Posted on: November 1, 2018 Posted by: Deepsikha Comments: 0

Lunch Box or Dabba represents a large section of office goers in India. A bag in one shoulder and a lunch box in another – yes, that’s the typical Indian working class travels by bus, local train, cab or private vehicle everyday to the office. The amount of labour and effort they put forth everyday to their work, makes them deserving for a Dabba full of taste, health and love.

We the working class literally wait for the lunch break when we can open our dabbas and relish the taste of home away from home. But, during a day of tremendous hard work, the food we eat should not only be tasty, but also should be high on nutrition value. High on food value and wholesome – that’s should be the box that we carry to our work. Also, the food should not make us feel full and fatigue – otherwise, spare me the horror of post lunch meetings. Here’s my idea of a perfect lunch box that is loaded with taste and nutrition. Presenting my lunch box that contains Mixed Tadka Dal and Gobi Matar Fry along with roti. Find the recipes here:

Mixed Tadka Dal (Spicy Mixed Lentil)


  • 1/2 cup toor dal (split pigeon peas)
  • a handful of masoor dal (red lentil)
  • a handful of urad dal (split black gram lentil)
  • a handful of moog dal (yellow lentil)
  • 1 big sized tomato, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 10-12 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 green chillies, slitted
  • 2 dried red chillies
  • a pinch of hing
  • 1/2 tea-spoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1/2 tea-spoon garam masala powder
  • 2 table-spoon oil
  • salt (according to taste)
  • a handful of chopped coriander leaves


  • Mix all the dals together and soak in water overnight. Drain the water before cooking.
  • Pressure cook the mixed dal for 5-6 whistles adding water and salt. Let the pressure cool down.
  • Shift the boiled dal to a pan and check if it is properly cooked. Use spatula to make the dal mushy. The consistency of this dal should be thick.
  • Let the dal get cooked on low flame adding turmeric powder.
  • Simultaneously, heat oil in another small pan and add dried red chillies and let them sputter.
  • Now, add onion, green chillies and crushed garlic and sautรจ until the onion turns translucent.
  • Add chopped tomato, garam masala and hing and stir until the tomato becomes mushy.
  • Turn off the flame and immediately add the mixture to the dal.
  • Mix well and remove the dal from the flame.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and your Mixed Tadka Dal is ready now.

Gobi Matar Fry (Cauliflower Green Pea Fry)


  • 2 cup chopped cauliflower
  • 1 cup green peas
  • 3 green chillies, slitted
  • 1/2 tea-spoon nigella seeds
  • 1/2 tea-spoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1/2 tea-spoon cumin powder (jeera)
  • 1 table-spoon oil
  • salt (according to taste)


  • Heat oil in a pan and add nigella seeds and green chillies, Stir for 30 seconds.
  • Add chopped cauliflower, green peas, salt, turmeric powder and cumin powder. Mix very well and cover the lid.
  • Lower the flame and let the veggies get cooked in their own moisture. Don’t add extra water unless required.
  • Once the water gets dried up and the veggies are well cooked, turn off the flame.
  • The Gobi Matar Fry is ready now.

Pack the lunch box with these two items along with roti/chapatti – your mid day food will make your day, I promise. Lunch Box should always be carrier of taste and nutrition, sometimes love notes too ๐Ÿ™‚ Make your ‘office office’ time delightful with this healthy box ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy eating!


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