Monday, September 20, 2010


First thing first please please excuse me for the photographs taken , When I took the photos they would not come right I did not realize why? but now i know that it was because the battery was low and so some one of the photo is not very clear...

So here is LUNCH BOX NO 3


Lunch box , for which, the maximum efforts were put in for making the parathas the other two were made in a Jiffy.

If you roast the Rava or semolina the night before or even if you roast and keep it in the fridge with measured portion enough to make sheera for 3-4 times Its only putting in the milk ,water , sugar and cardamom powder in the morning which will take not more than 10 mins all together.

                                                              THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, September 16, 2010


I made Idlis yesterday with sambhar for dinner and wanted to pack some for my sons lunch box...

Its not possible for him to carry sambhar to college and so I decided that I would cut them into small pieces and just give baghar or tempering of mustard seeds , a little asoefotida , curry leaves and finely chopped green chillies.
You can garnish this with finely chopped coriander leaves , freshly grated coconut and a little lemon juice which is optional.I also sprinkled some Idli chutney powder which is store bought in the oil at the end before adding the Idli pieces... Its hot and tangy and gives the simple Idli a dress up and makes it interesting to eat...
So, Lunch box no 1 contains tangy spicy Idli fry....
For Lunch box no 2, I gave him mango jam-butter sandwiches (spicy-sweet) combination.... 

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


I try to plan my lunch boxes in such a way that I have to work for one and the other one is quick and easy .
I will be making a post on my lunch box planning and how I put it on paper and try to match the taste and the efforts put in making it... 

The above lunch box has:
ONION PARATHAS (recipe in my earlier post)
SEMOLINA OR RAVA UPMA (quick and easy to make)

I added some besan shev in the third cute tiffin box for garnishing on the upma when he eats...

Here ONION PARATHAS took some time to make but if you make the stuffing and the cover the night before they can be made in a jiffy without any efforts and they are very healthy and filling for your child.
This upma takes exactly 10mins to make if you roast the semolina in ghee a night before (pre-preparation is very essential, I normally roast about 1/2 kg of semolina and keep it in the refrigerator and it lasts for a very long time.)

I am sending this entry or post to this site which I think is wonderful

for the event on LUNCH BOXES

Sunday, September 12, 2010


Its ganesh chaturti time and you will find that this is one dish that is made at least once during the ganpati celebrations in homes and served as  prasad or offering to lord ganesha.

I make this in a large quantity and  distribute it among all devotees who come for arti (prayers) at our society annual ganesh chaturti celebration.

I get a lot of pleasure when I do this it makes me feel happy to be able to connect with others through my food and that's a blessing. 

When someone comes out of the way to tell you that it was very tasty and to wants to know how it was made,makes you feel out of this world .....

I also make this for my sons lunch box to eat just as it or stuffing it in wheat flour atta , and rolling it like a paratha .You can say it tastes like a sweet paratha.(remember not to put the dry-fruits when you are making a paratha as it will make it difficult for the paratha to be rolled and will tear in places where the nuts are coarse).

I got lots of requests ,after reading my earlier post to put in the recipes of the dishes shown in my photos.

so here is the recipe of SWEET SHEERA.


2 cups rava or semolina
13/4 cups sugar
1 cup milk
1 cup water
cardamom powder
cashew nuts, raisins , almonds (all are optional ).
Ghee for roasting the semolina and also for pouring on top after the whole thing is done.
Saffron strands (optional)


1.Take a thick bottom pan and put ghee into it
2.Roast the rava or semolina till it changes colour and becomes light brown.
3.Take it out on a plate
4. In the same pan add water, milk,cardamom powder and your dry fruits
5. you can pour in the sugar at this stage or after the semolina is      added.
6. add the roasted semolina and stir till thick.
7. drizzle lots of ghee on top before serving.
  You can also pour saffron strands soaked in warm milk just the way I have.

                                                                 THANK YOU!!!!

Thursday, September 09, 2010


My son loves fried onions He has this with curd rice or with Dal rice  i.e I normally cut onions fine add chili powder, haldi powder and a  little salt to taste and then coat it with a little coarsely ground rice flour .
This I fry on the griddle in a little oil till nice and crispy .A very simple recipe but yummy!!! ( I will make a separate post of this recipe sometime and give a tutorial) .
Now , I wanted to make this into something nutritious and filling for my sons lunch box , so I added a little besan or chick pea flour to this mixture while it was still on the griddle and let it cook for sometime and finished it off with a little sugar,lemon and finely chopped coriander. 
Just add enough besan or chick pea flour  for the onion mixture to come together and form a soft ball like consistency which makes it easier to stuff  it in wheat flour dough that you knead for the covering of the paratha.
So out of this idea was born my onion paratha which turned out to be very tasty ... Give it a try.....


Cover: You have to take about 2 cups of wheat flour (will make          about 4-5 large sized parathas)
           Make a well in the center and add about 1 tbsp warm oil
           salt to taste .
           Knead this into a dough.
Stuffing; 3 Large onions finely chopped
             One tsp chilli powder, one tsp haldi powder
             1 tsp Dhania-Jeera powder optional
             a little lemon juice about 1/2 Tsp
            1/4 Tsp sugar to balance taste.
            1 Tbsp besan or chick pea flour.
            finely chopped coriander leaves added at the end.

Procedure for making the stuffing is as mentioned above, add the besan when you see that the onions are nice and crispy and soft and cooked .
Stuff this mixture into a ball of wheat flour roll and fry on both sides till brown and ready
You can serve it with a bowl of fresh curds, mango pickle , ketchup ,or  coconut chutney
You can pack it in your kids tiffin box its healthy and nutritious and also stays for a long time.
I am linking this to this site eat at home cooks 
Where she is having an "Ingredient spot-light " event.
check it out and add some of your recipes too...

Wednesday, September 08, 2010


I am back again into the lunch box phase of my life...
I need to make 2 lunch boxes which are substantial enough to keep hunger pangs at bay. i do that for 5 days a week Saturday  and Sunday being a holiday . and i am really very excited about it...


Why is it that I love packing lunch boxes ?? Hummmmmm....

                               FRIED RICE WITH SCRAMBLED EGGS AND BANANA

I know why, I feel good when I can pack a nutritious tiffin box or boxes for my son, I know that I am fulfilling his nutritional requirements .I put in lots of effort in planning a proper meal for him . I never pack a box just because I have to give it to him but because I want and He wants to have it in his tiffin. 

                                                               CHOCOLATE CAKE

                                            CHUTNEY AND CHEESE SANDWICH      

  Here is a link for the  GREEN COCONUT CHUTNEY     
While planning I also have to take into account if the food will last that long and whether it does not taste yucky!!! when cold...(although hot food is always what a person loves to have) , but here in India colleges don't provide a microwave to their students.


His timing are quite hectic he leaves home at 7.15 am and is back by 7.00 pm and so misses out on breakfast and lunch too.

                                                 VEGETABLE PULAO

So I have to pack lunch boxes which will give him enough calories and that they should not be too cumbersome to carry , as he travels by bus , than train and then again a bus to reach college (If you know Indian traffic and Indian crowd) you will know that its a tough ride jostling and pushing through a crowded train or bus to reach your destination.

                                                              SWEET SHEERA
find this recipe in my next post.....
And so, I have made a list of all the things that he prefers for his tiffin and then I have made two columns
one for lunch box No 1, and Lunch box No 2.

                                                     EGG MAYONNAISE

I try to balance the preparation in such a way that I have to put in the most efforts for only 1 lunch box while the second can be made within 10-15 mins with a little bit of pre preparation.
Then I have made days like how people have ironing day, laundry day etc for homemaking I have a dosa day, a paratha day, pulao day.Not that i stick to what list I have made but it helps me when I run out of ideas for the next days lunch box.

That's what happened today , yesterday I had some guests at home for dinner and so by the time i finished everything it was 1.00 at night and so I did not have the patience to plan anything. But when the time came in the morning for me to make his tiffin box I took the easiest option of it all and it turned out to be good he enjoyed eating it .
all the above boxes have been featured in my earlier posts.

I am linking this to this wonderful site which is so helpful for moms like me who have to and offcourse love to pack healthy , nutritious lunch boxes for their kids.

You can go here to see the other lunch box updates...