Quick Dinner Ideas for One
Bonny Shah

Bonny Shah
12 June 2020

This article is authored by Bonny Shah. Bonny is a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Diabetes Educator.

When you live alone, it’s easy to be tempted to order take-out instead of preparing a home-cooked meal, or worse - to skip meals altogether. But cooking for one doesn’t have to be a task. Here we’ve put together some healthy and quick dinner ideas for you to try.

Easy Grilled Tandoori Chicken with Vegetables

Eat Breakfast

This healthy dinner idea is so simple and tasty, it’s sure to become one of your favourites. Marinate a chicken thigh in tandoori masala or chicken masala, yogurt, salt, pepper, and ginger-garlic paste. Add a bit of oil. Grill this on a tawa or oven till well browned on all sides. This dish goes great with some green coriander chutney and an onion-tomato salad. Enjoy this scrumptious meal for one!

Kerala Fish Fry

This treat is nutritious, delicious and can be whipped up in next to no time. Marinate fish fillet of your choice in minced ginger and garlic, red chilli powder, turmeric, salt, pepper, lime and salt. Once marinated, shallow fry the fish until crispy and nicely golden. You can pair this with a simple salad made out of raw onion, lime and cilantro and a serving of steamed rice. Poriyal (thoran), the South Indian coconut stir fry will also pair well with this fish.

Kadhi Rice


This easy dinner recipe is a quick fix that’s especially great for the summer months due to its cooling capacity. To prepare this dish, heat oil in a pan and sauté mustard seeds, curry leaves, ginger paste, chillies, haldi powder and a couple spoonfuls of besan. Next, add in 1 cup of curd along with ½ cup water and whisk in the pan until there are no lumps. Simmer until the kadhi thickens, while stirring intermittently. Once the kadhi has thickened, stir in chopped coriander and take off the heat. Serve with steamed rice, roasted paapad and sliced cucumber. Since besan and curd both are good sources of protein, paired with some rice and vegetables this makes a complete meal.

Kabuli Chana Salad

Make protein packed meal by mixing together some boiled chickpeas, 1 tbsp of moong sprouts, capsicum, tomatoes, bell peppers or simply leftover vegetables. Sprinkle some lime and spices like red chilli powder, salt, black pepper and chaat masala and voilà!

Pasta in White Sauce

When in mood to indulge, try this pasta. Boil the pasta with salt and a bit of oil as per the instructions on the packet and drain once done. In a pan, heat 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp maida and cook until the maida is very lightly browned. Next, add in 1 cup of warm milk and stir until the sauce thickens. To this, add grated smoked cheese or plain cheese as desired. In a separate pan, sauté chopped vegetables such as vegetables like yellow red bell peppers, corn, capsicum, tomatoes, and olives and set this aside. You could also add diced chicken, fried with a bit of salt, pepper and chilli powder or chicken masala. Mix all the components together and dig in!

Tip - This dinner idea is a great way to utilize any leftover meat or vegetables you might have in your fridge.

Whatever you’re making, be sure to choose only the purest and healthiest ingredients. Consider Tata Sampann’s range of masalas, dals and more while stocking your pantry.

Have some quick dinner ideas of your own? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below.


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