Freezer Cooking for My Indian Kitchen

Are you a fan of freezer cooking? If you are skeptical about it, then let me just tell you that its as healthy and assuring as any home-made meal. Recently, 'freezer cooking' caught my fancy for various obvious reasons... managing home, preparing for my exams, freelance projects…and so many things in between! I don’t know about you, but in my home, life can get a bit crazy unexpectedly. (Go figure!)

I’m not a meal planning pro or an organizing junkie. Apparently, I have noticed that as soon as the sun bids good bye for the day, I’m almost completely drained. I’ll hardly have the energy to pull a decent dinner together. That’s when I decided to try out freezer cooking.  

I don’t intend to whack off complete meals for a month. Yes, there are many folks out there who do that as in Once a Month Cooking. But, all I want is the luxury of a healthy home-made dinner with minimal effort! I did my research and came up with a plan to makechapatti dough for a week and freeze them, for starters.

Then I made some basic masala curry base for freezing.  I got the inspiration from fancy pantry curry, but I adapted it to suit our South Indian taste buds. It comes in handy when you don’t want to start cooking from scratch and need the comfort of your home-made meal. Just plop in the gravy base into a pan and add some water and veggies or anything of your choice (I tried making egg masala with boiled eggs and it was awesome!), sprinkle salt, some spice mix or fresh herbs and that’s it. Cool huh?

Last night I made vegetable pulao with that curry base. I had my frozen base as a thick paste, so was easy to mix it up with chopped vegetables.

My experiments with freezer cooking were a huge success and never had to take out dinner until now at least!

Update: This post was written a couple of years back... I do practice freezer cooking but we are enjoying the fair share of take-away food whenever necessary...especially after the arrival of my second baby. :)  

So if you are highly pressed on time and want to simplify cooking, then you should try out some basic freezer cooking. It’ll be worth the effort. Checkout these freezer cooking essentials to get started.

Here are some of the online resources that I found useful while doing my Indian freezer cooking research:

As you know, I am no expert and have only started to experiment with all these above mentioned tips. Hope this helps!

Are there any other tips you would like to share? How is freezer cooking working for you? Do share here in comments. Would love to hear from you! :)

photo credit - Serene Vannoy

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