Today in Nutrition niche, I am sharing a lunch box recipe. It can be given as a snack too if your child is OK to take a little heavy snack. This is my daughter’s favorite lunch for school as they both find it not only yummy but easy to eat. They both prefer taking stuffed chapati rolls instead of taking chapati and vegetables separately.
The main ingredient in this recipe is paneer (cottage cheese). The best thing about paneer is that it can be used in various forms in different recipes. You can experiment with it in different ways and create something new.
Tips from a Dietician mom-
Ways to include milk and milk products in Snack /Lunchbox-
- It is important to include something from milk and milk product category in the lunch box.
- My daughters drink milk in the morning before going to school. But if your child doesn’t drink milk in the morning, it’s ok to give tetra pack of flavored milk. Avoid sending it in summers or when the weather is very hot.
- You can give cheese sandwiches made with either a cheese slice or grated cheese. (I will be sharing different sandwich recipes for kids soon).
- Packed flavored and fruit yogurts can be given in school too.
- Paneer or cottage cheese can be used in different forms like paneer bhurji, Paneer with vegetables, paneer parathas, paneer sandwiches or it can be given as it is cooked lightly with little spices.
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Paneer Rolls for Kids Lunchbox-
Paneer Roll is made of paneer wrapped in a whole wheat roti. This quick recipe can be given as either snack or lunch in the tiffin box. Keep it less spicy if you have small kids. The best part is that changes can be made according to your child’s taste and preferences.
- 4 pieces whole wheat chapatis
- 2 tbsp Oil
- 1 small capsicum Chopped
- 1 small tomato pureed
- 1 small Onion Sliced
- 1 tsp Tomato ketchup Optional
- Salt According to taste
- 1 cup Paneer cubes
- 1/2 tsp Red chilli pwd
- 1/2 tsp Garam masala
- 1/4 tsp Coriander pwd
- 1 tsp Ginger Garlic paste
- Half cup curd
Mix diced paneer with curd and all the masalas. Marinate it overnight if you are going to give the rolls in school the next day.
It should be mixed nicely and evenly.
For making paneer roll, heat oil in a pan over medium flame.
Add the onions and green chilies.
Sauté for a minute or until onions turn light golden. Add the capsicums. You can use carrots and corns too.
Add the tomatoes and cook for one more minute. Add salt, black pepper powder and sauté for some time.
Add the marinated paneer. Cook for some time on a slow flame.
Add tomato ketchup and cook for some more time.
Place some of the paneer vegetable mixtures on one side and roll the chapati tight into a roll.
The rolls should be tightly sealed from one side or both sides before giving in school.
Wrap the rolls halfway with foil and Enjoy Yummy rolls!
Instead of chapatis parathas can also be used for making these rolls. Make sure to use fresh ingredients and whole wheat flour for the chapati or paratha. Outside rolls are mostly made up of maida or white flour which is not good for kids.
As I always say, Include a fruit. I have given diced mango as it is the seasonal fruit.
In Nutrition niche, I not only share recipes with a healthy twist but also some tips as a dietician mom. See previous week’s recipes-
Oats dosa with coconut chutney
July 5, 2017 at 10:06 am
Brought back memories of School day .. the curiosity to check what’s inside the magic box everyday
July 5, 2017 at 10:11 am
We vegetarians consider Paneer as the chicken of our diets becasue nothing could be tastier and healthier. Thanks for the recipe. Am definitely going to try this for my boy.
July 5, 2017 at 12:18 pm
Thanks Anupriya 🙂
July 5, 2017 at 2:15 pm
Will keep thus in mind when Rai learns to eat a roll property. Looks yummy!
July 5, 2017 at 4:03 pm
July 5, 2017 at 5:59 pm
they look delicious. I should try this recipe 🙂
July 5, 2017 at 7:49 pm
Thanks Raj 🙂
July 5, 2017 at 8:18 pm
This looks delicious and I’m sure my step kids would love to find it in their lunchbox! I may even have to try this recipe for myself ?
July 5, 2017 at 8:50 pm
Thank you ..glad you liked it 🙂
July 6, 2017 at 8:05 pm
What a great recipe! It’s so important for kids to have healthy but delicious lunches!
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July 6, 2017 at 10:23 pm
July 6, 2017 at 8:08 pm
Omg soooyummy .
I never thought to as this for a snack I’m so grateful to have kiddos willing to try new foods lol.
July 6, 2017 at 10:23 pm
July 6, 2017 at 8:15 pm
Honestly, I want to congratulating your efforts in making this lunch. What a great Mum. Also I love all the flavours included in the recipe. yum yum yum
July 6, 2017 at 10:24 pm
Thanks Phil for the kind words. 🙂
July 6, 2017 at 8:16 pm
Rolls make such a good lunch option! My kiddo also enjoys the “yogurt to go” styled portions. I freeze it so it’s still cold when he eats lunch (and it serve double duty in keeping other lunch items cold.
July 6, 2017 at 10:25 pm
Yes Yogurt to go is a good option. Thanks Kristen
July 6, 2017 at 8:19 pm
YUM YUM YUM!! I think this is an adult lunch just as much as a kid one!
July 6, 2017 at 10:25 pm
July 6, 2017 at 8:36 pm
I’d never heard of paneer until today! It looks like something I’d be interested in trying but not sure where to find it?
July 6, 2017 at 10:27 pm
Paneer is cottage cheese Shelly. I am sure you can get it in any super market.
July 7, 2017 at 12:03 am
This does look like a delicious lunch! My daughter would probably like it. We normally just do boring sandwiches so this would be a nice change.
July 7, 2017 at 7:45 am
July 8, 2017 at 7:56 am
This seems like a very tasty recipe. I also love that you are sending your child to school with healthy meals.
July 8, 2017 at 10:18 am
October 17, 2019 at 3:20 pm
Hi, should the paneer which is marinated to be kept inside the refrigerator or we can store it outside in room temperature?
October 31, 2019 at 9:57 am
Hi Preeti..thanks for reading the post. It depends on the weather, if its cold, you can store it outside otherwise keep it in the refrigerator.