|Chickpeas in Ginger Sauce over Rice
If you're a Homeschooler (like I am), you might want to do something like this in conjunction with a Homeschool lesson plan on India.
If you don't want to eat Indian every day for a week (even though I'm pretty sure that people in India do it all the time!), you could incorporate this cooking session into your vertical meal planning.
Here's the Menu for the Week:
Monday: Chickpeas in Ginger Sauce over Rice, Salad
|Lemon Rice with Peas & Nuts
Wednesday: Spiced Black-Eyed Peas over Rice, Salad
Thursday: Lemon Rice with Peas & Nuts, Salad
Friday: Dal with Beans, Naan, Salad
Here's the Plan:
This menu is based upon several staples that each take a short time to prepare and simmer for about a half an hour.
Prepare one Batch of Bread Dough (Make Whole Wheat or White, according to your preference). This method really DOES take 5 minutes!
Begin your Entrees:
1. First, Begin a Double Batch of Yachni. Yachni will be used in the Monday, Wednesday and Friday entrees.
2. Next, Sort and Rinse several times in Cold Water - till water runs clear
6 Cups Red Lentils (Split Masoor Dal)
Drain the lentils, and add
16 Cups water.
Set Lentils and water to boil. Reduce heat to simmer & cover, stirring occasionally.
The lentils should take about 25 to 30 minutes to fully cook
Lentils will be used in the Tuesday and Friday Entrees.
3. Start cooking: 2 Cups Brown Rice (or White, if you prefer) for Lemon Rice & Peas.
Rice Will be used in the Thursday Entree.
|Spiced Black-Eyed Peas over Rice
If you put these four items on to cook in the above order, then you'll probably see the first one finish about as the last one is well started.
5. When the Yachni is done, Assemble the ingredients for Chickpeas in Ginger Sauce directly into a freezer container. This is a meal that can be thawed and put in the Slow Cooker (or in a regular pot) to simmer on the day you will eat it.
MONDAY ENTREE DONE
6. Similarly, Assemble the ingredients for Spiced Black-Eyed Peas directly into a freezer container. It, too, is one that can be thawed and simmered on the stove top on the day you will eat it.
WEDNESDAY ENTREE DONE
|Dal with Beans
8. As the Brown Rice Rice from step three finishes cooking, Cook the Lemon Rice with Peas in a large pan (do not add the nuts - they will be added at serving time). When it is cool enough, put it in a freezer container.
THURSDAY ENTREE DONE
9. When the Lentils finish Cooking, Remove half of the Lentils and combine them with the "Flavour Packet" for Lemon Dal and additional ingredients. When this is cool enough, put it in a freezer container.
TUESDAY ENTREE DONE.
10. Saute the spices for Three Bean Dal (Friday) and add the spice mixture to the remaining Lentils. Add the Beans and additional seasonings. When this dish is cool enough, put it in a freezer container.
FRIDAY ENTREE DONE.
If you cooked additional rice for the Monday and Wednesday Meals, you can also put that in freezer containers when it is cool enough.
If the dough has risen enough (it usually takes two hours), you can cook the Naan today. If you prefer, you can cook it on the day it will be eaten. It freezes well after cooking, and the dough may be refrigerated before cooking -so it's your choice. I like to heat two skillets, and with my young daughter helping me roll out dough, we can cook a large batch quite quickly.
Depending on your time constraints and energy levels or general health, you may prefer to do steps one through 4 in one session (for example, one evening after dinner - it should take about 1 not too intense hour) and do the remaining steps in a separate session (for instance, the next evening after dinner- that session might also take about an hour, depending on your work style).
Indian for a Week Shopping List
1 #10 Can Chopped Tomatoes (or 7 15oz cans)
1 6oz can Tomato Paste
2 Bay leaves
2 (12oz) bags frozen Chopped Onions (or 4 large fresh)
2 Cups Brown Rice (about 1 pound)
6 Cups of your favorite rice for putting beans over (enough for 2 meals - about 3 pounds)
7 cups Flour for making Naan (your choice - Unbleached or Whole Wheat)
6 cups Red Lentils/Split Masoor Dal (about 3 pounds)
1 Pound bag Frozen Green Peas
4 (15oz) cans Black-Eyed Peas (or 6 cups home prepared)
3 (15oz) cans Chickpeas (or 4 1/2 cups home-prepared)
Optional Salted Nuts for the Lemon Rice with Peas (Cashews, Peanuts - your choice)
3 Cans Beans of your Choice (Black, Kidney, Chickpeas) to add to Friday's Dal
OR 4 1/2 cups home-prepared
Salad Fixings for 5 Days
Fresh Seasonal Fruit for Desserts
If Desired (and if you're going to an Indian Grocery anyway)- Indian Style Pickles may be purchased to serve alongside.
Check Pantry for these staples
Fresh Minced Garlic (I used the Jarred Kind)
Fresh Minced Ginger (I use the Jarred kind)
Oil (I use olive - but it's your choice)
Vital Wheat Gluten (if you're making Whole Wheat Naan)
Whole Cumin Seed
Whole Mustard Seed
"Heat" if desired (cayenne, red chilies - whatever you use)
If you like this Freezer plan, you might also enjoy these:
Greek for a Week
Mexican for a Week
Make Sauce Tonight, Have Easy Meals for a Week
World Tour One
World Tour Two
Or, if this plan has really inspired you, you might want to check out these:
How to Design Your Own Freezer Cooking Plan
Why Do Freezer Cooking?
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