15 lunch box ideas

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Preparing the lunch for the office or school is one of the prominent work that we have on daily basis. Oh! It is a dilemma to decide the dish  daily. This “X” dish does not taste good in the box, “Y”  dish is liked by one child, while the other detests, are some of the cribbings we often hear. Somehow, we have learnt to balance things.  Here are 15 lunch box ideas that you can use on a daily basis.  I usually packed chapati and sabzi. Rice had to be some kind of prepared dish, not the usual dal or rasam. Do take a peep below.

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lunch box collage

Here are a few recipes that you can pack for the lunch box.

Sesame rice : Grind the paste and keep it in the refrigerator. Saute it and then mix along with prepared rice. It can be done in thirty minutes.

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sesame rice

Kadai Pulav

This is one of the tastiest dishes you can make. Chop the veggies and store in the refrigerator, next day, just prepare it.

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kadai pulav

Lemon rice

This popular south indian dish can be packed for lunch box.Make it with or without onion.

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lemon rice

Jeera rice

Jeera rice is versatile in its use. Pair it with some salad for a good lunch option.

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jeera rice

Chennai Idli 

These idli are soft and supple, ideal to pack in the box.

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ideal breakfast

Palak paneer 

I find chapatis to be the best option, filling and healthy. This palak sabzi is liked by all.

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palak paneer

Vegetable Pulav

Pulav can be prepared quickly, chop the veggies and store them in the refrigerator. It eases cooking in the morning.

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vegetable pulav

Spinach rice 

If your kids love, then you can make this one.

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Spinach Rice

Methi Parathas

Methi parathas do not need any accompaniments, only a pickle will do. They are tasty also.

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methi paratha

Spanish Rice

Here is one kind of rice dish with chipotle adobado.

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spanish rice

Tomato rice

The Indian version of Mexican rice, tomato rice too can be prepared.

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Tomato rice

Alu Methi

Potatoes are cherished at home in any form.

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alu methi

Beans stirfry

The simple south indian stir fry, pair it with chapati.

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green beans stirfry

Bandhakopir Torkari (Cabbage bengali style)

This is bengali style cabbage stir fry, tastes good with chapati.

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Bandhakopir tarkari

Mint Paratha

Mint paratha is another option that can be packed for the lunch box. It is mess free.

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mint paratha

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Panipuri/ golgappa/ puchka/ chaats time

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Panipuri is a popular street food that needs no introduction. The fun of eating panipuri is not limited to youngsters alone. The street vendor has a roaring business by selling this daily.

Panipuri, the small puffed puris are filled with a filling and eaten with a spicy, sweet and tangy water in it. Simple pleasures of life, isn’t it? It is called as Panipuri in north india, Golgappa in Uttarpradesh, Puchka in  Bengal and Gujarat, and as Gupchup in Jharkhad and Chattisgarh. (more…)

Kurkuri bhindi | crispy bhindi fry

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Kurkuri Bhindi Fry or crispy bhindi fry  is a tasty accompaniment with any meal. Serve it with any meal as an accompaniment, it is loved and relished by all.

It is assured that I need okra at least once in a week, usually sabzi but sometimes I do fry.  Here is another kind of fry that is tasty and crispy. (more…)

Mixed Vegetable Salad | healthy eating

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Today, salads form an important part of our diet more so than ever. We are more mindful of what we eat, though cannot cut down at all times. The alarming rise of death rates, obesity and risk to life style diseases are some of the factors that have made us to change for good.

Salads are highly nutritious and less in calories. They are filling and tasty. Here is one such salad that I love to binge on.

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mixed vegetable salad

Ingredients:

  • 4 cucumber
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 capsicum
  • 1 cup sweet corn kernels

For the seasoning:

  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • salt to taste

Method:

  • Wash all the vegetables (except the onions).
  • Cut the cucumber into small pieces.
  • Dice the tomato and capsicum into small cubes.
  • Cut the onion finely.
  • Put the corn kernels in hot water for sometime, drain the water and put in a colander after sometime.
  • Mix all the veggies in a bowl.
  • Mix the pepper powder and salt in lemon juice. Add olive oil to it. Mix and pour it over the salad.
  • Chill and serve.

Take a tip:

  • You can add carrots, I have not added here.
  • Add walnuts and raisins if you are giving it to children.

A few of my other salad recipes Watermelon and cucumber salad Kidney bean salad Two way crunchy salad  Exotic Spinach Salad

 

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mixed vegetable salad

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Mixed Vegetable Salad

Mixed vegetable salad is a refreshing and healthy salad. 

Course Salad
Cuisine international
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author jayashree

Ingredients

  • 4 cucumber
  • 1 onion
  • 1 red tomato
  • 1 capsicum
  • 1 bowl sweet corn kernels

For seasoning

  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Wash the veggies (except onion) and pat dry.

  2. Cut onions finely.

  3. Cut cucumber into small pieces.

  4. Dice the tomato and capsicum.

  5. Put the sweet corn kernels in hot water for sometime. Drain and put in a colander.

  6. Mix all the veggies together.

  7. Mix the lemon juice, pepper powder, salt and olive oil.

  8. Put the seasoning over the salad. Chill and serve.

Recipe Notes

If you are using fresh corn, you need to boil them. I have used frozen corn kernels.

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Salad recipes from co-bloggers :

Grilled Corn Nectarine salad  Chickpea with fruit and nutsalad  Grilled paneer salad with honey viniagerette  Fruit and Veggie Pasta Salad Cold Noodle salad

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Mocha Banana Cake | healthy mocha cake

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Mocha Banana Cake sounds good isn’t it? This is such a good one, I am just loving it, it’s made of wheat flour, sugarless, butterless and eggless ! This recipe is part of brand partnership with PlaceofOrigin.in and Plattershare for the Belly Nirvana Campaign.

Cocosutra’s mocha chocolate powder is ideal for baking healthy snacks. It is good to serve as a frothy milkshake. You can even serve it in warm milk. Do check out the product in the online store.

Let’s get baking the cake. I just love these guilt free indulgences.

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mocha banana cake

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mocha banana cake

Ingredients:   (measurement used: 1 cup = 200grams)

  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoon mocha powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ghee
  • 1/2 teaspoon wheat flour
  • 8 almond broken into pieces

Method:

  1. Sieve the flour, baking soda and mocha powder together.
  2. Mash the bananas, beat it well.
  3. Add milk, honey and oil to it. Mix it.
  4. Now, add the wheat flour and gently mix it.
  5. Add the dry fruits to it.
  6. Pre-heat the microwave.
  7. Grease the tray with a little ghee and flour over it.
  8. Pour the batter over the greased plate.
  9. Microwave it for seven to eight minutes. The inserted toothpick should come out clean.
  10. Allow to cool on the rack.
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mocha banana cake

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Mocha Banana Cake

Mocha Banana Cake is a tasty and healthy cake. It has no refined flour, sugar and butter. Addition of mocha chocolate powder gives a nice flavour to it.

Course Snack
Cuisine international
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 10 pieces
Author jayashree

Ingredients

  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoon mocha chocolate powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon clarified butter (ghee) for greasing
  • 1/2 teaspoon wheat flour for dusting
  • 8 almonds chopped

Instructions

  1. Sieve wheat flour, baking soda and mocha powder together.

  2. Mash the bananas. Add honey, oil and milk to it. Beat it well.

  3. Add the flour to it. Slowly mix the batter. Add chopped almonds to it.

  4. Pre-heat the microwave. Grease the baking tray with clarified butter, dust with flour. Pour the batter over it and bake it for eight minutes in two intervals.

  5. The inserted toothpick should come out clean. Once it is done, cool it on the rack.

Recipe Notes

  • The timings may change for different microwave oven.
  • You can use an OTG.

 

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mocha banana cake

This is the second post  in brand association with Place of Origin Indian Taste Delivered for the Belly Nirvana Campaign by Plattershare. The earlier post was Mocha Coffee Cookies.

Cocosutra mocha powder is a mix of coffee and chocolate together. It is a rich blend of dark cacao and fine coffee powder, a taste so unique and sinful. It comes in a pack of two, each weighing 100 grams. This product is one of the many products that they have for global Indians. Do take a look at their online store.

Plattershare is a popular social media platform for food lovers, food professionals and food businesses. It is a wonderful platform to showcase our culinary skills and participate in contests. It is run by Kirti Yadav and Ankush Dhiman.

Disclaimer: This post is part of brand collaboration. I have received the product to create and write recipe and review. All views expressed are my own and not influenced by anybody. 

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Mocha coffee cookies

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Mocha Coffee Cookies are exquisite and melt in the mouth cookies. Serve it as a snack or with milk in the mornings.  Recently, I was selected for the Belly Nirvana Campaign by Plattershare in association with Place of Origin Indian Tastes Delivered. I received a Leo Breakfast Blend Coffee Powder and Mocha Chocolate drink powder.  (more…)

How to make apple milkshake

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Apple milkshake has been the recent addition to my list. It is one of the tastiest and healthiest drinks that one can slurp in the mornings. I don’t know why I had not tried earlier.

Apples are available all round the year and one can easily manage with it. It is thick, foamy and filling. Do not peel the skin of apples, just cut it into small pieces and pulse it, it blends well with the pulp and milk.

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apples

I had earlier written an article about apples as guest post for The Wise Lark. It has two recipes pertaining to apples.

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apple milkshake

Ingredients:

  • 1 apple
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • a few ice cubes

Method:

Wash and cut the apple into small pieces. Pulse it, add milk and honey to it. Again pulse it for thirty seconds. Pour it in a glass  and serve chilled. Otherwise, add ice cubes to it.

Take a tip:

Add sugar if serving for children.

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Apple Milkshake

Apple milkshake is a tasty and healthy drink to kickstart the day. 

Course Breakfast
Cuisine international
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 glasses
Author jayashree

Ingredients

  • 1 apple
  • 2 glasses milk
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • a few ice cubes (optional)

Instructions

  1. Wash the apple and cut into small pieces.

  2. Pulse the apple pieces. Add milk and honey to it. Again pulse it for thirty seconds.

  3. Serve chilled. Alternatively, add ice cubes to it.

Recipe Notes

Add sugar if you are serving it small children.

My other milkshake recipes Rajbhog Milkshake, Gulkand milkshake 

Those reading me regularly know that I am ardent fan of milkshakes. What are the other variety of milkshakes that you prepare? Do let me know in the comment section below

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How to make sev puri

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Chaats are an all time favourite at home.  Kids are happy with it and so am I ! Bhel puri is much preferred but sometimes we do make Sev Puri and Pani puri also.

When it comes to cooking, I need some quick and easy methods. Elaborate and long standing hours are not my cup of tea. I prefer preparing another dish in the mean time. Thus, the puris and sev are outsourced here, all other chutneys and toppings are made at home. Thus, this is an easy reference on How to make Sev Puri

The city’s chaats shop makes two kinds of puris, puffed ones and flattened ones. The flattened ones are called as papdi usually.

The other chaats on the blog  Corn chaat Ragda Patties Ghugni chaat Bhel puri

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sev puri

Ingredients:

  • 16 puris
  • 1 potato
  • 1 onion
  • salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chaat masala
  • green chutney
  • dates chutney
  • 1 cup fine sev
  • a little bit of onions for topping

For the green chutney:

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoon coriander
  • 4 green chillies
  • salt to taste
  • water

Method:

Grind all ingredients together. Remove it in a bowl.

Dates chutney

Ingredients:

  • 10 seedless dates
  • 1 lemon ball tamarind
  • 1 tablespoon jaggery
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • salt to taste
  • water

Method;

Wash the tamarind. Boil the dates, tamarind, cumin and jaggery with some water for ten minutes. Let cool. Then grind them together with salt. Remove and store in an airtight container.

Let’s get to making of Sev Puri now

  1. Boil the potato in the pressure cooker.
  2. Chop the onion finely.
  3. Prepare the green chutney by grinding the ingredients together.
  4. Dates chutney can be prepared and stored in the refrigerator. Add a little water if the consistency is thick.
  5. Once the pressure releases, peel the skin of potato and mash it. Add onions (keep aside some for topping), salt and chilly powder. Mix it.
  6. Place the puris in a plate.
  7. Put a little mixture on each of them.
  8. Then, put a little green chutney.
  9. Put a little dates chutney over each of them.
  10. Now, add sev over it.
  11. Finally, top with a little onion pieces.
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ingredients for sev puri

green chutney, dates chutney, potato mixture, sev and puri. Only the sliced onions for topping is missing in the picture.

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puris arranged in a plate

Arrange the puris in a plate.

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potato mixture is put

Take a small ball of the mixture and spread it on each one of them.

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green chutney is put

Top with a little green chutney (a quarter spoon) over each one of them.

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Then put a little dates chutney over each puri arranged in the plate.

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Top each puri with fine sev and onions.

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sev puri is ready

Sev Puri is ready to serve!

Take a tip: You can sprinkle little chaat masala and cumin powder before putting sev.

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Sev Puri

Sev Puri is a popular chaat that is relished by most indivduals.

Course Snack
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2
Author jayashree

Ingredients

  • 15 small flattened puris
  • 1 onion
  • 1 potato
  • green chutney
  • dates chutney
  • 1 cup fine sev
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onions
  • 1 teaspoon chilly powder
  • salt to taste

For the green chutney

  • 2 tablespoon coriander
  • 4 green chilly
  • salt to taste
  • water

Dates Chutney

  • 10 seedless dates

Instructions

  1. Cut the onion into small pieces

  2. Boil the potato in pressure cooker. Once the pressure is released, peel the skin and mash the potato. Mix salt, chilly powder and onion pieces to it.


  3. Grind all ingredients for the green chutney together. 

  4. Arrange the puris in a plate.

  5. Take a little of the potato mixture and spread it over each puri. Top them with green chutney and dates chutney. Finally, put sev and chopped onions over it.

Recipe Notes

  • Use flat puris to make sev puri.
  • Dates chutney can be made and stored in the refrigerator.
  • Adjust the consistency of the chutney. It should be moderate.
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sev puri

Similar chaat recipes from co- bloggers

Dabeli style roasted sweet potatoes Ram Ladoo Ragda Pattice  Dabeli twists and moong dal chaat

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