Bored of eating the same food amid lockdown? TV actors share their recipes with minimum ingredients


Amid the coronavirus lockdown, we’re cautioned to use our supplies sparingly. With only essential commodities available, and no restaurants delivering food at our doorstep, the only option that remains is to cook our own meals. But how does one manage to whip up something delicious with limited ration? TV celebs have shared their recipes with The Free Press Journal that do not require any fancy ingredients.

Aparna Dixit

Besan chilla – The Indian spiced gram flour pancake

Preparation Time: 10 mins

Cooking Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 25 mins


Gram flour – 1 cup

Finely chopped onion, tomato and coriander – ¼ cup

Finely chopped green chillies – ½ tsp

Red chilli powder – ¼ tsp

Turmeric powder – 2 pinches

Water – ½ cup

Salt to taste

Oil as required


Add 2 pinches of turmeric powder, ¼ tsp of red chilli powder and salt as per taste to 1 cup of gram flour. Add ½ cup water to the premix to make a paste of normal consistency. Add the finely chopped onion, tomato, green chilli and coriander to the mixture and mix it well.

Heat a non-stick pan on a low flame and add few drops of oil on it. Take a ladle full of batter and pour it on the pan. Gently begin to spread the batter with the back of the ladle.

Cook on low flame and continue to cook till the base turns light golden. Flip and cook the other side.

Serve hot either with tomato ketchup or coriander chutney.

Aparna currently plays the lead role of Srishti in ‘Pyaar Ki Luka Chuppi’

Rahul Sharma

Breakfast recipe- Oats smoothie

Preparation time: 5 mins


Oats – ½ cup

Milk or curd – 250 ml

Almonds, raisins – 10

Honey – 1 tbs

Fruit (Banana or Apple) – 1

Ice cubes – 4 (optional)


Put all the ingredients together in the mixer jar and blend it for 1 minute.

Pour it in a glass. Ready to drink.

Rahul currently plays the lead role of Sarthak in ‘Pyaar Ki Luka Chuppi’.

Tarun Khanna

Recipe Name: Paneer Pakoda

Preparation Time: 20 mins


Paneer – 1 & ½ cups

Gram flour – 2 cups

Garlic paste – ½ tsp

Ginger paste – 1 tsp

Red chilli powder – 1 tsp

Green chillis – 2

Refined oil – 1 cup

Salt as required

Water – 1 cup


Cut the paneer in cubes.

To the gram flour add salt, red chilli powder, ginger garlic paste, green chillies and mix well. Rest it for 10 minutes. Add 1 cup of water to prepare the batter.

Heat the oil in a pan. Dip the paneer pieces in the batter and fry.

Once all the sides of the cubes are properly fired, remove it from the pan and place on an absorbent paper.

Serve it hot with mint chutney.

Tarun currently plays the role of Lord Shiva in Devi-Aadi Parashakti.

Rati Pandey

Recipe Name: Healthy Paneer Chilli

Preparation time: 5-10 mins


Paneer – 200 gms

Bell peppers (Red/Yellow/Green) – 1

Onion – 1

Olive oil – as per requirement

Grated Ginger – 1 tbs

Tomato Ketchup – as per requirement


In a cooking shallow frying pan, put some olive oil, sauté the grated ginger along with the onion until they turn pink in color.

Add the vegetables, paneer and add tomato ketchup as per requirement. Cook for a while. Your dish is ready to be served or eaten 🙂

Rati plays the lead role of ‘Devi’ in ‘Devi-Aadi Parashakti’.

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