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Kids' Lunch Box Favorites

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In India, the word 'tiffin' is used to describe either a lunch box or the food in it! While every Mom wants to pack a tasty lunch box, we also want it to be nutritious. Not a lot to ask for is it? This however, is one task that causes many of us anxiety! Children often come home with half eaten food, simply because they think it's boring! Planning what will go into your kids' lunch box need not be a nightmare. Here's a list of tasty treats that will have them polishing their food off in no time:

Mint Chutney Veggie Sandwich

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Also called the Bombay Sandwich, this one is seriously yummy and packed with the good stuff. It is a handy way to sneak veggies into your children's food!

Tomato Chutney Sandwich

I pre-make the Chutney I have used in this sandwich recipe and store it in my fridge but you can use any savory tomato chutney you like.

Toasty Paneer Sandwich

Yummy and easy to make! Most kids like this mild tasting sandwich. For grown ups you can 'spice it up by adding a dash of hot sauce to the filling.

Indi Burger - Indian Style Burger

What with the huge amounts of western influence, burgers are popular food in India. Want to give your burgers an Indian flavor? So easy! Try this recipe.

Poha

From western India, Poha, made from flattened rice, is an easy-to-cook, nutritious snack. It is often eaten for breakfast or brunch. Add extra zing to Poha by serving it with Mint-Coriander Chutney!

Upma

No matter where you go in India, Upma is a hot favorite breakfast food! Originally from South India, this tasty dish can be eaten for breakfast, brunch or as a snack and is so wholesome you can even make a meal of it!

Dhokla

This nutritious snack from Gujarat in Western India tastes perfect with Tamarind and Mint-coriander Chutneys.

Moong Daal Ka Cheela

Moong Daal Ka Cheela is a great breakfast food or even perfect as an accompaniment to any gravy-based dish. The recipe involves soaking the Moong overnight so factor that into your preparation time.

Vada Pav

Straight out of the heart of Maharashtra in Western Indian, Vada Pav has iconic status in India. It used to be "poor man's food", but these days even the rich and famous can be spotted eating it at Bombay's (Mumbai) numerous roadside food stalls!

Sabudana Vada

Sabudana Vada from Maharashtra in western India is a great snack and goes particularly well with hot Masala Chai (spiced tea)!
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