Children’s Day Special Lunchbox Menu Ideas For Your Child

Want to do something special for your child this Children’s Day? Get creative and pack a colourful lunch or snack for your little one. After all, what is a celebration without yummy food!

By Sharmilee Jayaprakash

Children’s Day Special Lunchbox Menu Ideas For Your Child

All parents want their child to always eat healthy but unfortunately, that does not usually happen. For, children tend to mostly crave what is eye catching, in terms of food. And yes, that habit does sometimes tend to have unhealthy consequences

But this Children’s Day, use some creativity to transform your child's lunch or snack box. Let your child celebrate her special day, healthfully and colourfully! 

Here are some creative lunch box ideas:

Lunchbox menu 1: Vegetable bread upma

Children’s Day Special Lunchbox Menu Ideas For Your Child

Preparation Time:15 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins
Serves: 2
Ingredients:

  • 6 bread slices
  • 1 large-sized onion, chopped lengthwise
  • 3 tbsp sweet corn
  • 1 medium-sized carrot, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp green peas
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • ¼ tsp pepper powder
  • ½ tbsp tomato sauce
  • ½ tbsp coriander leaves, chopped
  • Salt to taste

For tempering

  • ½ tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp jeera
  • A small sprig of curry leaves
  • 1 green chilli, slit

Method:
  1. Cut the bread slices into bite-sized squares and set aside. Pressure cook sweet corn, peas and carrot with very little water. Set aside without draining the water.
  2. In a pan, heat oil; add the items for tempering and sauté till the mustard seeds splutter. Add onions and fry till translucent.
  3. Add the cooked vegetables along with the water. Sauté for 2 mins and let sit till the water evaporates completely. 
  4. Add turmeric powder and pepper powder, and toss.
  5. Add tomato sauce and stir. Add salt to taste. 
  6. Finally, add the bread pieces and mix well. 
  7. Garnish with coriander leaves before serving. 

Tip: You can choose vegetables depending on your kid's liking and preference. You can even skip the veggies and add just onion and capsicum. But, I recommend the addition of veggies as it makes the upma filling and wholesome.

Lunchbox menu 2: Methi thepla

Children’s Day Special Lunchbox Menu Ideas For Your Child

Preparation Time: 20 mins
Cooking Time: 10 mins
Serves:
Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups wheat flour 
  • ¾ cup fresh methi leaves, roughly chopped 
  • 2 tbsp oil 
  • 2 tbsp curd 
  • 2 tbsp besan flour 
  • ½ tsp red chilli powder 
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder 
  • ¾ tsp coriander powder 
  • ¾ tsp jeera (cumin) powder 
  • Cumin seeds 
  • Salt 
  • Water
Method:
  1. In a pan, sauté the methi leaves until they shrink and reduce in volume. 
  2. In a bowl, mix wheat flour, besan flour, turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder, jeera (cumin)powder, cumin seeds, curd, oil and required amount of salt. 
  3. Add the sautéed methi leaves to the above mixture. Add water little by little and combine into a soft pliable dough that is of the consistency of roti dough. Cover and leave aside for 15-30 minutes. 
  4. Make lemon-sized balls and roll into thin rotis. Cook the rotis on a tawa till brown spots appear on both sides. 
  5. Serve hot with onion raita/pickle.
Tip: Clean greens the previous night itself and refrigerate. The dough should be kneaded only in the morning.

Lunchbox menu 3: Chapathi noodles

Children’s Day Special Lunchbox Menu Ideas For Your Child

Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 15 mins
Serves:
Ingredients: 

  • 4 chapathis
  • 1 large-sized onion
  •  ¼ cup cabbage 
  • 3 carrots
  • 3 capsicums
  • 5 pods of garlic, chopped finely 
  • 1 tsp pepper powder 
  • ¼ tsp soya sauce 
  • 2 tsp tomato sauce 
  • Salt 
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil 

Method:
  1. Chop vegetables lengthwise, uniformly and keep aside. 
  2. Stack the chapathis and cut into four parts. Cut each quarter into two. Then, cut thin strips, lengthwise. 
  3. Heat oil in a pan, add onion and garlic and sauté until browned. Now, add carrot and cabbage; sauté till well-cooked. Then, add capsicum and sauté for a minute. 
  4. Add soya sauce, tomato sauce and pepper powder, and mix well. Add salt to taste. Now, add the chapathi strips and toss. Let simmer for 2 minutes and serve.
Tip: Make soft chapathis/phulkas, only then will the noodles stay soft. Else, by lunchtime chapathi noodles will become hard

The author Sharmilee Jayaprakash is a food and photo blogger from Coimbatore.
Photo credit: Keerthana Shanthi 

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