Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Tomato Rice | Easy lunchbox recipes

For the third week in this Blogging Marathon, I have chosen to blog about lunch box dishes for kids. I have heard from many mothers that packing lunch boxes for children is a very big challenge. Kids these days love variety and they want to feel surprised when they open their lunch boxes.

The biggest challenge in packing lunch boxes is that the recipe should be something the kid likes. And the next one is that it should be easy to make during the morning rush hour. In this post I have posted photos of how I packed tomato rice for the lunch box. Generally kids hate tomatoes. I have seen this in a lot of kids. But they enjoy the taste. So I grind tomatoes and onions to make this rice. 

I packed the tomato rice with gobi manchurian, papads and curd. I also added a boiled egg to make the lunch more interesting. The other option would be to pack this rice with lots of fryums and fried potatoes.

The recipe of gobi manchurian is given here.


Jeera rice - 2 cups (200 grams)
Tomato - 150 grams
Onions - 100 grams
Ginger - 5 grams
Garlic - 5 grams
Green chillies - 2 nos (small)
Salt - to taste
Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 2 tbsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves - few


  • Wash the rice and keep aside.
  • Grind the onions, tomatoes, green chillies, ginger, garlic into a coarse paste.
  • In a pressure cooker, add the oil. Add the ground paste and fry until the water is completely evaporated and the ground mixture becomes a thick paste.
  • Add the washed rice and throw in all the powders including salt.
  • Fry for another one or two minutes.
  • Add the required amount of water (1:2 ratio).
  • Mix well. Check for salt. Close the pressure cooker.
  • Cook for one pressure. Then bring doen the heat to minimum. Cook for another minute and switch off the stove.
  • Open the pressure cooker as soon as the pressure is released and transfer the contents to a wide mouthed bowl.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.


  • The tomato rice will be more flavorful if made with basmati rice.
  • To make it more attractive to kids, garnish it with fried cashewnuts.


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  1. Using ground tomato and onions is a new idea! I pack this with potato fry and raita! Gobi Manchurian sounds like a nice combo too.

  2. The tomato rice sounds amazing along with the gobhi manchurian... lovely lunch box...

  3. This is quite a spread for kids..great mom, and lucky kiddo:))..btw the rice and manchurian look fantastic.

  4. I would love this spread at home... that is if I don't have to cook it. I can eat tomato rice on its own.

  5. Everything looks fantastic. I guess when we pack lunches like this, there will be no complains..:)

  6. wow u make so much in the mornig, i am inspired to do a similar thing for the kiddo, good lunch pack

  7. Tomato rice is my girl's favorite. Looks yummy.

  8. tomato rice is one of my fave flavored rice dishes. looks like a great lunch

  9. wow!!That is an awesome spread