Hunger pangs in hostels are a different ball game altogether- you can’t ask your mom to cook for you, you can’t order online because you’re broke and you are lazy enough to cook. As someone who lives in a PG, I’ve been through it all and still managed my evening snacks cravings beautifully. I have put together 20 easy recipes to cook in hostel or PG for breakfast or to satisfy your midnight cravings. They are cheap and require almost no time.
Some dishes here are for a Sunday where you have more space of putting efforts while others are for instant satisfaction of your hunger.
Here are 20 easy Indian recipes to cook in a hostel or PG:
1. Butter Maggi
If you are craving that pahadi Maggi you had in Shimla, you can make it on your own! All you need to do while cooking Maggi normally is to add Amul Butter, cheese slices, and some salt and black pepper (oregano and chill flakes would do too).
The traditional all time favorite hostel meal is heady with an added flavour.
2. Chickpea Chaat
Ingredients: Chopped onions, tomatoes; Lemon; Salt (1/2 tsp); Red Chilli Powder (1/2 tsp) ; Chaat Masala (1/2 tsp); Coriander Seed Powder (1/2 tsp)
Procedure: Put the chopped veggies in a bowl, add chickpea (or chana) and give it a toss. Add the masalas and in the end, squeeze the lemon. Give it a good toss, and your healthy snack is ready.
3. Chinese Poha
Ingredients: Soaked Poha, chopped vegetables (Onion, Carrots, Capsicum), Vinegar (1 Tbsp), Ginger Garlic Chilli Paste (1 Tbsp), Sugar (1 Tsp) , Soy Sauce (1 Tbsp) ,Red Chilli Sauce (2 Tbsp), Salt to Taste, Oil (2 Tbsp)
Procedure: In a pan, add oil, ginger garlic chilli paste and sauté it. Add all the vegetables and cook for 2-3 mins. Now add the soaked poha. Mix it and add sugar, soy sauce, red chilli sauce, and salt to taste.
4. Nutella Toast
Nothing is better than a layer of mouth-watering Nutella on a slice of bread. This is easy and takes almost no time.
This Gujarati dish takes a minute of preparation and 5-10 minutes of cooking time. Mix rice flour with water and add salt and roasted jeera in a microwave-safe bowl. Cook this in the microwave and stir every 2 minutes. After it’s ready, put some oil. Add pickle spices for taste or just your leftover pizza seasonings. For enhanced taste, you might want to add ginger and garlic.
You can buy ready-to-make packets of Upma. What’s interesting is they come in many flavors. Just cook the mix with water. It’s easier and healthier than Maggi for sure.
7. Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Ingredients: Bread, Cheese, Spread (of your choice), chopped vegetables, leftover seasonings.
Procedure: Between two bread slices, apply the spreads of your choice (Fun Foods and Veeba have a great variety to offer) put a cheese slice and some veggies. Heat it inside a grilling machine or on a tawa or pan.
With ready-to-make packets available in the market, you can make flavored popcorns at your convenience. This is a great way to impress your hostel friends on a movie night. Just put the popcorn packet and microwave it as per instructions!
This wholesome breakfast is the easiest way to make your mother happy. It takes just a minute to put together a bowl of Kellog’s Chocos. If you are looking for healthier options, you can have muesli or cornflakes with milk or curd. It’s filling and keeps you charged for the day.
10. Chocolate Cake
Ingredients: Crushed Hide & Seek, Oreo, Bourbon, chocolates; Nutella, Baking powder, milk and sugar.
Procedure: Melt sugar in warm milk and pour it into the finely powdered biscuits. Add a tablespoon of baking powder. Pour the batter in a microwave-safe container and bake for 4-5 minutes till it forms a proper base. Make use of Nutella as icing.
11. Cold Pasta Salad
Ingredients: Penne or Macaroni, chopped onions and tomatoes, crushed garlic, salt, pepper, curd.
Procedure: Boil the pasta in a kettle and strain it. Add curd and rest of the ingredients, and mix them with a spoon. One-bowl pasta salad meal is ready!
12. Sweet Corn Bhel
Ingredients: Frozen sweet corn, chopped onion and tomatoes, salt, pepper, chaat masala, butter, lemon
Procedure: Boil the sweet corn in a kettle and strain it. Now add all the other ingredients and remember to squeeze a lemon in the last, after a good toss.
13. Cold Coffee
Invest in a hand shaker (it comes free with a certain packing of Nescafe too!) Add milk, sugar, coffee, and shake it. You can do this will studying or just while talking to your parents on call. Add ice in the end.
If eggs aren’t an issue at your hostel or PG, you can make this super simple dish for yourself. Add some finely chopped vegetables to make it more fulfilling and healthy.
Get Knorr or other ready-to-make soup packets. Stir the mix in hot water for 2-3 minutes, and your soup is ready! The taste is so similar to an exotic restaurant’s soup.
16. Fruit Chaat
Buy fresh fruits from the market, cut them as per choice, put them together in a bowl, and add salt and chaat masala. Squeeze half a lemon for the bazaari taste!
17. Besan Ke Ladoo
Did you get selected as head of the Debating or Drama Society? You know your mom back home would’ve made you a tasty halwa or laddoos to celebrate, right? Fight homesickness with this trouble-free recipe of besan ke laddoos. You don’t need many ingredients or time to make this.
Here’s the the recipe of Microwave Besan Ladoo
18. Sprouts Salad
Buy sprouts packing from the store or if you have things planned, soak them overnight. Toss in some chopped veggies, sprinkle the masalas, and squeeze half a lemon. You are ready with your delicious and nutritious salad.
19. French Toast
If your hostel or PG mates don’t frown upon you cooking egg in the kitchen, you can make French toast for a fancy and effortless Sunday breakfast.
20. Bhel Puri
Ingredients: Puffed Rice; Sev; finely chopped onion, tomato, green chilli, coriander leaves; Red chilli powder; Salt; Chaat masala powder; Lemon Juice; Imli.
Procedure: Add all the ingredients except the lemon juice and imli in a tiffin. Close the lid and shake well. Once all the ingredients have mixed, squeeze lemon and add imli as per taste and mix with a spoon. Serve garnished with coriander leaves.
I hope your taste buds have a blast with these yummy dishes.
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Which one is your favourite among these easy recipes to cook in hostel?