There’s nothing more disappointing than opening your fridge only to find out that it contains almost nothing to eat. Most people fear to find their empty fridges because it means only one thing— you gotta cook!
You don’t have to be a chef to know that cooking is possibly one of the most tiresome daily chores. You have to go through the hassle of getting all the ingredients from the shops. Adding the exact proportions of ingredients and following a recipe is just another burden added!
After all that, you can’t even enjoy the meal because you finish it in a shorter time than you took to actually prepare it.
Fortunately, being a Nepali, there is a range of items in your kitchen to save you from going through all that hassle— a line of instant food that you can make quicker than a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat.
Wouldn’t your taste buds thank you for such a spectacular show? They are your saviours when you are feeling too lazy or are lacking any kind of cooking skill, after all.
Having said that, here’s a list of Nepali food that you can make almost instantaneously.
Good luck finding a Nepali household that does not have a single packet of instant noodles in their cabinets.
And if you do not have one at your house then shame on you! Noodles like Wai Wai and Rara have become the country’s unofficial snack for a good reason.
They are probably the most hassle-free food that you can make in your free time. The only ingredient you need to is boiling water; the rest lie within the packet itself.
An egg is probably nature's greatest gift to humanity since it is the go-to food for anyone who lacks basic cooking skills. It has saved the lives of many pre-teens who have had to cook while their parents were away.
And there are so many ways that you can cook it. Boiling, frying, poaching —you name it! However, the most common and preferred has to be scrambled eggs.
But that is only due to the fact that most of us tend to mess up an omelette while flipping it and end up with scrambled eggs.
3 Fried stale rice
Warming up and eating the previous day’s stale food has to be one of the most disappointing things to do. That’s because, by the time you have it, the flavours have already dried up.
However, a little bit of pan frying can add a bit of flavour to even the dullest of food items. That is exactly the case with stale rice.
All you have to do is to heat up some oil in a pan, fry and season the rice and voila! You’ve got a plate of delicious fried rice! And the bonus is that you don’t even have to bother yourself with a side dish.
So, you’re craving for some chips but are too lazy to go out and buy some? Well, you need not worry if you have got a few potatoes at your house. Just chop them up and drop them in simmering hot oil.
Only ten minutes separate you and those chips you desire. But we will admit, these are a little more work than others on this list. But, it’s nothing your lazy bum can’t handle.
5 Tea and biscuits
If you want to avoid cooking altogether, this would be your choice. You might be telling yourself, “Hey wait! Making tea is a kind of cooking!" But we ask you, “Is it really?”
While that debate goes on, you have to admit that we have fulfilled ourselves with this deadly combination.
We all have had that experience of not being able to stop dipping biscuits in tea and shoving it down our throats. But how could we?
There’s something about the tender, tea-soaked biscuit dissolving in your mouth that no one can stop.
Okay, everybody knows this one. All you need to do is slap two slices of bread together with something in between. And you can try with almost anything at the centre. You have a few meaty options like minced chicken, ham or salami.
Even if you are a vegetarian, you still can have it with tomato, onion and lettuce. And if you are feeling extremely lazy, then you can just add butter and jam. It's very easy and all up to you.
Who said that you the have a breakfast item at any other time of the day? Whoever said it is blatantly wrong. Half of the items on this could be classified as breakfast items, and there’s a reason for that. They are quick and easy.
And that is exactly the case with cereal. You can have some corn flakes or oatmeal at any time of the day. Also, if you are feeling wild, you can have it dry without milk. Just crunch and munch your way through.
8 Doodh Chiura
Well, you could include this under the cereal category, kind of. After all, Doodh Chiura is some crunchy grain that you pour some milk into, like a cereal. But it deserves a separate number on this list due to it being a typical Nepali snack.
To break it down, it is just beaten rice with some milk. However, it’s exactly this simplicity that has led to most Nepali folks endearing this combination so much.
If you are craving something spicy, none of the items on this list will do you any justice. That is except for some chatpate because your taste buds will surely have a blast with it.
However, you might have to put in some effort preparing it because of its many ingredients. But do not worry because we’re pretty sure that you will find all of those in your kitchen pretty easily. Just be gentle on your taste buds.
It is, in fact, true that we all love eating fancy dishes with our friends and we'd rather never prepare anything for ourselves, but sometimes, it's nice to just stay home and save our money. Don't you think?
What's your favourite go-to snack? Tell us what we missed in the comments!
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