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Quick Indian Dinner Hack

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Some days I don’t feel like cooking and need a break. Do you ever feel that way? The only downside is that you do not want to eat unhealthy food just because your tank is on E. I decided that eating well does not always need a lot of effort. This is one of my favorite hack dinners that my husband appreciates because:

  1. Only need 1 pan for your main
  2. Sides balance the flavor and are filling
  3. You are not sacrificing taste
  4. No need to scrub tons of dishes
  5. Everything can be ready to eat in 1 hour. (woooo hoooo)

What is included in this meal (Serves 2)?

  • Potato and Red Pepper Shaak ( our gujarati word for the veggie main)
  • Store bought tortillas as your “roti” ( our everyday bread )
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Tomato and onion kachumber
  • My Avocado Cilantro Chutney

Ingredients for Potato and Red Pepper Shaak

  • 4 small potatoes or 2 large (diced)
  • 1 red bell pepper (diced)
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon kashmiri chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • pinch of whole cumin
  • pinch of mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 clove ( best if crushed but can be whole)
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic ginger paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 small red onion or 1/4 big red onion diced
  • 1/2 small tomato or 1/4 large tomato diced
  • 2 tablespoons greek yogurt
  • 1/4 lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon chaat masala (reserve for kachumber. do not add to potato and pepper mixture)
  • 1-4 flour tortillas

Cooking Instructions ~ 20 minutes

  • Start with 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a sauce pan. Add the pinch of cumin and mustard seeds and place pan on medium heat. Wait till you hear a popping noise and turn down to low. (and keep a bit of distance so you do not get splashed)
  • Add the potato and bring heat back up to high. Stir for one minute and add red pepper
  • Then add the rest of the spices and paste and mix well together.
  • Then add 1/4 cup of water to help soften the potatoes
  • Cook for at least 15 minutes until water is cooked off and potatoes and peppers are desired tenderness

The rest of the plate:

  • Kachumber: Mix tomato, onion, lime and top with a sprinkle of chaat masala
  • Spoon 1-2 tablespoons of thick greek yogurt
  • Heat desired number of flour tortillas on the stove till there are burn marks. Should only take 1 minutes.
  • Make the chutney ahead of time and bottle. I keep a few jars in the freezer so I can take it out when I need it.

Assemble plate and enjoy!

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