A little tiffin box has the capacity to blow a mother's head with questions like, ‘What to pack?’ and ‘What will be healthy and easy to manage in school?’ But, you don’t need to worry. Here’s a winning lineup of quick recipes that has tempted my little one’s taste buds. Take a vacation from your regular chapati and veggie combo and try these easy tiffin recipes. When you pack food as tempting as this, your child will finish it up in no time. Meanwhile, you can feel good knowing they are eating nutrient-rich food!
#1. Semolina (Suji) stuffed pancakes:
Nutritional benefits: As most of us know, suji is made of whole-wheat. Hence, it truly is a great source of energy and a healthier substitute of flour. It is a source of iron, calcium and minerals that are necessary for growing kids. Also, when veggies are added to it, suji pancake becomes the best nutrition for your picky eater.
Semolina (1/2 cup)
Water Almost (1/4th cup)
Curd (2 tbsp)
Onion (1 medium-sized)
Tomato (1 medium-sized)
Mushrooms (4 florets)
Lettuce (1 leaf)
Salt (to taste)
Ghee (to fry)
Total Preparation Time15 minutes
Add semolina and curd in a wide bowl. Pour some water in the bowl and add some salt to taste. Mix it well.
Now, add finely chopped vegetables and lettuce into the bowl. Mix the contents well.
Bring the mixture to a nice consistency so that the pancakes can be fluffy and tasty.
Heat a non-stick pan and add some ghee on it.
Now, pour the mixture over the pan in circular motion to form a pancake-style chilla.
You can cover it or let it cook at low flame.
After 2-3 minutes, turn the pancake to cook it on the other side.
Garnish it with some coriander leaves and it is ready for a yummy tiffin.
Note: You can use the above recipe to make upma or chilla.
#2. Oats tikki burgers
Nutritional benefits: There probably is nothing more exciting than having a burger in your tiffin box. Fibre forms an important part of a growing child’s diet. It supports good bowel movements. While the multigrain oats burger is fibre-rich, the potato filling offers energy to your child. This crunchy burger is a super hit with my choosy school goer and her friends too.
Boiled tomatoes (2 small-sized)
Onion (1 small-sized)
Ginger (1 tbsp)
Whole-wheat Oats (1/2 cup)
Multigrain burger buns (2)
Salt to taste
Total Preparation Time20 minutes
Take boiled potatoes and peel off the skin. Now, mash them and place them in a bowl.
Add finely chopped onions, salt to taste and ginger paste in a bowl.
Then, mix the potato mixture with oats, to give it a crunchy feel. Roll the mixture in the desired shape of a heart, star or a fish.
Shallow fry the tikki on a non-stick pan with some ghee. When the tikki turns golden, remove it from pan.
Take the burger buns, spread butter, ketchup and lettuce on each side and place the tikki. Sprinkle some black pepper over it.
Place the upper bun on the top.
You can carve eyes on a bun by placing a solid black pepper and a red saucy smile.
Oats burger bun is ready.
#3. Paneer and honey roti wraps
Nutritional benefits: Paneer supports the overall bone development of your child. Paneer is a rich source of protein, and also contains a good level of calcium and phosphorous. Paneer also boosts digestion.
Honey (2 tbsp)
Onion (1/4th cup)
Capsicum (1/4th cup)
Lemon juice (1 tbsp)
Olive oil (1 tbsp)
Total Preparation Time15 minutes
Cut paneer into bite-sized small cubes. Place them in a bowl and add lemon juice.
Pour honey and olive oil in the bowl. Give it a nice toss.
Add salt and black pepper to taste.
Cover it and keep aside for 5 minutes.
Take a roti. You can use a leftover roti also.
Spread some ketchup and green chutney.
Place finely sliced capsicum strips and onion on the roti.
Put the marinated paneer on the roti and roll it to form a wrap. Cover this paneer wrap with foil, binding its ends carefully. Serve yummy healthy wraps as tiffin.
I hope these recipes please your school goer. Now, there is no more escaping lunchtime. Happy cooking to you!