For the month of April 2018, Varan-Bhaat wakes up from its slumber and takes a bit of a detour from traditional Pathare Prabhu recipes for the A-Z Blogging Challenge.
Our munchkin started Big School (that’s Year 1 for the uninitiated) and it has been a testing time for all of us. The transition from nursery to proper school, earlier starts to the morning, new after school hobbies to explore did not leave much time for leisurely meals.
We’ve experimented over the last few months and what keeps our sanity is having a weekly meal plan. So the theme for April is Soups, Curries & One Pot Meals – a collection of recipes for busy weeknights in 2018 and all the excitement the rest of the year promises.
The theme has many sources of inspiration and weeknights dinners need to tick many boxes – they need to be quick to get to the table, healthy(ish) and yummy enough to make it to next day’s lunch box.
My usual go to options include one pot meals, soups, dals and curries that are the perfect accompaniment to some steaming hot chapatis, filling salads, bread or rice – perfect comfort food at the end of a long day. Oh, and they need to pass our 6 year old critic’s taste test.
So here are some tried and tested options, some new discoveries and some, well, let’s just call them happy accidents where quick turn arounds times are the star of the meal.
Do give them a try and share your versions on the Varan Bhaat Facebook Page!
Here’s to less stressful mealtimes in 2018. May they all be memorable!