Lunch Ideas Toddler – Black Chickpeas Rice

Hi everyone!

My girl has started going to play school and its quite a mixed feeling.One is happy that she is now becoming independent but being apart from her also makes my heart heavy.Although there is food arrangement in the school but I have not opted for it.I think I can take out little time and cook her lunch so I am starting these posts so that I can share my food ideas .I will be constantly working on them and trying to give my girl the best nutritious food as much as possible.

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I had some black chickpeas (cooked kaale chane) in my fridge so I thought of making chana rice for her.

Recipe is fairly simple and quick and moreover its a nice way to make your fussy todller eat some good plant based protein.

How I made Black Chickpeas Rice:-


  • Boiled channas (1/4th cup)- One can always keep stock of boiled channa in the fridge.It’s a quick way to add plant based protein in your kid’s diet.I sometime mash them and add them in the flour to make chapattis as well.
  • 1/4th cup rice
  • Half chopped onion and tomato
  • Salt to taste
  • Pinch of garam masala
  • Oil /ghee
  • Cumin seeds for tempering.


Method and Preperation:-

  • Step 1 – For channa you need to soak them for 7-8 hours and pressure cook them .Chick peas can easily last for one week in your fridge.
  • Step 2- Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add cumin seeds
  • Step 3- Add chopped onions and tomatoes saute till they are cooked and turned pink.
  • Step4 – Add salt and garam masala.I skip red chilli powder as my girl is not too fond of it
  • Step5- Add rice and in one whistle chana rice is ready.You can garnish with chopped corainder as well

A very simple recipe .You can substitue chick peas with boiled rajma or sprouts too 🙂

Will be bringing you with more nutritious lunch box ideas in the coming days.


Till then you can check out below recipes as well:-






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