Weeknight Dinners Chettinadu : Pakora Curry, Paneer Makhani And More

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Every day meal plans are a daunting task to do all by yourself, since you have many other tasks during the day, especially on weekdays. Weekends would be more blessed than weekdays because we have time to think and organize. It would be great if there is an early plan laid out for the week ahead such that we know clearly of what to shop and how much to shop for the week. Also, we understand the ease of making the recipes that could either be carried forward to the next day by transforming or packing it for lunch, or cooking with the same ingredients for the next day. Considering this, we are back again with the weeknight dinner recipe ideas that could be of help. This menu for weeknights have a blending mix of cuisines across India & the World (Especially for Saturday nights) which help in wholesome nutrition for the nights.

We understand that the only peaceful time when you retrospect your fruitful day is at night. It would be lovely if less time goes into planning and preparing the dinners. This week, try recipes like Chettinadu Pakora Curry, Paneer Makhani, Burani Raita, Satvik Carrot Sprouts, Malabari Parotta and more.

Dry Sabzis can be made into interesting paratha rolls for next morning's breakfast or the curries can also be packed for lunch the next day. Also make sure you soak in the pulses the previous night and sprout them in the morning to make sprout recipes for dinner, or soak them first thing in the morning to make them easy to cook for dinners. Stock up on groceries to ease out the weeknights and spice up daily life with lot more time to do other things than planning to dine. We have also included a whiff of additional plan for your weekend too! Take a look and make your meal plan accordingly for the whole week's dinners.

Monday

Paneer Makhani, Phulka and Palak Raita

Start your monday with a simple meal of Paneer Makhani and soft fluffy phulkas along with a healthy spinach raita. Tips for Preparation : You can prepare the dough for the phulkas the previous night or the morning.

Tuesday

Kerala Avial, Vathal Kuzhambu and RIce

Dine Kerala style with Avial, Vathal Kuzhambu and Steamed rice on a tuesday evening. Tips for preparation : You can cut all the vegetables the previous night or in the morning for the avial. Vathal Kuzhambu is easy to make and can be prepared in a large batch and stored in the fridge in an air tight container for upto 5 days. You can prepare extra rice in the morning, so that you can save time making rice for the evening.

Wednesday

Tandoori Chicken Curry, Punjabi Mixed Vegetable Kadai, Butter Garlic Naan And Burani Raita

Have a Punjabi style meal for bringing some pep back into your mid week meal. Tips for preparation : You can prepare the dough of the naan the previous day or that morning. All vegetables for the Vegetable Kadai can be cut and stored in the refrigerator.

Thursday

Soft Idli, Thakkali Vengayam Sambar And Coconut Chutney

Idlis are light and a healthy option for dinner. If you have idli or dosa batter left over from breakfast, the best it to keep the batter and prepare idly for dinner some time during the week. Tips for preparation : Coconut chutney can be prepared in the morning or the previous night. Keep out of the fridge at least 1 hour prior to consumption as you don't want to eat cold chutney with hot idlis.

Friday

Spinach Rice And Tomato Onion Cucumber Raita

Prepare a healthy and quick meal of Spinach rice, raita and salad to wind up your work week Tips for preparation : Spinach can be prepped and stored in the fridge for up to 2 days. Just make sure not to wash it, else it will get soggy Once you have cut off the leaves from the stem,put the leaves in a container and cover it with a newspaper or a kitchen towel so that it can absorb the moisture. The sprouts and raita can be prepared in the morning, just add salt before serving as the carrot will start leaving water when salt is added.

Saturday

Mushroom Bruschetta, Broccoli Soup And Baked Farfalle Pasta

Nothing beats a combination of soup, salad and bread and here's one the best combos that we can present to you.

Sunday

Muttai Masala, Malabari Parotta, Pakora Curry and Spring Onion and Peanut Raita

A Chettinadu meal is the way to go about the Sunday. Tips for Preparation : The dough for the parotta can be prepared earlier during the day. The raita can be prepared beforehand but add salt to it only before serving. Prepare the pakoras earlier in the day and can be added when the gravy is being cooked.

Sandhya Gopalakrishna

Sandhya Gopalakrishna

     
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