Healthy & Wholesome Lunch Ideas to Cook for Your Family this Summer

In Indian households, rice is often a staple along with other food grains. When it comes to cooking with rice it is not only easy, but the opportunities are endless. South- Indian cuisine has many easy and delicious rice recipes to offer that are healthy. Looking for some healthy whole meals to cook for your family this season? Check out these delicious recipes that can boost your immune system:

Coconut Rice

Start with cooking basmati rice in a mixture of water and coconut milk. In a separate pan, add mustard seeds, asafoetida, chana dal, and curry leaves and temper the spices until fragrant. Add some peanuts and roast until golden. Once the rice is cooked, add the rice and coat well in the spices. Finish with some toasted coconut flakes. This delicious preparation can be served with pudina and tomato chutney.

Cooling Curd Rice

Steam the basmati rice and set aside. In a pan, sauté some mustard seeds, star anise, cinnamon sticks, curry leaf, kokum in coconut oil. Once the spices become aromatic, add beaten curd. Add the rice and mix well. Serve in a bowl. Garnish with toasted peanuts, crispy curry leaves, fresh coriander leaves, and pomegranate seeds. Cook this recipe with Daawat, which is the best quality basmati rice.

Sweet & Spicy Tamarind Rice

Served during festivities, tamarind rice is a popular dish in Karnataka. This delicious dish is cooked with an authentic mix of spices, tamarind, and ginger. To make the tamarind pulp, soak the pods in hot water. Once soaked, squeeze out the pulp to make a thick pulp. Sauté some coriander seeds, mustard seeds, urad daal, chana daal, curry leaves, and peanuts. Add asafoetida and the tamarind pulp. Add a teaspoon of jaggery and cook for 10 minutes. When the mix thickens, add the cooked basmati rice and stir well. Serve hot with a side of probiotic yogurt.

Zesty Lemon Rice

This preparation is quick to make with a few pantry staples. This tangy, sweet, and sour recipe tastes delicious accompanied by coconut chutney. Steam any long-grain rice in water until cooked and set aside. Sauté some peanuts in sesame oil until golden and crunchy. Add a handful of cashew nuts, mustard seeds, chana dal, mustard seeds, asafetida, and turmeric powder. When the spices turn aromatic, add cooked rice. Add freshly squeezed juice of 2 lemons and some zest. This dish can also be served for a light breakfast.

These are some of the delicious rice recipes that can be made with simple ingredients. To make it extra-wholesome, you can always soak the rice and dal for a few hours before cooking.

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