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Indian Tiffin Box, Lunch box, Dabba recipes


Last Updated : Jul 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.

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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

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.
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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.
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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

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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!

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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)

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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.
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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.

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Masala Peanuts and Chana ( Tiffin Treats for Kids )
Recipe# 33112
02 Oct 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Masala peanuts and chana, a scrumptious, crispy snack – children will love the tangy taste of these small break munchies loaded with protein, a must nutrient for a growing child.
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Recipe# 139
22 Sep 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
The moment you think of butter cookies, you are reminded of its melt-in-the-mouth texture. Well, these butter cookies too melt in your mouth, but they give way to an exciting surprise inside! Butter Cookies Stuffed with Cashewnuts is a treat you will never forget, with its pleasant vanilla-tin ....
Kaju Kopra Sheera ( Tiffin Treats For Kids )
Recipe# 33101
19 Aug 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Kaju kopra sheera, just got more tastier with the use of coconut-cashewnut combo rather than the usual wheat flour or rava sheera. Set this yummy sheera on a thali and cut into interesting shapes…pack with another big snack and keep the energy levels going.
Palak Chana Pulao
Recipe# 22146
16 Apr 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
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Penne in Pumpkin Sauce, Kids Tiffin Box Recipe
Recipe# 40368
09 Jun 21

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Masala Bhindi Wrap with Curd Dip ( Tiffin Treats)
Recipe# 40363
02 Oct 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Cumin flavoured rotis are rolled up with a peppy bhindi mixture, which is innovatively flavoured with chaat masala. This Bhindi Wrap stays fresh in the tiffin box for at least 4 to 5 hours, and can be accompanied by a cupful of Curd Dip, again flavoured with chilli and cumin powders, which makes cum ....
Pasta in Tomato Sauce ( Tiffin Recipe)
Recipe# 33106
21 Apr 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
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Vegetable Burger Indian Style
Recipe# 4092
22 Jul 21

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
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Spinach and Green Pea Rice
Recipe# 2469
14 Mar 20

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by Tarla Dalal
spinach green peas rice recipe | palak matar pulao | green peas spinach pulao | quick palak peas pulao | with 29 amazing images. spinach green peas rice is an
Paneer and Vegetable Paratha
Recipe# 37258
16 Jan 21

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
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Corn, Capsicum and Cheese Paratha ( Tiffin Recipe )
Recipe# 33105
08 Aug 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Corn and cheese are a standard team. Adding capsicum to this combo introduces an element of colour and spice to it. These, along with everyday spice powders make a wonderful filling for Parathas . The end-result is a soft, succulent an ....
Cheesy Thepla Potato Wrap  ( Tiffin Treats)
Recipe# 40364
02 Oct 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
An interesting twist to the homely thepla makes it an exciting snack that will fascinate young kids. To make this sumptuous Cheesy Thepla Potato Wrap, fenugreek flavoured theplas are rolled up with a crispy potato mixture, which is flavoured with peppy masalas like amchur powder. You can make the th ....
Stuffed Dosa Cones ( Tiffin Treats)
Recipe# 40365
02 Oct 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Agreed, dosas taste the best when they are fresh and crisp, but there is a homely charm to soft, spongy dosas that can be comfortably packed in tiffin boxes or carried along when travelling too. Here is an amazing dosa recipe that does not even require fermentation, but stays fresh in the tiffin box ....
Macaroni in Cheesy Carrot Sauce ( Tiffin Treats)
Recipe# 40371
02 Oct 15

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 by Tarla Dalal
Carrot purée is a wonderful addition to whole wheat based white sauce, as it makes it creamier and colourful too. Add to it some cheese and a dash of pepper, and you have a perfect base that kids will love. Throw some macaroni, seasonings and herbs into this creamy sauce, and there you have a yummy ....
Masala Pineapple (  Tiffin Treats)
Recipe# 40344
02 Oct 15

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Pineapple has a crisp texture and tangy taste that is loved by adults and kids alike. Pepping up chunks of this fabulous fruit with spice powders and black salt adds a whole new dimension of excitement to this yummy treat. This Masala Pineapple is easy and quick to prepare, and stays fresh in the da ....
Herbed Makhanas ( Tiffin Treats)
Recipe# 40339
09 Apr 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Who doesn’t like roasted makhanas? Here, we have enhanced this nice and poppy snack by roasting it in olive oil. Kids will love the peppy flavours of the mixed herbs and chilli flakes, which give the makhanas a nice and exotic touch. Make a whole batch of Herbed Makhanas and store it in an air-tigh ....
Vegetable Fried Rice  ( Tiffin Recipe)
Recipe# 33064
11 Aug 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
An all-time favourite tiffin treat, the Vegetable Fried Rice is a tasty and satiating one-dish meal, which can be made in minutes, but stays fresh for over five hours. The crunchy veggies add a splash of colours and myriad flavours to the dish, while the readily available sauces add an enjoyable pun ....
Coconut Milk Pulao, Coconut Milk Rice
Recipe# 1746
22 Jun 21

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 by Tarla Dalal
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Buckwheat Moong and Vegetable Khichdi, Healthy Kuttu Vegetable Khichdi
Recipe# 3506
19 Jun 21

 
 by Tarla Dalal
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Bajra, Methi and Paneer Parathas
Recipe# 3495
21 Oct 20

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
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Hara Bhara Kebab ( Tiffin Treats for Kids )
Recipe# 33107
02 Oct 15

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 by Tarla Dalal
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Hara bhara kebab, a green delight loaded with nutrients from paneer, spinach, chana dal and green peas. Pack this all time favourite snack with green chutney or tomato ketchup and await an empty tiffin back home.
Uttapam Sandwich, Cheese Sandwich Uttapam
Recipe# 33415
11 Jun 21

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 by Tarla Dalal
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Corn Dhokla ( Tiffin Treats)
Recipe# 40352
02 Oct 15

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
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Succulent, fresh dhoklas prepared with a batter of semolina and curds, dotted with juicy kernels of sweet corn, this is likely to become a top favourite with your kids. Adding fruit salt to the batter helps get a nice, fluffy dhokla, while coriander gives a peppy flavour to it. Send the Corn Dhokla ....
Raw Mango Sabzi, Kacche Aam ki Sabzi, Keri Nu Shaak
Recipe# 42600
18 Mar 21

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
raw mango sabzi recipe | raw mango curry | kacche aam ki sabzi | raw mango onion sabzi | keri nu shaak | with 32 amazing images. raw mango sab ....
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