Do you hate to clean up?  One-pot meals for cold days

Do you hate to clean up? One-pot meals for cold days

Do you hate to clean up?  One-pot meals for cold days

The Yemeni dish Zurbian looks like a biryani – meat, rice, spices, all in one pot.
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It’s a new year. Cloudy skies, a new work week and the hesitation seem so much more inviting, especially when it comes to evening dinners. We want it delicious, we want it nourishing, we want it cost-effective and need the clean-up to be quick. As Maverick would say, there is a “… need for speed.”

And Gulf News Food gets it, so here are 5 recipes for a pot or sheet that would definitely make any inner chef proud and save you time spending on the kitchen sink.

1. Zurbian

From Yemen you only need rice, potatoes and meat for this recipe, spices like cinnamon, fennel, cumin, dried lemon or animals, red pepper, curry powder, cardamom, red pepper, black peppercorns. Saffron and yogurt are used to prepare the marinade, and caramelized onions are an important component. But do not tell the chef you can buy birista in the store or give it a pass, even if it gives a sweet, caramel taste. Here is the recipe to try.


The Yemeni dish Zurbian – perfectly seasoned rice and tender, juicy meat that falls off the bone – is often made during Ramadan and Eid
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2. Masala Khichdi

In India, khichdi is a popular rice and lentil blend, cooked with only turmeric and salt. But to make this one-pot meal interesting, we have a recipe that uses masala or spices tempered in ghee or clarified butter, perfect for a cold winter night. Try this spicy rice lentil here.

India's one-pot meal - Khichdi

India’s one-pot meal – Khichdi
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3. Saffron yogurt marinated chicken

Saffron yogurt marinated whole chicken

Saffron yogurt marinated whole chicken
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This video recipe will take you through a step-by-step guide to making this Iranian rice-based meal. It uses long-grain rice and marinated chicken with a taste of saffron. Here is the recipe to try.

4. Seafood and Meat Paella

Seafood and Meat Paella

Seafood and Meat Paella
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A classic Spanish main course made with rice, vegetables, saffron, seafood and chicken, it is best eaten warm. The word paella is named after the wide pot in which it is cooked. Do you want to try the recipe? click here

5. Arabic Sumac rice with ground lamb

Arabian sumac rice with red onion

Arabic sumac rice with red onion

This 45-minute dish uses ground lamb, broth and rice. It also uses sumac powder, which has a sour taste and is derived from berries from a wild shrub. Try the recipe here.

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