This category has been viewed 143921 times

 Course > Main Course > 
181

Indian Tiffin Box, Lunch box, Dabba recipes


Last Updated : Sep 22,2021



भारतीय टिफ़िन बॉक्स - हिन्दी में पढ़ें (Indian Tiffin Box, Lunch box, Dabba recipes in Hindi)
ડબ્બા ટ્રીટસ્ - ગુજરાતી માં વાંચો (Indian Tiffin Box, Lunch box, Dabba recipes in Gujarati)

Indian Tiffin Box Recipes, Lunch box recipes, Dabba recipes 

In most Indian languages, dabba typically means box or tiffin box. In colloquial usage, it refers to food that is carried from home to school or work, to be eaten after a few hours at lunch time. The dabba is usually some kind of air-tight container that does not dry up or leak the contents and keeps it relatively fresh.

Cauliflower and Green Peas Stuffed Beetroot Wrap, Tiffin Treats

Cauliflower and Green Peas Stuffed Beetroot Wrap, Tiffin Treats

The dabba network that works in Mumbai is well-known all over the world, and is the subject of several management case studies! In Mumbai, there are dabbawallahs who collect food packed in tiffin dabbas from people’s homes and deliver it to their offices close to lunch time. However, not everybody avails of this service in the city, and people in other cities and towns have no such facilities, so it becomes necessary to pack their food in the morning and take it along when they leave their homes.

{ad1}

Food that is packed in the dabba has to be such that it remains good even after a few hours. So, people are always wondering what to pack! There are some time-tested dishes like rice preparations and chapattis and many people stick to this. They are afraid to experiment for the fear that the food might not be good in the afternoon. However, there are many dishes that can be packed in the tiffin dabba, ranging from pastas to pulaos and parathas too. You just need to know the trick of how to prepare and pack them.
 

6 types of foods that can go into your dabba

1. Plain parathas with subzi
This is a basic dabba recipe that is enjoyed by one and all. When making the subzi, you should make the gravy a little thick and not watery, to avoid leakage. 

Parathas, Plain Paratha, Basic Paratha RecipeParathas, Plain Paratha, Basic Paratha Recipe

{ad2}

2. Stuffed parathas
Stuffed parathas are self-sufficient because of the flavourful fillings, so when you pack these you do not have to bother too much about accompaniments. Just some chutney, curds, raita or ketchup can be packed in a separate container. The parathas should be totally cooled after cooking and wrapped in aluminium foils or banana leaves and then packed in air-tight containers. If your paratha uses aloo, you can boil it the previous night itself and keep it in the fridge. Try the Stuffed Spinach Paratha.

Stuffed Spinach Paratha ( Tiffin Recipe)Stuffed Spinach Paratha ( Tiffin Recipe)

3. Rice preparations
Rice, flavoured with myriad ingredients and masalas, is a time-tested dabba option. It lasts for long, tastes fabulous and it loved by all.

{ad3}

If you are in too much of a hurry in the morning, you can boil the rice the previous night itself. Else, you can consider pressure-cooking the rice in the morning. Try the Cheese, Onion and Green Peas Pulao.

Cheese, Onion and Green Peas PulaoCheese, Onion and Green Peas Pulao

4. Sandwiches
Sandwiches must be made with fresh bread. Avoid using tomatoes, ketchup and mayonnaise in your sandwich as it will become soggy. You can carry these in a separate box and add before eating. Allow the sandwiches to cool, pack them in aluminium foil or banana leaves and then pack in an airtight container. Make this simple cucumber cheese sandwich recipe

Cucumber Cheese Sandwich ( Tiffin Treats)Cucumber Cheese Sandwich ( Tiffin Treats)

{ad4}

5. Wraps
Wraps are quite convenient, especially if you eat on the go. Just one dish is enough to make a complete meal, and you can consume it anywhere, any time without any fuss. Make sure the rotis used for wraps are soft and the filling inside is not watery or saucy. The dough for the roti can be made the night before to save time in the morning. try the sweet corn and spinach wrap or the masala bhindi wrap

Masala Bhindi Wrap with Curd Dip ( Tiffin Treats)Masala Bhindi Wrap with Curd Dip ( Tiffin Treats)

6. Pasta
You will be surprised to know that pastas make good dabba treats! You just need to make them a little saucy so that they don’t become too dry at lunch time. The pastas can be packed in warm containers or hot packs, or you can also use a normal container.

{ad5}

Pick quick pasta recipes that require less time and few ingredients so that it will be easy to make in the morning. We love the pasta in tomato sauce  or vegetable maggi noodle for the tiffin box. 

Pasta in Tomato Sauce ( Tiffin Recipe)
Pasta in Tomato Sauce ( Tiffin Recipe)

Top 10 recipes for Indian tiffin box, dabba

The first criterion to select a dish for your dabba is that you should like it! Pick the kind of dishes you usually enjoy eating, so you will not mind even if it is not hot.
{ad6}
Some offices have fridges and microwave ovens while others do not. You need to decide on your lunch accordingly. For example, if you have a fridge you can take curds along with your parathas, otherwise green chutney will be a better choice.

Green Chutney ( Mumbai Roadside Recipes)
Green Chutney ( Mumbai Roadside Recipes)

Plan your dabba menu the previous evening itself, so that you can buy the required ingredients and make the necessary preparations to save time in the morning.
{ad7}

Here are some recipes that we have tried and tested to ensure that it stays good in the dabba for at least 5 hours.

Let’s start with a sure-shot success, which will be loved by young and old alike -
1. Rajma Chawal

Rajma Chawal, Punjabi Rajma ChawalRajma Chawal, Punjabi Rajma Chawal

{ad8}

Followed by a yummy pasta recipe that will appeal to the younger generation.
2. Creamy Pesto Pasta

Creamy Pesto Pasta ( Tiffin Treats)
Creamy Pesto Pasta ( Tiffin Treats)

That said, there is nothing like the traditional dishes we have grown up eating, such rice and parathas!

{ad9}
3. Vangi Bhath
4. Jowar and Vegetable Paratha

Jowar and Vegetable Paratha ( Tiffin Treats)Jowar and Vegetable Paratha ( Tiffin Treats)


You do not have to stick to traditional rice recipes. You can mix and match ingredients and come up with your own innovative options too. You can also try making pulao with ingredients like vermicelli or broken wheat.
5. Baby Corn and Capsicum Rice
6. Sevaiyan Pulao

Sevaiyan Pulao ( Tiffin Treats)Sevaiyan Pulao ( Tiffin Treats)

{ad10}

Go for some scrumptious stuffed parathas or wraps, which are packed with flavourful and multi-textured fillings. These are self-contained and do not require elaborate accompaniments.
7. Masala Bhindi Wrap with Curd Dip
8. Broccoli Paratha
9. Stuffed Spinach Paratha
10. Cheese, Onion and Green Peas Pulao

Broccoli Paratha ( Tiffin Treats)Broccoli Paratha ( Tiffin Treats)

Once you get out of your comfort zone and start making different varieties of foods for your dabba, you will eventually understand all the tricks of preparing and packing food. Over time, you will start coming up with your own innovative dishes by experimenting with different combinations of ingredients and spices.
{ad11}
Eating home food is always better than buying or ordering food from outside, which you can do once in a while for fun but not all the time. As you start exploring the world of dabba treats and realise how much variety is there, the urge to eat outside will fade and you will be totally enthusiastic about packing the dabba for yourself and others in your family! You can start with these recipes and discover many more in our website.

Enjoy Indian Tiffin Box Recipes, Lunch box, Dabba recipes given below and other tiffin box articles. {ad12}

kids tiffin box Indian recipes

kids lunch box ideas and recipes


Show only recipe names containing:
  



Sprouted Moong Khichdi, Microwave Recipe
Recipe# 669
11 Mar 21

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Let’s try making khichdi with an interesting twist! Here, normal moong dal is replaced with sprouted moong, and the effect is awesome. Add to this a tongue-tickling masala of coconut, coriander seeds, spice powders etc. and you get a fabulous S ....
Methi Garlic Rice
Recipe# 40865
15 Mar 21

  This recipe has an associated video
 by Tarla Dalal
methi garlic rice recipe | methi pulao | methi rice Indian style | garlic rice with fenugreek | with 15 amazing images. methi garlic rice recipe |
Achari Dahi Bhindi, Punjabi  Sabji
Recipe# 22779
18 Feb 21

  This recipe has an associated video
 
by Tarla Dalal
achari dahi bhindi recipe | Punjabi dahi bhindi sabji | achari dahi wali bhindi | okra in achari curd gravy | with amazing 33 images. achari dahi bhindi recipe i ....
Quick Veg Spaghetti, Indian Style Tomato Spaghetti
Recipe# 65
05 Feb 21

  This recipe has an associated video
 by Tarla Dalal
quick veg spaghetti | Indian style tomato spaghetti | tiffin box veg spaghetti | with 26 amazing images. quick veg spaghetti is made from cooked spaghetti, together with mixed veggies, toma ....
Masala Bhaat, Maharashtrian Masala Bhaat Health Recipe
Recipe# 3581
20 Nov 20

  This recipe has an associated video
 by Tarla Dalal
Maharashtrian masala bhaat recipe | healthy masala brown rice | healthy masala vegetable pulao | with 26 amazing images. Maharashtrian masala bhaat recipe is a famous delicacy from west of ....
Apple Sticks ( Tiffin Recipe)
Recipe# 40319
24 Nov 20

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but sometimes it can be a real challenge making your kids eat up this wonder fruit, especially on school days when you cannot run behind them! Here is how you can serve it up in their snack box. Adding a dash of lemon juice to neatly cut Apple Sticks not only gi ....
Carrot and Moong Dal Pulao
Recipe# 716
01 Oct 20

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Perfect for hurried mornings when you want something simple yet flavourful to carry along to work, or on a tired night when you want to prepare a nutritious dinner for your family in a jiffy. With carrots and moong dal for colour, texture and good health, and assorted spices for flavour, this quick ....
Bhindi Do Pyaza
Recipe# 4326
14 Apr 21

 
 by Tarla Dalal
bhindi do pyaza recipe | bhindi do pyaza with curd | restaurant style bhindi do pyaza | bhindi do pyaza Indian sabzi | with 17 amazing images. bhindi do pyaza recipe
Bhindi Sambhariya
Recipe# 4333
10 Jun 21

 
 by Tarla Dalal
bhindi sambhariya recipe | stuffed okra fry | Gujarati style stuffed bhindi | with 24 amazing images. stuffed bhindi with coconut is a famous Gujarati style sabzi made on Sundays and festi ....
Coriander Curd Rice
Recipe# 39085
04 Jul 21

 
 by Tarla Dalal
coriander curd rice recipe | South Indian coriander curd rice | coriander dahi chawal | with 13 amazing images. A cold bowl of this coriander curd rice works wonders on hot, humid afterno ....
Puran Poli ( Gujarati Recipe)
Recipe# 637
18 Sep 21

  This recipe has an associated video
 
by Tarla Dalal
puran poli recipe | Gujarati puran poli | authentic puran poli | vedmi | with amazing 29 images. Puran poli is a famous sweet Indian flat-bread. There is the
Nutritious Thalipeeth
Recipe# 7457
10 Jan 21

 
 by Tarla Dalal
nutritious thalipeeth recipe | healthy multigrain thalipeeth | jowar bajra thalipeeth | thalipeeth for diabetes | With 17 amazing images. nutritious thalipeeth is ....
Corn Flakes Chivda ( Tiffin Treats)
Recipe# 40342
10 Dec 20

  This recipe has an associated video
 by Tarla Dalal
corn flakes chivda recipe | cornflakes chivda for Diwali | dry snacks for tiffin | corn chivda jar snack | corn flakes chivda is a sweet and salty
Achari Paneer Pulao, Paneer Tikka Rice
Recipe# 7555
04 Aug 21

  This recipe has an associated video
 by Tarla Dalal
achari paneer pulao recipe | Indian paneer tikka pulao | paneer tikka rice | achari biryani | with 29 amazing images. achari paneer pulao recipe |
Jowar and Vegetable Paratha ( Tiffin Treats)
Recipe# 40361
11 Jul 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Generally, people are wary of packing millet based Rotis for lunch because they think it would harden. However, when prepared with the right mix of wheat flour and other ingredients like vegetables and spices, they remain soft and tasty f ....
Macaroni and Vegetable Salad, Homemade Vegetable Macaroni Salad
Recipe# 2578
13 Jul 21

 
 by Tarla Dalal
macaroni and vegetable salad recipe | vegetable macaroni salad | easy homemade macaroni salad | macaroni salad without mayo | with 37 amazing images. macaroni and vegeta ....
Carrot, Cucumber and Curd Rice, South Indian Tiffin Recipe
Recipe# 22618
21 Jun 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Traditional South Indian fare, and a favourite especially with tamil brahmins, the carrot, cucumber and curd rice is a frequent choice for the ‘tiffin box’! It is really a refreshing dish to prepare on hot summer days to complement a meal of roti and sub ....
Aloo Frankie (  Wraps and Rolls)
Recipe# 32655
06 Jul 21

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Aloo Frankie recipe | how to make aloo Frankie | Mumbai street food Aloo Frankie | potato Frankie | with 30 amazing images. Our very own roll, from the
Aloo Kulcha, Amritsari Potato Kulcha
Recipe# 42052
07 May 21

  This recipe has an associated video
 by Tarla Dalal
aloo kulcha recipe | Amritsari kulcha | stuffed kulcha | dhaba aloo kulcha | with 42 amazing images. aloo kulcha recipe | Amritsari kulcha
Kanchipuram Idli, Kancheepuram Idli, Kovil Idli
Recipe# 1702
26 May 21

  This recipe has an associated video
 by Tarla Dalal
kanchipuram idli recipe | kancheepuram idli | Tamil Kovil idli | easy South Indian breakfast | with 52 amazing images. kanchipuram idli recipe |
Mixed Vegetable Handvo, Instant Gujarati Handvo
Recipe# 33316
21 Jun 20

  This recipe has an associated video
 by Tarla Dalal
mixed vegetable handvo recipe | instant vegetable handvo | mixed vegetable handvo using idli batter | with 24 amazing images. mixed vegetable handvo is a delicious snack made with readyma ....
Mexican Fried Rice,  Quick Recipe
Recipe# 1253
07 Apr 20

  This recipe has an associated video
 
by Tarla Dalal
Mexican fried rice | vegetarian Mexican fried rice | Indian style Mexican fried rice | quick fried rice | with 29 amazing images. Our Mexican fried rice is a
Methi and Moong Sprouts Wrap
Recipe# 7467
04 Jan 21

  This recipe has an associated video
 
by Tarla Dalal
methi and moong sprouts wrap recipe | sprouted moong wrap | sprouted moong roll for weight loss | healthy Indian wrap for diabetes | with 44 amazing images. methi and m ....
Oats and Cabbage Roti
Recipe# 40321
30 Mar 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Treat your heart and palate to a delectable meal of Oats and Cabbage Roti with low-fat curds, and hear a happy tick in response to it! Scrumptious to the core, these satiating rotis are made with a unique dough of whole wheat flour, oats and cabbage perked up with sesame seeds and spice powder ....
Subscribe to the free food mailer

High Protein Recipes

Missed out on our mailers?
Our mailers are now online!

View Mailer Archive

Privacy Policy: We never give away your email

REGISTER NOW If you are a new user.
Or Sign In here, if you are an existing member.

Login Name
Password

Forgot Login / Passowrd?Click here

If your Gmail or Facebook email id is registered with Tarladalal.com, the accounts will be merged. If the respective id is not registered, a new Tarladalal.com account will be created.

Click OK to sign out from tarladalal.
For security reasons (specially on shared computers), proceed to Google and sign out from your Google account.

Are you sure you want to delete this review ?