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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