Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Carrot and Green Peas Rice - Kids Lunch Box

" What do you pack for your kids lunch box ? " is the most common question asked among parents. My kids are not fuzzy about eating vegetables. They eat all greens and colourful vegetables. I don't have to run behind them to feed as long as the food is 'Tasty'. Tasty and less spicy food is what they prefer. For my son,  I pack a one pot rice for his lunch. He does not like eating idly/ dosa or chappathi for lunch. He wants only rice. If I pack roti or bread for lunch, he comes back and asks me 'amma you forgot to keep my lunch today, you gave only bread' :)

For him rice with vegetables is the filling lunch, anything else he considers as snack. I prepare steamed rice and mix it with simple vegetable curry. Todays lunch was carrot and green peas rice.


  • 3/4 Cup Steamed rice
  • 1 small sized carrot chopped finely
  • about 1 Tablespoon of onion chopped finely
  • 10 to 15 green peas
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Mustard seeds 
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Urad Dal
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • a pinch of Turmeric powder
  • a pinch of Red chilli Powder
  • 1/4 Cup water
  • salt as required


1. Steamed rice should not be sticky. It should have separate grains
2. Add carrot, Green Peas with pinch of salt and turmeric powder in a microwave safe bowl. Add 1 Tablespoon water and microwave on high for 2 min
2. In a pan add 1/2 Teaspoon of oil. when the oil is hot, add mustard seeds and cumin Seeds. When they pop, add urad dal and sauté till it becomes light golden. You can skip adding mustard and cumin if your kids doesn't like them
3. Now add onion and sauté till they are soft. Keep the flame in low and watch onion carefully. since its just 1 tablespoon of onion, they brown too quickly
4. Add turmeric powder, chilli powder , salt and immediately add vegetables. Add water and let the vegetables cook for 2 min
4. Carrot and green peas cook very fast and remember we already microwaved veggies too. Add steamed rice when you still have 1 tablespoon of water in veggies. This will help keep the rice moist or prevent it from drying during lunch time. Switch of flame
5. Let it cool in the pan. Pack it in lunch box when it is cool

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