Category: indian menu planning

Indian Weekly Menu – Gungura Pappu Special

You guys, mom left already and I’m back to meal planning for the week.

Above is my menu for this week. It makes my cooking so much easier and at least I don’t have to get takeouts on weekday nights.

We bought jackfruit this weekend and I made curry out of the nut today. Not bad for the first attempt.
Tomorrow, I’m making gongura pappu for lunch. It’s going to be my first attempt as well. I have gongura leaves cleaned, washed, and stored in the freezer. It shouldn’t take more than few mins of prep in the morning before I dump everything in the Instantpot for Gongura puppu. Let’s hope it will come out good

Indian Weekly Meal Planning – June 25 2017

Moment of truth:

It’s been few weeks since I did a complete menu planning. The reason being, mom is visiting us and she is taking care of the lunches while I cook dinners. So I have been planning only my dinner plans all the while.

Finally, this week mom wanted me to plan the complete menu as she realized she has to think about what to cook for lunch every morning. She kinda goes back and forth on this. I really don’t want to push her to follow something unless she wants to.

Above is my weekly menu for this week. If this is the first time you’re seeing my menu planning, here are some facts about our menu: 

  • We eat a lot of roti during weekdays
  • We also made a number of changes to the diet such as switching to brown rice completely, early dinners, relatively heavy breakfasts, evening smoothies etc.
  • I didn’t include our snacks and smoothies in this menu. I probably will do after my mom leaves. Now that she is here, she has been a great help in handling some of my work

First YouTube Video on Weekly Meal Planning

I’ve been meaning to shoot videos on meal planning for at least a year. As an outgoing introvert (!) I’m always hesitant to throw me out in the world, be it in the blogging world or YouTube world. After so many months I got the courage to do my first video and here I am posting it on meal planning. Guess that deserve a separate post? 🙂

Indian Meal Planning – 04/03/17

Indian Weekly Menu Planning

On the work front, this week has been crazy. Work life balance is suffering high, but I’m hoping to go back to normal mode starting next week. This week, I did miss couple of the menu items I planned. But it’s definitely good to have menu and all you do is pull out the recipe and start cooking.

Here is next week’s menu:

Pancake Bites (I use my whole wheat pancake recipe and make it using paniyaram pan)Roti with Channa Masalaven pongal witu sambar (I'll be making it with my instant pot)
Egg SandwichRoti with Ridge gourd kootuBaked pasta
Peanut butter chocolate chips muffinRoti with Cauliflower KormaVeggie burger (going to use pre-made burger patties)
Scrambled egg muffin (will omit the meat and make it all vegetarian)Jeera Pulav with Mirchi Ka SalanPasta veggie soup (going to clean the freezer and will use leftover veggies
CerealRoti with spinach dalIdly with coriander chutney

I included store-bought burger patties for veggie burger in the menu for next week. If you’re following my menu planning and using it for your household, I’d love to hear from you if you want to see store-bought items in the menu as well. Let me know.

whole wheat flour
baking soda
baking powder
brown sugar
Vanilla essense
Chocolate chips
Peanut butter
cheddar cheese
bell pepper
Cereal of your choice
Garbanzo beans
Bay leaf
Carom seeds
Garam masala
Ridge gourd
Moong dal
Grated coconut
Cashew nuts
Ginger garlic paste
long and think green chillis
Sesame seeds
Coriander leaves
leftover veggies

Here is a Facebook support group for Indian weekly menu planning. This group is a great place for sharing cooking pictures, menu , and recipe suggestions.

Indian Weekly Meal Planning – 032717

I finally created a Facebook group for Indian weekly menu planning. It’s been in my mind for few months and it finally made it out. I’m excited to be a part of the group and looking forward to get to know others meal planning ideas.

I’m trying to add lots of greens in our meal. Hence, you’ll see spinach in different meal. This menu is for the whole family. Since I’m trying to lose my pregnancy weight, I might not follow this menu like the rest of the family. Some days, I eat salad and I’ll end up drinking just smoothie for breakfast.

Here is how my weekly menu planning works:

Menu planning only for week days (Mon to Fri)

  • I’ll be linking the recipes for all the meals. These recipes are from multiple different sources, not just from my blog
  • I’ll list of all the required ingredients for the weekly menu except basic Indian spices
  • The menu for the upcoming week will be up on the blog by mid of the previous week. For example, I’m updating next week menu today itself.That way, if you’re following the menu, you will have time to buy the ingredients listed before the week starts. Once the week started, all you need to do is simply follow the recipes I linked.
Potato egg spinach quiche (tried something at the farmer's market couple of weeks ago and Hubby was asking if I can make it at home. Couldn't find a similar recipe. So, i'm going to try my own and share the recipe with you)Roti with Spinach KootuChickpea pasta winter soup {making it in spring 🙂 }
OatmealRice, Sambar, and bitter gourd fry (I make it with less oil and little more crispy)Idly with hotel sambar
Egg spinach omlette sandwichRoti with Chayote kootuBaked Pasta (family favorite recipe and I make it almost every week)
Whole wheat waffle (I skip the butter from the recipe)Lemon rice, Tamarind rice, and potato fryHomemade veggie pizza (I use mushroom, bell pepper, and cheese for toppings)
Banana muffin (the BEST recipe ever. I shared the pictures on Instagram when I made it. I use whole wheat flour instead)Roti with bagara bainganPearl millet dosa with coriander chutney

Hope the ingredients list below simplifies your shopping list

Instant oats
Nut butter
Chia seeds
Flax seeds
Goji berries
Whole wheat flour
Moong dal
Green peas
Bitter gourd
Ginger garlic paste
Cumin powder
Coriander powder
Garam masala
PeanutsGaram masala
Pasta sauce
parmesan cheese
Pearl millet
Fenugreek seeds
Urad dal
Coriander leaves
Shredded coconut
Bell pepper
Mozzarella cheese

Happy menu planning!