Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or a dietician, I am doing what is best for my kid to create a balanced lunch.
KIDS LUNCH BOX #28 - Ajwain Paratha + Paneer Bhurji + Carrot & Cucumber
Some kids school lunch box ideas to try…
- Spinach Corn Sandwich + Orange + Almonds & Pistachios
- Carrot Rice + Cucumber + Fruittellas
- Palak Chapati + Jeera Aloo + Orange
- Potato Spinach Pancakes + Sprouted Moong & Corn Salad+ Grapes
- Mayonnaise Veggie Pasta + Strawberries + Peanut Chikki
Here is what I packed for school lunch…
LUNCH - Ajwain Paratha - Here is the detailed Ajwain Paratha Recipe Link.
Measuring cup (1 cup = 250 ml)
- 1 cup whole wheat flour (or multigrain)
- 2 teaspoon ajwain (carrom seeds)
- red chili powder as needed
- salt adjust to taste
- oil or ghee as needed, to cook parathas
- water to knead the dough
- Firstly, take wheat flour, oil, and salt in a wide bowl. Mix well.
- Add some water and keep kneading till you get the smooth dough. Dough should be tight and firm (not soft). Rest for 15-20 minutes.
- Make balls from the dough. I was able to get six balls.
- Roll the parathas to a 3-inch diameter circle using a chapati roller. Then spread little oil or ghee on it using a spoon or brush. I prefer using ghee.Sprinkle some salt, red chili powder, ajwain & wheat flour evenly. Or you can also use your finger and spread uniformly, making sure all the spices are nicely combined.
- Fold from one side (from right), then the other side covering the previous fold (from left).
- Again spread ghee and sprinkle some wheat flour. Again fold from top and bottom. It should look like a square.
- Then roll it to a slightly thick square-shaped paratha.
- Heat a tawa/skillet on medium heat and place the paratha and let it cook. Once you see bubbles, press with a laddle it will puff up, flip on to the other side drizzle some ghee or oil on top.
- Lastly, Flip again and drizzle oil or ghee on the other side until they have nice golden spots on both sides.
- Serve ajwain ka paratha recipe with curd, pickle, raita, ketchup, or any curry of your choice.
Tips & Variations
- Use ghee to make parathas more flavorful, otherwise, you can use oil too.
- These parathas taste the best when eaten hot.
- You can also skip red chili powder to make plain ajwain paratha.
- You can make this paratha in any preferable shape of your choice.
- If you are running out of time, simply knead everything together and make the parathas.
SNACK - Paneer Bhurji - Here the Paneer Bhurji Recipe Link
SNACK - Carrot & Cucumber - I just cut the cucumber into circles and carrot into 2-inch sticks.
Prep Work For The Previous Evening
- You can prepare the dough at night and refrigerate it in an airtight container.
- You can crumble paneer at night and store it in the refrigerator.
- Packed in a stainless steel tiffin box called Lunchbots which is Eco-Friendly, Dishwasher Safe, BPA-Free and is easily available on Amazon. Do not use plastic lunch boxes for your kids, they are toxic.
- For the soft chapati, it is important to cover the dough and set it aside for at least 20 minutes.
- You can increase or decrease quantity based on your child's appetite.
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