Simple meals in complicated times

Now that we’re experiencing this life of ‘social distancing’, we’re trying our best to be as judicious with our food consumption as possible. No extras and no untimely snacks.

With the scarcity of processed food, perishable produce is what most are relying on with no real guarantee of quality. Each trip to the local vendor comes along with fear of “what if this stops too?” and a side of guilt when one knows about the situation of the daily wager.

Our morning meal is a simple potatoes, spinach (which I was lucky to find) and onion raita accompanied with hot rotis. This raita is filling and packed with veg. One can have this raita with pulao too.

It’s a quick and filling fix when we’re running short on time and energy given that chores need to be completed. Some might argue the combination of spinach and yoghurt to be a no go, however I am okay making the one odd exception once in a while.

It’s filling and delicious and one could add anything to it to make it hearty.

Here’s my recipe.

Ingredients for the Raita:

  • Boiled potatoes
  • Blanched spinach (optional)
  • Finely chopped onion
  • Coriander & Mint from our kitchen garden
  • Salt
  • Mustard powder
  • Hing
  • Cumin powder
  • Red chilli powder
  • 2 Pods of fresh garlic or garlic chives (optional)
  • Yoghurt

Method:

  • Cube the potatoes and boil them
  • Chop the spinach and blanch it
  • Chop the herbs and onion super fine
  • Whisk the yoghurt add water if necessarily thinning it down to the desired consistency
  • Add all the ingredients and the masalas to the yoghurt
  • Set it aside the raita to cool

Here’s wishing all a safe and healthy stay at home.

Breakfast Challenge Day – 04, Fruit Bowl

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We’re on day 4 today and with just 3 more days to go this little experiment has got me to realize that the power of choice every now and then can help settle the tantrums down. We can meet halfway and I don’t need him to tow my line every single time.

Wanting to stay in control has cost me my cool a lot of times and this little experiment of mine has been more a learning journey for me than anything else.

Today was super easy, fruit bowl with a sprinkle of assorted seeds. Trilok, had two helpings and Tara was done with one and happily so.

Both kids got through breakfast without a single wince or whine and the day has progressed on a relatively satisfying note.

Thank you for reading!

Up tomorrow, Chocolate chip pancakes.