What’s for Dinner is a series dedicated to what real-life families eat. Each week, a parent shares his or her menus for the week and talks about the food philosophy behind it.
This week, Aparajita shares her weekly menu. Born and raised in Delhi, India,she’s been living in France for the past four years with her husband and 16-month-old son. She recently started a twice-weekly vlog called La Vie de Ki.
Aparajita’s Family Food Philosophy: Our food philosophy has been completely shaped by my son, Krishna. Before we had a baby we lived on take-out. But now that he eats what we eat, we focus on simple home-cooked food and a well-balanced diet.
What inspired this week’s menu?: This week’s menu was based entirely on Indian food. I find it difficult to cook Indian meals sometimes because it is tough to find all the ingredients and spices here, but I make do with what I can find as I really want Krishna to get used to those flavours. My Indian dinners are usually vegetarian because I grew up in a vegetarian household but we have been trying to learn a few more meat and seafood based recipes.
So what’s on the menu?
Monday: Cauliflower and peas stir fry with roti (whole wheat flatbread)
Tuesday: Mint and coriander shrimp with brown rice
Wednesday: Slow cooker dal makhani (black lentils and kidney beans) with parantha (whole wheat flatbread)
Thursday: Slow cooker beef saag (beef in a spinach sauce) with roti
Friday: Mango morukootan (ripe mango in a yogurt sauce), potato stir fry and basmati rice