Day #16 of The Ultimate Blog Challenge... You can read my other posts for the Challenge here :)
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It is always about the stomach, isn't it? Food is an important part of our daily life planning. No matter where we go, work, shopping, movie, family outing etc., food is always the foremost thing to be considered. Frankly for me it never used to be such a concern. I am fine with eating anywhere and anything. Outside food is not really a big thing for me. And all this restaurant food thing started once I moved out of my home for job. Until them mummy used to be very strict about eating at home. As children going out and having food used to be very ceremonial for us. Somewhere just before marriage I got very conscious of my health and the banes of eating out started hitting me. I mean it's good but not always. I started to keep a close watch on when and why I eat out. Figured out it was usually during shopping. I get so tired when I come home that there is no life left to make anything. Especially if everyone at home is going out then surely nobody can even think about getting into the kitchen and cook a dinner.
As I mentioned earlier yesterday, my MIL and Ritchie are both excellent cooks and most of all both of them love food. MIL is a working professional. She carries her freshly prepared lunch from home everyday. I have always noticed no matter where we have to go, she always has her meal plans in place. She obviously makes something at home before we all go out. So when we come back it is only a matter of reheating the stuff. But then this also means she has to cook something simple and tasty because usually before you leave for an outing you don't have much time to cook. I have taken it from her, and now most of the times if it is shopping then it is only shopping not shopping + dinner, unless it is planned before hand. So that is what this week I will share. Quick fixes for those hungry times.
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Today's Quick Fix is an all time favourite in our house: Palak Rice (Spinach Rice). Many of you must have already made this many times, but for novices like me this would be fun
Step 1: Make a puree of 1 bundle of spinach (apprx 250gms), green chillies (to taste) & garlic (8-10 cloves)
Step 2: Take a pressure cooker and add some oil to it. Temper the oil with cumin seeds & red whole chillies and then add the above puree into it. Fry for about 7-10 minutes on medium Flame
Step 3: Add 2 cups of rice and fry for another 2-3 minutes. Add salt to taste. Then add about 4 glasses of water and let it whistle for 3 whistles.
Step 4: Once the whistle settles down, serve it hot with a blop of butter on it.
Tada... Palak Rice is ready
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What I usually do is keep everything ready for the puree and when we come back just takes 5 minutes to put it up on the gas. By the time we change and wash up the dinner is ready
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