Stocking up on our pantry essentials seems like the best idea during Coronavirus. Yesterday, I spoke about things you need to stock up on that come under the bare essentials category. But, today we'll talk about packaged foods. However, we may like to reduce our dependency on packaged foods, sometimes they make or break our dishes. During these quarantine days, I realized that there are certain things that I can't do without packaged food in my regular cooking. Here are 7 packaged pantry essentials I stocked up on during Coronavirus. #Covid19
Something as simple as a pack or a bottle of ketchup can make a dish taste better. Now that I have some time on my hands, I'd like to get back to baking & cooking. I know there are a lot of glares at me (I can feel it) right now at the mention of ketchup but even a simple toast sandwich tastes better with ketchup and some green coriander chutney. If you're a mum, you know that ketchup is the trick you've used to feed your little one on many occasions.
It is such a versatile ingredient and having it in your pantry comes as a blessing in disguise. I think I could make a variety of dishes with it; from sweet breakfast bowl to overnight oats & masala oats to oats bhel, oats pancakes & chillas. Usually, I skip breakfast but in these difficult times, I have a reason to be kind to myself.
This is one of the most common packaged pantry essential found in everybody's kitchen. You can eat it in so many ways that stocking up on this staple seems like a safe bet. It's filling, it's yummy & can be prepared in multiple ways but not in a usual sense; from dahi toast (which I'll be making tomorrow for breakfast; will definitely share the recipe with you) to bread pinwheels & chilli cheese toasts, you can get creative.
Who doesn't love pasta? And, with quarantine cooking (see our first recipe here) initiated by India Food Network, I'm inspired to turn around the Coronavirus pandemic to my advantage. Baked pasta is something I've never tried making at home; so I'm going layer some pasta to which I'm going to add FunFoods pasta sauce, some tomato puree with bell peppers & lots of cheese. And, voila! It's definitely going to be a highlight for me while staying in.
It is a base for a lot of curries in the Indian cuisine and sourcing for fresh tomatoes during Coronavirus is slightly difficult. This packaged pantry essential comes in handy when dire situations like these come out of nowhere. I've used this product in the past and obviously, nothing beats fresh tomato puree but this one isn't far behind either.
When it first launched in the market, I was relieved because it took out the effort of grinding, scraping & peeling for me. Being a working woman, it has always been on my grocery list and adds a whole lot of flavour to any dish. And like me, if you're a garlic lover, you can also opt for their garlic paste which can be used to make chutneys, curries & a lot more.
A range of ready mixes for dosa, medu vada, upma, dhokla, idli and other breakfast items during a time of crisis makes you feel like life has given you options. A wide range of these packaged pantry essentials makes phrases like 'variety is the spice of life' come true during this Coronavirus crisis.
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