Quick and easy gharwali sabzi for millennials in lockdown

Cooking is not as difficult as it seems so. Trust me because I am a novice myself and I started cooking due to COVID-19 quarantine. I am sharing my tips & tricks to make lives easier for people like us who have a very busy life due to both ‘work from home’ and ‘work for home’. Nothing fancy but cooking food that tastes good, is healthy and doesn’t require a lot of effort. This is my attempt to re-create that mummy wale khaane ki feeling ‘simple gharwali sabzi’.

One basic rule that I have learnt: You can make any sabzi starting with just ONIONS and TOMATOES (< 30 mins). Simple steps:

Making the onion-tomato puree base (5-10 min)

  1. Chop onions and tomatoes separately (use a handy chopper/ mixer)
  2. Sautee onions (oil/ghee with jeera/cumin until they turn brownish, 5-10 mins)
  3. Add chopped tomatoes
  4. Add water, salt and simmer with covered lid for 5-10 mins
  5. Puree is ready

Making any sabzi (10-15 min)

  1. Wash and cut the required vegetables or use frozen vegetables
    • Suggested veggies: capsicum/bell pepper, mushrooms, frozen peas, frozen corn
  2. Add the vegetables in the base onion-tomato puree
  3. Add masalas (try your luck and experiment)
    • Suggested masalas: garam masala, dhaniya/coriander powder, amchoor/dry mango ppwder, salt, chili, haldi
    • Start with 1/2-1 teaspoons
  4. Simmer with the lid closed for 5-10 mins
    • Add more water depending on the type of veggies
  5. Optional:
    • Add crushed or cut paneer
    • Add more salt, lemon etc. (as per taste)
    • Add a bit of salsa sauce/ketchup/any other chutney to try different flavours
  6. Sabzi is ready


  1. Try different combinations of vegetables as per ease and availability
  2. Frozen vegetables for easier life: peas, corn
  3. Cut vegetables in one go and freeze (store in a ziplock)
  4. Chop bell pepper/capsicum in a handy chopper
  5. Try MTR/Catch readymade masalas like Sabzi masala, paneer masala, etc.

Tried all combos with these veggies

  1. Cottage cheese (paneer)
  2. Capsicum/Bell pepper (shimla mirch) – all kinds (green, yellow, red)
  3. Mushroom
  4. American corn (frozen)
  5. Peas (frozen)

Easy & practical sides with sabzi

You don’t have to knead flour and make roti/paratha/chapati

  1. Frozen parathas
  2. Tortilla wraps
  3. Wholewheat roti
  4. Rice
  5. Bread/buns

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