Weekday Dinner from Kadai Paneer to Idli
Dazzling Dinners for All Five Weekdays! Kadai Paneer with Butter Naan, or Idli with Sambhar??
Just when we think we are done with the hubbub of the day, we realise it is time to make dinner! Whether a homemaker or an office-goer, by the end of the day we all feel very tired. Yet, the thought of our loved ones coming to the table hungry, and eager to have a tasty dinner, makes us forget our own tiredness and get back to the kitchen with a lot of zeal. Indeed, nothing can be as satisfying as watching the satiated expression on your family’s faces after a meal. And dinner is all of the more special because it is usually the one meal that everybody in the family eats together, sharing their day’s experiences along with some general chit-chat and giggling.
Depending on how much time you have, your dinner might be a simple affair or a full spread with subzi, dal, roti and rice. Dinner is usually lighter than lunch, but nonetheless you can place a bit of variety on the table. You can go for a traditional North Indian or South Indian dinner, or try something from other parts of the globe, like a Chinese or Mexican meal. We have combined some of our favourite recipes into five dinner menus, one for each day of the week. On days when you have time, you can prepare the whole menu. Once you learn to do things simultaneously, with a bit of planning, you will realise that it doesn’t take too long to prepare a full meal. That said, on days when you are dog tired and barely have any time, you can just pick one or two dishes from the menu and give it a shot!
Though it takes a bit of time to prepare a home-cooked meal, it is completely worth the effort, because each sumptuous meal takes your family and you towards the prime of health and the best of spirits! With these dinner menus, you can watch the smiles bloom every day.
With memories of the weekend lingering slightly at the back of everybody’s minds, you and your family have dived headlong into the busy week – and already started counting the days to the next weekend! Nevertheless, here is a dinner menu that will help prove that each day, weekend or not, can be special. A choice of traditional dishes – a Kadai Paneer Subzi for the Butter Naan Without Using Yeast and a comforting Dal Fry for the Jeera Rice along with some Pineapple Raita to perk up the whole meal – this menu reminds one of ma’s care and the comfort of a love-filled hearth.
Discover the delights of South Indian cooking, with this simple but satiating dinner menu. Plan a little ahead and prepare the idli batter a day earlier. You can even prepare it on Sunday and put it in the fridge. You can cook the dal for the Sambhar and grate the coconut for the chutney in the morning itself and pop them into the fridge. It will take you very little time in the night then, to prepare a yummy dinner of Idli, Sambhar and Coconut Chutney. Keep some Malgapodi Powder handy in your kitchen, so you can serve it with any South Indian breakfast or dinner. Add a bowl of Curd Rice to the menu, to soothe the tummy and make you feel full and sleepy!
Looking for some fun in the middle of the week? Go for this snazzy meal, which will connect with the desi food lover in you. Khatta Urad Dal and Garlic Chutney are both tongue-tickling dishes, sure to jazz up your meal. They combine beautifully with the famous Gujarati bread, Rotla If you are game to go off the beaten path, try the Baingan Bharta with Curds instead of a conventional raita. Here, curd adds a lusciously creamy and pleasantly tangy dimension to the roasted and moderately-spiced eggplants, making it an apt accompaniment to this meal of rotla, chutney and dal.
Well, nothing like a homely Indian meal to comfort us at the end of the day, but there are times when we want a change… and no day is better than Thursday to try a different cuisine. We succumbed to our whims and put together an Oriental meal, just for you. With a vibrant splash of flavours and the irresistible crunch of veggies, these dishes promise to delight your taste buds like never before. Typical Oriental main course dishes like Hakka Noodles and Schezuan Fried Rice combine amazingly with the tongue-tickling C Chinese Fried Paneer in Hot and Sweet Sauce. Feel the energy cruising across every cell of your body, revving you up for the one day left to complete this week!
As they famously say – Thank God It’s Friday! It’s time to celebrate the successes of the week and put behind any disappointments, because the weekend is just around the corner. Just before dinner on Friday, spend a few minutes summing up the week that has gone by, and to plan ahead for the coming week. Once you’ve done that, you can declare the weekend officially open! Now, you need to recharge yourself for all the fun waiting to be had. So, forget about having a simple dinner. Go all out, with Roti, Rice a couple of subzis like the Spicy Red Chana Subzi and the Kobi Batata Nu Shaak and a soothing Gujarati Kadhi too.
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