5 Quick Desi Recipes for Single Men to Try

Desi food is usually seen as a cuisine that takes a long time to prepare. We have come up with five quick and easy Desi recipes, especially for bachelors.

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These recipes are suited to all culinary levels and ensure tasty dinners.

Desi recipes are seen as a cuisine that takes hours to prepare before it can be eaten, but that is not the case, especially in this day and age.

Young single men living on their own who do not have time to make dinner that will take two hours long, often end up eating out or relying on take-outs.

With work or studying as a priority, not many will have the patience to then come home to make a meal, which will consume their evenings.

Whatever time that there is to relax will be gone, especially, if the cooking is complicated or hard to make.

So, what if there are recipes which can be made quickly and taste greate too?

We’ve found five Desi recipes which if followed step by step recipes will suit everyone’s dietary needs and are ideal for single men, and even single women, who have busy lives.

We present these five quick and easy Desi recipes which you will certanily enjoy making and eating without sacrificing too much of your time.

South Indian Lemon Rice

Lemon Rice - Desi Recipes

One of the most popular South Indian dishes and also one of the easiest. Lemon rice is usually a comfort food and has the subtle taste of lemon added to an Indian staple.

It is a dish that provides a lot of nutrition as it contains nuts and lentils. It provides everything you want from a desi dish: Heat, loads of flavour and aromatic smells.

The benefit of this recipe is that it is guaranteed to have some left over, which provides dinner for the next day.

At 25 minutes cooking time, this is an easily manageable Desi recipe which does not take up all your time in the kitchen.


  • 1½ cups of uncooked rice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ¾ tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp split black gram
  • 1½ tsp split Bengal gram
  • 4 tbsp peanuts or cashews (Add both if you prefer)
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 2 dried red chillies
  • 1-2 green chillies
  • A pinch of asafoetida
  • Curry leaves
  • ½ tbsp grated ginger
  • Salt, to taste
  • Lemon/lime juice as needed


  1. Wash the rice several times until the water runs clear and leave to soak in three cups of water.
  2. Put the rice on a high heat and bring to the boil.
  3. Stir and turn the heat to the lowest setting. Cover and leave for 10 minutes until it becomes fluffy.
  4. When cooled, add the salt, lemon juice and 1 tsp of oil to the rice. Mix well as it helps keep the rice grainy and fluffy.
  5. In the meantime, heat oil in a pan on a medium heat.
  6. Add the nuts and lightly fry until half cooked.
  7. Add the red chillies, Split black gram and Split Bengal gram and cook until they become golden.
  8. Put the mustard in and allow it to crackle.
  9. Add ginger, green chillies and the curry leaves.
  10. Lightly cook, then add asafoetida and turmeric powder. Make sure not to burn the ginger otherwise, the lemon rice will become bitter.
  11. Pour 1-2 tbsp of water over the seasoning to soften the roasted pulses and cook until the water is evaporated.
  12. Add the mixture to the cooled rice and bind all the ingredients together.
  13. Cover and leave to cook for 25 minutes until everything is cook through.
  14. Serve and enjoy with plain yoghurt.

This simple recipe can be adjusted to suit your own preferences.

For example, if you want to add meat to the dish, add 3000g of the diced of meat of your choice to the seasoning mix after step six.

It is an easy and delicious dish that is ideal for the single man. Lemon rice works well either as a meal for one for the next couple of days or a meal if he has friends over that want to experience authentic Indian cooking.

Chicken Tikka Masala

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When Desi food comes to mind, curry is the first thing. The different types of curry are popular around the world, however, in Britain, the collective term is curry.

The most common type of chicken curry is the chicken tikka masala and it may sound like an intimidating dish to make.

It is a dish that was created in the UK and not something that would be easily recognised in the Desi homelands.

The method is to marinate and cook the chicken before adding it to a rich, creamy gravy, but that takes too long. We have come up with a simplified version that cuts out a lot of the time.

It is a flavourful, one-pot dish, ideal for a single man.


  • 500g diced, boneless chicken
  • 3 diced onions
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp green chilli
  • 1½ tsp garlic and ginger paste
  • ¾ tin chopped tomatoes, blended
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp garam masala


  1. Heat oil in a pan on a medium heat.
  2. Add the chopped onions and fry until they become translucent.
  3. Add the ginger/garlic paste and stir fry for 30 seconds.
  4. Slowly add the diced chicken into the pan and cook until they have changed colour.
  5. Add red chilli powder, turmeric, green chilli, coriander powder, salt and 1 tsp of garam masala.
  6. Mix thoroughly until the chicken is evenly coated with the spices.
  7. Add the blended tomatoes and stir.
  8. Leave to simmer so that the chicken is cooked through and the sauce thickens.
  9. Sprinkle the other teaspoon of garam masala over the tikka masala.
  10. Serve with boiled rice or naan.

Although chicken tikka masala takes time to cook, this easy version will suit men who have not got the time to prepare for so long.

This shortened version of a classic still provides all the flavour that a Desi recipe needs.

Potato Fry (Aloo Sabzi)

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A vegetarian dish that only needs one main ingredient, potatoes.

Known as Aloo Sabzi, there are many variations of this dish depending on which region in India you come from. But overall, the aim is the same to give the potatoes a distinct Desi flavour.

Potatoes are a food staple and this recipe takes this simple ingredient to a whole new level, in terms of flavour.

Potato fry contains a mixture of flavours which complement each other. This is why it makes such a good dish for the single man.


  • 8 large potatoes, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 1½ tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 tsp ginger/garlic paste
  • 1 tsp green chilli
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • Salt, to taste


  1. Heat vegetable oil in a pan on a medium to high heat.
  2. Add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds and let them sizzle.
  3. Add the sliced potatoes and stir fry so they become slightly golden and are incorporated with the mustard and cumin seeds.
  4. Stir in green chilli, ginger/garlic paste, coriander powder, red chillies, turmeric and salt with the potatoes.
  5. Add two tablespoons of water and cover to let steam build up and cook the potatoes.
  6. Optionally, cook after all the water has evaporated to crisp them up.
  7. Serve with naan or chapatis.

Potato fry takes only 25 minutes and is a filling vegetarian option for the working man. A lot of flavours enhance one simple ingredient to make it such an enjoyable dish.

Spicy Pasta & Tomato Sauce

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A staple of Italy, it is a very basic dish that is popular among university students, so why can’t it be a popular dish for the working man?

This recipe takes hardly any time at all and is delicious. Because the dish is so simple, it can be altered to your taste preferences.

This version has been altered by adding red and green chillies for an extra kick to suit Desi men, as they are known for their love of spices and are supposed to be good for you.

Plus it is very healthy and does not contain a lot of fat.


  • 1½ cups of pasta
  • ½ tin of chopped tomatoes, roughly blended
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • ½ tsp green chillies, finely chopped


  1. Boil pasta in salted water for 15 minutes, stirring regularly.
  2. Once the pasta is boiled, drain and leave to cool.
  3. Heat oil in a deep frying pan.
  4. Add the onions and cook until soft and golden-brown.
  5. Add the chopped garlic and cook until they become slightly brown.
  6. Pour the chopped tomatoes into the pan and cook until the sauce begins to thicken.
  7. Add salt, pepper, red chilli, green chillies and ginger to the sauce and cook until the sauce thickens to your preference.
  8. Transfer the pasta to the sauce and mix until they are fully combined.
  9. Serve and enjoy.

Simple, but versatile, different additions can be made to enhance flavour. More chillies can be added as well some diced vegetables for more depth to the simple dish.

You can add some freshly made meatballs if you prefer to have some meat in your dish.

White Fish in a Coconut Sauce

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Also known as ‘Hot Nariyal Machchi’, it is simple, light yet it bursts with the flavours of South India.

Complex flavours make it taste like hours have been spent marinading and perfecting the dish. It is actually very quick to make and other seafood ingredients such as prawns can be added to this Desi recipe.

Fresh chilli and coconut give this dish an exotic quality that is only seen in Southern India. It is one that single men will cook over and over.


  • 400g white fish loin, cut into large chunks
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 medium sized onions, finely chopped
  • ½ tin of plum tomatoes
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • ½ tbsp red chilli powder
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • 200ml coconut cream
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • Salt, to taste


  1. Heat the oil in a pan and add cumin seeds and let them sizzle.
  2. Add the onions and fry until they are a golden colour.
  3. Add the tomatoes, salt, turmeric, chilli powder and fresh chillies.
  4. Stir together and leave to cook so the tomatoes break down and you are left with a thick paste.
  5. Pour in the coconut cream and cook gently for a few minutes so the flavours combine.
  6. Add the fish and stir to coat with the sauce.
  7. Reduce the heat to the lowest setting and half cover the pan.
  8. Leave to cook for about 5-10 minutes until cooked.
  9. Add garam masala and garnish with fresh coriander.
  10. Serve with rice and enjoy.

This authentic Southern Asian dish will remind you of the coast every time you make it. This colourful dish will become every single Desi man’s signature meal because it takes 20 minutes to prepare.

These are just five Desi recipes for busy single men (or women) to try which will suit a range of taste preferences.

They are packed with flavour and they all take less than 45 minutes to make, so there will be no working away in the kitchen for two hours!

Dhiren is a journalism graduate with a passion for gaming, watching films and sports. He also enjoys cooking from time to time. His motto is to “Live life one day at a time.”

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