Lunch menu ideas with tips and tricks for easy and quick cooking. For any beginner cook (even for someone who is very experienced at times), planning and executing a lavish menu is a daunting task. We can always cook just 1 or 2 dishes for our family and get away with it, but when we cook for guests or sometimes when we wish to just treat ourselves we need to cook a well rounded off platter. I have been getting many requests for sharing lunch menu ideas. I was sharing this express brunch series 2 years back but somehow I stopped that. Now I am planning to start posting lunch menu ideas weekly. I am planning to share a simple or lavish lunch menu idea every week so that you can plan to make it for guests or as weekend special for your family.
In this lunch menu idea series, I shall share the link for the recipe of a specific dish if it is in the blog. Else I will try to share the recipe asap. I was overwhelmed with the response I got for my weekly menu ideas and also many readers wrote to me asking for lunch menu ideas,breakfast menu and more. I am more than willing to share whatever I know but will be doing it in my own phase. Please bear with that.
This week’s lunch menu is a simple south Indian menu that you will see in any home of Tamil nadu. Whenever I cook lunch I look for these things to call it a rounded off platter.
1. Taste and combination. It is important to know what is the taste and combination of a particular dish before planning the menu. For example if making sambar, any roast like potato, taro will be good. For vatha kuzhambu you can make keerai masiyal, kootu etc. For rasam you can curry with coconut. Such small planning to make the perfect combination will make even a very simple menu a very satisfying one.
2. Plan to add one kind of dal in your lunch. You can make sambar or rasam with dal. If making vatha kuzhambu just make kootu with dal. You can even make simple mashed toor dal with salt and serve with ghee.
3. Plan to include at least 3 veggies in your meal. You can make stir fry, salad, raita or even add in sambar.
4. Do not stress much if you are beginner cook. Even you just cook one dish make it with passion and in course of time you will find yourself making extravagant recipes with ease in no time 🙂
Lunch menu ideas-simple south Indian lunch:
The below platter consists of
Carrot peanut salad
Moong sprout salad (kachumber)
This whole platter is a no onion garlic one. pretend you did not see the cup of yogurt for a vegan meal 🙂
You can add a rasam to this menu if you wish.
Tips for cooking this lunch menu easily.
1. First soak tamarind for sambar. Keep the potatoes immersed in water for 15 minutes so that you can scrub them easily.
2. In a pressure cooker keep the rice and the toor dal required for sambar. Pressure cook till done.
3. Rice and dal will take around 15 minutes to cook. Utilize this time to grate carrots, chop tomatoes and capsicum for moon sprout salad.
4. Once the dal is cooked keep sambar in one stove. roast peanuts for carrot peanut salad in other stove. Let the peanuts cool for sometime before you blitz them.
5. By now you can scrub and chop the potatoes. Make potato curry in the other stove (after roasting peanuts).
6. Now while sambar and curry in getting cooked, you can quickly mix in the ingredients for both the salads.
7. Chop the cucumber. Once the sambar and curry is ready yo can serve the lunch. Add a small bowl of curd and pickle.
The above lunch menu takes about 40 minutes on an average. if you are fast in cutting veggies or have pre cut veggies you can make in 30 minutes. Generally it takes around 10-12 minutes for pressure cooking rice. 15-20 minutes for making sambar and curry. You can add some pickle, chips etc to this lunch menu too.
Do let me know what kind of lunch menus you wish to see, are you in look out for any specific tip or recipes through request a recipe page 🙂
Thank you all!