Everybody can cook: 5 simple recipes from Chef Shipra Khanna's latest book

Chef Shipra Khanna, the winner of MasterChef India season 2, has launched her new book 'Super Foods for Awesome Memory'

For those of you with terrible retaining capacity, Chef Shipra Khanna, the winner of MasterChef India season 2, has launched her new book ‘Super Foods for Awesome Memory’. The book talks about food that boosts one’s memory when consumed in moderate amounts. We have curated five of her best recipes from the book which are also perfect for people who can’t cook.

Garlic Broccoli: Full of nutrition, broccoli contains Vitamin A, B-6, C and E and helps in maintaining weight and fighting cancer. Broccoli is also a source of two crucial nutrients, Vitamin K and Choline, which help to improve memory.

Garlic Broccoli

Representational Image Garlic Broccoli (Photo: Dreamstime)

1 flower broccoli, cut into florets
1 tbsp butter
1 tsp garlic, minced
1 tsp red pepper flakes
Salt to taste

1. Mix the butter, minced garlic, red pepper flakes and salt
2. Add broccoli and marinate for 20 minutes
3. Cook in a wok for 2 minutes on high flame and then cover and cook until broccoli is tender

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Blueberry Oats Bars: Blueberry contains high antioxidants and is rich in vitamin C and K. It also has a high level of gallic acid, which helps in protecting brains from degeneration and stress.

Blueberry Oats Bars

Representational Image Blueberry Oats Bars (Photo: Dreamstime)

1 cup frozen blueberries
1 tbsp honey
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
A pinch of salt
1.2 tsp cornstarch
1 cup dried oats

1. In a saucepan, combine the blueberries, oats, water, honey, vanilla extract and a pinch of salt
2. Mix cornstarch in 2 tbsp water and mix evenly
3. Bring to a boil, then let it simmer until thickened
4. Chill in the refrigerator
5. Cut into pieces and enjoy

Beetroot Milkshake: Beetroot is a powerhouse of energy. A daily dose of beetroot juice helps increase blood flow to the area of the brain associated with dementia.

Beetroot Milkshake

Representational Image Beetroot Milkshake (Photo: Dreamstime)

2 boiled beetroots, peeled and cut
125 ml chilled milk
2 scoops vanilla ice cream

In a blender, puree the beetroot
Add milk and crushed ice and blend
Add vanilla ice cream and mix
Serve chilled

Avocado Sandwich: Rich in vitamin B and C, avocado is the highest protein and lowest sugar content. It has a high amount of potassium, omega-3 and oleic acid that help reduce blood pressure which is beneficial for brain health.

Avacado Sandwich

Representational image Avacado Sandwich (Photo: Dreamstime)

1 beaten egg
1 pitted and sliced avocado
Salt and pepper to taste
2 slices multigrain bread
1 tbsp cream cheese

In a bowl, mix avocado, salt and pepper
In a saucepan, boil water, drop the egg and poach it. Sieve and keep aside
On a slice of bread, spread the cream cheese evenly. Place avocado and eggs and sandwich it
Slice and serve

Choco Pops: Chocolates, if eaten in right quantity, are not just good for your health but also help to improve memory.

Choco Pops

Representational Image: Choco Pops (Photo: Dreamstime )

200 g dark chocolates
2 cups cream
3/4 cup sugar
A pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla

1. Melt chocolate by double boiler or in microwave
2. Whisk cream, sugar, cocoa powder and salt together in another bowl
3. Whisk sugar mixture into the chocolate mixture
4. Cook and stir until smooth
5. Spoon the mixture into round moulds, thread them onto satay sticks and freeze for 5-6 hours until firm
6. Take them out of the mould, and dip in melted dark chocolate