TASTY DESSERT that is easy to prepare and you feel like eating more . For a change pack for KIDS LUNCH BOX . You can prepare night before and warm and cool before packing into KIDS LUNCH BOX . 

Sweet Paratha ( Halwa Paratha ) Not with Sugar   KIDS LUNCH BOX IDEA / DESSERT with Dates or Raisins or Brown Sugar ( Jaggery) or Combination of Dates and Jaggery or Raisins and Jaggery IMG_2363

Halwa Poori is a traditional Old age recipe prepared with Halwa ( a Semolina dish Sweetned with Sooji , Brown Sugar , Nuts , Ghee and Water ) and Stuffed inside a Wheat flour dough and Deep Fried. Instead of deep frying I Pan fried like Paratha . In some parts of India Halwa is served with Puffed Bread’s or Poori’s . This is a traditional dish which my Mom makes and Pack for our Lunch Box or during Festival season as Dessert with Some Rice dishes  and tastes best on its Own .

Here is the Recipe . If you try out My recipe please leave a Comment .


1. Sooji or Fine Wheat rava or Roasted Upma Mix( Wheat) – 3/4 cup and Whole wheat Vermicelli – 1/4 th cup 

2. Water – 3 Cups for stove top and 2 1/2 cups water for INSTANT POT 

3. Brown Sugar or Jaggery – 3/4 th  Cup or accordingly or Grind 1/2 cup dates or Combination of Dates and Jaggery or Combination of Raisins and Jaggery .

4 . Ghee – 2 tbsp.

5. Cardamom – 4

6. Nuts – 1/2 Cup ( Almonds , Cashews , Pistachios ) powdered  .

7. Coconut – 1/2 cup 


1. Turn Instant pot on saute mode. When warm add 1 tbsp ghee and roast sooji and vermicelli and transfer to a bowl .

2. Clean the inner pot. Add 2 tbsp ghee and 2 1/2 cups water. Unplug . 3. Now add powdered nuts , Jaggery powder and cardamom. Taste water for sweetness and add accordingly .

3. Add roasted semolina and roasted vermicelli slowly. Make sure there are no lumps. Add coconut too .

4. Close lid . Manual 2 minutes . NPR ( 3 minutes) or QPR .

5. Open the lid and take out inner pot. Mix gently . If needed add ghee . Cool before making Paratha . 


1. Heat 1 tbsp. Ghee  in a Sauce Pan and roast SOOJI and Vermicelli  till light Brown . Transfer to a Bowl .

 2. In  the same Sauce Pan add 3 Cups Water and Brown Sugar or Jaggery or DATES paste or Combination of Dates paste and Jaggery or Combination of Raisins paste and Jaggery  , Cardamom and bring to boil . Once water comes to Boil check Water for Sweetness and adjust .

3. Now slowly add Sooji , Vermicelli and Nuts powder stirring Continuously to avoid lumps . Cook on a medium flame .

4. When the Halwa starts to thicken add One more tbsp. Ghee . Mix well and Switch off the Stove . Add coconut . 

5. Allow the HALWA to Cool. Divide the Halwa into 12 equal portions and roll like Balls.IMG_2359

PARATHA : Wheat Flour – 2 Cups, Milk – one cup and  Water accordingly , Oil – tbsp. , Salt . Mix the Ingredients and make a dough . Refrigerate Overnight or leave for half hour on Kitchen counter or refrigerator .


1. Take the Paratha dough . knead  and make balls.

2. Roll the dough into Circle.  Place the Halwa Ball in the center of the  rolled  Paratha .IMG_2361

3. Bring the sides of the rolled Paratha and Seal it . Press , Sprinkle some flour and roll again into thick Paratha ( Make sure the Halwa is spread evenly when rolling) . IMG_23624. Heat Pan and fry the Paratha on both sides till Golden Brown ( You can apply Oil or Ghee on both sides while frying ) IMG_2360

OFFER TO GOD and Share with Family and Friends . Or PACK FOR KIDS LUNCH BOX .



 FESTIVAL LUNCH IN INSTANT POT . PIP COOKING . Cooked all 3 at the same time.

 Now preparing festival Lunch is so easy ( if you want to offer to God and Pack for Kids Lunch Box( No Holiday for Kids ) with  the help of Instant pot. I planned to cook Black eyed Beans  , Coconut rice  and Vermicelli  kheer . Instead of cooking all three separately I cooked them in Instant Pot ( PIP cooking) . Pour soaked Black eyed Beans in Inner pot , place trivet and keep Vermicelli Bowl ( for Dessert) followed by Rice Bowl to prepare Coconut rice. While they are cooking I  just chopped some green chillies , ginger, Coriander and Curry leaves to add to Black eyed Beans and coconut rice.  Once finished cooking , You don’t need to transfer to another Bowl . I prepared seasoning to Black eyed Beans in inner pot  and transfer to a Pyrex Bowl . Then prepared Coconut rice in the same inner pot. Just added some  sweetner and  Ghee  to vermicelli . Do try and let me know how they turned out. Here are 3 Simple recipes prepared with few ingredients.


1. Soak Half  cup Black eyed Beans overnight . Wash 3 to 4 times and transfer to inner pot . Add salt and Water ( 1 1/2 cup) .

2. Place trivet . Followed by Vermicelli kheer Bowl and Rice Bowl ( One cup Basmati rice, No need to soak . Wash 3 to 4 times and add 1 1/2 cup water , little salt and tbsp Oil) 

Note : When placing Rice Bowl on top , place the Bowl and then add water.

3. Close lid . Manual 15 minutes . NPR . Open lid . Take out the steel containers.

4. Cool rice before preparing Coconut rice. 

5. Take out inner pot . Discard water . Transfer Cooked Black eyed Beans to a Bowl .

Recipe for Black eyed Beans  : image

 1. Add 2  tbsp. Oil  to inner pot and add Cumin seeds, Mustard seeds , Red chillies, Chopped green chillies,  chopped Ginger( small piece)  , Chopped  Curry leaves .Add  Cooked Black eyed Beans and 1/4 th Cup Coconut . Mix well . 

2. Season with Salt and freshly grounded Black Pepper and  finely chopped Coriander . Transfer to a Bowl . 

NOTE : Adding Green Chillies at the end  , will not be Spicy for kids

Recipe for Coconut Rice :image

  1. No need to wash Inner Pot . Add 2 tbsp Oil . When warm add Split Black urad dal ,  Cumin seeds, Mustard seeds, Cashews  and  Red chillies .
  2. 2. Add chopped Green chillies ,  chopped Ginger and 1/4 th cup or little more coconut  . Fry for a minute .

3. Add cooked rice. Season with salt ,  Black pepper  and  finely chopped coriander. Mix gently . Taste for salt and spices and add accordingly . If needed add 2 more tbsp Oil .


To the steel Bowl add  1/2   cup  roasted whole wheat vermicelli ( store  bought) , Chopped nuts,( Almonds, Cashews and Pistachio’s) , raisins ( handful)  , Milk( 1 1/2 measuring cup)  . Mix well . Once finished cooking add powdered jaggery , Ghee and cardamom powder. 

Note : If you still want to roast Vermicelli . Microwave for One minute in a microwave safe Bowl with little ghee.