Weeknight Dinners: Plan Your Meals With Pudina Poori, Poricha Kuzhambu & More

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Weekdays are the time to multitask and get on with our routines. In the busy households, it is a task to come up with ideas to make decent meals for 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 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 Palak Paratha, Karwar Style Anasa Patal Bhaaji, Ajwain Puri, Lemongrass Coconut Rice, Papaya Parsley Salad with Cheese and more. 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, make Palak Paratha Recipe. It is one of those recipes that is simple, nutritious and super tasty. To pair with it, make Baingan Bharta which is a classic Punjabi Recipe that is made from smoked and chargrilled brinjals then mish-mashed and cooked along with a combination of spices. Also make Punjabi Kadhi Pakora Recipe which is spiced up yogurt based curry cooked along with spinach dumplings. It is a classic dish from North India and Punjab where the yogurt is simmered along with chillies, ginger and coriander and delicious spinach pan fried dumplings (pakora).


Ajwain Puri Recipe is a very simple Indian unleavened bread which is made from wheat flour and flavoured with a pinch of turmeric and some toasted Ajwain seeds. Karwar Style Anasa Patal Bhaaji Recipe (Pineapple cooked with coconut Recipe) is a savory dish made with fruit as a core ingredient. Poricha Kuzhambu is a traditional recipe from the Tirunelveli region of Tamil Nadu. It is a mixed vegetables and lentil stew, prepared using the mildly spiced coconut mix. It makes for a wonderful side dish with ajwaini puri. You can also pack the leftover poricha kuzhambu for next day's lunch box.


Kolambi Bhaath is a marathi style rice preparation with Prawns. To my mind it closely resembles tomato rice with added prawns. For a vegetarian alternative, make Lemongrass Coconut Rice to make a quick one pot meal. This no onion/garlic recipe is very simple to prepare. The rice is cooked with coconut milk, lemongrass and vegetables. Prepare a simple Sweet & Spicy Coriander Tadka Raita which is easy to prepare and goes well with rice pilafs.


Make steamed rice and pair it up with Pohala Jhola Recipe which is a Bengali spicy fish curry recipe. You can make Pudina Moong Dal Recipe or Mint Moong Dal for vegetarian option. Along with your meal, make The Papaya Parsley Salad with Cheese recipe which is a quick and refreshing salad that makes a weeknight dinner healthy and yet light and delicious. The addition of lemon, feta and peanuts makes this salad easy to make and refreshing for a busy weeknight dinner. 


Friday is a prelude to weekend; make Spinach Enchilada Recipe which is made with soft tortillas wrapped around a nutritious filling of spinach then drenched in a spicy red sauce. Serve it with Garlic Bread with Herb Butter Recipe. Have along Avocado And Almond Salad Recipe With Feta Cheese which has creaminess of avocados and crunch of almonds to provide a great combination with tomatoes, salad leaves and feta cheese.