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3 quick, simple and healthy recipes to spice up your weekend

Weekends are not just a break from the hustle bustle of weekdays! But off days from work also call for indulgences in special weekend recipes. Try these!
weekend recipes
What's cooking for the weekend? Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Dr Archana Batra Published: 28 Jan 2022, 12:30 pm IST
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With the Covid-19 pandemic being on the rise again, it leaves us
no choice but to keep safe in our respective homes. And that can
still be made into a joyous time. One of the things we can
definitely try is fun weekend recipes!

We have curated a list of fun weekend recipes you can try!

1. Hara Bhara Kabab

This fun and green recipe is exactly what we need this time. It’s
tasty, simple and a whole lot of fun to make. Follow this simple
recipe to prepare a perfect evening snack. The cooking time is 30

Recipe: Serves 16 kebabs


Spinach/Baby Spinach (two bunches)
4 teaspoons of oil
2 green chili (finely chopped)
2 tbsp of capsicum (finely chopped)
1 and a half pounds beans (chopped)
1 and a half cup peas (frozen or fresh)
4-pound potatoes (boiled and grated)
1 and a half cup cottage cheese (paneer, crumbled)
6 tablespoons coriander (finely chopped)
2 tablespoons cornflour
4 tablespoons breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon kashmiri chilli powder
1 teaspoon coriander powder
2 teaspoons dried mango powder
A teaspoon of garam masala powder
Half a teaspoon turmeric (haldi)
A pinch of salt to taste
2 cups baked breadcrumbs (to coat),


1. To begin, heat the oil in a big kadai and add the green chilli. Also, add the capsicum and cook until the moisture has evaporated. Add the beans and peas after that. Saute them well.
2. Allow them to cool completely before transferring to the blender with blanched palak. Mix to a coarse paste.
3. Fill a large mixing basin halfway with the combined paste.
4. Grated potato, paneer, and coriander leaves are other good
5. Add the cornflour and breadcrumbs after that. Season with salt
and spices. Mix thoroughly.
6. Using oil, lubricate your hands and form little patties. Bread
crumbs should be used to coat the patties.
7. Pan fry thee patties or air fry them.
8. Serve with a side of spicy sauce.

Mushroom pasta is great on taste and health! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

2. Lemon Rice

This comfort food staple has originated from the south of India. It is simple, light and contains great flavours. It contains lemon juice, curry leaves, and tons more.

Recipe: Serves 4


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1 cup cooked basmati rice
2 tablespoons oil
A pinch of asafoetida (heeng)
1 tablespoon mustard seeds (sarson)
1/2 cup curry leaves (kadhi patta)
1 whole red chilli (sabut laal mirch)
1 tablespoon turmeric powder (haldi)
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons coriander leaves (hara dhania, chopped)
1 tablespoon peanuts
1 tablespoon urad dal
1 tablespoon of chana dal
1/2 tablespoon of ginger


1. In a pan, heat the oil and add the mustard seeds, allowing them to sputter.
2. Now add asafoetida, curry leaves, ginger, red chilli, chana dal, and urad dal are now added. Cook them thoroughly.
3. Add the peanuts, turmeric powder, and rice when the
seeds start to sputter.
4. Turn the rice a few times to ensure that it is evenly distributed.
5. Combine the rice, salt, and lemon juice in a mixing bowl. Serve immediately.

The cooking time is 30 minutes.

3. Mushroom Pasta

This is one of those weekend recipes which makes for a great healthy meal for those who want to experiment with different cuisines as well. Using whole-wheat pasta has been proven healthier than regular pasta. And the health benefits of mushroom add to it!

Recipe: Serves 2.


50 gram shitake mushroom (soaked in warm water for 15 minutes)
100 gram fresh mushroom-sliced
1 tablespoon onion (chopped)
1 garlic clove
1 tablespoon fresh thyme or fresh parsley (chopped)
30 ml white wine
100 gram whole wheat pasta-penne or linguine
Salt and pepper for flavour


1. Cook the pasta in salted boiling water for the time indicated on the package. Prepare the sauce while the pasta is boiling. 2. Saute onion and garlic in olive oil in a heavy-bottomed
pot, then add mushroom and wine.
3. Add some of the water in which the shitake mushroom was immersed after the wine has evaporated.
4. Add the salt and herbs and cook for a further 5-6 minutes.
5. Add the pasta, along with a little of the pasta water, to the sauce.
6. once it’s done cooking. Serve right away.

The cooking time is 35 minutes, to enjoy this delicious meal.

These are 3 delicious recipes that you can make at home easily. Share these recipes with friends and loved ones too!

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About the Author

Dr Archana Batra is a dietitian, physiotherapist, and a certified diabetes educator. Dr Archana has 12 years of experience in nutrition and diet counseling. She believes in maintaining healthy eating. Her specialization is on weight management diets and diets related to metabolic disorders like diabetes, high cholesterol levels, and hypertension etc. ...Read More

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