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Spinach/Palak Rice: A Healthy Lunch Box Idea

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A common quarrel running in every roof between a mother and a child is on “healthy food”.  You try to give the best food for your child, but your kid always runs away J. That too the lunch box you pack to your kid is always returned back to the mother with different annoying reasons.

 The question here is how to pack tasty nutrient lunch box so that your child finds interest in gulping it.  The food filled in hot cases or any tupper wares does not remain hot after 3 to 4 hours, but only retains the freshness.  So you have to take up a challenging task of filling the lunch box with taste and nutrition, that too such a taste which has to be eatable even when the food is at room temperatures. 

Spinach Rice/ Palak Rice: A healthy Lunch Box

 I have an idea of Healthy Lunch box, spinach or palak rice which is suitable to both elders and children.

First let me discuss how good these leaves are in short.

Nutrition value of Spinach/ Palak
These fresh green leafy vegetable is an excellent storage of iron. Among all the vegetables these leaves contain the highest of iron elements including Vitamin A, C, and K. These leaves are very low in fat and cholesterol and hence is an diet food.  Spinach leaves included in your child’s diet provides a complete food tackling against the deficiency. Also a must in a pregnant women.

One bunch of Spinach/ palak leaves
One bowl cooked rice
4 spoons grated coconut
Ground nuts
Red chilly
Ginger peices.
Lemon juice
Chilly powder
Salt to taste.

For seasoning:
One spoon ghee
Mustard seeds
Urad dal
Cumin seeds
Curry leaves.

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Method of Preparation:

Pressure cook rice in a normal way. You can use basmati rice to enjoy the taste.

Clean the spinach leaves and drain out the water. Chop the leaves into smaller pieces.

Take a deep pan in a low flame, add a spoon full of ghee, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal, ground nuts, red chillies and curry leaves. Once the mustard seeds splitter, add the chopped spinach.

steps of Spinach Rice/ Palak Rice

Fry the leaves continuously, so that it does not stick to the pan, add ghee if required.  Add turmeric powder, garam masala powder , chilli powder, one spoon sugar and salt. Stir them well and let the leaves get cooked well along with the spices.

Once the spinach is cooked switch of the flame. Squeeze lemon juice and garnish with coconut grates. Now add the cooked rice and toss them well together.

steps of Spinach Rice/ Palak Rice

Healthy tasty Spinach/ palak rice is ready.

Spinach Rice/ Palak Rice

The recipe , mostly an Indian Food has a flavor of both rice and spinach. You can add carrots and peas or any other vegetable of your choice.
Send a lunch box of Palak rice and watch the empty box at the evening :)

I hope you liked this lunch box idea.

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