Weeknight Dinners : Make Your Meals With Hariyali Dum Aloo, Paneer Jalfrezi 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 Hariyali Dum Aloo, Paneer Jalfrezi Recipe, Muttaikose Poriyal Recipe, Tawa Paratha Recipe (Plain Paratha), Baba Ganoush Recipe  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

Mulakootal, Puli Inji and Steamed Rice

Tips for preparation : The dal/paruppu for the Molagootal can be prepared in advance. Puli Inji is a simple recipe that can be prepared and stored in an airtight container for up to a week.

Tuesday

Hariyali Dum Aloo, Phulka and Burani Raita

Tips for Preparation : You can prepare the dough for the Phulka in advance. Cut the spinach leaves for the Hariyali Dum aloo Recipe. Clean the spinach leaves thoroughly before making the dish.

Wednesday

Paneer Jalfrezi / Kasuri Malai Murgh, Phulka and Tomato Onion Raita

Tips for the preparation : Cut all the vegetables for the jalfrezi beforehand so that you can just make the Paneer Jalfrezi immediately. You can make the dough for the phulka ahead of time so that it will cut down the time before making dinner.

Thursday

Udupi Style Sambar, Cabbage Poriyal and Rice

Tips for preparation : The dal for Sambar can be pressure cooked and the cabbage can be finely chopped and kept ready earlier, so that the entire meal can be prepared in less than 30 minutes.

Friday

Kaju Butter Masala, Tawa Paratha and Carrot Sprouts Salad.

Tips for preparation: Tomato Puree is easy to make and stores well in a fridge for up to a week. So prepare tomato puree in bulk and use it for the entire week to prepare gravies. Prepare the dough for the Tawa Paratha and store in the fridge for a day.

Saturday

Mediterranean Style Dinner for a Special Saturday Dinner

Tips for preparation : For a big platter, it is key to plan ahead keep all the ingredients ready. Most dips can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. If you are preparing all the dishes on the same, don't forget to soak the chickpeas overnight for the hummus and falafel. Pita Bread dough can also be prepared and stored for up to week in the fridge. You can take out portions of the dough, leave it out to cool to room temperature, let it re proof and bake it in the oven.

Sunday

Cauliflower Rice and Lentil Curry, Lauki Raita and Carrot Salad

Tips for preparation : Cauliflower rice is a great alternative to white rice. So grate your cauliflower the previous night or morning so that all you have to do is cook the grated cauliflower. You can prep the lauki a day ahead of preparing the raita.

Sandhya Gopalakrishna

Sandhya Gopalakrishna

     
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