This post reminds me of my school days. My mom was working, and would always choose quick rice dishes to pack for our lunchbox. If the same dishes were made over weekends she would use Basmathi Rice.
Along with carbohydrates, rice is also rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals. Rice is easy to digest and quick to eat.
I’m providing all the recipes for 1 cup of uncooked rice. Use ghee or oil as per wish. Cook rice before you start.
Add peanuts or cashews while frying the masala for that added crunch.
Grind cloves (3), cinnamon (small piece), mint leaves (1cup), coriander (1/2 cup), curry leaves (1/2 cup), ginger (1/2 inch piece).
In a pan fry 1 chopped onion in oil or ghee, add this mixture and fry for a min with salt. Finally add rice and toss, toss, toss.
In a pan add oil, mustard seeds (1/2 tsp), hing (pinch), urad or channa dal (1/2 tsp), dry red chillies (4-5 broken into pieces) and shredded coconut (1/2 cup) and fry for a min.
Finally toss in the cooked rice with some chopped coriander leaves.
In a pan add 1/2 tsp mustard, jeera (1/2 tsp), hing (pinch), chopped ginger (optional), 2-3 chopped green chillies, curry leaves, 1-2 chopped onions (optional) and fry.
Now add lemon juice (1 big lemon or 2 small lemons) and 1/2 tsp of turmeric, followed by rice and salt.
Finally add chopped coriander and toss.
Tamarind Rice/ Puliyogere
You need to prepare the mix during weekends but store bought puliyogere paste from MTR works very well for us. You just need to mix with rice as per instructions.
Quick Fried Rice
In a pan add oil, to the oil add 1 chopped onion, ginger garlic paste, 2-3 chopped chillies, egg or finely chopped vegetables and fry till veggies cook, now add 1 tsp tomato sauce, 1/2 tsp soya sauce, 1 tsp chilli sauce(optional) and salt.
When oil starts floating mix your rice and finely chopped spring onions and your done.
Hope these recipes help you. Do let us know what goes into your kids lunchbox.