kids lunch box recipes, south indian lunch box recipes for kids

kids lunch box recipes

Kids lunch box recipes, south Indian veg recipes

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Finding ideas for kids lunch box is one of the challenging tasks for many mums, especially if the kids are fussy or demanding. As mums we are more interested to load their boxes with nutrition and want to make it interesting for the kids. Iam a vegetarian which it comes to packing Lunch box, I do not pack anything that has been prepared with egg or meat, since the food is stored for several hours before consumption. Egg and meat are supposed to be eaten within 2 hours of preparing. I have put together some of my recipes that are good for lunch boxes, all these are mostly Indian that can be made in less than an hour. Based on my experience, I have categorized as roti, rolls, rice and breads and i have shared how these could be made more interesting for fussy eaters. There are no pasta and noodles recipes, since I do not think they remain good or tasty after few hours.
Kids are different some like to eat only rice items as they are lazy to chew roti /chapathi or bread and they feel rice can be finished faster. While some like to eat only finger foods like roti or roti rolls or sandwiches. After a short survey talking to other mums, I have understood that most kids love to munch on some finger foods like roti rolls, sandwich or burgers, so that they could rush to play in the leisure .
Lunch box rice recipes: You can pack these either with a salad or some healthy baked chips or a stir fried vegetable to make it interesting. I have posted 36 rice recipes, feel free to check here on my rice section for better choice. Below is the list of recipes that have been liked by my friend’s kids and my kids for lunch box.
pulao recipes
potato rice or aloo rice
capsicum rice
tomato rice bath with aloo, beets
vegetable masala bath
pudina rice
lemon rice
coconut rice
tawa pulao
paneer pulao
coconut milk rice
Ghee rice in andhra style (do not use egg)
kashmiri pulao (you can skip saffron)
Easy mixed vegetable pulao
methi peas pulao
Cashew pulao recipe | Andhra style
saffron rice(do not use egg) (best for winters)
vegetable yakhani pulao recipe (need vegetable stock)
fried rice recipes 
All the fried rice recipes can be made without using soya sauce. Just skip them in the recipe. Use a good quality vinegar. Limit the use of soya sauce for kids. It is a hormone disruptor and is not good to use often. If using, use naturally brewed or organic soya sauce. Kikkoman is one of the popular brands of naturally brewed soya sauce available in India as well. Avoid the use of sauces with added msg, colors or preservatives in E series.
paneer fried rice
pineapple fried rice
Apple Fried Rice
soya chunks fried rice
vegetable fried rice (you can make without sauces)
biryani recipes
soya chunks biryani
veg biryani in pressure cooker
alasanda/ lobia biryani
chole/chana biryani
methi biryani / menthaku biryani
easy paratha recipes take a look at images here
These are not stuffed parathas and are easy to make. Some of them do not need much kneading and soaking time too, yet they turn out to be mouth melting. These parathas do not need any side dish, but if you wish to include more veggies, you can use these to roll up some steamed or sauteed veggies. A chutney or salad too makes a good side for these.
cabbage paratha
quick paneer paratha
aloo methi paratha
methi paratha
soft ragi aloo paratha
gobi/ cauliflower paratha
sweet paratha rolls (do not use frozen parathas for lunch box, they could go bad)
sweet potato puran poli (why not for a lunch box? kids will love them) (stuffed poli)
Beetroot Paratha: I have not posted this. Adding cooked pureed beetroot to the flour, yields soft rotis. you can add minced coriander leaves too while kneading. These do not taste great, but my kid loves these as they melt in the mouth. Do not add water to the beetroot while pureeing. The dough must be slightly sticky to yield soft parathas.
spinach paratha (palak): I have not posted this one too, puree the spinach leaves and use while kneading.
breads and sandwich: I pack sandwich only some times when my kids’ want a change.
potato sandwich
paneer sandwich
Quick pav bhaji for lunch box
Pav bhaji
paneer masala pav
chocolate sandwich
Kathi rolls and more will be posted in my

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kids lunch box recipes , south indian veg kids lunch box recipes
Prep time
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Yield: 2
Ingredients (240 ml cup used)
  • Rice or wheat flour
  • veggies as needed
  • spices as needed
  • oil as needed
  1. For detailed instructions please refer the recipe links provided in the post above.


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    • swasthi says

      Hi Varsha, Try beetroot orange juice or beetroot lemon juice. If you use very nice sweet oranges, kids will surely like it. To make just use a small piece of beetroot and pour the orange juice and blend well. Use a muslin cloth and filter the juice. I suggest not adding sugar. If your kid doesn’t like then you can add little. You can also try pineapple and beetroot juice. I will share more recipes soon. Hope these help

  1. Ramya says

    thank u so much, great ideas, keep on continuing . My daughter now she enjoys her luch..,thank u so much

  2. kalyani says

    Hi. I was confused nd clueless wat to pack forlunch.your recepies gave me the perfect answer.thank you so much.keep posting evn more recepies for kids

  3. Devi says

    Thank you for sharing your recipes. Enjoyed it by making and loved it by eating. Many appreciations. Thank you.