- Submitted by Dahlia
These days more and more women have started working. There used to be days when the parents or in laws of working women come to stay and help them. Nowadays many people stay abroad or in far away places for their jobs and get little help from their parents. While still others do not get any help due to various other reasons. I have given a list of recipe that you can prepare within 15-30 minutes. It is perfect for weekdays in the mornings as well as tired evenings.
Here I would like to share a few tips to make your busy weekdays little relaxed. I am from a family full of working ladies. Each of them have their own tricks to make life easier. I would like to share a few of them here for all the youngsters who are trying to balance between family and career.
You have to mentally plan for the week during the weekend. This is very important in doing some preparatory work and also buying some ingredients required. It also saves a lot of time during week days.
Batter in Bulk...
I like to grind a batch of idli/dosa batter and appam batter during the weekends. You can quickly make idlis, dosas, appam, Kuzhipaniyaram and uttapam for breakfast, dinner or evening snacks. You can also mix in some ragi flour, oats or some chopped vegetables to make healthy alternatives.
You can also make a big batch of chapati/ puri dough and keep it in refrigerator. During week days all you have to do is remove a portion of the dough, thaw it and make rotis or pooris. You can thaw instantly by microwaving for 10 seconds.
Having a packet of bread always comes in handy to make a quick sandwich, bread omelette or french toast.
Condiments comes in handy...
I also like to have some pickles, powders like idli podi, curry leaf powder on hand all the time. I also like to prepare yogurt and some chutney like tomato chutney or green chutney in the fridge during weekends. They can be used as a side dish for idli, dosa, chapattis etc. They can also be used to make sandwiches, chaats etc.
Instant cooking products...
It is helpful to have instant products like noodles, instant oats, instant sevai, poha etc. I usually like to make noodles and serve with omelette or make egg noodles. With oats any fruits can be added to make it very healthy and filling. Other instant products can also be prepared according to the given instructions.
For south Indians coconut is part of many dishes. It is helpful to grate coconut and store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
For north Indians, onion-tomato masala is part of many side dishes. You can prepare a big batch of the masala and refrigerate. Whenever needed, take a few spoons of masala and mix in with cooked vegetables to make instant sabzis.
I like to always have some ginger garlic paste in the refrigerator, Also it is handy to peel garlic, small onions and refrigerate. Curry leaves and coriander leaves can be washed, dried and kept ready to use to save time.
Clean and marinate Non-Veg...
For non-vegetarian eaters, it is always helpful to have eggs, fish and some meat in the fridge. I usually buy meat and fish in bulk and clean it during week ends. Make small packs according to your portion size, add some spices according to your taste and freeze it. When needed just thaw one pack and fry it or cook it in no time.
Follow these tips and try to balance your professional and personal life.