Saturday, September 21, 2013


    Trying to decide what to eat can be the most difficult decision of the day! Here is a menu for today's lunch. Easy to make vegetarian side dishes. Goes well with rice. If you are a non vegetarian you can add a fish fry also.

Bhindi Dahi

  • Ladies finger(okra or bhindi) : 250 gms
  • Cumin seeds: 1/2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal: 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilies: 2 whole
  • Curry leaves: 6
  • Onion chopped: 1 small
  • Tomato chopped: 1 
  • Chilly powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder: 1/4 tsp
  • Yogurt: 2 tbsp
  • Oil: 2 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
To be ground into a paste
  • Coconut scrapped : 4 or 5 tbsp
  • Cashew nuts : 1 tbsp
  • Cut the bhindi (okra) into 1 1/2 pieces.
  • Deep fry in oil until crisp.
  • Remove from oil, add cumin seeds, mustard seeds and urad dal and fry. After a while add the red chilies and curry leaves and cook again until the seeds begin to crackle.
  • Add the onions and saute until brown.
  • Add the tomatoes, chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt.
  • Add the coconut paste and fry until oil separates.
  • Add 1 cup of water into the yogurt and churn. Add to the mixture then add okra and cook for a few minutes. Serve hot.

Cheera (spinach) thoran

  • Cheera (Spinach) leaves: 3 cups
  • Coconut (scrapped): 3 tbsp
  • Green chilies: 2 nos
  • Shallots: 2 nos
  • Garlic cloves: 2
  • Mustard seeds: 1 tsp
  • Coconut oil: 2 tbsp
  • Clean the leaves well and chop it finely
  • Grind together coconut, green chilies and shallots into a coarse form. Do not add water while grinding.
  • Heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds and add chopped garlic. When garlic turns brown add chopped spinach and saute for few minutes.
  • Add coconut mixture and saute for 2 minutes. Do not cover the pan.
  • Healthy and nutritious cheera thoran is now ready to serve. Make sure you don't overcook it.

Salad with mayonnaise

  • Cucumber: 2 small
  • Apple: 1 
  • Tomato: 1
  • Capsicum: 1 small
  • Black olives: 7 or 8
  • Parsley leaves: 2 tbsp (optional)

For the dressing
  • Mayonnaise: 1 tbsp
  • Lemon juice: 1 tbsp
  • Olive oil: 1 tbsp
  • Chaat masala: 1 tsp
  • Pepper powder: 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Chop all the ingredients finely except olives
  • Add whole olives into it
  • Make the dressing by mixing all the ingredients( for the dressing )
  • Combine all with a spatula
  • Garnish with apple and olive


  1. nice post dear... like u say, the toughest decision is what to eat! :D

  2. Shami,that lunch makes me really hungry esp.with fish fry.
    Thank you for stopping by my blog.Glad to follow urs too.

  3. I agree that trying to decide who to eat and also what to cook can be mind boggling. But I sure see some lovely dishes which I am gonna replicate.