Weeknight Dinners : Make Your Meals With Chole Pindi, Mixed Vegetable Handi 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 in 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 carry forward through transformation 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 Chole Pindi, Poori and Aloo sabzi, Dhaba Style Country Chicken, Whole Wheat Spinach Paneer Lifafa 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 the 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

Whole Wheat Poori and Aloo Sabzi, Moong Sprouts Salad and Curd

Here's a meal plan for a quick to prepare monday night meal, with wheat pooris, aloo sabzi and a salad with moong dal sprouts salad with grated carrot. Tips for Preparation : Potatoes also can be pressure cooked and stored in the fridge and taken 30 minutes before preparation. The salad can be prepared the previous day, and add the salt when you are going to serve.

Tuesday

Mint Flavoured Mixed Vegetable Pulao, Papad Raita and Mirch Ka Salan

Here is another simple to make dinner plan, that can be prepared - Mint Flavoured Mixed Vegetable Pulao, Papad Raita and Mirchi Ka Salan Tips for preparation : The mint leaves can be plucked and kept ready in the fridge. Place a kitchen paper towel in a airtight box and put the plucked mint leaves in the box. It can be stored for up to a week.

Wednesday

Dhaba Style Country Chicken, Mixed Vegetable Handi, Phulka and Toma

For a mid week treat, here's a Dhaba style Country chicken recipe which will go very well with hot phulkas. For the vegetarians, a delicious Mixed vegetable handi is so easy to prepare and will take less than an hour to make all of it. Tips for Preparation : Prepare the dough for the phulka the previous day or the morning and take the dough out 30-45 minutes before making the phulkas. For the mixed vegetable handi, all the vegetables you need can be cut and kept ready. If your chicken is deep frozen, leave it out at least 2 hours before preparation.

Thursday

Spinach and Paneer Lifafa Paratha, Lemon Pickle and Homemade Curd

Why not have a nutritious and filling meal and prepare a Spinach Paneer Lifafa Paratha which can be accompanied with a Salad. Serve the paratha with a pickle and a bowl of homemade curd. Tips for preparation: The dough for the paratha can be prepared the previous night or in the morning and can be placed outside 30-45 minutes before making the paratha. The salad can be prepared the previous night, add salt just before serving.

Friday

Methi Matar Malai, Phulkas and Gatte Ki Kadhi

An easy to prepare Methi Matar Malai gravy accompanied with hot phulkas will bring your working week to a perfect end. Serve with an accompaniment of Marwadi Gatte ki Kadhi so bring in that perfect balance of meals. Tips for preparation : You can prepare the dough for the phulka the previous day or the morning. Keep the dough out of the fridge 30-45 minutes before preparing.

Saturday

Chole Pindi and Stuffed Vegetable Kulcha

For a heavy Saturday night meal, you can prepare a Chole Pindi and Stuffed Vegetable Kulcha and finish it off with a glass of lassi Tips for preparation : Do not forget to the soak the white channa the previous day. You can also prepare the dough for the kulcha the previous day or morning and store it in the fridge.

Sunday

Spinach Basil Cottage Cheese Lasagna, Garlic Bread,Burnt Orange Panna Cotta

Enjoy an Italian feast this sunday with a full course menu of lasagna, herb butter garlic bread and burnt orange panna cotta Tips for preparation : For the lasagna, you can prepare the tomato basil sauce ahead the previous day or when you have free time. Once made you can keep it in an airtight container in the fridge upto 4 days. You can prepare the burnt orange panna cotta the previous day or make the dessert first as the panna cotta will take 4 hours to set.

Sandhya Gopalakrishna

Sandhya Gopalakrishna

     
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