Mid-Week Menu Plan -Takes less than 40 minutes to prepare.

When you make a lunch menu we have to make a menu in such a way that all the resources should be available at home or at least easily accessible for us.
Next we have to balance our palate , we cannot have a very spicy menu or a very bland dull unexciting menu. The food we eat actually alters our moo

When you make a lunch menu we have to make a menu in such a way that all the resources should be available at home or at least easily accessible for us.

Next we have to balance our palate , we cannot have a very spicy menu or a very bland dull unexciting menu. The food we eat actually alters our mood for the rest of the day.A dull unsatisfying lunch may make us binge eat on junk food in the later part of the day. And a spicy lunch may make us visit the rest room too often. A balance of both spicy and bland food will definitely help us cope with the day.

Next the food should not upset our stomach and should be easy on our system.

Then comes the time management , we should be able to prepare all the items in the menu that we decide and it should not take too many utensils to prepare , because cleaning after cooking is a himalayan task that many detest.

So I present to you simple Three-3 course menu plan that will take about 40 minutes to cook and 15 minutes to make the arrangements. Always remember for a south Indian menu rice is the staple food , start of by getting the rice ready. Keep the rice in electric cooker first and then start off with the rest of the cooking , it takes exactly 40 minutes for the rice to cook , in this mean time we can cook up a storm. 🙂

Of course the third Item is always curd , there cannot be any south Indian who hates curd rice. So it is understood that the 3rd meal is curd rice. (I leave this to you , it is optional)

MY first 3 course menu plan:

Milagu Kuzhambu– A simple spicy dish that take less than 15 minutes to prepare. An excellent detox food and helps in indigestion , if you’ve had a very heavy meal the previous day and want to go light , you can opt for this.

An excellent accompaniment to this is Paruppu Thuvayal.  This can be eaten with Milagu kuzhambu , and later for the second course paruppu thuvayal can be mixed with rice and for that we can have milagu kuzhambu as an accompaniment.

To accompany these two , you need a vegetable , my most favorite veggie accompaniment with this combo is Raw banana stir fry.

Finally have curd rice to ease both your palate and your stomach. Curd is an excellent body coolant.

My second 3 course meal plan is :

Pooshanikai Mor kuzhambu / Ash gourd in sour curd gravy

This is a south Indian style kadhi that is quiet rich in taste and very easy to make. If you have too much sour curd or curd accumulated at home you can opt for this dish.

A very good accompaniment with this is Tanjore style Aubergine roast / Kathrikai Podi thoovi

For the second course of this 3 course menu plan , I suggest Tomato Rasam / Thakkali Saathumadhu . You need something that assists you with digestion and rasam is the perfect item for it.

And of course the third and final course of this 3 course meal plan is curd rice. To accompany this curd rice you can have this famous Mangai Thokku / Mango Pickle

My 3rd and final 3 course meal plan is

Arachivitta Murungakai Sambar / Drumstick Sambar

This is a simple and traditional sambar recipe that has the goodness of the drumstick and also the nutrition of toor dal. In our household we always make roasted boiled potato fry with this because while we pressure cook the toor dal , we take a big pressure cooker and keep both the dal and the potatoes together and cook them. This saves time and also speeds up the cooking time for us.

To accompany these two , I suggest you need some Raitha to balance the spice from the sambar , hence I present to you Tomato Raitha.

My second course for this 3 course meal plan is of course the ubiquitous rasam , i.e. , Mysore Rasam / Mysore Saathumadhu 

The last course for this 3 course menu is obviously Curd Rice. We south Indians can never be satisfied without a curd rice at the end of the meal.  Even if we are having a chinese take away , we will definitely have little room in our stomach to have curd rice after the meal.

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