There is a distinct confusion about which keerai is ponnankanni - the fully green one or the red and green one. The blog world leans towards the mild green one while I lean towards the other; it's English name is dwarf copper leaf, need some red in the leaves to warrant such a name right? Both my images are from Kamala's Corner
Mufalatti apparently means Badly Made in Italian. Since this rather rustic dish lacks the elegance of Gnocchi, the quick thinking cook preempts nasty comments by lowering expectations. Smart! One bunch of the keerai here yield about 2 cups leaves, I felt the ponnanganni was low in quantity and added half a bunch of siru keerai. I always feel the keerai is low in quantity and then when I finally make the dish I am flooded with leftovers, but this time I was right on the mark.
1 bunch ponanganni - leaves only
1/2 bunch Siru Keerai or Spinach - optional
I now have a challenge to the food blogging community at large.
Help me come up with a set of easy to prepare menu items to tempt my son's taste buds.
These are my constraints:
2. Commonly available ingredients only - I live in Chennai, TN
3. Should be good to eat after sitting for 4-5 hours in an unrefrigerated lunch box
4. Should not take more than 45 minutes to prepare.
5. Should be easy to eat for a 5 year old - no messy burritos type foods.
6. Should be nutritious (I know, that goes without saying)
7. No frying
8. Shd preferably have passed a kid's test for acceptability ;)
Please post your recipes or links to the aforementiond recipes by the end of July i.e 27th July
Thanks a lot!
Todays lunch was almost successful - the lil darling's only complaint when he got off his school van was, he didnt have enough time to eat.
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