HI Guys...I am back again with Blogging Marathon # 13....the only reason why my blog gets some blogs posted by me! The only way I get up and do something for the blog, otherwise my busy life just takes over and I don't find enough time to blog hop or even write up posts!
I always promise myself to write and be regular but that doesn't seem to happen very often! Something or the other has to happen...this time around its the crashing of the laptop! I thought I won't be able to participate this time around, but thankfully my hubby fixed a working station..a combo of a old laptop and an old computer screen, which seems to be working when it has a mood to work!! I just hope it will cooperate with me and not stop for the next 7 days!
So for this Marathon, I decided to go with the Easy Lunch Box Recipes for kids made of rice. We should really Thank Srivalli for having so much patience and thought in bringing all this together with amazing themes every month.
Coming to the theme, my kids don't take rice to school, at least my older one does not and will not take rice to school...how much ever I plead with him. My younger one will, as long as it is something which he likes. I surely wish whatever they take, may the lunch box come back home empty...that will not happen either.
But make the same dish at home, they will complete it without asking any questions. So there is a gain and hope that someday that will happen in school too! So my recipes for this theme are all home tested and are eaten at home for lunch or rarely for dinner.
I prefer making easy lunches either for me or for them and not a routine dal and veggie curry which they have for dinner. This way it gives a variety and allows them to think they are having something different.
As this is not going to have any other extra protein source, I rather mix it up with rice.
To make any of my instant rice versions, all you need to have in hand are onions, sometimes tomatoes, any protein source, ginger garlic paste, garam masala or any other podis or powders and some veggies if you wish.
Here is the recipe for an easy Paneer and Peas Rice. Here I mix up Paneer with some peas into some freshly prepared rice. Leftover rice also can be used. Adding some ginger garlic paste and garam masala makes the rice flavorful and yummy enough to eat!
1 cup cooked rice
1/4 cup Paneer pieces cut into small pieces
1/4 cup frozen peas
1/2 piece of onion, cut into small pieces
1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste
pinch of turmeric
Chili powder (optional - I do not use it for kids)
1/2 tsp Garam Masala (more or less)
1 tsp oil
salt to taste
Chopped coriander leaves for garnish
Heat oil in a kadai and add in the paneer pieces.
When the paneer starts to brown, add the onion and frozen peas, along with some salt.
Once the peas are thawed, add the ginger garlic paste and saute for a minute or two.
Add the rice, turmeric, garam masala and some more salt. Mix to combine well.
Garnish with chopped cilantro leaves.
If packing for school, make sure you pack it in a hot box, so that it will stay warm till lunch time.
To make an adult version - add more veggies and some chili powder.