How to Shop Your Pantry on CHCH Morning Live

Maple and Marigold, Puneeta Chhitwal-Varma, How to Shop Your Pantry
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Do you ever buy groceries only to realize you already have some of those food items in your pantry at home? One of the recipes that Chhitwal-Varma shared was a turmeric mac and cheese topped with crunchy oats.

What I do with this to give it that pantry twist is that I use canned, evaporated milk because that’s another ingredient that people said they have tons of and they didn’t know what to do with it.

To make the crunchy oat topping, roast unflavoured, instant oatmeal in olive oil, red chili pepper and garlic salt until it is crunchy.

Another recipe that I shared was Mujaddarah, which is a combination of rice and brown lentils.

I was inspired to create this recipe after living in Dubai for many years. The traditional recipe includes white rice, but I use brown rice and wheat berries to up the mood-boosting benefits of the dish.

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