Sunday, April 20, 2014

Weekly Menu Planner for Vegetarians and Non Vegetarians - Week 1

Years ago, infact when I had started this blog, I was into the habit of writing down my weekly menus. That was the only sane thing that kept us going, with the chaotic way things were happening with two little kids at home and a kindergartner.

We used to literally sit down for 30 mins and plan out our menu so that we can shop accordingly and also not have another thing adding up to our headache. Being organsied is what I was, when I had shared My Menu Planner and I even had a Sample Menu Planner. I had so many of my readers asking for this sheet, I knew this is a problem everybody seem to have. I seriously wanted to do this weekly.

After this I went very seriously into planning a Weekly Menu for Kids. This was especially for Konda, later included the boys as well.

Then I went on to have Party Menus. Yea you get the draft, I am crazy about planning a menu. Even if one doesn't actually plan or do all that's listed, atleast it helps in giving ideas.

 Click on Menu Planner to visit the pages

After having been doing this for so many years, and after getting so many requests, I thought I will be able to do this only if I include my friends. Which will force me to do this seriously. So I decided I would request my BM friends to share their ideas and I have created a Weekly Menu, both for Vegetarians and Non Vegetarians. I have ideas for Snacks and Dessert as well. However I am yet to decide how to include those in this plan.

You can refer my shared plan for ideas on what preps you can do on a weekend to prepare for the next week

I am hoping to do this every Sunday, so that it can help people plan for their week ahead.

Today's ideas are from 

and thanks to my BM Buddies for sharing their Ideas as well

Hope this helps and do share your suggestions and ideas to improve this.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Arisi Upma | Broken Rice Upma

I am happy that there are always somethings that you hear and feel surprised. That there are still stories that you hear about your parents and feel so good about it. That's exactly what happened when Amma made this Arisi Upma and recollected her memories associated with this Upma. 

When Dad used to visit them during their childhood days, the only dish he would ask for, when asked what he wants to eat, would be this upma that comes out right away. So she remembers always making this upma for him. And it used to be such a quick dish that it gets done in no time. She said she remembers not using onions as well, it's even more quick. Imagine you think you know and heard all the stories, yet something as simple as this Biyam Upma, rekindles memories long forgotten.

It all started when she was talking about something with her help and asked if she knew about rice rava. Her help replied that they get it milled and she can do it for her. So Amma immediately washed, dried and had the rice ready for milling. She said she got a cup of rava for a cup of rice. However she wasn't sure how much upma would come and be enough as well.

She had made about four cups of rice rava and had so much on hand. Now we know how much we would need. Anyway the upma turned out so good and if you have the rava ready, this upma hardly takes time

So why are you waiting?

Arisi Upma

Ingredients Needed:

Rice Rava - 1 cup

Chana Dal - 2 tsp
Mustard Seeds, Urad Dal - 1 tsp
Cashew Nuts - 10
Dry Red Chilies - 3 -4
Green chilies - 2 medium
Curry leaves handful
Salt to taste
Oil - 3 tsp
Water - 2 cups

How to make the Arisi Upma

For making the Rice Rava

Wash and soak the rice for 30 mins. Then drain and dry them in shade under fan/  under sun. The rice should become really very dry. Then grind it in a mill to get the rava. Or else you can try making it at home in a mixer as well.

Once this is done, you can store this well and the rava stays good for over a month or so.

For making the Upma

Heat a non stick pan, and dry roast the rava well. Remove and keep it aside.

Heat the pan with oil, add the mustard, urad, chana dal, curry leaves, green chilies, red chilies, cashew. Saute till everything turns colour.

Add salt and water, once the water starts boiling, add the roasted rava and simmer. Cover with a lid and cook for 10 - 15 mins.

Serve hot with Chutneys


Grinding the rice into rava at home is quite tricky. Amma says it might turn into powder very quickly. However one of my friends' aunt grinds it at home all the time.

Having this Rice rava handy is very useful as making this upma hardly takes time.

Onions can also be used.

Check this out where we ground the rice at home Biyam Rava Upma

Come, joins us for Breakfast with this delicious Rice Upma.

Linking this to Fabulous Feast Friday #11  hosted this week by Pavani and Usha

This goes for the April Week 3, Cooking from Cookbook Challenge  Group

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