January 25, 2013

Arisi Paruppu Saadam | Easy Kids Lunchbox recipe

Lunchbox for kiddo is generally her comfort food, and today’s post is the ultimate Comfort food – not only for her, but for me too : Arisi Paruppu Saadam (loosely translated as Meal with Rice with dal mix) which is generally served with any dry curry.In fact, this is one of the first solid meals given to toddlers too, once they enter the second / third year.  

Without much ado, lets get to this easy peasy recipe. Served with a dollop of ghee and some fryums or dry curry, and you have a winner on hand. You may add onions / red chillies / ginger / garlic depending on the preference, but we love it plain with just a tempering of asafoetida, mustard & cumin. Lets see how to make this dish.

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Prep time – 10 mins | Cook time : 20 mins (incl the accompaniment) | Serves : 2
Difficulty level : Very Easy | Spice level : Low
Serve with : Any dry curry of choice and / or fryums / papad

Raw Rice – ½ cup (short grained or basmati)
Toor dal  / split pigeon pea – ¼ cup
Turmeric  - ¼ tsp
Salt – to taste
Tempering – Ghee (1 tsp), Jeera / Cumin (1/2 tsp), Asafoetida (a generous pinch), Mustard seeds
Curry leaves & Coriander – optional
Lemon juice – ½ tsp (optional)

Pick, clean and cook rice in the normal way. Cool a bit and mash while adding a tsp of ghee.
Soak & Cook the dal along with the rice in a separate container. Mash well with the back of a ladle to pouring consistency.
In a deep bottomed pan, add the ghee. Prepare the tempering with mustard seeds, cumin & Asafoetida. Add turmeric and the mashed dal. Let it simmer for 1-2 mins. Add salt and mix
To the mashed rice, add 1-2 ladles of the above dal and mix well till it reaches porridge consistency. Check for salt and spices (if adding any). Top with lemon juice.
Mix once again and pack the lunch box with this yummy Arisi-paruppu saadam and any dry curry. Served here is Carrot-Beans curry

a)    The above mixture tastes wonderful even when its cooled
b)    Addition of lemon juice is optional but recommended to perk it up in a lunch box. Of course, my kiddo loves lemon juice garnish, so add accordingly.
c)    If adding spices like onions, ginger or garlic, sauté them along with the tempering itself, else the raw smell may not be preferred at lunchtime J


  1. My favorite..... :-)


  2. so delicious and so comforting!!! can have this anytime!!
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  3. Healthy and protein filled rice dear

  4. Our all time favorite food.

  5. Wat a comforting food, just love this arisi paruppu saadam with some fryums.

  6. Seems to be a bowl of comfort.

  7. like our fodnicha bhaath , can totally understand the comfort food context here

  8. Yum. Looks deliciously inviting.

  9. Very healthy lunch box recipe...

  10. truly perfect comfort food - perfect to go with anything

  11. I love the taste of this,but I find that it turns dry by lunch time. So I usually feed my son dal rice when it's fresh. It tastes great with all the veggies!

  12. Such a simple and healthy dish. Comfort food at its best.

  13. Such a healthy option for kids..wish mine carry these dishes!


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