Experts Share 30+ Indian Food Recipes And An Immune Boosting Drink To Make During The Coronavirus Pandemic | Growing Up gupta

by health and nutrition advice journalist

In our wildest dreams, I do not think that many of us fathomed a pandemic of this magnitude impacting the world in which we live. There are those of us that are in coronavirus quarantine, medical professionals fighting on the front line to save lives, and those that are daily risking their lives by going to work to keep social unrest from occurring. What a time to be alive and more importantly to come together as a human family to fight this disease.  

Using Pantry Staples During The Coronavirus

As many of you know, making Indian food can be time-consuming and ingredient rich. The end result is traditionally worth the effort. It brings great joy, comfort, and can even be spiritually satisfying to the cook and the diner. Still, given that many of us are in a pinch, I asked our readership and extraordinary food bloggers to share some quick, low ingredient Indian food recipes that can be made with what you have in your pantry. These items are what most of us have in our Indian food reservoir since Indian food is spice extensive.  

Basic Indian Pantry Staples

5. Cardamom ground/seed pods (green and black)

Comprehensive List Of Indian Spices, Dry Goods, Dairy Products And More

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Quick And Easy Indian Food Recipes To Make During Coronavirus Quarantine

Curry Leaf And Black Pepper Curry Chicken

Six Ingredient Mashed Eggplant/Aubergine Indian Style / Baigan Bharata



This can be served with rotis/Naan/bread.



Serve and enjoy! 

For activating yeast:

For Dough:


1. Start by activating the yeast- Dissolve sugar in warm water by mixing it, then add the yeast. Stir ingredients together and let mixture sit for 10+ minutes.
2. In a stand mixer, empty flour inside first.
3. Add salt and start mixing together on slow.
4. Slowly add in olive oil 1/2 tsp at a time until it is well incorporated into the flour.
5. Add yeast mixture into the flour and continue mixing on slow-med.
6. Slowly start adding the warm water to the dough while it is mixing in 1/4 cup increments to make sure you do not end up with soggy dough.
7. Once dough starts coming together into a round shape and not sticking to the walls of the mixture easily, it is ready.
(TIP- Dough should not look dry or feel hard. It will be a bit sticky/stringy to touch and feel light and airy when you hold it.)
8. In another big bowl, coat 1 tbsp olive oil.
9. Transfer the dough into the olive oil covered bowl.
10. Drizzle 1 tbsp olive oil on top of the dough ball and gently knead it into a circle by picking up the dough and folding the bottom inwards.
11. Tightly cover the dough and keep refrigerated for 24hrs for best flavor.
12. If you want to use the dough the same day, let it rise on the counter.
Watch the video for this recipe right here:



1. Bring water to boil on high with mint leaves and ginger.

2. Once boiling, add carom seeds, jaggery, black pepper, and clove powder.

3. Bring to a boil for 4-5 minutes.

4. Let mixture cool slightly before straining into a cup.

5. Add 1 tsp honey for sweet flavor into cup before drinking. Honey helps if you have a cough.

6. Consume immediately while drink is warm.

Watch the video for this recipe here:

Curry Fried Chicken



Place on a wire rack. Serve while hot.

Staying Resilient During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Without a doubt, this is a frightening and trying time for all of us in many different ways. However, it is not a time to give up but to stay resilient. I know, saying this is easier said than done. But speaking with tears currently in our family’s eyes, earlier this week, we lost a loved one due to pneumonia. They decided to give up being on a ventilator so that someone else could live. Hence we will not be able to come together as a family to grieve our loss and celebrate their life right now but, you know what, one day, someday, we will.

In the meantime I hope these recipes are helpful and provide a bit of ease.  Thank you again to everyone who shared their recipes and a little bit of themselves too.

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