Lunchbox Ideas – 1 | Lentils-Bottle Gourd Sabzi and More

Lunchbox Ideas – Day 1



Short break- Sliced pear , Green moong sundal

Lunch- Chappatis, Lauki-dal sabzi [bottle-gourd and lentil curry], buttermilk

lunchbox ideas- day 1: fruits and green moong sundal for snack break. Chappati's , bottlegourd-lentil sabzi , buttermilk for lunch


  1. For Sundal: Soak a cup of whole green gram/ green moong in water, over night ; Keep 1/2 cup of grated coconut ready too.
  2. For the bottle gourd sabzi : Soak the channa dal overnight [ this makes cooking it easier]
  3. Prepare chapatti dough and refrigerate in an airtight container.


For sundal-

Cook the soaked green moong with little water. [ Open cook till soft / pressure cook for just one whistle ]

Keep in a strainer to drain excess water.

For tempering- heat 2 tsps of oil, add 1 tsp mustard seeds, pinch of heeng/asafoetida and a dry red chilli broken in half. Once the mustard splutters add a few curry leaves and then add the grated coconut . Stir fry for a minute. Add salt and the cooked moong dal. Stir fry for another 2 minutes and your sundal is ready.

You may garnish with fresh chopped coriander.

For bottle-gourd lentil sabzi –

Recipe adapted from thesecretingredient blog.

I have skipped the ‘vadis’ and soaked the channa dal overnight.

This was my 10yr old’s lunchbox for day 1.

For my 4.5 year old:  I packed the fruit and 1 chapatti with sundal.

Hope you find this useful to pack meals for your children.

Happy Cooking.

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