Lunchbox Recipe Idea 1 - Lemon Rice, Curd Rice and Potato Fry

Friends and Family who know me know how much I love food and food making. No doubt that they know my fancy lunchbox meals that I post everyday in Instagram.

I have been requested to share a recipe each time when I share a daily lunchbox picture in Instagram. So I have decided to shoot the video of  my lunchbox making and I will be posting whenever I shoot a video.

To kick start with that I chose the evergreen south Indian delicacy, one of my favorite lunchbox recipes, none other than Lemon rice and potato fry.
 
Today's Lunchbox Idea 1 has below recipes.

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Easy Eggless Chocolate Muffins

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I used to bake muffins quite often for my kid's snacks box and this muffin which I picked it from this page comes to the first place as it doesn't need egg and butter.

I use milk sometimes instead of water from the recipe below and the results are almost same. It is one of the great breakfast muffins and it never failed me till now. It needs just 10 minutes for mixing and 15 minutes for baking.

Enjoy this egg less, butter less chocolate muffins!
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Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Baking Time:15 to 20 minutes
Makes: 6 muffins

Video Recipe:
Please click below to view the making video of this muffins.

Ingredients:
Milk – ½ cup
Sugar – ½ cup
All purpose flour / Maida – ¾ cup
Cocoa powder - 2 tablespoons
Oil – 2 tablespoons
Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon
Salt – a pinch
Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon
Lemon Juice / Vinegar – 1/2 tablespoon

Method:
1) Preheat the oven into 350F or 175C for 10 minutes.
2) Line the muffins tray using muffin liners. Keep it aside.
3) In a mixing bowl, add milk and sugar.
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4) Whisk until the sugar is dissolved.
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5) Add all purpose flour, cocoa powder, oil, baking soda, salt, vanilla essence and vinegar.
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6) Mix well until all the ingredients are incorporated well.
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7) Pour 2 or 3 tablespoons batter into each muffin liners.
8) Bake it for 15 to 20 minutes or until the tooth pin inserted into it comes out clean.
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9) Transfer to a wire rack. Cool down a bit.
10) Enjoy warm.

Serving Suggestions:
1) It can be consumed as a snack or breakfast.
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Notes:
1) Water can be substituted instead of milk in this recipe.
2) If you like your muffin very sweet, then add 3/4 cup of sugar instead of 1/2 cup.
3) Make sure all the ingredients are in room temperature.

Semiya Kesari / Vermicelli Kesari

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Semiya Kesari is kind of staple sweet at our home because it is easy to make in large quantities, involves less time and requires less ghee and sugar. Most importantly, it is one of the few sweets that is liked by my family members.

Like I said before, I make this quite often on special occasions and whenever the family craves for it. All my family members love it in non-sticky way, so I used less water and added sugar once the semiya is perfectly cooked.
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Video Recipe:
The making of this recipe is available in Indian Curry Trail you tube channel.if you like the video, please subscribe and share.

Basic Ingredients:

Ghee – 2 tbsp
Cashew nuts – 10 to 15
Raisins – 10 to 15
Semiya / Vermicelli – 1 cup
Water – 1 and ½ cup
Food colour – a pinch
Sugar – ½ cup to ¾ cup
Green cardamom powder – ¼ tsp

Method:

1) In a thick bottom pan, add a tablespoon of ghee. Once it is meltdown, add cashews and raisins. Fry till cashews are brown and raisins are pulpy. Transfer it to a plate.
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2) To the same pan, add semiya and roast it till if golden brown. Transfer it to a plate.
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3) Now, add water to the same pan and add food colour. When it roll boils, add the roasted semiya.
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4) Simmer it till the semiya is cooked well. Keep covered till that time.
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5) Add sugar and stir well. once the sugar is dissolved and got thick consistency, add the remaining ghee, fried cashew nuts and Raisins and powdered green cardamom.
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6) Mix well and turn the flame off. It becomes thick as it cools down.
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Serving Suggestions:
1) It is a sweet served generally before or after serving the meal as a dessert.
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Notes:
1) I love non-sticky semiya kesari and used 1 and ½ cup water. If consistency doesn’t matter, you may use 2 cups for 1 cup of semiya
2) I used Bambino Brand
3) Usage of ghee and sugar if one’s personal preference. Increase or decrease it as per your family’s liking.
4) After adding sugar, cook the kesari until just it becomes thick.
5) Make sure to add the sugar only after the semiya is cooked well. The prolonged cooking of kesari after adding sugar gives a chewy kesari.

White Vegetable Kurma / Vellai Kurma / White Kurma

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In the southern region of Tamil Nadu especially in Virudhunagar, once can see this white kurma or parotta kurma or vellai kuruma is served as one of the main dishes during marriages or any function for breakfast/dinner.

It is generally served with chapathi or Parotta. It is been fondly called as vellai kurma in that region. back at my home, we used to eat this with idiyappam as well.

The ingredients which are used for grinding would be differing from person to person. Some would use only coconut and cashews. I prefer to add roasted channa dal(Pori Kadalai) which gives the creamy texture to this gravy. For bright white colour, you can skip this porikadalai and use rice flour/maida as a thickening agent.

This kurma tastes exactly like what is served in street side hotels of Virudhunagar. It is an easy hotel or restaurant style vellai kurma that can be prepared by anyone at home.
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Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4

Video Recipe:
Watch the vellai kurma making in the below video.

Ingredients:

For Grinding:

Poppy seeds – 1 tbsp
Cashew nuts – 5
Coconut – ¼ cup
Roasted channa dal – 1 tbsp
Hot water – ¼ cup

For Kurma:

Oil – 1 tbsp
Cloves – 2
Cinnamon – 1 stick
Bay leaf – 1
Fennel seeds – ½ tsp
Green chilies – 3, slit
Curry leaves – 10
Onion – 1 cup, finely chopped
Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp
Mixed vegetables – 3 cups (Carrot, Beans, Potato and Cauliflower etc)
Salt – to taste

Method:

For Grinding:

1) In a small bowl, take poppy seeds and cashew nuts. Add 1/4 cup of hot water.
2) Let it soak for 15 minutes.
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3) After 15 minutes, add grated coconut and roasted channa dal.
4) Grind it to a smooth paste.
5) Keep it aside.

For Kurma:

1) In a pressure cooker, add 1 tbsp oil.
2) Add cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf and fennel seeds. Once everything turned brown, add 3 slit green chillies and curry leaves. Give a quick fry.
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3) Add a cup of finely chopped onion. Saute it, till it becomes soft and translucent.
4) Add a tablespoon of ginger and garlic paste. Mix well and continue stirring until there is no raw smell.
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5) Add mixed vegetables of your choice. I added carrot, beans, cauliflower and potato.
6) Add a cup of water and salt to taste.
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7) Close the lid and pressure cook it for 1 whistle. The vegetables have to be cooked and at the same time it should stay firm.
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8) Open the lid, add the ground paste and required water.
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9) Let it boil till it becomes thick. once it is boiled and reached desired consistency, turn off the flame.
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10) Serve hot.

Serving Suggestions:
1) This kurma can be served as a side dish to any roti, chapathi, parotta and poori as a morning breakfast or as a dinner.
2) It can also be served with Idiyappam.
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Notes:
1) Adjust the green chillies according to its spicy level.
2) As we have added roasted channa dal(Pottu/Pori kadalai) the gravy tend to become very thick. so add water accordingly and boil for a moment. DO NOT BOIL FOR A VERY LONG TIME. 

Strawberry Oats Smoothie

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I have been making this aval smoothie for a very long time as one of my easy to prepare/drink/carry breakfast. This strawberry oats smoothie is an another variation similar to that. It is thick, has fruit and gives instant energy in the busy mornings.

I used to add honey instead of sugar or simply skip it most of the time. It depends on how much strawberries or the other type of fruit that I add to make the smoothie. with this same recipe, one can make many variations just by simply replacing the fruit part.
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Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 5 to 10 minutes
Makes: 1 glass

Video Recipe:

Ingredients:

Quick cooking oats – ½ cup
Strawberry – ¾ cup, chopped
Sugar – 2 tbsp or to taste
Vanilla Essence – few drops
Milk – 1 cup
Strawberry and oats – for garnishing

Method:
1) Clean and chop the strawberry into small pieces.
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2) In a mixie jar, add quick cooking oats, strawberry, sugar, vanilla essence and milk.
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3) Blend it for 3 minutes or until no strawberry lump found.
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4) Pour in glass, top it with chopped strawberry and oats.
5) Serve chill.

Serving suggestions:
1) This oats smoothie can be served as a breakfast or as a after school drink.
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