I am proud to be a part of this Blogging Marathon Group who have consistently been together for about 25 months now. Srivalli deserves a huge round applause for steering this group to adapt to our changing needs. Though I have been absent for a few months due to personal reasons, I am glad to back for this special edition.

For the next 3 days I shall blog my kid's favorite 'Lunch Box Recipes'. I am sure these are very easy to make, no-nonsense kind of everyday recipes which all moms make at home. We all know our kid's preferences and cook according to their tastes as we just long to see those smiling faces morning, noon and night! Here is a simple combo of Chapati and Chana Masala which very often goes into my older one's lunch box. Whereas the little one is happy with a little yogurt with chapatis!

Chapati with Chana Masala

Ingredients - 
For Chapati - 
Wheat Flour 1 cup (I used Aashirwad brand Whole Wheat flour with multi grains)
*Beaten Yogurt as needed
Salt as needed
Oil / Ghee as needed

* I sometimes use milk instead of beaten yogurt. This is just another way to sneak in some additional calcium !

For Instant Chana Masala -
**Pre-cooked Chana or canned Garbanzo beans 1 cup
Onions chopped 1/2 cup
Ginger Garlic Paste 1 tsp (Optional)
Tomato Chilli Sauce 1 Tbsp (or any tomato based sauce)
Punjabi Chole Masala as needed
Salt as needed
Turmeric 1/8 tsp
Red Chilli Powder as needed (Optional)
Seasoning (Vegetable Oil 1 Tbsp, cumin seeds 1/2 tsp)

** I usually soak, pre-treat and cook the beans and freeze them upon cooling so I have them available instantly.

Method Of Preparation -
To make Chapatis - 
Knead the chapati dough adding salt and beaten yogurt to make a suitably soft dough, cover and set aside for 10-15 min

Make 5-6 equal portions of the dough.

For each of the portion of dough, roll into a thick disc, apply oil, fold the disc into semicircle and then a triangle. This will ensure some layers in the chapati.

Roll each of the oiled dough triangles sprinkling wheat flour into slightly thin chapatis and gently place on a heated griddle/tawa.

After bubbles appear on the heated chapati, flip onto the other side, spray/apply oil or ghee and gently press with a ladle and allow it to puff up as much as possible.

Flip it again spray oil /ghee , make sure it is cooked on both the sides and remove from fire. I like to store them in a hot case to retain their warmth and also keeps them soft.

Continue for the rest of the dough. 

To make Instant Chana Masala - 
In a heated pan, add oil and cumin seeds. After the cumin seeds are brown, saute onions until they are translucent.

Add the tomato-chilli sauce, the precooked chana salt, turmeric and chana masala and mix well for a few minutes and remove from heat.

Off they go into their respective boxes to be devoured by the kids at school!

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Sending these to Srivalli's Kid's delight event themed Healthy lunch box recipes guest hosted by PJ.

Preparation Time - For Chapati 20 min, For Chana Masala 15 min
Makes 5-6 chapatis and Chana Masala for 2-3 servings


  1. Delicious and a wholesome lunch!

  2. Sona Says:
  3. delicious and healthy lunch..

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  4. divya Says:
  5. The recipe looks incredible! Making me hungry :)

  6. delicious combination looks wonderful

  7. so quick and easy

  8. Manju Says:
  9. Yummy all time favorite. It's quick too..

  10. Delicious combo! !!

  11. sushma Says:
  12. Quick and easy recipe.

  13. Chapathi and chana looks delicious. Happy to see you back..

  14. Perfect combo...

  15. Srivalli Says:
  16. Thank you Harini for your kind words, this wouldn't have been possible if not for the support you guys give me. good to have you back..I love this theme and as you know will be hooked on to see what you make!

  17. Priya Suresh Says:
  18. Healthy and my kind of food, love this combo very much.

  19. Padmajha Says:
  20. Delicious lunch box recipe and glad to have you back Harini :)

  21. Kalyani Says:
  22. Welcome back Harini ! Good to have u back...

    that lunch box is definitely a crowd pleaser !

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  23. Suma Gandlur Says:
  24. As you said, no nonsense kind and breezy for moms if everything is prepared in advance. My 11 year old acts like a toddler when it comes to side dishes for lunch box and so I try to incorporate veggies / dal in the roti dough itself.

  25. Unknown Says:
  26. Welcome back Harini. Real quick recipe and those chapathis looks so soft....

  27. Saras Says:
  28. Sure this is a winner recipe between kids!! still remember my school days..

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  29. Pavani Says:
  30. Awesome & healthy combo..

  31. preeti garg Says:
  32. Great Recipe....look fabulous and perfectly done

  33. Unknown Says:
  34. good food blog! nice combination of kabuli chana masala and chapati. looks so yummmy. thankyou for shearing.thankyou for shearing !chowringhee satyaniketanr

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