Spinach Biryani – INSTANT POT – Kids Lunch Box/Weekend Lunch. Serve or Pack with Carrot raita ( Carrot and vegetables with Yogurt) , Mango Pickle and Papad.

Do you like preparing One pot meal for Weekend Lunch and for Kids Lunch Box. I like One pot meals as they are easy to cook and  taste good Warm or at Room temperature.  I use to prepare this in Rice cooker . For today’s  Lunch I tried in Instant pot . Done in less time and perfectly cooked ( all the ingredients I added) . I added Biryani masala . You can skip if you want to feed to your toddler or if your kids doesn’t like the smell of Biryani Masala . Still taste good without it . Whole Garam Masala will flavor the rice. Serve with Carrot Raita . Soak Channa dal so it will cook along with rice  . Here is the Simple recipe . 

Recipe for Carrot raita : Add grated carrot ( 5 ) to 2 cups of Yogurt ( curd) , Finely chopped Onion , chopped tomato ( 1) and finely chopped Coriander . Heat 1/2 tbsp Oil . When warm enough add 1/2 cumin seeds. Cool and add to yogurt with little salt. 


Recipe for 3 . Preparation and Cooking time – Less than 30 minutes


1. Basmati rice – 1 cup

2. Water – 1 1/2 cup

3. Channa dal -1/2 cup

4. Spinach – 3 to 4 handfuls ( finely chopped) and Finely chopped Coriander and Mint ( Add at the end ) 

5. Tomatoes -2 ( Chopped – 12 pieces), Onion – thinly sliced and Potato – Peeled and cubed 

6. Ginger – 1/2 tbsp and Garlic ( 4 ) – Crushed and Green chilli paste – 1 tbsp

7. Biryani Masala – 1/2 to 1 tbsp , Red chilli powder or SAMBAR POWDER 

8. Salt

9. Whole Garam Masala – 3 to 5  Cloves , 3 Cardamom , Bay leaves – 2 , Cinnamon stick –  1 or 2 small , Cumin seeds – 1 tbsp

10 . Oil – 2 tbsp and Ghee – 1 tbsp


1.Soak rice and Channa dal . Wash 3 to 4 times and add Water n  Salt .Taste water for Salt and add accordingly .

2.Turn IP into saute mode . When warm add Oil and Ghee followed by Cumin seeds and Whole Garam Masala. Add ginger , Garlic paste and Green chilli paste  . Fry for a minute. Add thinly sliced Onions and Potato . Fry for Couple of minutes.

3. Add chopped Spinach . Fry for a minute . Add cubed Potato .

4. Add water with rice and Channa dal ,Biryani masala and Chopped Tomatoes.

5. Cancel Saute . Close IP with Sealing . Rice mode . NPR ( 5 minutes) . Once done Open the lid and Mix gently . Add chopped Coriander and Mint . 

                     Serve with Carrot raita , Mango Pickle and Papad.



Batata Vada ( Potato Vada) – Not Deep Fried 

Batata vada ( Potato vada) is a popular street food in India. Instead of Deep frying Potato vada I pan fried them . Potato vada or Batata vada is prepared with Mashed Potatoes and Spices . I added some Cooked Beans to the filling for a Healthy version. The Batter is prepared with Chickpea flour ,Rice flour and Spices. No need to add any Baking soda to the Batter. The same  batter I use to prepare Vegetable Pakora( Not deep fried Version) and they always turn out Crispy . So used the same Batter for Batata vada. The Batata vada is Crispy with a tasty filling. You can eat them with Onion Salad or with Pav. Drizzle some Coriander n Mint chutney , Dates and tamarind Chutney and Garlic Chutney Powder on the PAV and Place the Batata vada and Serve with Pan fried Green chillies. Actually Batata vada is round in shape , as I’m Pan frying them I shaped the filling like a Patty , so they will cook evenly on both sides.

            One medium Potato with skin provides 620 milligrams or 18 percent of the recommended daily value of potasssium and is considered one of the best foods with Potassium .  Potassium helps lower Blood pressure. Excellent source of Vitamin C and B6.Deficiency of Vitamin B6 are cracked lips, Confusion and inflammed tongue . Foods high in Vitamin B6 are Whole grains , Beans , Nuts , Potatoes and Banana . Potato has 110 calories making it a great choice to maintain a Healthy weight ( Eat in moderation) . They are high in carbs. Wrong to eat is with Cream, butter , Stuffed with cheese. There is nothing wrong to eat a Boiled potato . Pair up with Beans , Veggies and Spices gives you more even flow of energy than a lone Potato .No fat, sodium or Cholesterol . More potassium than a Banana . 

NOTE : You need Less than 2 tbsp Oil to pan fry the Batata vada and 1 tbsp Oil for the filling.  Here is the Simple and tasty Batata vada recipe that you can enjoy any day without using too much Oil . 

Recipe for 7 Patties .

Preparation and Cooking time – 30 minutes



1. Potatoes – 3

2. Onion – 1/2  Cup 

3. Ginger and Garlic Paste – 1 tbsp and Green chilli Paste – 1 tbsp

4. Seasoning – Black Split urad dal – 1 tbsp , Mustard seeds and Cumin seeds- 1/2 tbsp

5. Oil – 2 tbsp

6. Black Channa and Blackeyed Beans – One  cup ( Cooked and Mashed)

7. Red chilli powder , Coriander and Cumin Powder – 1 tbsp , Dry Mango Powder – 1/2 tbsp or Juice of Half Lime

8.  Finely Chopped Coriander Leaves and Curry Leaves


1. Heat 2 tbsp Oil and Splutter Mustard seeds followed by Cumin and Coriander seeds , Curry leaves , Green chilli paste , Ginger and Garlic Paste . Fry for Couple of Minutes and add chopped Onions.

2. Once Onions are brown add Mashed Potatoes , Mashed Beans , Chilli powder , Coriander and Cumin Powder .

3. Mix well . Add finely Chopped Coriander .Cool and squeeze Juice of Lime .Check for Salt and Spices and adjust accordingly .

4. Cool and divide the Potato mixture into 7 equal Portions .

5. Grease your hands with Oil and shape them like Patties.


                             Need 1 to 2 tbsp Oil for Pan frying BATATA VADA ( POTATO VADA) 

1. Mix Chickpea flour , Rice flour , Curry Powder , Ajwain and salt .

2. Add Water slowly and mix like a thick Batter without lumps .

3. Heat a wide Pan on Medium heat and  Grease the Pan with Oil .

4. Dip the Potato patties in the Batter and Place in the warm Pan . Drizzle Oil over the edges. When the Edges are light brown , flip them and Pan fry the other side.

 5. SERVE them with Pav , Garlic chutney Powder and  Pan fried Green Chilli .  

Note : You can drizzle some DATE TAMARIND CHUTNEY , Coriander green chilli Chutney over the Pav and Place the Potato Patty . Sprinkle some Garlic chutney Powder . Serve warm .


Onions Nuts Chutney for Breakfast /Appetizers / Kids Lunch Box with Methi Pakora 

 For  Monday Kids Lunch Box I was planning to pack Methi Pakora. Thinking what will be the perfect pair for the Pakora’s. Just remembered Onion Chutney . With all the Vegetables I completely forgotten about this Chutney .  It is very tasty Chutney . Sunday evening I prepared and refrigerated. It is difficult to prepare in the Morning as my daughter has to go School by 7 A. M . You don’t need to reheat the Chutney . It will come to room temperature by Lunch time. I prepared Methi Pakora in the Morning. Just Pan fried. Onion Nuts Chutney is a Simple recipe prepared with few Ingredients. It will be little Sweet and Sour taste. I guarantee Kids will  bring their empty Lunch Boxes. I added Mixed Nuts and Spices like Cumin and Coriander  for flavor and Red chillies for little Spicy bite. Don’t forget to add Seasoning for little crunch from Urad dal and smoky flavor from Cumin seeds and Hing. You can refrigerate and Use the Chutney for 3 to 4 Days . Serve with Breakfast recipes like Dosa , Idli , Upma and even with Poha . Or as a side for Lunch / Dinner or with Appetizers.  Here is the Simple recipe with few Ingredients.

Recipe for 4 .

Preparation and Cooking time : 30 Minutes

Pack for Kids Lunch Box with any Appetizers like Methi Pakora .


1. Onions – 2 Big( Chopped)

2. Tamarind – Marble Size

3. Jaggery – 2 tbsp

4. Spices to roast and Grind – Handful of Mixed Nuts, 1/2 tbsp Cumin seeds, 1/2 Coriander Seeds, 1 tbsp Sesame seeds , Red chillies – 4

5. Salt and Turmeric – 1/4 th tbsp

6. Oil – 3 to 4 tbsp

7. Curry Leaves and Finely chopped Coriander Leaves

8. Seasoning – Black or White Split Urad dal – 1 tbsp , Cumin and Mustard seeds – 1/2 tbsp each , Red Chillies – 2 , Hing ( Asafoetida) – Pinch 


1. Heat 1 tbsp Oil and add Cumin seeds( 1/2 tbsp) followed by Chopped Onions. Season with Salt and Turmeric. Cover and cook until light Brown . Mix in between .

2. Once Onions are Brown Switch off the Stove and add Tamarind and Jaggery , Cool the Onion Mixture before Grinding.

3. Roast the Spices mentioned Under  Spices to Roast and Grind . Cool before Grinding. Grind and  Transfer to a  Bowl .

4. Now grind Onions Coarsely and transfer to the Spice Bowl . Mix well .

4. Heat 2 to 3 tbsp Oil and splutter Mustard seeds followed by Urad dal , Cumin seeds, Red chillies and Hing. Switch off the Stove and add Curry Leaves and the Chutney to the Seasoning. Mix .

5. Check for Salt , Spices and Sweetness and add accordingly . Add Chopped Coriander.

                    Note : If needed you can add 1/2 tbsp Red chilli Powder 


Split Moong Dal vegetable Pancakes – Kids Lunch Box ( Shallow fried) and Breakfast ( Panfried)img_3273


  I like Pancakes which I can prepare in less than 10 Minutes ( 8 to 10  Pancakes ) so I can Pack 2 Kids Lunch Boxes with very less work or for Breakfast. They taste good on their own and doesn’t need any side or Pack or Serve with Ketchup . Split Green Moong Dal Pancakes with Vegetables is a simple Weekend Lunch Idea or Kids  Lunch Box idea ( 5 main ingredients) or for Breakfast  that you can prepare  10 Pancakes in less than 10 minutes depending on the size of your Pan .  I shared both Shallow fried and Pan fried .Grind the batter  night before and refrigerate . Chop vegetables and refrigerate.  I added Curd  , so they won’t be hard at room temperature and also keep them soft with tangy  tasty along with other vegetables. They taste good on their own. But Older kids like to eat with Onion and Lime  or with Ketchup . Pack with some fruit.

               Green Moong Dal is beneficial for People having a High Blood sugar level . Low in GI of just 35 means they offers a slow release of energy into the blood stream due to the slow break down of Carbohydrates ( foods are considered to have a Low GI if their value is less than 55 on a scale of 0 to 100).  Green Moong Dal is a Low fat food , rich in Protein and fiber and considered as Weight loss food. Green Moong is full of Complex Carbohydrates in form of high fiber which aids in digestion . It is considered as the lightest and easiest to digest. Regular consumption of diets in Vitamin B6 help you develop resistance against contagious diseases. green Moong is good source of Vitamin B1 , Vitamin C and Vitamin B6. I added Poha ( Flattened rice) as I read if lentils eaten with Grains have complete Protein with all essential Amino acids . You can add Poha of your Choice Brown , Red etc. 

Recipe for 25  Medium Pancakes .

Preparation  time : 15 minutes 

Cooking time: 5  Minutes for 10 Pancakes 


1. Grind the Batter night before and refrigerate . If you use Split Green Moong Dal , soak for One hour . Whole Green Moong Dal overnight.

2 . Chop vegetables and refrigerate .

3. No need to soak Poha ( Flattened rice) . Just wash and add to the Batter.

4. Curd ( Yogurt) not only adds tangy taste but keep the Pancakes soft at room temperature.

5. Green chillies ( Mild spicy ) and Ginger for spicy taste and  digestion ,Ajwain for digestion too.

6. Vegetables for fiber and Nutrition  etc .

INGREDIENTS : img_3271

1. Split Green Moong Dal – 1 cup

2. Poha ( Flattened Rice ) – 1/2 cup ( Wash and no need to soak)

3. Finely chopped Vegetables, Onions and Grated Carrots  – 1 Cup

4. Curd ( Yogurt)  – 1/4 th cup

5. Green Chillies – 2 ( Chopped and Mild spicy ) , Ginger – 2 tbsp 

6. Oil – 2 tbsp

7. Salt to taste

8. Finely chopped Coriander or Spinach or Amaranth Leaves 

9. Curry Powder – 1/2 to 1 tbsp ( Blend of Red chilli Powder , Coriander and Cumin powder , Garlic and Fresh Coriander ) or Spices of your Choice

10 . Ajwain – 1/2 tbsp

METHOD :ec4bac4d-ca70-4900-b2f7-d2cf2cf6ef6d


1. Soak Split Green Moong dal for an Hour . Wash 3 to 4 times . Don’t throw the skin . Grind to a corse paste  without Water . Add little salt and 1/2 tbsp Cumin seeds while grinding. Transfer to a bowl. 

2. To this batter add Curd ( Yogurt)  , Washed Poha ( Flattened rice)  Chopped vegetables, Chopped Onion , Green chillies , Ginger , Curry Powder , Chopped Coriander leaves and Ajwain . Mix well . Check for Salt and spices and adjust accordingly .

3. Heat Pan and grease with little Oil .img_3279img_3280

4. Take Lemon size  portion of the batter and place on the  warm pan and flatten it..  Repeat the process with the rest of the batter . You can prepare 8 to 10 pancakes depending on the size of your pan. Cook on Medium / Medium high heat .

5. Once light Brown flip and cook on other side. Drizzle little Oil to crisp the Pancakes .

SERVE warm img_3274 with Onion and Lime or Ketchup  .

For Kids LUNCH BOX pack with some fruit .img_3272


Sweet potato pattiesimage with Tomato Yogurt Dip.

                        Sometimes it is hard to feed some vegetables for kids . . But they even won’t notice there is a Sweet vegetable hidden in these Patties. Served with a very very tasty Yogurt Dip . By reading the recipe don’t think it is a Simple. Give it a try . I don’t want to add too many things and make dish complicated . I’m a big fan of preparing things ahead , so I can spend less time in preparing Breakfast or Kids Lunch Box . Sweet potatoes are similar to White Potatoes in terms of Calories and carbohydrates but a single medium Sweet potato provides 90 percent of Vitamin A you need for a day and 35 percent of Vitamin C . Sometimes I like to mix and match flours and vegetables . To supress the sweetness of Sweet potato I added couple of flours , Spices and greens . To go along with it I prepared a quick yogurt dip . Perfect combination.  Quick recipe with 5 Ingredients to prepare for Weekend Lunch / Dinner / Kids Lunch Box with a Light Salad.

                    Do the preparation day before by pressure cooking Sweet Potato , since the recipe required mashed Potato and refrigerate without Peeling the skin. Mix the flours with Spices and store in a box  , Clean the greens and refrigerate. All you do in the morning is Mix everything with Little  Salt ( No need of adding Water )and Pan fry 8 to 10 depending on the size of your Pan . Sounds easy to Pack for your Kids Lunch Box . The rest you can enjoy for your Breakfast . They are light and filling. Prepare the Yogurt dip night before and refrigerate . Comes to room temperature during Lunch time. A different recipe you can try with Sweet Potato  for Breakfast / Kids Lunch Box .

Recipe for 15 .

Preparation time : 10 Minutes Cooking time : Less than 10 Minutes for 8 to 10 pancakes


1. Sweet Potato – 1 Big

2. Chopped Spinach – 2 Big Handfuls

3. Jowar flour and chickpea flour – 1/2 Cup each

4. Cumin seeds – 1 tbsp

5. salt

6 . Curry Powder – 1 tbsp ( Blend of Red chilli powder, Coriander and Cumin Powder , Garlic Cloves and Coriander leaves with stems , Cumin seeds )

7. Oil – 2 tbsp

8. Ajwain 

  1. METHOD :.image1. Pressure Cook Sweet Potato with little Water . When Pressure comes down , transfer to a Bowl . Cool it . Peel the Skin and Mash the Sweet Potato.

2. To the Mashed Sweet Potato add Chickpea flour , Jowar flour , Chopped Spinach , Salt , Curry Powder and Ajwain . Mix everything without Water. Doesn’t need to add water .

3. Heat  a wide Pan with 1 tbsp Oil . Divide the dough into 15 Balls .

4. Cut the sides of Ziplock Bag and place the Ball and cover the Ziplock Bag and press with Measuring cup .

5. Pan fry imageon both sides till Light Brown .

Serve with Yogurt Dip .


Heat 1 tbsp Oil and add 1 tbsp Cumin seeds . Once Cumin seeds are Brown add Chopped Tomato . Season with Salt and little turmeric . Cover and Cook . Once Tomatoes are soft , add 1/2 tbsp Curry Powder . Mix and switch off the stove . Cool it before Mixing with Yogurt .

                Grate Onion( 1/4 th Cup)  and Mix with 2 Cups of Yogurt . Once tomato is cooled Mix with Yogurt and add finely chopped Coriander Leaves . Check for Salt and Spices and adjust accordingly.


 Pan Fried Bread Kachori imagewith   Tasty SWEET POTATO filling and  Steamed Dessert – Weekend Lunch

Recipe for 8  Kachori’s . Preparation time : 20 minutes  and Cooking time : 10 Minutes

Recipe for Steamed Dessert – 4 Cups Preparation time : 10 Minutes and Steaming time : 15 Minutes on High Heat .

                       Place  a big ball of filling inside each Kachori ( Between two Bread slices and Seal the Edges )  , so kids will eat enough Vegetable if they eat 2 Kachori’s .  Kachori’s are actually Deep fried , but I felt there is no need to Deep fry . Tastes good without Deep frying. The filling is very tasty prepared with minimum ingredients . Dried yellow Peas and Curry Powder will suppress the Sweet taste of SWEET POTATO and Kids never notice there is Sweet Potato in the filling. These Bread Kachori and Steamed Dessert are  Perfect for WEEKEND LUNCH . This is first time I tried Steamed Dessert prepared with 5 Ingredients . Just Blend altogether( takes only 5 minutes)  and add Some Chopped Nuts and raisins . Pour in the Steel Cups and Steam for 15 minutes on High Heat . Don’t forget to grease the Steel Cups with Little Ghee . You will love the combination of Ingredients I used for Steamed Dessert with nice aroma from Ghee and Cardamom . TOP the dessert with little Ghee and Cardamom for extra flavor and it is Healthy and inviting Dessert  and for Quick morning Breakfast.

Steamed Breakfast with 5 Ingredients.


1. Bread Slices – 16

2. Dried Yellow Peas – 1/2 Cup

3. Sweet Potato – 1 Big

4. Onion – 1/2 Cup Chopped and Bell Peppers – 1/2 Cup Chopped

5. Ginger and Garlic – 1 tbsp. ( Grated)

6. Cumin seeds – 1 tbsp.

7. Oil – 3 tbsp.

8 . Salt and Turemeric – 1/4 th tbsp.

9. Curry Powder – 1 tbsp.

10 . Finely Chopped Coriander leaves – Big Handful and Mint Leaves – 20 Chopped

METHOD : image

1. Soak Yellow Peas overnight . Pressure Cook with little water , Salt and Sweet Potato When Pressure Comes down , transfer Yellow Peas to a Bowl and Mash with Potato Masher ( not too fine paste) . Peel the skin of Sweet Potato , mash it .

2. Heat 1 tbsp. Oil and sauté Onions  and Bell peppers with little Salt , turmeric and Cumin seeds . Once Onions are Brown add Ginger , Garlic Paste . Fry for Couple of Minutes .

3. Add Cooked Yellow Peas, Mashed Sweet Potato, Curry Powder . Mix well . Add One more tbsp. Oil . Cook for Couple of minutes . Switch off the stove and add Finely Chopped Coriander Leaves and Mint leaves . Check for salt and Spices and adjust accordingly .

4. Cool the filling. Divide into 8 equal Portions . With the help of a Coffee Lid Cut BREAD SLICES into Round circles .

5. Sprinkle water on each Bread Circle . imagePlace the filling Ball and press little and Cover with another Bread slice and SEAL the edges .

6. Repeat the Process with other Bread slices . Heat Pan on Medium/ Medium High heat . Pan fry the Bread Kachori on both sides till imageGolden Brown . Drizzle Oil when flipping.



Recipe for 4 Cups . Preparation time : 5 Minutes and Steaming time : 15 minutes on High Heat . Place the Plate in Pressure Cooker and Pour 2 Cups water and keep the Cups directly on the Plate . Steam like Idli .


1. Almonds and Cashews – Handful each

2. Milk ( 2 Percent Milk) – 12 Ounces ( 1 and 1/2 glass)

3. Jaggery  ( Brown Sugar) – 1/2 Cup ( Measuring Cup ) or accordingly

4.  Organic Quick Oats – 1/2 Cup

5. Cardamom – 3

6. Ghee – 1 tbsp.

7. Chopped Nuts and Raisins

METHOD :image

1. To a Blender add Cashews , Almonds , Cardamom , Jaggery( Brown sugar), Oats  and Milk . Blend altogether . Taste for the Sweetness and add accordingly. Add chopped Nuts( Cashews , Almonds and Pistachios ) and Raisins .

2.  Grease the Cups with GHEE . Pour in the Cups ( 3/4 th of the Cup)

3. Fill the Pressure cooker with 2 Measuring Cups Water or till the top level of the Plate .

4. Place the Cups on the Plate . Cover with lid and Steam for 15 minutes on High Heat without Pressure . When the Pressure comes down remove the cups and top it with little GHEE and CARDAMOM POWDER .

5. Serve warm or if you refrigerate warm for 1 and 1/2 or 2 Minutes in Microwave . ( Place the steel cup in a microwave  SAFE bowl and warm . Stop the microwave for every 30 minutes ) or SERVE WARM.