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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15 lunch box ideas

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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Mint paratha, pudina paratha in steps

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Have you ever tried making mint paratha? If not, do give a try to it. They are aromatic and refreshing. The smell of mint leaves can never be locked, it spills everywhere. No need of any accompaniment, you can serve it with curds and pickle.

Last year, I was going through Tarla Dalal vegetarian cook book and it was then I found this mint paratha. Since then, I have made it many times.

My other flat bread recipes methi paratha  spicy methi parathas restaurant style roti

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mint paratha

Mint paratha, pudina paratha

Ingredients:

  • 2 cup wheat flour
  • 1 cup mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ajwain
  • salt to taste
  • 2 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • water for kneading
  • wheat flour for dusting
  • oil for roasting

Method:

  1. Separate the leaves, wash and dry them
  2. Chop them finely.
  3. In a wide bowl, mix the ingreients.
  4. Add little water and knead to a soft dough.
  5. Keep it aside for ten minutes.
  6. Take a ball of the dough.
  7. Roll into a circle of 4 inch diameter.
  8. Smear a little oil and dab some flour.
  9. Fold it into pleats, from one end to the other.
  10. Now, enclose it into circular shape.
  11. Dust it with some flour and roll it.
  12. Heat a skillet, put the rolled paratha on it.
  13. After a few seconds, flip it and apply oil
  14. Turn it to the other side and smear oil. It should be well roasted.
  15. Serve with curds or pickle.
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dough

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balls of dough are rolled, pleated and then made into a circular shape.

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rolled into circular, Roll it further.

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on the skillet

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mint paratha being cooked

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Mint paratha, pudina paratha

Mint paratha or pudina paratha is tasty and ideal for lunch box. It is served with pickle or curd usually.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 parathas
Author jayashree

Ingredients

  • 2 cups wheat flour
  • 1 cup mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ajwain
  • 2 teaspoon chilly powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • wheat flour for dusting
  • oil for roasting
  • water for kneading

Instructions

  1. Separate the mint leaves, wash and pat dry.

  2. Chop the leaves.

  3. Put the ingredients in a wide bowl and mix well.

  4. Knead it to a soft dough with little water.

  5. Keep it aside for ten minutes.

  6. Take a ball of the dough.

  7. Roll it into a circle of diameter 5 inch.

  8. Smear some oil and dab a little flour. Fold it like a pleat from one end to the other.

  9. Then, make it into a circular shape.

  10.  Roll into a circle. 

  11. Heat a skillet.

  12. Put the rolled paratha on to the skillet.

  13. Flip it to the other side, smear oil and back again to the original side.

  14. Let cook until brown spots are visible.

  15. Serve hot with pickle or curds.

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mint paratha

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Methi Paratha

Methi or fenugreek leaves make tasty dishes, despite being good for health.Hence, one can include it regularly in their diet. They can be used in a wide variety of dishes. Methi parathas are tasty and make great snack for the lunch box. I had earlier written of one kind of it. Here is another variety.
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Vegetable Pulav/ how to make veg pulav

Pulav is rice dish made of basmati rice and assorted veggies, blended with spices to give a tasty dish that can be paired with any yoghurt based salad. Here is one kind of Vegetable Pulav that I often prepare at home.

It is a norm these days to have a variety of pulav during functions and parties. It is loved by youngsters, as it is a taste that they are acquainted more often. Ladies, in their busy schedule, do find preparing vegetable pulav an easier task.

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vegetable pulav

The ingredients that you need are:

  • 1 1/2  cup  basmati rice
  • 1/2 bowl of cut onions
  • 1 cup mixed vegetables as beans,carrots and peas
  • 1/2 inch cinnamon
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 cardamom
  • 1/2 bowl  coriander
  • 10 leaves  mint
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1/2 inch ginger
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoon  ghee + 1 tablespoon oil
  • water for cooking

 

Method:

  • Wash the rice, drain water and keep aside.
  • Grind coriander, mint leaves, green chillies, ginger and garlic to a fine paste.
  • Take the mixture of oil and ghee,  I prefer doing that. and add the spices, then add chopped onions and fry till slightly brown in colour. Then add the vegetables and fry again. Now add the grind paste and continue to saute. Then, add rice and saute for another two minutes.
  • Now, you can either put it in a rice cooker or cook in the pressure. Add three cups of water and salt and stir. Close the lid and allow to cook for one whistle.
  • Serve with onion salad.
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vegetable pulav

My other rice dishes on the blog

Jeera rice, Kadai pulav, Spinach rice