From reaching the farthest shelves to lifting the heaviest of the furniture to literally opening the trickiest jar at home, one man who can do anything without so much as changing the wrinkle on his face is our fathers. The ones who'd stare into your soul through his slender reading glasses when you've crossed a line and the ones who'd crack dad jokes when your friends are around, he will always be the guy who'd give you everything even if it means he is left with nothing. Heck, he will not even think about it twice. While he might not be the most rhapsodic guy in the house or even the most expressive one but believe you me, he is the man who will always have your back.
Now giving back what he selflessly showered on us is hardly possible but celebrating him for everything he has done is the least we can do. BRAINSTORM... Now, what is that one thing that all our dads love besides our success, of course? A home-cooked hearty meal made with love. Since the lockdown has already left you with right-on cooking skills, why not use them to make your father full and happy. To help you with; here are 7 one-dish dinner recipes that just might do the trick.
1. Burrito Bowl
Inspired by some of the best fitness chain restaurants this one-dish recipe has the potential to become your next triumph in the kitchen. A deadly combination of vitamin and mineral-rich avocado, tomatoes, capsicum, onion, fibre-rich kidney beans along with well-cooked rice is a perfect dish for fathers who not only love a good home-cooked meal but also is a taste junkie.
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Side tip: If you don't have sour cream at home use malai instead. And if tortillas are out of the question for you, go for some desi papads.
2. Lemon And Coriander Soup
The best thing you can do for your health is to keep the immunity strong. And what better way to do that than by inducing anti-oxidant vitamin-C rich ingredients into our meals. The reason why you can always get some highly efficient ingredients like nimbu & dhaniya on 1+1 offer from a vegetable vendor is beyond my understanding but the health benefits that come with this recipe is all that matters. For a father who despite his rocky health did all he could for you, a meal that's healthy and made out of love isn't a bad way to wish him Father's day. From Tarla Dalal's kitchen to yours, here's a bowl of yummy soup for your dads!
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3. Ginger Chicken With Cashew
As you grow up the realisation that ginger is both healthy and zest gets stronger. If you and your dad share an immense love for homestyle chicken dishes, this one's for you. Another ingredient prominent in this dish is soy sauce, yes that versatile kitchen ingredient that could be stored for days and once used adds delish to your delicious food. Serve it with rice in a bowl and see your father smiling at you like a little kid.
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4. Vegetable Lasagna
First things first, lasagna is not all cheese, there's a whole lot of veggies involved that you gobble down without a hick because well, its all dipped in cheese. And you'd be happy to know that this vegetable lasagne by Yummy Veggies can be cooked without an oven. All you need is a non-stick pan, flour sheets, chopped vegetables, cream made from scratch, marinara sauce, cheese and of course a loving dad waiting at the end of this recipe.
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Side tip: If you are fixed on the idea of a non-veg lasagne just put some shredded or keema chicken right in the marinara sauce and follow the rest of the recipe as it is.
5. Achaari Khichdi
Indian achaars' are our best friends. Anything boring can be made interesting and kicky with some achaar on the side. Now, I get the conundrum of serving a bowl of khichdi to your dads on Fathers Day but guys, it's not just any khichdi, it is khichdi with an achaari twist. For all the fathers who even with their liking cannot take sticky, spicy, zesty food for dinner, this khichdi will be a gift well deserved. The recipe is quite simple to follow and the result is quite irresistible to avoid.
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6. Three Bean Salad
Its bean quite a while since anyone has served a salad that is both delicious and healthy. A Three Bean Salad is a wholesome one-dish meal stacked with proteins, antioxidants and other vital nutrients. If this doesn't say "I Love You Dad but your health is more important" then I don't know what will. This is the easiest gift you can give your fathers when it comes to food. And for the people who don't like to or can't cook, Three Bean Salad is the safest option. Just FYI, the three beans in this salad are kidney beans, chickpeas and cannellini beans. Win-win-win!
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7. Coriander And Carrot Curd Rice
Factually this one-dish recipe is a boon for the digestive system. And even superheroes like our fathers need a healthy system now more than ever. Coriander, carrots, curd and rice, what's not to like in this recipe? As long as it is nutritious and scrummy, no father, not even your younger sibling could say no to this dish.
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A gift that's easy on the eyes and easier to eat for the fathers who made every step for you easier than it looks. From my Mexican to your Burrito Bowl(Now you know what I am going to cook), Happy Father's Dad!