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 Friday 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 Karnataka Style Kadle Kaalu Saru Recipe (Black Chickpea Curry Recipe), Steamed rice, beetroot thoran, Phulka, Carrot and Cucumber Thalipeeth Recipe, ginger and walnut chutney, Cucumber Green Chilli Raita 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 the groceries to ease out the weeknights and spice up daily life with lot more time to do other things than planning to dine.
This Monday, prepare Karnataka Style Kadle Kaalu Saru Recipe which is Black Chickpea Curry Recipe made from using the soaked and boiled chickpeas. These chickpeas are cooked in a ground masala that has sambar powder, onions, garlic, curry leaves, fresh grated coconut, and tomatoes. This is then mixed with a bit of jaggery, red chilli powder and garnished with coriander leaves once done. This is a great combination with Steamed rice. You can pair it up with beetroot thoran, a simple preparation with finely chopped beets mixed with green or red chillies, fresh grated coconut and salt. Light and airy Phulkas will make the meal complete.
Prepare Sesame Crusted Bajra Flatbread also known as Bajri-Til Bhakri Recipe which is made by rolling out the bajra flour with your palm and then cooking on the flat tawa. Make flavourful Punjabi Style Boondi Kadhi Recipe made with yogurt and boondi spiced with hing cloves, ginger and more. Also Bharva Bhindi Recipe which is Pan Fried Stuffed Okra With Spices & Peanuts pairs very well with bhakri and boondi kadhi.
Prepare Assamese Fish Fried Rice Recipe made with bite sized pieces of any fish of your choice, and cooking them along with spices like cumin and coriander powders, ginger, turmeric, bay leaf and lemon juice. Then the tempered and cooked fish is mixed with steamed rice. For a vegetarian option instead, you can cook Minty Mushroom And Soya Biryani Recipe with is a high protein vegetable biryani recipe prepared with mushrooms, pudina leaves, and soy chunks. Simple Papad Raita Recipe goes well with either the fried rice or biryani. And for sides, make kachumber salad with onions, tomatoes and cucumbers.
Prepare Carrot and Cucumber Thalipeeth Recipe which is a flatbread made with whole wheat flour, rice flour and besan mixed with grated carrot and cucumbers with mild spices This goes well with a nutritious ginger and walnut chutney, and Cucumber Green Chilli Raita Recipe made with curd, cucumbers spiced with green chillies.
Friday is a prelude to forthcoming weekend. Prepare an international menu with a Mexican Quinoa Bean Salad Recipe made with soaked and cooked quinoa and mixing it with the cooked beans with more salad ingredients. Pair it up with a hearty Mexican Chicken Soup Recipe, or a Roasted fennel and tomato soup, for a vegetarian alternative. End your meal with a sweet Tres Leches Recipe which is a Mexican Three Milk Cake recipe with your family.