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Lentil Stuffed Indian Flat Breads – Protein Packed Lunchbox

26 July 2010 33 Comments

protein packed lunchbox

To make a filling as well as a kids-friendly  lunchbox day in and day out, is a challenge for every mom.  A dish repeated twice a week becomes a boring stuff and is brought back half eaten as a revenge on moms.

Most of the days the lunchbox menu is decided in the morning itself and the days of the week are remembered according to the lunchbox recipes. Monday is for variety rice, Tuesdays are reserved for wholewheat noodles, Wednesday is dedicated to stuffed chapattis and like wise.This one is a favorite menus for Friday lunchbox.

This version of chapatti is famous in Rajasthan and is usually made as a stuffed Dal pooris. I avoid making pooris more often just to stay away from oil and refined flour (maida).

Protein packed lunchbox is a simple and lighter recipe and the filling can be made a day ahead and stored in refrigerator.

lunchbox idea


For the Chapattis

(makes 4 in number)

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • A pinch of salt

Method: Knead the flour by mixing water with light hands. Replace milk with water if kneading the dough for the kids for better nutrition. Cover the dough with a plate and keep it aside.

protein lunchbox

For the filling

  • 1/2 cup De husked green gram (Moong dal)
  • 1/4 cup Lentils (Massor dal)
  • 1/4 tsp chilly powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp coriander powder
  • Salt as desired
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander leaves
  • Oil or ghee to shallow fry

dal chapattis

Method:  Soak the lentils and the green gram in the previous night. Drain the water the next day and grind it coarsely in a mixie without water.

Heat 2 tsp of oil in a wok and crackle mustard seeds. Add the dry powders and the coarsely ground pulses. Cook for 2 minutes and take off the heat. Mix the freshly chopped coriander leaves and cool the mixture.

Take a small size of dough and flatten it in the palm using dry flour. Fill the pulses mix in the cup made with the dough and fold all the sides. Coat the stuffed ball with the dry flour and roll it using a rolling pin.

Make sure that the stuffed ball is closed tightly, else the filling will spill. Roll gently and make a small circle, this chapatti should be slightly thicker than the normal chapattis.

Heat a girdle and put the stuffed chapatti on it, cook it for a minute and turn it to the other side. Apply a little oil or ghee and fry both the sides till it is golden in color.

dal parathas


  • Can prepare the pulses filling a day before and refrigerate.
  • Use extra ghee to fry the chapattis when making it for the kids.
  • Reduce the size of stuffy delights to the size of your palm, looks more attractive and kind of fun food for kids.
  • Makes a great picnic food.
  • Stays good for two days, provided the filling is devoid of any water content. Good as a travel snack.
  • Needs no extra accompaniment or curries.
  • Serve hot with a fresh coriander chutney or tomato sauce.
  • Drop a dollop of fresh butter on the hot stuffy delights for sheer indulgence.
  • A cup of  fresh curds with this stuffy delights makes a great breakfast.
  • A great way to pack extra protein with pulses in your kids diet.

Stay connected for more of such healthy lunchbox options. Take care.


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  • Krishnaveni said:

    beautiful creation, looks yummy

  • Priya said:

    Stuffed parathas looks incredible and yummy..

  • Marla said:

    These look delicious. I foresee these in the near future in my lunch box and another use for the moong dal that have been languishing in the back of my cupboard.

  • srividhya Ravikumar said:

    lovely recipe and same pinch.. i too have d same recipe with green gram sprouts filling which is yet to post…

  • Treat and Trick said:

    Great idea to stuff the chapatti with green gram, looks delicious…

  • Chaitrali said:

    yummy…and nice clicks too

  • G.pavani said:

    looking yummy n healthy recipe for kids box

  • Swathi said:

    Nice idea. Healthy one.

  • Juliana said:

    Wow, nice idea for lunchbox…it sure looks very yummie!

  • Suman Singh said:

    something very unique and good.

  • Hari Chandana said:

    Looks amazing.. thanks for sharing !!

  • sheba said:

    this is an awesome idea..and so healthy and simple..thanks

  • Vandya said:

    This looks very yum.

  • suma said:

    Delicious and nutritious snack!! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Rosa said:

    Lovely food! Really enjoyable and good for the health.



  • Madhavi said:

    wow very nice post, yummy!!!


  • praniskitchen said:

    thats so wonderful comnbination.. liked the way u made it.. good one

  • Sadhana said:

    Wow!!! wonderful dish….

  • Cumin Coriander said:

    Love the photo. Oh my god!

  • Deepti said:

    Luv ur stuffing…gr8 idea for lunchbox…very nice clicks.

  • renuka said:

    very good recipe.I’ll surely try this!

  • Saraswathi Iyer said:

    Hi Sanjeeta,

    This is a lovely recipe and looks tempting.

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  • Sarah said:

    oh wow!! awesome and yummy!!!

  • Panchpakwan said:

    Love to have htses in my lunch box too..so delciious..

  • RedChillies said:

    I am always on the lookout for good protein packed vegetarian recipe for the kiddo. Loved this one, will give it a try!

  • Sook said:

    Mmmm I would be happy to find these in my lunchbox. 🙂

  • FOODESSA said:

    Sanjeeta…I’ve never adventured myself in this direction before.
    The mulching of the soaked beans sounds interesting. It has opened up some ideas.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

    Have a great day,

  • looking for maya said:

    yumm again …. thanks for your comment … you are lucky if you are away from the TV banter … your recipes are definitely a gift ..

  • varsha said:

    I wish I could invite myself to your house for lunch!Honest!!

  • Geeta Ghai said:

    I like it.Mouth watering reciepe.Iwill try it.

  • Jacalyn Dolani said:

    Looks really nice.I will probably make it for my son.

  • kaniz said:

    nice mouth waterty paratha cannot resist it even if my stomach is full yummy great taste!!!!

  • GB said:

    Sanjeeta, this is a great blog. i’m now a follower. Loved this recipe , will def. be trying it.

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