Your journeys today bring in a peep through the window, a skip into your balcony, the coveted chore of watering the plants in the garden or a jaunt till the kitchen via the living room. Homing in has its prized advantages and rebooting your culinary skills comes easy, with the remarkable access these days to the tons of videos jockeying for attention on the Insta handles of celebrated chefs.

These are the days of limited ingredient availability and some of us aren’t the baking whiz or cooking expert, leaving a whiff of garam masala in our wake. This is where a slash of hand-held expertise hits the bullseye.

Food show host, author and chef, Rakhee Vaswani, tells us, “If you have an air fryer at home, bring in plenty of kebabs and grills. In vegetarian fares, you can whip up crispy bhindi aloo, even lasuni palak, doing away with the oily preparations (that demand a fair level of cleaning up later, too).”

Homely flavours

The trend is on the rise, of sourcing, and eating, locally available ingredients. Celebrating the simplicity of fresh, low fuss life at the table. “The easiest way to replicate this is by bringing in one-pot meals. Whether it is preparing butter chicken (with tomato puree added in case on unavailable fresh tomatoes), or a tasty stew that cooks on the slow flame with whatever vegetables are lying in the refrigerator, or a wholesome rajma or chhole-chawal,” adds Rakhee.

Shilpi Madan for Deccan Chronicle

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