Lunch Box

Recipe Cooked, Photographed and Written by Praveena

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I pack lunch boxes for my 3 children everyday, with freshly, homemade meals. Henceforth, I shall share few of them that I packed on different days. This box which I pack, is only for lunch. Not for snack time/break time.

We started using these steel lunch boxes since past 3 or 4 years.You can find similar model (not exactly same) in Amazon if you wish to buy one.Search for : Stainless Steel Ecolunchbox Three-In-One (Bento Style Lunchbox) by ECOlunchbox

Till date , this page has 13 lunch boxes that I packed on different days!

  1. Here, I packed Pav-Bhaji ( Recipe link⇒ Pav – Bhaji) which I prepared for our dinner the previous night. The next morning, I packed the same bhaji (curry). Just smeared lots of butter on dinner rolls / pav and pan fried them. This is perfectly enough for kids lunch as per cals and nutrition. You can add a fruit too.

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    On the left is ‘Pav/Dinner rolls’ pan fried with lots of butter. ‘Bhaji/Curry’ on the right. 
  2. Here I made mini triangle shaped sanwiches, using seeded whole meal bread filled with butter & jam. The other side is salad with Red Kidney Beans and Sweet Corn. (Recipe link⇒ Sprouted Red Beans – Potato Salad / Chat )

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    Red KidneyBeans & Sweet Corn Salad on one side and Mini-Triangle shaped jam sandiwiches on the other side
  3. In this lunch box, one side I packed fresh green grapes. On the other side I packed Sweetened Lentil Rice. I made it early morning with leftover rice. But did not add any nuts. (Recipe link⇒ Chakkera Pongali / Sweetened Rice  ) 

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    Fresh Green Grapes on one side and Sweetened Lentil Rice on the other side
  4. Here I packed, Orange segments for fruit. Steamed white rice mixed with Okra/Bhindi Stir fry. (Recipe link⇒ Bendakaya Thalimpu / Bhindi Tadka/ Okra Stir Fry) . I cooked both rice and curry separately. Also has mini sandwiches with seeded whole wheat bread slice, smeared with butter, tomato sauce and cucumber pieces.

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    Steamed white rice mixed with Okra/Bhindi curry, Orange segments and mini sandwiches made with Whole Wheat Seeded bread
  5. In this lunch box, I have packed tiny pieces of watermelon and Veggie Wraps. I did not add cheese, as the wrap might turn gooey by lunch time. So check how I made them using this Recipe Link⇒  Curried Green Wrap / Indian Curry Wrap.

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    Veggie wraps as main meal, on one side and tiny pieces of watermelon on the other side
  6. Here I have Cherry  Tomatoes and Green Cucumber pieces on one side. And on the other I prepared Rava Upma/Semolina Savoury Porridge ( Recipe link⇒ Rava Upma / Semolina Savoury Porridge ) garnished with chopped coriander leaves. I prepared this in the morning and removed the nuts before packing the lunches (My kids go to a Nut-free school).

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    Rava Upma / Semolina Savoury Porridge as main , and Cherry Tomatoes & Cucumber pieces for salad.
  7. This lunch box has BellPepper-Sesame Curry (Recipe link⇒ Capsicum-Nuvvula Koora / Bell Pepper-Sesame Curry / Shimla Mirch-Til Sabzi) mixed with steamed rice. Both curry and rice are cooked separately, mixed and then topped with homemade ghee or butter. On the side I put clementine cuties.  If your kids would not prefer spicy food then, you can reduce/eliminate the spice in the curry.  Vegans can just eliminate the butter/ghee topping. 

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    Bell Peppers – Sesame Curry / Shimla Mirch – Til ki sabzi mixed with steamed rice on one side. Clementine cuties on the other side
  8. This lunch box has Capsicum – Lentil Fritters/ Bhajiya/ Punugulu (Recipe link⇒  Bell Pepper – Lentil Fritters / Capsicum Punugulu ) served with an Oil-Free healthy dip (Recipe link⇒ Mango Dip (Oil free) ) . Accompanied with cucumber slices and chopped iceberg lettuce. I prepared the batter previous night and fried them in the morning to pack.

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    Capsicum – Lentil Fritters/ Bhajiya/ Punugulu served with an Oil-Free healthy dip
  9. This lunch has Dosa/Crepe (Link⇒ Oil Free – Healthy Dosa / Without Oil Dosa) as the main with a chutney/dip (Link⇒ Beerapottu Pachchadi / RidgeGourd Peel Chutney) along with Baby carrots for salad. I prepared the batter previous night and made the Dosa/Crepe in the morning to pack.

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    Oil Free – Healthy Dosa served with a chutney/dip and baby carrots
  10. In this lunch box, the Main is Tamarind Rice (Link is here : Chinthapandu Pulihora / Tamarind Rice ) , Orange segments for fruit and for Vegan dessert (Link is here: Rava Kesari / Kesari Bath/ Semolina Pudding (without milk) ) The recipes have nuts, but removed them before packing the lunches (My kids go to a Nut-free school).

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    Tamarind Rice as main, has dessert and fruit too
  11. Mini Burgers with Veggies as main in the below lunch box. And has  SweetCorn-Pomegranate Salad / Kosambari salad as a side. Click the link for the salad recipe. My kids loved this yummy salad and ofcourse the Veggie Burgers. 🙂  

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    Sweet Corn salad along with Mini Veggie Burgers as main 
  12. Couscous Upma / Savoury Meal as the main, half of an apple and Indian savoury/ murukulu. Click the link given, for the Couscous Upma/ Meal recipe. My kids loved this upma with the savoury & fruit.

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    Couscous Upma/Meal along with Indian savoury and half of an apple
  13.  Potato Mash Curry /Aloo Tadka / Bangaladumpa Koora  as a side for Poori/ Puffed Indian bread. And mixed raisins for fruit. Click the link for the curry recipe. My kids loved this mild in spice Aloo/Potato Curry.  I prepared the dough for Poori/Puffed Indian bread, previous night and fried them in the morning to pack.

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    Poori/Puffed Indian bread with Aloo/Potato curry and mixed dry raisins

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