Everyone knows how terrible mess food is, and how broke college students are. Combine the two and you have really sick students who can't wait for Ghar ka khana. But, everyone in a hostel has survived nonetheless, which means they had some really good survival kits.
On days when Maggi is the only kind of food you've eaten for weeks together, you need a break. Here are some affordable meals that you can make or buy so you never have to get bored of Maggi again.
1. A Good Old Cheese Grilled Sandwich
You need just three things - bread, butter and cheese. It's the easiest food to make, takes about 10 minutes max and your chances of ruining it are almost zero. Butter up the slices of the bread and add slices of cheese and grill it. You can use garlic butter to make it more "gourmet", and your meal for the night is sorted.
2. Sweet Corn Bhel
Bored of puffed rice bhel? Try this non-messy bhel version, where all you need is frozen corns, lemon juice, butter, salt, pepper and chaat masala. Boil the corn, strain it and add all the other ingredients. You can make it in a giant pot and feed your friends because you're a nice person, or just make it in a cup and devour the whole thing yourself.
3. Cucumber Chaat
This is my go to when I have only 200 rupees left for the last two weeks of the month. All you need is mirch masala, pepper and how many ever cucumbers you like. Cut the cucumbers, add the masalas, and done. It barely takes 5 minutes to make and it satisfies the savoury feeling and it keeps you full.
4. Scrambled Eggs/Bhurji
Eggs, mirch masala, pepper and onions. That's everything you'll need to make the most basic bhurji or scrambled eggs ever. You can add chillies too, but just imagine the next morning in the hostel washroom. It takes around 20 minutes and eggs are so filling you'll be good to go for the next few hours.
5. Sprouts Salad
As terrible as it sounds, it's going to taste a 100 times better than the food you eat otherwise. Just get a packet of boiled sprouts from a supermarket, add some spices like chilli powder, pepper and chaat masala and then some lemon. Mix it all and you have the easiest, healthiest meal of all time.
What are your favourites? And have you come up with your own recipes to fill up your stomach on days when you couldn't afford fancy meals?