Food in a Jar

Food in a Jar - Easy Tips by ZenParent

Are you going on a trip? Is your husband/teenager going to be home alone while you’re out of town? Do you have a friend who could do with some homemade food? Are you expecting to be very busy for a few days? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then this post is going to be useful for you!

 Food in a jar – Portion out ingredients and store in jars (or carry in Ziploc resealable bags) such that you need to only do one single cooking step before having a fresh home-cooked meal ready in no time.

Here are some ideas to start you off –

Dal (serves 2-3) – ½ cup each of masoor & toor dal, ½ tsp jeera, crushed dry curry leaves, 4 dried red chilies, 1 tsp salt, ½ tsp turmeric, ½ tsp garlic flakes & 2 tbsp of onion flakes.

Instruction – Pressure cook with 3 cups of water for 3 whistles.

Pasta (serves 2) – ¾ cup of dry pasta of choice, 1 pack of pasta seasoning, 1 cube of herbs in garlic, 1 tbsp dried red chili flakes.

Instruction – Dump contents into pot of boiling water and cook for 10 minutes. Drain, drizzle olive oil and serve.

Upma (serves 2) – 1 cup of roasted rava/semolina/oats, crushed dried curry leaves, 1 tsp salt, ¾ tsp red chili powder, 2 tbsp onion flakes & dehydrated veggies (optional).

Instruction – Combine contents of jar with 2-2.5 cups of water and cook till thick and boiling. Serve hot.

Khichdi/Pongal (serves 2-3) – 1 cup of raw rice, ½ cup yellow moong dal, 1 tbsp whole black pepper, ½ tsp jeera, crushed dried curry leaves, ½ tsp turmeric, 1 dried green chili slit.

Instruction – Dump contents into a pressure cooker with 3 cups of water and cook for 3 whistles. Serve hot.

So, that’s a start. There are tonnes of other recipes that can be evolved into jar recipes. And in crunch times, it’s a true blessing to have. There’s no measurement, no jhanjhat, and its all healthy, easy and delicious. What other recipes would you put in a jar? Comment away.

Image source: © Jaya Parasuraman