Weeknight Dinners : Make Your Weeknight Dinners with Rajasthani Gatte Ka Pulao, Sri Lankan Dal and Many More

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Are you tired of making the same old Roti, Dal and Sabzi that you've been eating every night? Are you looking for Indian Dinner Recipes that is nutritious, wholesome and requires only a little bit of planning? You are at the right place! We at Archana's Kitchen want to make it easy for you and do all the thinking and planning - You only have to execute it, and have a wonderful South Indian or North Indian dinner on your dining table. The ingredients that are needed to prepare these Indian dinners can be found in all Indian Kitchens there by coming under budget and we have consciously paired these Dinner Recipes together so that the dinner that you serve yourself or your family members are wholesome and nutritious. 

This week we have paired a whole host of North Indian and South Indian Recipes just for you. From North Indian dinner ideas, we have Aloo Tamatari Sabzi and Phulkas, Dal Chingri and Steamed Rice, Rajasthani Gatte Ka Pulao along with a Boondi Raita and many more such recipes. 

You can make these dinners just for two or for even your entire family - Our goal is to make planning for Weeknight dinners easy for you to plan and execute. These Indian Dinner Recipes are perfect to even plan for a dinner party on a short notice. Not only are these recipe combinations perfect for your dinner but with a little planning you can make more a little more and pack it up for your next day's lunch. 

There are a few tips that will help you plan all you meals better if you plan you Dinner Menu well. 

  • Dry Subzis can be used to make rolls with your leftover roti or paratha for your next day's lunch.
  • If you are making any sort of dals especially Kabuli chana, Kala chana, always do soak them in water overnight. If you are planning to have sprouts for dinner, make sure you start with the sprouting process the previous day.
  • Stock up on groceries to ease out the weeknights and spice up daily life with lot more time to spend time with your family. We have also included an additional plan for your weekend too!

Take a look and make your meal plan accordingly for a sumptuous, wholesome, healthy and delicious dinner. 


Jeera Rasam, Pavakka/Karela Poriyal and Rice

Tips for preparation : Pavakkai/Karela can be cleaned, cut and added to a bowl with a teaspoon of salt. Keep this overnight in the fridge - this will help in removing the bitterness from the pavakkai to a large extent. Squeeze out the water from the Pavakkai pieces and cook according to the recipe.



Dal Chingri, Maash Ki Dal Khasgi & Steamed Rice

Tips for preparation : Have the prawns cleaned and prepped the night before or the morning so that all you have to do is cook the prawns.


Gatte Ka Pulao, Panchmel Dal, Raita and Salad

Tips for preparation : Gatte is a Rajasthani vegetable substitute that is prepared with gram flour. This can be prepared and stored in the fridge upto 2 days.


Ringan Methi nu Shaak, Phulka and Sri Lankan Dal

Tips for preparation : You can always prepare the dough for the Phulka and store it in the fridge for up to 2 days.


Route Pasta & Eggplant Gratin, Garlic Bread and Panna Cotta

Tips for preparation : Make the panna cotta a day before or the morning, so that it sets well.


Millet Bisi Bele Bath, Pudina Raita and Raw Papaya, Apple Salad

Tips for preparation : Make sure to keep the pudina cleaned and ready the previous day so that it saves you some time. Raw papaya and carrots can be grated and kept in the fridge ahead of time, but do no add salt to it. Apples should be cut and added to the salad just before serving as they tend to brown.