July 6, 2016

Tomato & Carrot Rice / Lunchbox Special

One of the biggest challenge for all mommies is packing lunchbox for their kids. And I hope, all mommies will agree on this. Few kids are picky eater who doesn't like veggies to be visible in their box but as a mother, our priority will be in making a healthy meal which includes veggies.
So, if you want to make your kid eat tomato and carrot, try this healthy rice in which tomato and carrot is made into fine paste and prepared like a pulao. And then, thalimpu is added to the rice to give a crunchy texture which also indeed looks like a puliogare.

In this recipe, I have used peanuts and chana dal for the seasoning and in addition to that, soaked and peeled badam or cashews can also be included. The measurement and quantity of ingredients are made especially for kid's taste bud so adjust the quantity accordingly.

Here comes the recipe for a delicious and healthy kid's lunchbox recipe...

Ingredients :

1 1/2 Tbsp Oil or Ghee 
1 Tsp Cumin seeds 
2 Tomatoes, chopped 
2 Carrot, chopped 
1 Tsp Ginger garlic paste 
1/4 Tsp Turmeric powder 
1/2 Tsp Red chilli powder 
1/2 Tsp Cumin powder 
Salt to taste 
1 Cup Rice 
2 Cups Water 
Coriander leaves for garnishing ( optional )

For Thalimpu / Seasoning :

2 Tsp Oil 
2 Tbsp Peanuts 
1 Tbsp Chana dal / Kadalai parupu
2  Dry red chillies
A pinch of Hing powder 
2 Springs of Curry leaves

Method :

Grind the chopped tomatoes and carrots into fine paste. Keep aside.

Heat oil or ghee in a thick bottomed pan or pressure cooker and add cumin seeds.

Once it starts crackling, add ginger garlic paste and saute till the raw smell goes off.

Now add the tomato - carrot paste along with the masala powders ( turmeric, chilli and cumin ) and salt.

Saute and cook till the oil separates from the masala.

Now add the measured amount of water and once it starts boiling add the rice.

Simmer the flame, close it with the lid and cook till the rice gets cooked.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a small pan and add chana dal followed by peanuts, dry red chillies, hing powder and curry leaves.

Add the thalimpu to the cooked tomato - carrot rice and gently mix well without breaking the rice.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve.

Serving Options :

Serve with Potato fry, Egg omelette or Fryums.

Notes :

The measurement and ingredients used in this recipe is especially for kids so adjust the quantity of chillies or chilli powder according to taste bud.

Finely chopped onions can also be added before adding tomato - carrot paste.


  1. Looks tempting. I'm sure kids will love this as there r no visible veggies ;)

    1. True...esp to make my son eat veggies,this is the only way :) Thanks a lot :)

  2. Looks yummy. Simple healthy and Delicious