Thursday, September 11, 2008


Finally, its time for me to prepare some nutritious tiffin boxes for my son

My son will have to carry his lunch box with him every morning, off course after I feed him a good and healthy breakfast.
Breakfast has been an important part of our morning ritual so as per habit I prepare a proper nutritious breakfast every morning too.
Today I made kanda , batata poha recipe you will find here which is a very typical maharashtrian breakfast which is very nutritious and filling you will find the recipe here.
This is just the beginning for me and I will go on trying new things and new combinations and share them with you. I would love it if my blogger friends come up with some suggestions as to what I can prepare a day earlier so that it becomes easier to cook the next morning.
I will try to give my son something that will keep him going till the evening as he will return only after 6.00 in the evening i.e. if the Mumbai traffic permits him, or it’s even later.

Kids usually tend to eat junk when they are on their own and out of the shell and that’s what I don’t want to encourage and hence something filling made by mom will always make him eat it, as he knows that lots of effort and thinking has gone into preparing his tiffin box .

I personally feel that if you always put ready made things in his box he will not care for what is given to him as he will feel that he might as well eat from out, but the love and affection with which a tiffin box is made goes a long way when it comes to his health as well as his food habits.
A combination of homemade and ready made can be done to make the tiffin box interesting, or should I say you can make it semi-homemade by using some ingredients from out mixed with home made stuff. Here in India one cannot avail of the facility of using a microwave at school or college and so he has to eat his food cold and so certain dishes like pasta or fried stuff won’t taste good after 5 hours of preparation. I know that everything tastes great when it’s hot but the kids have no option.
I usually plan his tiffin the night before as I have to make breakfast and lunch quite early.
This is just the beginning it will be an interesting journey as I think up of new stuff which will help me and other moms like me too.

This is what I gave him today
Fried rice with scrambled eggs to be mixed when he has his food .In this recipe mentioned i have used noodles with rice you can add or omit its optional.
3 small bananas for his small break at 12.10
His lunch break is at 3.10

I prefer not to give him sweets, but will definitely give him one or two occasionally


Various parathas

Can my friends suggest some more…


Anonymous said...

hi mahek
your ideas sound interesting.I can give a few suggestions too. you can try making 1.Pattice with less potatoes and more grated carrots.
2.cabbage vadis with chick-pea flour
3.stir fry chinese noodles
4.veg burgers taste good cold too

will think of more

Anonymous said...

Baked potatoes stuffed with corn and cream
Preparation Time : 25 minutes
Cooking Time : 10 minutes

Potatoes 8 medium
Onions 2 medium
Garlic 6 cloves
Corn kernels 1/2 cup
Fresh coriander leaves 1 tablespoon
Celery, chopped 1 tablespoon
Butter 4 tablespoons
Black peppercorns 1/2 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Red chilli powder 1/4 teaspoon
Fresh cream 1/4 cup
Cheese, grated 2 tablespoons


Peel and chop onions and garlic.

Wash potatoes with the skin and wrap in aluminium foil. Preheat the oven to 200 F. Bake the potatoes for thirty to forty minutes or till cooked. Remove a small bit of foil and potato skin from the top. Make a hole in the potato by scooping out a bit from the center. Heat butter. Add chopped onions, chopped garlic and chopped celery. Sauté till onions turn golden brown. Add corn and sauté for three to four minutes. Add salt, black pepper powder and paprika powder. Add coriander leaves and finally add the fresh cream. Stir well and allow it to cool. Once it is lukewarm, put this mixture in the hollow potatoes and top it with grated cheese. Bake in the oven till cheese is golden brown.

Mahek said...

Thanks for your suggestion, i will use them when required

would have been wonderful to know your name...
Thanks for your fabulous recipe i will give it a try and let you know

Anonymous said...

Hi Mahek,

Sorry I didn't leave my name after the Corny potatoes recipe. It was really late last night :)Try it and let me know how it turns out. I love both your blogs. Big fan of your fried fish recipe and various dosa recipes. Do keep them coming.


Mahek said...

Thanks Bina
that was very sweet of you!!!!
pls try my recipes and let me know.

Anonymous said...

Hi Mahek,

Good to see u back in action. Glad to see that u had a good trip.
Your sons lunch box looks wonderful. I would love the recipe for the fried rice? Would u be bale to give me that. Kanda poha - no recipe link there too....
I agree -healthy food begins at home for kids. You're a good mom.
Latha (Masalamagic)

deepu said...

hello mahek,
how are you ? nice article which every mother can relate too .. i can suggest chicken wraps or veggie wraps. i usually put any dry chicken like tandoori or chilly chicken, finely shredded vegetables and cheese.You can use corn wraps or even chapathis work well. Frankies are good. Also chicken kebab sandwiches are good. I have a recipe on if you would like to see. I am looking forward to more tiffin recipes from you.

Mahek said...

Thanks friends for your suggestions

sorry for not linking to my recipe of pohe and fried rice i definetly will .

Thanks for your suggestions..


i liked the fried rice ... you can send sprouts N salads too ...

Aparna said...

Vegetable wraps using chapathis is really great idea. I do it all the time while changing the filling inside. Its easy for kids to eat without the subzis messimg up their boxes.
Stuffed paparthas are good idea too. If you bake, you can try sending cupcakes as a sweet after lunch, or make vegetable loaf or savoury muffins with vegetables.
Idlis with grated or minced vegetables is another option.

susan said...

Mmmm im jealous of your son for having a mother thats such a good cook! :)

Jaya said...

Great hints for a mother like me.
I just think the toddlers need extra care ..
I usually give my toddler some sweets ,cakes or small round parathas , so that she can easily fold and hold it while eating ..
would Love to see more recipes about this topic..Keep Posting ..
hugs and smiles