a date with your husband or boyfriend on Valentines day but whats even more romantic is to make something special at home. You can pair this dessert with fruity drinks like Kala khatta lemonade or Orange ginger masala lemonade and for appetizers make this popular Mexican Loaded NachosPenne Arabiatta, Pad Thai or Pesto Pasta with balsamic cherry tomatoes will be lovely for main course.

There's just so much going on this simple dessert! You will be surprised how quickly it comes together and with almost zero effort. This dessert is not only perfect for Valentines day but any other day too when you have people coming over at last minute or even to satisfy your sudden craving when you want to have something fancy yet easy.

Easy, fuss-free and super delicious Strawberry and apple crumble

Diet: Vegetarian
Type: Dessert
Serving size:4-5 people


1+1/2 cup strawberries (chopped)
1+1/2 cup apples (chopped)
1 Tbsp honey
1 tsp lemon juice
Bit of lemon zest
1/2 tsp vanilla essence

For the crumble
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4th cup flour
2 tbsp sugar
1+1/2 tbsp soft butter
1/4 tsp cinnamon


Pre heat oven at 200 degrees for 10 minutes.

Mix chopped strawberries and fruits with lemon juice, zest and honey and add in a medium sized baking dish and set aside.

For the crumble, add all the ingredients in a bowl and using your fingers lightly mix everything together.

Crumble mixture should resemble a semi-dry sand.

Sprinkle all of the crumble mixture evenly over the fruits and then bake in oven at 200 degrees for 15-20 minutes or till crust changes the colour and becomes slightly golden brown,

Serve hot with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Left over crumble can be stored in fridge in the baking dish for 1 day and re-heated in oven before serving.

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More recipes you can try for Valentines day

Rose coconut water lemonade

No bake chocolate tart (Highly recommended)