After the heavy feast on Sunday, you need something light, easy and breezy for Monday lunch.
You know how people desperately wait for Fridays? It’s because it is the last day of the work week and you can finally sit back and relax. While Friday and Saturday nights are full of plans with friends and family, Sunday is the day to rejuvenate and give your mind and body some rest. Get some sleep, enjoy a lazy brunch and binge watch your favourite shows. Indulging in heavy, carb-loaded meals is also quite common on a Sunday. Haven’t you heard of Sunday feasts? The English, infact, have a Sunday roast too. The lavish spread is packed with meat, dairy and desserts.
Post your extravagance on Sunday, your body needs to be back into its active state. For that, you need fresh, off the farm, food that can keep you energized during the day. Ditch the leftover meats and get yourself into action by cooking up some vegetables that are light on the stomach. This gives your digestive system a relief and improves your gut health too. This Monday, try to go meatless. And while you’re at it, we can help you with some yummy vegetarian lunch recipes. Want to try? Here you go.
1. Lauki Ka Kofta
We know that the image of kofta immediately transports you to the creamy, potatoes and cottage cheese stuffed balls dipped in a thick gravy but that’s not the one we are asking you to make. Lauki or bottle gourd is a great summer vegetable that can keep you cool. Grate it and roll it into kofta balls. Dunk in a thin, watery gravy and you are good to go.
2. Palak Paneer
This recipe is a perfect combination of taste and nutrition. The spinach leaves are blanched and made into a smooth paste. The cubes of cottage cheese are cooked along with the thick palak and seasoned with spices. The water is dried up and what you get is semi-moist paneer dish. Have it with chapatti and you’ll be satiated.
3. Aloo Matar Pulao
Don’t feel like having a dry vegetable? This one-pot rice dish going to spruce things up. The potatoes are diced and sweet peas are peeled. Both are added to a cooker full of rice soaked in water. Add some turmeric for the aroma and colour, red chilli powder and salt. Cook it for some time and garnish with coriander leaves.
4. Gobhi Aloo Curry
This is a Bengali-style preparation of regular gobhi aloo subzi wherein cauliflower and potatoes are cooked along with lentil dumplings and green peas in a tomato puree. This is light curry that can be enjoyed with chapatti and rice.