Kids Lunch Box: Veggie Dosa Triangles

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One of the challenging part of packing DS’s lunchbox is to come with some healthy and creative ideas. Now to get our 4 year old to eat, right in front of our very eyes is tricky enough then one can imagine what happens when he is provided with a lunch box and is totally out of our sight. Of course, the teachers try their best to coax him into eating, but with mischief and prancing around as his top priority, food gets neglected and takes a back seat.

The other things that I have to keep in mind while packing his lunch is not adding nuts (peanuts included) and that the lunch item does not get soggy or become hard after a while. Also as with other kids, he becomes bored eating the same stuff over and over again; so I have to come up with some new kid pleasing ideas.

So a few days ago, I was over the moon when I saw this Veggie wrap idea on Rachana’s blog. I loved the idea of making the wrap with flours (instead of chapathis /rotis/ tortillas) and the fact that it can be made instantly seemed appealing.

I kept thinking of ways of incorporating the idea of wrap and turning it into a shape that kids can handle without spilling. After looking for so many different options I chanced on Nupur’s clever and fantastic idea of a triangle shape that she used for making healthy Samosas.  I kinda put two and two together and voila this idea of making dosa triangles was born.

I made this during the weekend and the kiddo loved it. I think he loved the shape and the taste of the wrap the best. He has even agreed to take it in his lunch box and eat it promptly.  At the end of it all, there was one pleased mom secretly doing the happy dance :-)

The taste of the wrap/dosa is excellent and addictive. As a test, I prepared some triangles and kept them aside for 3 hours and after little warming they tasted good. They did not turn soggy or hard. Thanks Rachana, Nupur and your mom’s for this wonderful idea.

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Recipe Source:

The wrap adapted from here. (Rachana’s Veggie Wrap)

The triangle part adapted from here. (Nupur’s healthy samosa)           

  • Ingredients for the Dosa/Wrap:
  •  ½ cup rice flour
  •  ½ cup sooji/semolina
  •  ¼ cup maida (AP flour)
  •  ¼ cup wheat flour
  •  Salt, water

Stuffing/Filling Ideas
(These recipes below are some ideas. Kids have their likes/dislikes, so feel free to change the stuffing based on your preference). Potato based stuffing tastes pretty good with this Veggie wrap.
 

Method:
 

  • Dosa Batter: Mix all the flour, salt and water and make a batter. The batter should be slightly thicker and gooey than a dosa batter.
  •  Keep aside for 10 minutes.
  • Note: If you do not prefer the idea of making triangles, then make individual dosas and serve the curry separately. The taste of the dosa/wrap is very appealing to kids.
  •  Heat a tava/dosa pan; pour a small amount of batter in the center, spread around from back of ladle, add oil around and make medium sized dosas.
  •  Cook the dosa on both the sides and transfer to a plate.
  •  Note: The dosas should be soft and not crispy; otherwise they will become hard when kept for long time.
  •  Take a knife and cut the dosa into 2 halves. On each of the half put in a spoonful of the filling slightly off-centre.
     Fold each half in the form of a triangle as shown here..
  •  I did not use any paste to make the edges stick. I pressed the edges together using my finger tips and leveled it again with flat spoon.
  •  Put these triangles back on the warm tava with sealed edges side down. Add little more oil and press on the top from the back of the ladle to make everything stick together. There is no need to cook for a longer time.
  •  Remove immediately and transfer to a plate. Do not cover as it might get soggy.
  •  Transfer to lunch box after a while.
  •  Proceed with the above steps for making more triangles.
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34 comments

  1. Jacqueline says:

    They look great! This will all come to me before I know it. I think I will start a folder and start collecting recipes. I know Cooper is still breastfeeding, but time just whizzes by! OK, this is recipe number one :)

  2. Mayuri says:

    The triangles look soo good,
    I too am always looking for creative ways to make lunch for my 6 year old.
    He does have certain things he likes so sometimes that helps :)
    I make the wrap but burrito style and with chicken strips or egg or vegetable stuffing and then I crisp it up. He loves wraps.

  3. Smitha says:

    hi,
    I have been a silent follower of ur website for sometime now…and new to the food blogging world….
    Love the idea of a veggie wrap for the kids…I make a dosa with somewhat the same ingredients…could try that as a wrap for my son…
    beautiful site…
    tc
    Smitha

  4. Asha says:

    Lovely triangles. Glad he gets to take it lunch box. Kids here are not encouraged to bring homecooked food to school, they don’t mind sandwiches!! Looks tasty, I would like pack it and eat it too! :)

  5. maya varadan says:

    Wow.Great idea ,same here I always look out for ideas to make my 3yr old DD eat.Everday when I pack lunch to the daycare,I always hope atleast a minimal part she is feeding in to.

  6. sudhir says:

    Good idea.I came across this dosa in a restaurant but with a chinese style filling.tastewise I did not relish the chinese filling in a dosa but as a concept of packing small dosa with traditioal filling will be definately novel.

  7. Soma says:

    I have to give this a try. Sounds less time consuming than the regular one. I could be a kid again right? so much cuter and easier & less messier to eat.

  8. Mallika says:

    What a brilliant idea! I’m always thinking of interesting things to serve my 1 year old. It’ll be dosa this Sunday. Does this recipe need no fermenting? Only 10 minutes?

  9. spice says:

    nice one dear, AP flour surely add softness….nice idea of folding in triangles, i usually fold it like burrito….as long it’s in some fancy shape it tastes good….

  10. Kavitha says:

    Nice blog. Your recipes are accepted easily by my 3 year old.Thanks a lot. Keep posting more kid friendly recipes.

  11. Emma says:

    This is very clever…and now I know a better way to make my samosas. I’ll be making these for my daughter’s lunch this week.

    Although my family is white, we could eat Indian food all the time. I appreciate forums like yours to learn more about your delicious food and your beautiful culture.

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