Lunchbox Idea: Carrot Chapati, Potato Edamame Curry and Persimmon Hearts

A quick and filling lunchbox made super fun with persimmon hearts.

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I love adding colors to my kids lunchboxes, since I had persimmon on hand and was making potato edamame curry, I thought I could make an orange themed lunchbox with carrot chapati and it was a hit! This is super easy to put together as the curry gets done in the instant pot while I make chapati. I usually have leftovers and just heat up the curry while I make the roti fresh in the morning. The chapati dough can be made ahead and stored in refrigerator too.

Carrot chapati, potato edamame curry and persimmon hearts in lunchbox.

What is chapati and how is it made?

Chapati or roti is a flatbread made using whole wheat flour or Atta mixed with water and made into a dough. The dough is flattened into thin discs called roti and are cooked on a griddle or tawa. I usually mix different kinda vegetables to keep it interesting, this time its carrots. I add almond flour and flax meal to my roti for that extra dose of protein and fiber in my rotis, not to mention these are the softest rotis ever. Skip the almond flour if your school is nut-free. This tip was shared by a very good friend of mine on Facebook. 😃 I have noted down the ingredients in the recipe card all the way down below 👇

  • Chop carrots and boil them. I use my instant pot to boil my vegetables. I do pot-in-pot and add a tablespoon of water to my carrots bowl. Add a cup of water to inner pot and place the bowl of chopped carrots on a trivet. Close the lid, vent in sealing, Manual/Pressure cook mode for 10 min. You can use your preferred method to boil carrots.
  • Once the pressure is released, transfer the carrots to a blender and puree them.
  • In a mixing bowl, add whole wheat flour, almond flour and flax meal. Add the carrot puree and mix it all together until the dough comes together.
  • You might need to add a couple more tablespoons of water to make sure the dough is entirely mixed through and forms a ball. Knead the dough and make a soft dough. Apply a teaspoon of oil and keep it covered with a damp cloth or paper towel for at least 15-20 min.
  • Knead the dough for a few minutes with your knuckles, applying little pressure with the palm of your hand.
  • Divide the dough into small portions and roll each portion into a smooth ball with no cracks.
  • Dust your working surface and the dough ball lightly with dry flour and start rolling.
  • Add more dry flour if needed and roll the ball into thin circular roti with a rolling pin.
Making the carrot chapati dough.
  • Heat the tawa or griddle on medium-high heat and when the tawa is hot, dust off excess flour off the rolled roti and place it on hot tawa. I use a lodge cast iron griddle to make my rotis. I don’t like using non stick pans and this iron pan lasts for years.
  • Let the roti cook on each side for 15-20 seconds before flipping. You can apply oil and let it cook on both sides till brown spots appear. Serve it hot with your favorite curry or side.

How to make the potato edamame curry and persimmon hearts for this lunchbox:

Potato Edamame curry:

This is a super easy curry which gets done in 15 minutes prep time and 15 min in Instant pot. It makes great leftovers too. I Usually make the curry the previous night and pack in lunchbox the next day. You can find the recipe here: Potato Edamame Curry – Blissful Bites by Tay

Click on the picture below for the recipe 👇

Potato edamame curry in an orange bowl.
Persimmon Hearts:

I think this is the part which brightens up my kids, they love shaped fruits and veggies and persimmon has that beautiful design in the center. I use a heart shaped cookie cutter from this huge box I got years ago. This set has every cookie cutter shape you can imagine and we love them! This is the cookie cutter set I have: https://amzn.to/34EY48g

Here’s how you make the persimmon hearts:

Making persimmon hearts with a heart cutter.

Which lunchbox is used and how to pack Indian curries in the lunchbox?

I live in US, so I can only recommend products available here. I used a large lunchbots box here and I love it! Its dishwasher-safe and completely unbreakable, because my daughter loves throwing her backpack and lunch bag everywhere, we have broken a few plastic and glass boxes this way. So, please get a Lunchbots Large Trio Stainless Steel lunchbox and that will last for years.

You can also go with planetbox, a lot of people in my Facebook group love it. I should also mention this new Bentgo Leak-resistant Stainless steel lunchbox, which is new in the market. I haven’t tested it yet, so I cannot vouch for it. We do love our plastic Bentgo kids box, its truly leakproof.

For dips or curries, which leak, I recommend getting this Lunchbots Leakproof Dip containers that fit perfectly well in Lunchbots Large lunchbox.

Carrot Chapati

Carrot chapati, potato edamame curry and persimmon hearts in lunchbox.

A nutritious roti made with whole wheat flour and carrots.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time in Instant pot 10 minutes
Cook time for rotis 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

Make the dough:

  1. Chop carrots and do pot-in-pot in Instant pot to boil the carrots. Add a tablespoon of water to the carrots bowl. Add a cup of water to inner pot and place the bowl of chopped carrots on a trivet.
  2. Close the lid, vent in sealing, Manual/Pressure cook mode for 10 min.
  3. Once the pressure is released, transfer the carrots to a blender and puree them.
  4. In a mixing bowl, add whole wheat flour, almond flour and flax meal. Add the carrot puree and mix it all together slowly until the dough comes together.
  5. You might need to add a couple more tablespoons of water to make sure the dough is entirely mixed through and forms a ball.
  6. Make a soft dough, apply a teaspoon of oil and keep it covered for at least 15-20 min.

Make the roti:

  1. Knead the dough for a few minutes with your knuckles, applying little pressure with the palm of your hand.
  2. Divide the dough into small portions and roll each portion into a smooth ball with no cracks.
  3. Dust your working surface and the dough ball lightly with dry flour and start rolling.
  4. Add more dry flour if needed and roll the ball into thin circular roti with a rolling pin.

Cook the roti:

  1. Heat the tawa or griddle on medium-high heat and when the tawa is hot, dust off excess flour off the rolled roti and place it on hot tawa.
  2. Let the roti cook on each side for 15-20 seconds before flipping. Apply oil and let it cook on both sides till brown spots appear. Serve it hot with your favorite curry or side.

Notes

  • You can use any method to boil carrots.
  • Avoid using almond flour if you are allergic or if your school is a nut-free zone.

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