30 Instant Pot recipes for Kids Lunch Box – Vegetarian – 5 INGREDIENTS 

Prepared with few ingredients and very less Cooking time  . No need of stirring or Baby sitting. Taste good at room temperature. You can pack these Lunches for any age Kids .

TEN INSTANT POT DESSERTS YOU CAN PACK FOR KIDS LUNCH BOX . Prepared with 5 amin ingredients and Less than 15 minutes cooking time . Zero monitoring and no stirring. Most of the Desserts stay good for MORE THAN 5 DAYS . 



1. MIXED BEANS UPMA : KIDS LUNCH BOX with Mixed Beans  . 5 MAIN INGREDIENTS. Pack with Plain curd 



2. LIME RICE MINUS RICE. Kids Lunch Box. Just transfer everything to the pot and done in less time with no burnt bottom and Zero monitoring. Pack with Plain curd. 



3. VEGETABLE MAC AND CHEESE. All in One pot from start to finish . Now you can prepare KIDS favorite Mac and cheese in less time and One pot to clean at the end .

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4 . PANEER SPREAD FOR TOAST. PACK WITH TOAST or Plain Paratha . You don’t need to prepare in the morning. Prepare day before and refrigerate. Stays good for more than 5 days . 5 main  Ingredients and Less Cooking time .



5. CRACKED WHEAT ( DALIYA) WITH RED LENTILS AND VEGETABLES. One pot meal you can pack for KIDS LUNCH BOX. Don’t forget to squeeze juice of lime. It will be ready even before kids wake up.

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6.Mango  Vegetable Biryani  with Raita . With mild spices . Kids are going to like the new taste of Biryani. Taste good at room temperature . Transfer everything to the pot and done in less time.

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7. WALNUT GREEN CHUTNEY with JWAR RICE FLOUR ROTI . You can prepare day before and refrigerate. Warm before you pack in Kids Lunch box

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8.DRIED YELLOW PEAS or DRIED GREEN PEAS  CURRY . Pack with a piece of toast or Phulka or without grains. It taste good on its own. 

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https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2018/08/16/Instant pot 

9. ROUND SAMOSA . Fried in Paniyaram pan , Filling cooked in INSTANT POT. Dried Potato curry without adding water. Prepare filling and wheat flour dough  night before and refrigerate. Easy to prepare Lunch in the morning. 

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10. BARLEY IDLI WITH EDAMAME BEANS CHUTNEY . You can prepare both Idli and chutney night before and refrigerate. Warm before you pack for Lunch Box or You can prepare in the morning. Takes 15 minutes to prepare for whole family if you do preparation night before. 

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11. Coconut rice with BALCKEYED PEAS SUNDAL and VERMICELLI KHEER . PIP cooking. . Takes less than 30 minutes to prepare all 3 for whole family .

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12 . LIME RICE MINUS RICE . Pack with Plain curd . Prepared with few ingredients and less cooking time. No water left and no burnt bottom . Once finish cooking take out the inner pot, cool and squeeze Juice of Lime 

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13. VEGETABLE PASTA in INSTANT POT without burnt bottom . Perfectly cooked pasta and non mushy vegetables. Check recipe how much water and Sauce to add to enjoy this tasty One pot  Vegetable Pasta with or without Cheese . Pack for  Kids Lunch Box or for  Quick Dinner when you don’t have time to cook Indian Meal .


14. CHICKPEAS PASTA SALAD with SPECIAL INGREDIENT. Chickpeas and Pasta are cooked in INSTANT POT . PIP METHOD . Preparation night before – 10 minutes and Morning – 10 minutes . Once you taste for seasoning ,you will never stop eating. Juicy and tasty salad . 5 INGREDIENTS 


15. PICKLED VEGETABLE VERMICELLI . One pot Meal for KIDS LUNCH BOX. Different from regular Vermicelli .


16. BLACK CHICKPEAS ( KALA CHANA) IDLI for Kids Lunch Box with COCONUT RAITA. Fermented and steamed in INSTANT POT .



17. Spaghetti with Cherry tomato Sauce – Instant Pot  . The extra sauce keeps the Pasta moist till Lunch time. If you have a Older kid they can prepare their own Lunch Box . Prepared with few ingredients  and cooks in very  less time .


18. CABBAGE MOONG DAL BIRYANI with VEGETABLE RAITA . INSTANT POT . Check recipe how to cook this tasty Biryani and without mushy .


 19. PASTA IN SPINACH SAUCE and WITHOUT CHEESE. Simple recipe to prepare and pack for Lunch Box or for DINNER . I did PIP . Cooked both Pasta and sauce at the same time. No burnt bottom or raw smell of sauce. Easy way to feed greens for Kids. They will finish without complaint. 

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20. PUFFED RICE UPMA in INSTANT POT is a One pot meal that I packed for my Kids Lunch Box with Sweet Potato fries and Fruit . 

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2018/01/08/Puffed rice 

21. Apple Pudding with Baked Vegetable Pockets . Instant Pot. I prepared stuffing in IP day before and baked in the morning to Pack for Kids Lunch Box with Apple Pudding. 

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22. SPINACH BIRYANI with VEGETABLE RAITA. INSTANT POT . Just transfer everything and will be ready in less than 15 minutes. Prepare vegetable Raita night before and refrigerate. Comes to room temperature by Lunch time. 

23. EGGPLANT BIRYANI with VEGETABLE RAITA  is a One pot meal to pack in Kids Lunch Box. It takes less than 15 minutes . Gather your ingredients night before so it will be easy to prepare Lunch Box in the morning.

24. CABBAGE STIR FRY – INSTANT POT – KIDS LUNCH BOX . It takes less than 5 minutes to cook .




26 .  PURAN POLI  ( short cut method) – INSTANT POT WITH MANGO RICE AND PLAIN CURD . Prepare the filling in your free and refrigerate. Dip in the Dosa Batter and fry in Paniyaram Pan in the morning. It takes less than 10 minutes to prepare 4 Lunch Boxes . 



https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2018/02/06/Red kidney Beans 

28.GREEN LENTILS VEGETABLE RICE IN INSTANT POT . One Pot flavorful vegetable rice . Serve or Pack with Homemade mango Pickle , Vegetable raita( Vegetables mixed in Yogurt) and Papad. 


29. TOMATO MOONG DAL BIRYANI . Check my recipe for water and tomatoes to add to enjoy a fluffy and tasty Biryani. With Carrot Raita. 

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30 . BARLEY IDLI/DHOKLA with EDAMAME BEANS CHUTNEY . Soft and fluffy Idli’s and melt in mouth when you dip in soupy chutney. 3 Ingredients . No rice added . You prepare night before and warm for One minute before you pack for Lunch Box .


31 . STUFFED EGGPLANT CHICKPEAS BIRYANI WITH CARROT RAITA’. Stuffed the Eggplant with Curry powder , so it won’t taste bland . Perfectly cooked rice. No water left and no burnt bottom. 



Cabbage stir fry  with No Spice powders – Instant pot – Kids Lunch Box.

 Cabbage stir fry in Instant Pot with no spice powders . It is not going to taste bland . Colorful to look and delicious in taste . When ever i prepare this my kids just eat the vegetable and forget about the rest on the plate . Perfect for those who want to reduce carbs in their diet and serve with Low carb grains or with Scrambled egg. It is Simple stir fry recipe you can prepare in very less time and pack for Kids Lunch Box. I usually prepare by adding tomato and other Spices In Biryani, in fritters or prepare a Chutney to serve with appetizers or Cabbage pickle . I tried in Instant Pot and it took less than 5 minutes to Cook ( Not chopping time) . Chop cabbage finely so it will cook evenly . I didn’t take the Picture of finely chopped Cabbage ( I will take picture next time and post ) . I didn’t add any Spices( like red chilli powder , cumin and coriander powder ) and just add one Spice at the end and couple more veggies for color . First time we ate in an Indian restaurant. We liked the taste and I tried couple of times and finally packed in Kids Lunch Box. When ever we go for restaurant I just observe my kids which vegetables they eat more. First they keep a sample of all foods they serve ( Buffet)  . For second time  serving I noticed they are just eating Cabbage with some appetizers  . I thought I’m going to try at home. We like  Cabbage in any form .

Cabbage is one of the best sources of Vitamin k along with other types of Green Leafy vegetables . Vitamin k is needed for bone health because it helps your body use calcium and getting less than recommended amount poses an increase risk of developing osteoporosis. Low in fat and high in fiber. with 22 calories per cup . Shredded cooked cabbage contain 68 percent of the required daily intake of vitamin K. Cabbage has well known cancer preventive compounds and they stimulate enzyme activity and inhibit the growth of Cancer tumors. It is one of the oldest known vegetables . Cabbage dates back to 4000 B.C in Shensi province in China. Cabbage caution. Those with thyroid problems should avoid eating large amounts of cabbage . It interferes with the body absorption of Iodine needed by the thyroid gland. This applies to all cruciferous vegetables . Source : HM 

Do try this Simple recipe and don’t skip any ingredient to enjoy this tasty Stir fry. 

Packed for KIDS LUNCH BOX with Soya Chunks rice , Black eyed Beans salad : 


1. Cabbage –  ( thinly sliced) Important 

2. Channa dal – 2 tbsp , Black split urad dal – 1 tbsp , Cumin seeds – 1 /2 tbsp , Mustard seeds – 1/2 tbsp, Red chillies . 

3. Finely chopped Coriander and Curry leaves

4. Salt

5. Oil – 2 tbsp and Ghee – 1/2 tbsp ( add at the end)

6. Grind Handful of Coconut with 2 Green chillies , Small piece of ginger and toasted Sesame seeds – 2 tbsp 

7. Color Bell peppers – 1/2 cup ( chopped finely for color)  and Grated carrots – 5 for Color 

8. Roasted peanuts – Handful to add at the end 

9. Juice of Half Lime ( Optional) 

10 . Water – 2 tbsp 


1. Turn IP on Saute mode . When warm add Oil followed by Channa dal , Black split urad dal , Cumin seeds , Mustard seeds and Red chillies. Green chillies , Curry leaves and Hing too.

2. Add thinly sliced Cabbage and Colored Bell peppers .  Season with Salt . I didn’t add turmeric powder . Mix well . Sprinkle 2 tbsp  water . Cancel  saute . Manual 4 minutes . QPR . Saute for couple more minutes or till  little dry  . Add Ghee . 

3. Add grated carrots  . Mix gently .

4. Transfer to a  Pyrex Bowl . Cool and add Coconut mixture , Chopped Coriander . Squeeze Juice of Lime ( optional)   and add roasted Peanuts .

5. Taste for salt and spices and add accordingly .


1. Heat a wide pan on medium high flame . When warm add Oil followed by Black split Urad dal , Channa dal , Mustard seeds, Cumin seeds and Red chillies. Green chillies, Curry leaves and Hing too .

2. Add thinly sliced cabbage and Chopped Bell peppers. Season with salt . No turmeric powder . Mix well . Close lid and cook until vegetable is soft . Mix in between to avoid burning.

3. Open the lid and add grated carrot, Coconut powder and finely chopped coriander. Mix gently .

                           Taste for salt and spices and add accordingly .

4. Add roasted Peanuts. Squeeze juice of Half lime( Optional) 


Lauki( Green Bottle gourd)  Mango Spinach Dal ( with 3 different  Dals) , Steamed Rice – Instant Pot and  Cabbage  Chickpeas Pickle 

It is not a new recipe but it is new for me because I cooked Dal for the first time in Instant Pot ( Bought 2 months back) and with 3 different dals. Cooked perfectly and right Consistency . Not too thin and not too thick . This dal preparation is little different from regular dals as i didn’t add any tamarind for sour taste. Instead I used Juice of Lime . Cool the Dal and squeeze Lime juice. Don’t add Spinach along with Dal. I added at the end . Even I cooked rice along with Dal . Cooked perfectly and without Mushy . I added tadka at the end as I have to add tadka for Chickpea Pickle . So  3 pots to clean after cooking complete meal . Chickpea Pickle I’m sharing will stay good for a week ( We will finish before that) . We like eating Homemade Pickle with our meal . Enhances the taste of the meal  . I even prepared Phulka( Indian Bread ) and Microwave Papad. Kids will never say no for this meal if they are hungry . Here are the 2 Simple recipes you can prepare in very less time. 

Recipe for 4 People .


1. Toor dal , Yellow Moong Dal and Channa Dal – 1/2 cup ( Soak for 30 minutes to 1 hour )  Wash before and after soaking.

2. Water – 1 1/2 cup

3. Spinach – 5 Big handfuls chopped

4. Lauki ( Green Bottle gourd) – Medium ( Peeled and Chopped ) , Mango – Medium ( Peeled and Chopped) 

5. Onion – Medium ( finely chopped) , Ginger – small piece , Garlic cloves – 6 ( Peeled and Crushed) 

6. Roma tomatoes – 2 chopped

7. Sambar powder and Curry Powder – 1 tbsp each ( Curry powder is a Blend of Red chilli powder , Coriander and Cumin powder, Garluc and fresh Coriander )

8. Oil – 1 tbsp and Ghee – 1 tbsp

9. Seasoning – Split Black Urad dal – 1 tbsp , Cumin and Mustard seeds – 1/2 tbsp , Broken red chillies – 3 , Hing – Pinch and Crushed Garlic – 6 cloves

10 . Juice of Lime – 1

Method :

1. Turn Ip on saute mode . When warm add 1/2 tbsp Oil and 1/2 tbsp Cumin seeds followed by chopped Onions. Season with Salt and Turmeric. Mix well .

2. Once Onions are brown add chopped Vegetables ( Lauki , Mango and chopped tomatoes) ,  Sambar powder, curry Powder , Soaked dal with water. Mix well .

3. Keep the trivet and Rice Bowl . Close IP with lid.

4. Cancel saute button. Press Manual for 7 minutes . Unplug when you see Low . 

5. NPR after 5 minutes . Open the lid and add chopped Spinach . Mix well and cook for couple of minutes .

            Add Tadka ( seasoning with Garlic, Black split urad dal , Cumin and Mustard seeds  and Hing ) and Ghee. ( NOTE: You can do tadka in the beginning) 

6. Cool and squeeze juice of Lime( If needed) . Taste for salt and Spices and add accordingly .


Chop cabbage finely and transfer to a Bowl . To this add Chickpeas , Red chilli powder ( Mild spicy ) , Cumin powder , Mustard and Fenugreek powder . Heat 2 tbsp Oil and add  Crushed and Chopped  Garlic ,Black split urad dal, Cumin seeds, Mustard seeds , Hing and One red chilli . Add this seasoning to the Pickle . Squeeze Juice of Lime and finely chopped Coriander. Mix well . Taste and add accordingly.



Channa Dal Masala curry with Lauki ( Green Bottle Gourd ) with Yogurt   and Steamed rice – Instant Pot – PIP 

Because of freezing rain it is half day for Kids. I have to finish cooking Dinner early as there are chances of Power Outage. IP to rescue . I soaked Channa dal to prepare Vegetable Sambar . Instead changed my mind and prepared Channa Masala Curry  with Vegetables , Lauki with Yogurt  and Steamed rice ( PIP) . All cooked in less than 15 minutes. While they are cooking in IP I quickly roasted Spices to add to the Curry and Yogurt . I first grinded Coconut , green chillies and ginger to add to Yogurt . Then I grinded the Spices with the rest of the Coconut green chilli paste and added to Channa Dal curry and Served with Phulka , Steamed rice and Papad. Here are two Simple recipes you can prepare in very less time. 

Recipe for 4 


1. Channa Dal – 2 Handfuls ( Soaked and washed )

2. Onion – 1 ( Finely Chopped)

3.  Crushed Garlic – 4

4. Tomatoes – 4 ( chopped )

5. Potatoes – 3 to 4 ( Peeled and Cubed) or Eggplant or Both Potato and Eggplant or any other Vegetable of your choice . 

6. Oil – 1 tbsp and Ghee – 1/2 tbsp to add at the end

7. Salt and Turmeric

8. Spices to roast and grind – Dry roast 2 tbsp Sesame seeds , 1 /2 tbsp Cumin seeds , 1/2 tbsp Coriander seeds , 2 Cloves , 2 Cardamom , small stick of Cinnamon and 2 Red chillies . Cool and grind with Handful of Dry coconut and small piece of ginger and 2 Green chillies .

9 . Finely chopped Coriander and Mint leaves .

10 . Water –  4 tbsp


1. Turn IP on saute mode . When warm add Oil followed by Mustard seeds , Cumin seeds and Finely chopped Onions. Season with Salt and Turmeric. Add Crushed Garlic . Fry for couple of minutes .

2. Add Soaked and Washed Channa Dal , Cubed Potato  and chopped Tomatoes . Mix well .

3. Place Trivet and Steel Bowl with Chopped Lauki ( Bottle gourd) . Add 1/4 th cup water and little Salt to Lauki . Followed by rice bowl .

4. Close IP lid. Cancel saute button. RICE MODE  . NPR .

5. Open the lid carefully . Take out Rice Bowl and Lauki Bowl .  Cool for a while and Mix the Channa dal curry gently . Add Spice powder , Ghee , Finely chopped Coriander and Mint leaves. Taste for Salt and Spices and add accordingly .

                SERVE with Phulka , Papad and Lauki( Bottle gourd) raita .


1. Heat 1 tbsp Oil and add 1 tbsp Black urad dal , 1/2 tbsp Cumin seeds , 1/2 tbsp Mustard seeds and 2 Red chillies .

2. To this seasonind add cooked Lauki( Bottle gourd) . Cool before adding to Yogurt( curd) .

3. Once cooled add to Yogurt with Coconut Green chilli and Ginger paste , Chopped Onions , Salt , Chopped tomato and chopped Coriander. 

4. Taste for Salt and Spices and add accordingly. 

                 Serve with Phulka , Channa Dal Masala Curry and Steamed rice .


Cabbage Masala Curry – Instant Pot 

 When you are hungry and when you want to cook food for whole family a simple curry and phulka will taste good  . Food always taste better when we are hungry .   I  enjoy Cooking in Instant Pot because no stirring and Baby sitting. For yesterday’s dinner I cooked Cabbage Masala curry and served with Phulka . I didn’t even have to chop finely .After cleaning yesterday’s snow , I was hungry so I wanted to cook something quick.  Just added   big chunks of cabbage and couple more vegetables. Though I added less water it turned out a little soupy . I always keep some Spice powder to add at the end of Stir fry vegetables or to stuff the vegetables. I added the spice powder to absorb the moisture and for extra taste and flavor; it turned out great .  Spices improve the quality of food and enhance the flavor . Just transferred everything to pot and it is ready before i finished preparing Phulka ( Indian Bread) . Here is the Simple recipe . 

Recipe for 3 .


1. Cabbage – Medium ( thinly sliced) or Half od Big cabbage head 

2. Potatoes – 3  Peeled and cubed ( small) 

3. Grated ginger and Crushed Garlic – 4 cloves

4. Tomatoes – 3 ( 18 pieces) and Green Peas – 1/2 cup 

5. Oil – 2 tbsp and Ghee – 1/2 to 1 tbsp 

6 . Salt and Turmeric

7. Water – 1/4 th cup ( Measuring cup) 

8. Finely chopped Coriander and Mint leaves

9. Black split Urad – 1 tbsp , Mustard seeds and Cumin seeds – 1/2 tbsp each

10 . Spices to roast and grind – Peanuts – 10 , Sesame seeds – 1 tbsp , Cumin and Coriander seeds – 1/2 tbsp each , Red chillies –  1 or 2 . Cool and grind with Handful of coconut   and Green chillies .

11. Curry Powder  – 1/2 tbsp to 1 tbsp 


1. Turn IP on saute mode . When warm add Oil followed by Black split urad dal , Mustard and Cumin seeds .  Add Crushed Garlic and Ginger .

2. Add Tomatoes ,  Peeled and cubed Potatoes ,Green peas and Curry Powder ( No need to cook ) . Mix. Add Water . Scrape the bottom if needed . 

3.  Now add d thinly sliced  Cabbage 2 handfuls each time and mix . Add 2 more handfuls and mix and add the rest   . Mix well. Cancel Saute button. Close lid . Manual 6  minutes . NPR .

4. Open the lid and add the SPICE powder . Add 1/2 tbsp Ghee and finely chopped Coriander and Mint Leaves . Taste for salt and spices and add accordingly .


Vegetarian Instant Pot recipes to pack for Lunch Box and Vegetable recipes  for Dinner . Prepared with few ingredients and Less Cooking time . No need to stir or Baby sit . No mushy rice or burnt bottom . 

1. VEGETABLES YOGURT CURRY – INSTANT POT .it is so tasty you will forget to eat your grains. Just folow my recipe to enjoy this tasty Curry. Don’t skip any Ingredient.

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2. OKRA ( BHINDI) STEW ( CURRY) – INSTANT POT . Just follow my recipe to enjoy this tasty Stew. Masala paste is the highlight for the recipe. Okra ( Bhindi) is not Slimy and Mushy . 


3. CABBAGE MOONG DAL BIRYANI – INSTANT POT . Save the recipe as it is easy to prepare in the morning rush  hour. Just saute Spices and transfer everything into the Pot and will be ready in very less time. Serve or Pack with Carrot Raita. Check my recipe how much water to add. It is important for fluffy Biryani instead of Mushy .


4. VEGETABLE SAMBAR – SHORT CUT METHOD. Without adding soaked dal . But still dal is there in the Sambar. Easy to prepare and everything in one go. With Homemade Sambar paste. 


5.  BAIGAN BHARTH :  If your Kids trouble to eat their Vegetab;es try this BAIGAN BHARTHA . If you are bored of eating same old Baigan Bartha try this new recipe. serve with Pita chips or as a side . You won’t stop with few spoons. 

6. SPAGHETTI WITH CHERRY TOMATO SAUCE. Simple and Easy recipe to prepare for Kids Lunch Box/Dinner . 

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7. SPINACH BIRYANI in INSTANT POT with CARROT RAITA. Perfectly Cooked rice without mushy . One pot meal to serve for Weekend Lunch or to pack for Kids Lunch Box.


8. VEGETABLE PAKORA with BAKED CHIROTE . Crispy Outer covering with tasty filling and a Surprise. I cooked the filling in IP . 


8. MIXED MILK PUDDING WITH APPLE in INSTANT POT . Simple , Easy Dessert you can prepare in no time when you have unexpected guests or to satisfy your Sweet Cravings or After School Snack . Doesn’t need much cooking except gathering Ingredients. With Bajra Pakora ( Not Deep fried) 


9. EGGPLANT BIRYANI – INSTANT POT One Pot Meal with Vegetable raita.


10. PASTA IN SPINACH SAUCE AND WITHOUT CHEESE – INSTANT POT . Easy way to feed greens for kids in their favorite sauce. 


11. PANEER BUTTER MASALA ( minus Butter) in INSTANT POT . With 2 new ingredients for color , taste and extra nutrition . In 3 easy steps. Roast , Grind and Cook in very less Cooking time. Prepare ahead of time and refrigerate and cook before you serve in very less time.