My kid brought back lunch box along with lunch again!! 😥😥A very common talking point among mothers who stand at the bus pick up points to pick or drop their kids for school. I guess other than potatoes kids generally don’t have a liking for vegetables. But everyday we can’t give potatoes only. They must have all kind of vegetables, but how?
Try preparing colorful veggies and stealthily add one or two extra veggie of your choice. Kids love all vibrant colors – whether it is their school bag, toys or books. So bring these colors in their food also. And the more colorful is their food, more nutritious it is….
Red, green and yellow bell peppers or capsicum (lal, hari aur peeli shimla mirch)
Cabbage (patta gobhi)
French beans (fali)
(Omit or add vegetables of your choice)
For tadka :
small mustard seeds, cumin seeds and asafoetida
(rai, jeera aur hing)
coriander powder, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt and asafoetida
(dhaniya, lal mirch, haldi pisi hui and namak)
Nicely wash and dry all vegetables.
Initially chop only those vegetables which take time to cook.
Heat oil in a pan
. I used mustard oil here for its pungent taste. Carrots, onion, red and yellow capsicum have sweet taste. So slight chirpy taste of mustard oil balances the sweetness of these vegetables. But feel free to use your choice of oil.
If using mustard oil, then first heat it till the smoking point. Switch off gas, let it cool down, again heat oil and crackle rai, hing and jeera. Add chopped onions and fry them till they are light brown.
. Add chopped potatoes, carrots and french beans.
Add salt and turmeric powder, mix everything and cover the pan. Stir them in between.
When these vegetables are half cooked, add rest of the chopped vegetables. Add coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt. Mix everything well and cover it. Stir occasionally and if required add some water. Don’t overcook otherwise veggies lose their colour.
Serve these colorful vegetables along with plain paratha and a bowl of curd to your kid (let paratha cool down before serving).
I really hope they like it, and if not, you yourself will not be able to resist 😋😋 – just dig in… 😂😂