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 #41 – Curd Rice + Apple + French Macaroon
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 – Curd Rice – Here is the detailed Recipe Link for Curd Rice.
Curd Rice Recipe (Thayir Saddam)
measuring cup used 1 cup = 250 ml
- 2 tablespoon coriander leaves finely chopped
- 2 tablespoon pomegranate seeds
On Stovetop in a Vessel
- Cook the rinsed rice with 3 cups of water on medium-low heat until cooked and let it cool a bit.
In Instant Pot (Electric Pressure Cooker)
- Pressure cook the rinsed rice with 2.5 cups of water on MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK mode for 6 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally.
In traditional Pressure Cooker on Stovetop
- Pressure cook the rinsed rice with 2.5 cups of water for three whistles on medium-low heat. Let the pressure release naturally.
- When the rice is a little warm, slightly mash the rice with the back of a spoon or your hands.
- Once the rice has cooled completely, add whisked curd (yogurt), milk, crushed black pepper, salt, and mix everything well.Note: Milk is added to avoid sourness when prepared in advance. But do not skip adding milk.
- For Tempering : Heat coconut oil in a pan. Once the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds let them splutter. Then add urad dal, cumin (jeera), dried red chilies, and fry until dal turns light brown.
- Now add the hing (asafetida), chopped ginger, curry leaves, and chopped green chilies, and fry for a few seconds.
- Transfer the tempering/tadka to the bowl of yogurt rice and add coriander leaves, cream (optional), adjust salt, and mix everything well.
- Garnish with pomegranate seeds. Serve authentic Yogurt rice recipe, or Thayir Saddam chilled, and enjoy pickle and papad.
Tips & Variations
- I like to overcook rice a little bit with some extra water. It makes the curd rice soft and mushy.
- Curd rice always tastes best when made with freshly cooked rice than leftover rice.
- Do not add curd to the hot rice, it will curdle.
- Add milk to avoid sourness if you are preparing in advance.
- You can also add grated carrots and add grapes for a yogurt rice recipe variation.
- You can replace rice with quinoa and millets.
- For KIDS-FRIENDLY CURD rice skip green chilies and top with more fruits like grapes, pomegranate, and nuts.
SNACK – Apple – I have cut apples into a star shape and brushed some lemon juice over the cut apples to prevent apples from browning.
Ways to prevent cut apples sliced from browning
- Lemon juice, lemonade, orange juice – any fruit juice containing citric acid will slow the enzymatic reaction.
- Soak the slices in salt water for 3-5 minutes and then pack for the lunchbox.
SNACK – French Macaroon – I have brought these macaroons from the store and my kid loves it
Prep Work For The Previous Evening
- You can shred carrots and separate pomegranate arils the previous night and refrigerate.
- 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 to your kids, they are toxic.
- You can increase or decrease quantity based on your child’s appetite.
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