Saturday, March 7, 2009

Lunch Box Series : LBS#45

Zipping past the signal, my eyes fell on a pinkish tiny tot footwear. A zero size girl baby's lone right one. All within a fraction of a minute, it registered to me that it was pretty one and my heart went out to the mother who will be missing out a lovely memory. If she was like me, who would store the first things your baby had, then I felt out for that nostalgia memories will give. I still have the first slip on that Konda had, those lovely blue tiny slippers. When Athamma was telling me that I should get sandals instead of buckled ones, I remembered Konda's and I knew both my boys will fight over it. Konda had many things in double, which the boys now use and she feels so proud about it. Yes, I guess its a great feeling that your siblings use your things and love it on the top!

While the boys are picking up their language, most of it is still baby talk. And each word sounds honey to our ears. Like the other day, Peddu was telling Athamma something and she didn't understand what he was trying to say. He immediately said, "how many times should I repeat, you are not doing as I told you, baad gurl!" Of course all this in his own language, I had to ask him to repeat to understand the conversation. And was laughing for ages remembering Athamma's shocked expression hearing herself being called a bad girl. Peddu keeps up his sing song, "Nanni Goodd Gurl, Chinnu Good Gurl or Bad gurl" depending on the situation.

Before I forget, I entered Konda's rangoli pictures in Chitra Amma's 'Kitchen Masterpiece' event. I know these weren't the best of hers nor in the event, but I couldn't find the other pretty ones that she had done. Running out of time, I knew I can't miss it and Dibs was kind enough to select Konda as one of the winners in the draw. I know my daughter will be so happy knowing it!

Today's Lunch Box had

Bendakaya Sambar
Palak Aloo Sukha
Curd Rice

Palak Aloo Sukha

Ingredients Needed:

Potatoes - 250 gms
Spinach / Palak - handful leaves
Onion - small one
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin powder - 3/4 tsp
Chili powder - 3/4 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil - 2 tsp

Method to prepare:

Peel Aloo and cut into cubes of 2 inches size. Wash palak and chop roughly.

In non stick pan, heat oil, add mustard seeds and jeera seeds. Then saute the onions till brown. then add palak, along with turmeric and salt. Simmer and cover with lid. After 5 mins, add the chopped aloo and cover with lid.

Once the aloo is half tender, add all the spice powders and cook till the aloo is tender.

Remember to stir in between frequently else aloo might get burnt.

This went very well with sambar!

Enjoy a great weekend!

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Madhu said...

Like simple luches with rice, sambar, yogurt with aloo fry together looks delicious.

Poornima Nair said...

Thats a delicious and wholesome meal...great combination.

jayasree said...

Congrats to Konda and to the pround Mom. Rangolis made by her is good considering her age. It didn't strike me that its Konda when I saw Anjana in the winner's list.

I do aloo with methi the same way. Next time will try with spinach.

Chitra said...

Congrats to konda,lovely!!aloo palak looks yum,nice combo with lady's finger sambhar isnt it:)

Kitchen Flavours said...

Congrats to Konda. Rangoli were cute. Lunch box is tempting...

Asha said...

She did a Rangoli, that's so great. I will look at it again! :)

Lunch box has some yummy goodies this week, enjoy.

Kamini said...

Congratulations to Konda! It's great that she's doing so much at such a tender young age.

That sukha aloo looks so yummy. I'm going to try it for lunch today.

sindhirasoi said...

Sheer comfort food...absolutely yummmm
And Konda is surely following her mom in creativity......hugs to her :-)

Priya said...

U r lucky mom na..congrats to Konda...delicious aloo methi curry..superb:)

pooja said...

congrats to your kid...So cute..Between Nice lunch love your aloo palak.....

Divya Vikram said...

Lovely comfort food for lunch box.

Ashwini said...

Ahh Rice, Sambar, curry and curd rice..Perfect and most comforting food..

Siri said...

Wow! I am so happy to know that Konda's 'masterpiece' won :) I really liked your bendakaya sambhar and make it again & again. Adding a bunch of spinach leaves to aloo curry is a nice idea Valli :)


kamala said...

Congrats Konda..convey my wishes..Never made aloo with methi..Good combo

Suparna said...

Congratulations to the kiddo :)
wow!your lunch box eats are very healthy. very satisfying meal.
Pls collect your award from my blog.

notyet100 said...

looks so yum,..wish u happy holi,..:-)

Miri said...

Aloo adds love to any lunchbox :)

Superchef said...

love that lunch box..the aloo and the sambar and curd rice to top it off!! congrats to konda!!

homecooked said...

Love the simple thali! Looks yummy and healthy.

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