Make the best of these occasions during the quarantine with these treats

by Sanjeev Kapoor

What do we do when a nationwide lockdown seems endless and we find ourselves spending far more time at home than we actually used to? The calendar seems to shift its pages with months passing by, with various occasions marked on it. The occasions which were very dear to us and we cherished it usually by going out and spending time with our loved ones. Does that rosy picture seem to have faded away with the pandemic showing its effects at its peak? Well, in that case, cooking turns out to be therapeutic and blissful. It provides us with a productive activity that also rewards us with something delicious to eat at the end of all the time, patience and dedication put in it. That’s something to do on a daily basis right, as the day turns boring been confined to one space and the surrounding atmosphere. But hey! We can make the best of everything in every situation, that’s what we have all grown up with. Now, that we have all the time in the world staying at home and no outside travelling hustle, we can surely weave something together with the required time, for cooking happiness at home. 


If you are dreaming of making all your special days loaded with delectable treats, then you will be glad to know that it’s all possible. So, while you are diligently practicing social distancing, below are occasions that you can go an extra mile with this selection of lip-smacking recipes, and celebrate with your loved ones. 



Celebrating birthdays amidst lockdown is quite a low feeling. However, with the technology boom, people have become creative by throwing virtual parties and creating videos for their friends and family. But wondering how about that cake which is the centre of attention of every such birthday party? Well, you won’t miss out any opportunity in turning this day special with this endearing cake. What’s the cherry on the cake? It is a perfect fit for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. So, dress your best, curate a playlist of your favourite party tracks and enjoy every bit of happiness with this cake.



Well, sure we don’t have the liberty to go out and dine in our favourite cafe or restaurant but can you even imagine yourself sitting along with your partner watching television with the routine day? No! Right? So, while you plan to make the occasion sweeter and memorable, try out something more different by putting together this pie. We bet ditching the cake this time will break the monotony too and will leave a different memory behind. So, without any further ado set up the table nicely along with some aromatic candles, a glass of wine and ofcourse this delish dish to turn everything romantic. 

Movie Night 

While all the movies are now getting officially released on the popular OTT platforms, we are assured not to miss the fun any bit under the lockdown scenario. But do you still feel its incomplete without the popcorn and snack munching during movies at a theatre? Yes? Then reconsider the scenario and alter it a bit with an amazing dinner platter with this dish. Pair it with naan to make it a more restaurant-style experience.


Dinner Date 

For all the couples living together, who feel each other's presence day in, day out during the quarantine period, life can indeed get mundane. However, there is one common way out to maintain the relationship spark, which is by creating one’s own date nights. And hey! this is without even stepping out of the house. You can still get decked up, sprinkle some fragrance around, bring out the best of tableware and serve this great meal. After all, a very special person deserves an equally special day! We bet your partner will fall in love with you all over again with this irresistible mix of a meal.



India is a land blessed with diverse festivals all through the year. It even sets itself apart with the food culture followed by every state yet bonding the entire country together. People come together to celebrate these with full joy. However, with the norms of lockdown and social distancing, we are keeping special traditions alive a bit differently. Here, undeniably we wish to refer rejoicing a festival with some delightful meals. These two recipes make sure that once you have this on your dining table, it will only pan out amazing making your festival memorable than ever before. A combination of something crispy, crunchy and a special chocolate kheer, is specially to die for!

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.