Meal Option 1 – Lunch Platter

Wondering what to cook for lunch ? Are you focusing on eating healthy meals ? Sample these lunch platter options for the entire family & you wont be disappointed !!

Meal Option 1 – Lunch Platter

Menu – Besan Bhindi Sabzi, Carrot & Cucumber Pachadi & Oats, Jowar, Wheat Flour Bhakri

Recipe for Besan Bhindi Sabzi

(Serves 2 – 3 persons)


  1. Lady Finger / Okra / Bhindi – 200 gms
  2. Mustard seeds / Rai – ½ tsp
  3. Jeera / Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  4. Besan / Chickpea flour – 1.5 tblsp
  5. Garam Masala Powder – 1 tsp
  6. Red Chilly powder – ½ tsp
  7. Turmeric powder / Haldi – ½ tsp
  8. Oil – 1 to 1.5 tblsp
  9. Salt as per taste
  10. Chopped coriander leaves (optional)

Method –

  1. Chop the Bhindi or Lady finger & keep aside. Don’t cut very small pieces. Ensure slightly big chunks so that the masala coats the bhindi well.
  2. For the Besan mixture – In a bowl, add the chickpea flour, garam masala powder, red chilly powder & mix well. Keep aside.
  3. In a kadhai, add mustard seeds, let it splutter, add jeera / cumin seeds & then add the turmeric powder.
  4. Now add the chopped bhindi, sprinkle salt & give it a good stir. Keep the flame on low & don’t cover the bhindi with a lid as it should be non-sticky in texture.
  5. Keep stirring the sabzi in between to ensure it doesn’t burn or stick at the bottom. A non-stick kadhai would be a good option.
  6. Once the bhindi is cooked (don’t overcook bhindi, let it remain crunchy), add the prepared besan mixture over the sabzi. Give it a good stir & let the masalas blend. Continue cooking on low flame for another 5-7 mins.
  7. Switch off the gas, add chopped coriander leaves (optional) or just serve hot with some bhakri or whole wheat rotis.

Recipe for Carrot & Cucumber Pachadi aka Raita (South Style)

Serves – 2 portions

Ingredients –

  1. Carrot – 1 medium finely grated
  2. Cucumber – 1 medium finely grated
  3. Fresh Coconut – 1 tblsp (grated)
  4. Curd – 1 cup (thick)
  5. Green chilly – 1 nos finely chopped (optional)
  6. Salt as per taste

For the tempering –

  1. Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
  2. Curry leaves – one sprig
  3. Oil – 1 tsp

Method –

  1. In a bowl, add the finely grated carrots & cucumber along with chillies, coconut & curd. Add salt & mix well.
  2. Prepare the tempering & pour over this mixture.
  3. Give it a good mix & serve immediately.

Notes –

  • Incase you are making this for guests, add everything except the curds, salt & tempering. Do that once your guests arrive to experience the lovely aroma & freshness of the pachadi.
  • Also adding salt at the last minute refrains the raita from getting soggy or watery.

Recipe for Oats, Wheat & Jowar Bhakris

Makes 4 small bhakris or rotis, Serves 2 persons

Ingredients –

  1. Oats (ground into powder) – 50%
  2. Jowar – 20%
  3. Wheat Flour – 30%
  4. Salt – one pinch (optional)
  5. Lukewarm water to knead as required

Method –

  1. Add all ingredients, take required quantity of lukewarm water & knead into a soft dough. Keep aside for 10 mins & then make rotis.

Notes –

  1. I use this method of (70:30) to make all my bhakris for lunch.
  2. U can substitute jowar with ragi or nachni, Bajra during winters or Makai (corn). The idea is to increase the fibre content & ensure your stomach remains full even though portions are less.
  3. Use ¼ tsp ghee over each bhakri to increase digestion, ensure hormonal balance, keep skin clear & increase metabolism which effectively enables us to lose weight.


Vidya Narayan







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Vidya Narayan

Hi Everyone, I am Vidya Narayan & Welcome to my blog MasalaChilli. Born in a Traditional Palakkad Iyer (South Indian) Family with strong value systems to an exceptionally strong and independent Single Mom, spent most of my childhood studying well (as most Iyer girls do).

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. I love bhakris and these look yummy!

    1. Thanks dear. I love bhakris too.. Extremely filling & healthy.

    2. Thanks dear. Im fond of bhakris too as they are much more healthier compared to normal rotis.

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