Lunch-Box Event Round-up

Did you notice how it’s un-characteristically pleasant here in Chennai (not counting the oppressive humidity just before the rains)? It’s been raining on and off the past week and even yesterday. Nothing like rain to lift the spirits. I really don’t understand these Brits always complaining about overcast skies. We love our rains. We celebrate rains. Our heroines wait for the rains to break into a dance (Oho Megam Vanthadho – Mouna Ragam – Classic, Vaan Megham – Punnagai Mannan – Another Classic. I love love this movie and every Balachander movie). Why not? If only I knew a few more moves, I’d dance too instead of land on my bum like l did last time trying to kick-splash some water on Chinnu.

I’ve been busy doing nothing. I slept in the past couple of weeks because there was no Tennis class to wake up for. I’ve been lazy, not done much cooking or writing but I’ve been very very busy as well. I can be lazy and busy at the same time. Can you?

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I’ve now been packing Hasini’s lunch box for more than a month and I dare say I’ve mastered it. I’ve learnt a few neat tricks and a lot of cheat tricks along the way and I’ll share them on my blog for the benefit of other lazy moms. I really do think the “Lunch-box” topic is absolutely crucial for our economy and I need to have a dedicated space on Foodbetterbegood for this topic and I’ll update the space periodically. For starters I’ve rounded up some really yummy lunch box treats from several of my blogger friends in this post.

This lunch-box theme of Kid’s Delight event (Srivalli‘s idea) happened in May this year. I’ll need to thank all my blogger friends who sent in their lunch box recipes to the event. Most of the recipes are now on my to-try list. I am sure they’ll become your kiddo’s favourites too. Steer away from the usual and give these recipes a shot. This lunch-box round-up includes all the usual kiddie favourites of noodles, grilled sandwiches and Thayir sadam plus a variety of variety rices, paniyarams and stuffed parathas. I hope these recipes inspire you to create some delicious lunch-boxes.

After all, an empty lunch-box is the best compliment to lunch-packing moms. I hope these lunch-box ideas bring you lots of empty, licked clean lunch-boxes.
Not to forget the pretty Tupperware giveaway. One entry was randomly picked. The winning entry was Beulah’s “Chicken Biryani”. Congrats Beulah!
Happy lunch packing all! 

Click on the pictures to get to the specific recipes.

Want to go the easy, fuss free route. Make these yummy sandwiches!

Egg Sandwich

Grilled Potato Sandwich

Chicken Sausage Sandwich

Grilled Veggie Cheese Sandwich

Eggless Savoury French Toast


Tofu Aloo Matar Grilled Sandwich

Mixed Vegetable Tawa Sandwich

Biryanis and pulavs are wonderful one-pot options for lunch boxes. They’re quicker than you’d think. Try one of these.

Paneer Biryani

Chicken Biryani

Egg Rice

Peas Pulav

Potato Pulav

Mixed Vegetable Pulav

Carrot Tomato Pulav

Mushroom Biryani

Paneer Vegetable Pulav

Chicken Egg Pulav

Potato Biryani & Veggie Kofta

Vegetable Biryani

Mutton Biryani

Rotis and Stuffed Paranthas are yummy, filling and always a hit.

Roti & Mixed Vegetable Kurma

Coriander Luchi & Khatta Mitta Aloo

Masala Akki Roti

Mint & Coriander Paratha

Missi Roti

Mughlai Paratha

Stuffed Radish Paratha

Fancy Chinese? Try the ever popular noodles or chowmein

Capsicum Noodles

Chilli Garlic Chowmein

Mix it up a bit. Try these paniyarams, Sabudana Kichadi or Oothappams

Sabudana Kichdi

Savoury wheat dumplings

Beetroot idlis & Sprouts

Spaghetti & Hummus patties

Paneer Masala Bread

Some super-quick sides that would perfectly round out your kids lunch box 

Egg & Cabbage Scramble

Stuffed Bananas

Eggless Whole wheat spice cake

No lunch-box round-up is complete without variety rices.

Milagu Rice

Mint Rice

Tamarind Rice

Curd Rice

One more version of Curd Rice 

Tomato Rice

Tomato Rice

Vaangi Bath

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