10 GRAB AND GO VEGETARIAN LUNCH BOXES FOR KIDS ( ALL AGES)

 10 Grab and Go  vegetarian  Lunch Boxes  for Kids ( all ages)

My elder one goes so early to School( 7 a.m)  and sometimes it is not possible for me to Cook so early in the morning. I prepare night before and refrigerate. Morning she will warm for One minute and Pack in her Lunch Bag along with Fruit or Dessert without disturbing my sleep. She likes all these Lunch Boxes I shared . Sometimes she stays back for After school activities and these Lunches keep her full till she comes back home.As kids get Older they like proper food for Lunch time and I’m comfortable Cooking night before instead of early morning. Some days  I do preparation day before and Cook in the Morning( Less than 10 minutes) . So far I have Packed 100 unique Lunch Boxes for them . Some of them I cook early morning and Some night before and refrigerate . I even pack the same for my Younger one . She also likes them in her Lunch Box. I’m sharing some DESSERTS I pack for their Lunch Box ( 15 Desserts in One page) .

The recipes I shared are prepared with 5 main Ingredients and take 30 minutes to Prepare and Cook and One Pot meals with Fruit or Dessert .

RECIPE LINK FOR DESSERTS TO PACK FOR LUNCH BOX AND AFTER SCHOOL SNACK ( 15 Desserts in One page) . Most of them doesn’t need cooking.

Recipe link for Desserts :

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/06/24/Ten

1. RASAM VADA prepared with LENTILS and Lots of coriander is perfect to pack for Kids Lunch Box . Taste good at room temperature. Kids are going to like the sweet taste of Vada with Simple Tomato  rasam. Prepare day before and refrigerate. Warm for One minute  and Pack for Lunch Box .

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/03/25/Rasam vada

2.BARLEY SALAD WITH ORANGE HONEY MUSTARD DRESSING . DESSERT MIXED NUTS AND SEEDS LADOO. My kids say Barley almost taste like Pasta. Easy to prepare and taste good at room temperature.

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/Barley

3. CABBAGE BALLS – NOT DEEP FRIED. Simple recipe prepared with 5 ingredients and taste good next day if you refrigerate day before. There won’t be any change in the taste . Cooking time : 5 minutes for 2 Kids Lunch boxes .  Preparation time :15 minutes 

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/09/05/Cabbage balls

4.SEMOLINA URAD DAL PAKORA. They are so tasty and I guarantee Kids will bring back their empty Lunch Box. With everyday ingredients ( 5 main ingredients) from your pantry .

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/08/23/Semolina

5.GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLE RICE with PLAIN CURD and BEANS SALAD. It is a very tasty rice recipe you can pack for Lunch Box . I added 3/4 th Box of greens to prepare this recipe . Easy way to feed Greens for Kids . I shared 2 Spice powders to add at the end . Choose one and try . 

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/09/15/Green Leafy 

6. QUINOA FRITTERS – Prepared with Lentils and Quinoa . Grind the batter with Green Chillies , Onion , vegetable of your choice and Ginger which will supress the Pungent smell  and bitter taste of Quinoa and add finely chopped Vegetables . Kids will never notice Quinoa in these fritters.

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/08/10/Quinoa 

7.MASALA PANEER POHA ( Red rice Poha) WITH CAKE COOKIES AND MURUKU. It takes less than 15 minutes to prepare in the morning. Paneer and Poha( flattened rice) will soak up all the juices from Vegetables and Spices and taste good by Lunch time. 

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/09/08/Paneer

8.GREEN MOONG UPMA . Kids  are going to like the soft bite of Green moong with other ingredients. Cook Green moong day before and refrigerate . So they won’t get mushy . 5 main ingredients with Cooking time – 10 minutes 

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9. Lentils vegetable Upma. My kids favorite Lunch Box because it is tangy , soft and taste good at room temperature with yogurt. I added good amount of vegetables. Simple and easy recipe .

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/07/17/Lentils

10. soft and fluffy Idli’s with 2 different Chutney’s. You can pack with any one of the Chutney . Prepare Idli and Chutney day before. warm Idli’s for one minute before you pack . Chutney will come to room temperature by Lunch time. 

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2016/06/24/Mixed 

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DIWALI DESSERTS – SWEET POTATO COCONUT ROLLS ,COCONUT PISTACHIO LADOO , ADIRASAM AND SPINACH VADA

 

DIWALI DESSERTS – Sweet potato coconut rolls, Coconut Pistachio rolls, Adirasam ( Short cut method)  and Spinach vada. Easy Dessert recipes prepared with 5 ingredients . All ingredients you can find easily in your pantry .Preparation and cooking time – Less than 30 minutes 

Last week I shared Coconut Pistachio Ladoo . I thought I would try with different flavors ( like Apple, Pear, Carrot or Beetroot ) as I have sweet potatoes in my household( I buy big bag for everyday cooking) . I realized that I didn’t try any dessert with sweet potato, so I gave it a try . The rolls turned out tasty . You don’t need to spend much time to Cook as it took less than 20 minutes to prepare. I made this with 8 Ingredients that you will have in your pantry . Try for Diwali and you can pack for Kids Lunch Box and after school snack. Here is the recipe . 

Some of the Diwali recipes that I prepared .  Sweet potato Coconut Rolls , Coconut pistachio Ladoo , Adirasam ( Short cut method) No need of Soaking and Grinding rice. They almost taste the same . Recipe for 20 Adirasam . No need to rest the dough . Shallow fried in Minimum Oil . SPINACH VADA .

SWEET POTATO COCONUT ROLLS :

RECIPE for 20 Medium rolls .

Preparation time and Cooking time :   20 minutes

INGREDIENTS: 

One cup = Measuring Cup 

1. Sweet Potato – 2 ( Cooked and Mashed ) ( Wrap Sweet potato in wet paper towel and cook in Microwave for 3 minutes ( 1 +1+1 ) stop microwave for every one minute. 

2. Dry coconut – 1 1/2 cup

3. Jaggery – 3/4 th cup or accordingly

4. Milk – 2 cups 

5. Ghee – 1 tbsp

6. Sooji ( Semolina) – 3 tbsp or Fine Wheat rava or Roasted Upma mix or Wheat ladoo flour .

7. Cardamom – 6 ( Powdered )

8. Chopped Mixed nuts – 1/2 cup

METHOD :

1.Dry roast Sooji in 1/4 th tbsp Ghee and transfer to a Bowl .

2. In a wide pan add Dry coconut ,  Cooked and mashed Sweet potato , Milk and Powdered Jaggery . Mix and cook on a Medium high flame for 5 minutes. Stir in between to avoid the burning.

3. After 5 to 7 minutes  add roasted Sooji ( Semolina) and ghee . Cook until it thickens ( say 5 minutes) .

4. Add chopped nuts and Cardamom . Mix well and Switch off the stove.

5.Cool before you make rolls. 

COCONUT PISTACHIO LADOO . Chewy and tasty . 5  Ingredients with very less Cooking time . Preparation time : 5 minutes . 

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/10/13/Coconut

ADIRASAM ( SHORT CUT METHOD) with SPINACH VADA / No need to Soak rice and Grind. No need to rest the dough. Preparation time- 10 minutes . Cooking time – 15 minutes 

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2016/10/29/Diwali

10 VEGETARIAN PASTA RECIPES FOR KIDS LUNCH BOX/DINNER/WEEKEND LUNCH

 If your KIDS like Pasta in Lunch Box and don’t want to pack with Cheese Here are some Pasta recipes WITH CHEESE  and WITHOUT CHEESE . Easy way to add vegetables ( Healthy and Bland vegetables )in their favorite sauce , so they can’t pick and keep aside. Here are some  VEGETARIAN PASTA RECIPES for KIDS LUNCH BOX, DINNER and WEEKEND LUNCH .

         15 minutes Pasta recipes ( Cooking time) for Kids Lunch Box/Dinner/Weekend Lunch . I pressure cook pasta for fast and perfectly cooked Pasta. Add water , little salt and Pressure cook for 2 to 3 Whistles on medium high heat. I cook Pasta day before and Chop vegetables , so it is easy to prepare Lunch Box in the Morning.

1. VEGETABLE PENNE PASTA WITH DATES SAUCE  is a Simple and easy Lunch Box recipe prepared with 3 Vegetables , Penne Pasta and Dates sauce . If Kids are not interested in eating Dates , then try in Pasta sauce. Pasta cooked in  Pressure Cooker . 

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/03/11/Vegetable penne pasta with dates sauce

2.KIDS LUNCH BOX – GREEN MAC AND CHEESE ( PRESSURE COOKER RECIPE) : I cook Pasta in Pressure Cooker for fast and Perfectly cooked PASTA .This is  a White sauce Pasta recipe with Green Vegetables. Chop vegetables finely . Kids will not notice the Vegetables . With a touch of Spices .  perfectly  cooked Pasta  in pressure cooker to save time .

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/02/21/Kids lunch box

3. PENNE PASTA WITH SPINACH NUTS SAUCE AND WITHOUT CHEESE .  You will never notice that Cheese is missing in this Pasta recipe .Pasta cooked in Pressure Cooker for fast and perfectly cooked Pasta .

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/Penne pasta

4.Kids Lunch Box – MASALA PENNE PASTA WITH VEGETABLES . I cook PASTA in Pressure cooker for fast and Perfectly Cooked Pasta. I hided Cauliflower in this Pasta recipe along with other grated Vegetables. Kids cannot find and pick them out  as they get mixed with Pasta sauce. 

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/03/08/Kids Lunch Box

5.PASTA WITH FARM FRESH VEGETABLES : Flavorful and delicious macaroni Salad prepared with Farm fresh Vegetables with Home made Dressing.

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2016/08/20/Pasta with farm fresh vegetables

6. PASTA IN WHITE SAUCE  with Asparagus and Spices .Easy way to hide Healthy and Bland vegetables in their favorite sauce. It is rich in look and taste without adding too much Cream and Cheese .

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2016/08/05/Pasta in white sauce with Asparagus 

7.ZERO OIL SOUP with VEGETABLES AND  PASTA. I added a special sauce which enhances the taste of Pasta and you can’t stop eating . One pot to cook and One pot to  clean .

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2015/11/30/Zero Oil 

8. PENNE PASTA WITH VEGETABLES . I cooked Pasta in Pressure Cooker for fast and Perfectly cooked Pasta. Simple recipe with few Ingredients and easy to Cook in the morning( 10 Minutes) . I didn’t add sauces as it for Lunch Box . 

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2015/07/23/Penne pasta

9. VEGETARIAN PASTA OMELETTE for BREAKFAST /DINNER  . 5 Ingredients recipe. with VEGETABLES . A little change from regular Breakfast .  Serve warm . Kids are going to like the Soft bite of Pasta with Other ingredients. Mix and prepare . No need to rest the batter.

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2016/06/11/Vegetarian pasta 

10. MIXED BEANS PASTA SOUP WITH ROASTED TOMATOES and PASTA.

Lentils Soup

11. SPICY LENTIL SOUP with WHOLE GRAIN ELBOW PASTA. I do preparation in the morning and bring to boil before serving. No need to add any flour for thickening. It is one of favorite soups and easy fix for any meal.

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2016/03/14/Spicy lentil soup

12. PASTA SALAD for Lunch Box. If your kids like Pasta , they will like this Pasta SALAD with Beans and Veggies  . 

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2015/10/31/Pasta  salad 

 

 

CABBAGE PAKORA – KIDS LUNCH BOX

Cabbage Pakora – Kids Lunch Box 

Cabbage and Cauliflower are two vegetables which I cook in the following week as they have more shelf life. For today’s Lunch Box I prepared Cabbage fritters or Pakora( if you shallow fry. with 1/2 cup Oil ) or Pancakes ( If you pan fry) or Cabbage Paniyaram( need 1 or 2 tbsp Oil) if you cook in paniyaram pan . You can even  cook in Paniyaram pan as the batter is not runny and you can shape them like a ball. Need to cook on Medium flame on four sides . I added semolina ( Sooji) so the Cabbage fritters will be Crispy even when they are cooled and absorb very less Oil if you shallow fry. What you will love about these fritters you can add small head of Cabbage or Half of Big cabbage. Interesting way  to add Cabbage to your diet . They are crispy and tasty .  I even added Spinach for some green color. You can add Spinach or Coriander . Here is the Simple recipe with 5 Ingredients . 

PACK for Kids LUNCH BOX with FRUIT : 

RECIPE for 30 to 40  . PREPARATION  and COOKING TIME –  Less than 30 minutes 

INGREDIENTS: 

1..Cabbage – Medium( Finely chopped) or Big One ( Half)

2. Yellow Moong dal – 1 cup and SPlit Green Moong dal – 1 cup or Yellow Moong dal – 2 Cups

3. Sooji ( semolina) – 1 cup or Oats – 1 cup or Roasted  Wheat rava(Upma mix) – 1 cup 

4. Onion – medium ( Chopped) , Green Chillies – 4 ( Zero spicy or Mild Spicy) and Ginger – small piece

5. Spinach – 3 to 4 Big handfuls ( Finely chopped)

6. Oil – 1/2 measuring cup for Shallow frying or 2 tbsp Oil in PANIYARAM PAN 

7. Salt 

METHOD:

 

1. Soak Yellow moong dal and Split green moong dal for 2 hours. Wash and grind with Salt ,green chillies and ginger. Transfer to a Bowl .

2. To this add  Sooji ( Semolina) ,finely chopped Cabbage, Onion and Chopped Spinach . Mix well . Check for salt and Spices and add accordingly .

 

3. Warm Oil in a pan .  Take a lemon size batter and shape like vada . When Oil is warm enough slowly slide the Cabbage Fritters. or alternatively cook in the Paniyaram pan .

4. Cook on both sides until golden Brown .

5. Pack for Lunch Box or for Weekend Lunch .

100 VEGETARIAN LUNCH BOX IDEAS FOR KIDS (ALL AGES) WITH TEN LUNCH BOX DESSERTS/AFTER SCHOOL SNACK

100 Vegetarian Lunch Box Ideas for Kids ( all ages)  with Ten Lunch Box Desserts / After school snack :

             All LUNCH BOX RECIPES I shared taste good at Room temperature. I pack One Pot Meal in Lunch Box . So kids can finish their Lunch , Fruit or Dessert in given time . with Preparation time – 15 Minutes Day Before and Cooking time – 15 minutes ( Morning) . You don’t need to think what to PACK for KIDS LUNCH BOX for next 3 months ( 100 days) without repeating. With every day INGREDIENTS from your Pantry. With 5 main Ingredients

TEN LUNCH BOX DESSERTS/AFTER SCHOOL SNACK. Most of the recipes I shared doesn’t need Cooking .

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/06/24/Ten 

 10 VEGETARIAN PASTA RECIPES FOR KIDS LUNCH BOX. If your kids like Pasta in Lunch Box and don’t want to pack with Cheese , here are some Pasta recipes. If your kids trouble to eat Vegetables in Lunch Box or Dinner try these Pasta recipes. Hide in their favorite sauce. They can’t pick and keep aside. I pressure Cook Pasta for fast and Perfectly cooked Pasta. Simple and easy recipes prepared with every day ingredients with Cooking time ( 15 minutes) in Morning. 

RECIPE LINK :

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/10

1. 5 Vegetarian Lunch Box Ideas for Kids ( all ages) with Dessert ( Daliya Cracked Wheat ) 

DESSERT FOR THE WEEK ;

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/02/06/kids

  1. CABBAGE BALLS with DATES TAMARIND CHUTNEY. 5 Ingredients recipe . Prepare  Day before and refrigerate . Mix everything in the Morning  and Cook in paniyaram Pan . It takes 5 minutes to cook 10 Cabbage balls . 

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/09/05/Cabbage

2. GREEN RICEwith Beans Salad and Plain Yogurt( Curd) . Yogurt is the perfect combination for Green rice. Easy way to feed lot of Greens for Kids . I shared two spice powders to add at the end . Choose one and try . it takes 15 minutes to prepare the Lunch Box as I do preparation Day before . 

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/09/15/Green 

3. BARLEY SALAD with ORANGE HONEY MUSTARD DRESSING. Try this over the weekend before packing into Lunch Box. My kids say it taste like soft Pasta. Mix everything with dressing and pack  with Dessert and fruit .

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/Barley

4. RASAM VADA prepared with LENTILS and lots of CORIANDER. Easy to prepare and taste good Warm or at Room temperature. 5 main ingredients. Shallow fried with minimum Oil . You can pack with Simple LIME RASAM . 

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/03/25/Rasam 

5. CAULIFLOWER CORN RICE with HOMEMADE MASALA POWDER and VEGETABLE RAITA. If you are looking for new recipe to pack for Lunch Box with Cauliflower here is the Simple recipe prepared with few ingredients with Cooking time – 15 minutes ( Morning) and preparation time – 15 minutes day before . 

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/06/14/Cauliflower

FOR MORE LUNCH BOX IDEAS :

2.  5 VEGETARIAN LUNCH BOX IDEAS FOR KIDS (ALL AGES )with Dessert EGGLESS WHOLE WHEAT APPLE CAKE 

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/08/10/5

3. 5 VEGETARIAN LUNCH BOX IDEAS FOR KIDS ( ALL AGES) WITH DESSERT – RAISIN LADOO

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/08/21/5

4. 5 VEGETARIAN LUNCH BOX IDEAS FOR KIDS ( ALL AGES) with DESSERT MIXED NUTS AND SEEDS LADOO .

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/09/03/5

 5. TEN HEALTHY IDLI RECIPES ( STEAMED RECIPES) to pack for KIDS LUNCH BOX. 

Some are Instant . Just mix the INGREDIENTS  and steam for 13 minutes. Some recipes need SOAKING ( 3 TO 4 hours) , GRINDING ( 5 minutes in a regular Blender) and FERMENT overnight . FERMENTATION helps in PROTEIN DIGESTION and IDLI will be Soft and Fluffy . 

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/08/04/Ten Healthy Idli recipes

6. TEN LUNCH BOX IDEAS WITH DIFFERENT GRAINS . One Pot Meal with Preparation time – 15 minutes Day Before and Cooking time- 15 minutes ( Morning) 

 

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/02/11/10

7. Ten Poha ( Flattened Rice ) ( Brown rice Poha or Red rice poha or White rice Poha ) recipes to pack for KIDS LUNCH BOX.

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/07/12/Ten 

8. TEN TODDLER FRIENDLY SELF FEEDING PANCAKES and PATTIES . You can pack for Kids Lunch Box too. Everyday Ingredients ( 5 main ingredients) . Mix the ingredients and prepare patties or Pancakes. Preparation time – 15 minutes ( Day Before) Cooking time – 15 minutes ( Morning) 

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/03/13/Ten 

 

GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLE RICE WITH BEANS SALAD AND YOGURT – KIDS LUNCH BOX

Green Leafy Vegetable rice with Beans salad and Yogurt – Kids Lunch Box 

Easy way to feed Greens for whole family . You can use Whole Box of Greens for this recipe.

         I’m thinking what to pack something different for Kids Lunch Box. Saw two Boxes of Greens  and other Green Leafy vegetables in refrigerator that I bought over the weekend. Now and then I prepare this Green rice with different grains( like Poha( Flattened rice, Cracked wheat ( daliya) , Barley , Quinoa,Pasta  and Rice). This time thought I will share my version of Green rice. My kids like any rice recipe if I  pack with yogurt(curd) . I sneak in some Beans and grated or chopped veggies for one pot meal.  I added Homemade Tangy spice powder at the end or store bought Powder. Both taste good. I do some preparation night before like cooking grains , roasting and grinding spices and preparing Green chutney . Then it will take very less time to prepare Lunch Box in the morning . Pack with plain Yogurt( curd) . Good Combination with Green rice.  I even packed Beans salad along with fruit.

After reading the Health Benefits of Cinnamon I’m adding when ever I cook rice or Sprinkle Cinnamon powder at the end. A study by the U.S . Agricultural Research service noted that Cinnamon’s to help those suffering from Type 2 diabetes reduce blood sugar levels and aid in processing insulin. 2 spoons contain high levels of manganese , fiber, potassium and Calcium . It is also considered a strong antioxidant . Helps in  prevention of Blood clots and also acts as an anti – inflammatory . Seasoning foods that are high in carbohydrates with cinnamon helps reduce the impact those foods on blood sugar levels . Source : HM 

                      Here is the simple Green rice recipe with preparation of chutney and spice Powder. 

Pack for Kids Lunch Box with Yogurt (Curd) and Beans salad 

INGREDIENTS:

1. Spinach – 3/4 th Box Coriander , Mint and Fenugreek Leaves ( Methi)

2. Cooked Rice  ( BASMATI RICE ) – 1 cup raw 

                  or Quinoa or Cracked wheat or Barley or Poha ( flattened rice ) – 2 cups ( raw – 1 cup)

3. Onion – Medium ( thinly sliced)

4. Garlic – 3 cloves

5. Green chillies – 2

6. Oil – 2  tbsp and Ghee – 1 tbsp

7. Cumin seeds – 1 tbsp

8. Tangy spice powder – Roast handful of Mixed nuts , 10 peanuts , 2 tbsp Sesame seeds , 1 tbsp Cumin seeds, 1 tbsp Coriander seeds , 2 red chillies . Cool and grind with Mango powder or Tamarind into fine powder. 

                            or 3 tbsp PULIGORE POWDER ( add according to your taste)

9. Water – 2 cups

10 . Whole Garam Masala – 5 cloves, 3 cardamom , small piece of cinnamon and Bay leaf.

11. Salt and turmeric – 1/4 th tbsp

METHOD:

1. Soak rice for Half hour ( or other grains) . Wash and transfer to Rice Cooker and  add 2 cups of water , little Salt , 1 tbsp Oil , Cloves , Cinnamon , Cardamom and Bay leaf. When done cooking cool the rice ( refrigerate) before preparing the green rice or Spinach rice.

2. Heat 1/2 tbsp Oil in a Pan and add 3/4 th Box of Spinach, Fenu greek Leaves ,Coriander and Mint Leaves  . Season with salt and turmeric .  Add green chillies . Uncover and cook till spinach and other greens wilts. Cool and grind with 3 cloves Garlic and little salt .

3. Heat 1 tbsp Oil and add cumin seeds followed by sliced Onions. When Onions are brown add Green  puree and cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in between to avoid burning.

4. Add cooked and cooled rice. Mix gently .

5. Add tangy spice powder or Puligore powder .Add 1 tbsp Ghee and mix gently . Taste for salt and spices and add accordingly.