It has been quite some time since I last posted. Well, to be fair to myself, it does get difficult managing a baby, who turned into a toddler a week ago. Also, after having been in the US for about 3.5 years, we took our first trip back home to Bangalore. Anvi and I stayed in Bangalore for about 3.5 months and it was nice. Thinking about the trip, I wonder how I managed to take a 7 month old baby on a 21hr flight, all by myself. Maybe, I will write about it in another blog post.

Being in India, being in your hometown, means eating food like there’s no end. Agreed that I make all type of Indian dishes at home, but nothing beats the food mom and mom-in-law make. It is finger licking good. Also, the endless list of restaurant food we have to try in one short trip is like a quintessential necessity for us Desis. No, not even the best Indian restaurant in San Diego can beat the flavour that we find in the many little restaurants/daabas/roadside vendors in India.

After having stuffed ourselves with delicious food and having put on 1 or 2 or 10 pounds, it became necessary to come back to routine home cooked food once we were back. I was looking for lunch box options for my husband so that I could send him a variety of healthy, home cooked versions of Indian food. I have always sent Indian food for his lunch box, but it lacked variety, or sometimes, it had variety and a lot, I say lot of boxes. So, I decided to go the Bento way.

As you all know, Indian food not only has a rich flavour, but it also has a rich aroma and a rich colour. So, I was looking for a stainless steel option. In fact, I wanted one of those cool *Planet Box bentos. But you know what, they are expensive and knowing the fact that the bento idea for Indian food might or might not work out, I wanted a frugal option. Hence, I settled for a bento box from Skater, Japan.

Bentos are Japanese invention. So I thought this ought to be good. They have many choices and I settled for the rectangular version, which not only is sleek, but also has 2 removable compartments, each with 3 mini compartments. It is made of BPA free plastic and is microwave and dishwasher safe. Also, they come with chopsticks, which isn’t of much use for us. It hasn’t leaked till now (well, I don’t send any liquid), and keeps the food secure in their own compartments. Though the compartments are white, they pass the pickle test. Yes, no oily red pickle stains after washing them. Interested? You can find it *here

Pssst..I think these containers are great for kids and adults. Kids love variety and this makes it easy to send them the right portion of healthy snacks and lunch.

When I pack lunch for my husband, I make sure I add in  elements from the major food groups – carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Since we are vegetarians, the ones I mostly prefer are as follows:

Carbohydrate  – Rice, chapathis, rotis, parathas, bread.

Proteins – Lentils, yoghurt, paneer, cheese and nuts.

Fats – Coconut oil, ghee and butter (mostly all my cooking and sautéing make use of these, and occasionally, canola oil.)

With these, I add in a bit of veggies or fruits.

Basically, the lunch box consists of food items that our body is used to, from time immemorial, and is majorly healthy Indian food.

I have included some of the lunch box ideas here. You can find other lunch box ideas on my Instagram feed. Just search for ItsyBitsyMess on Instagram and voila, you will see me there, posting lunch box ideas everyday or whenever my husband takes lunch from home.

Lemon rice with mango pickle, yoghurt with chaat masala, baby carrots with cucumber and cheese coins, and bottle guard barfi.

3 slice sandwich with avocado cream, honey sriracha, diced potatoes, onion and tomatoes. Advantage : Husband grills it fresh in the office. Also, peas usli, baby carrots and pomegranate pearls.

Veg pulao, yoghurt with chaat masala, paneer sauteed with Indian spices and baby carrots.
 

Theplas, yoghurt, thick daal, whole mango pickle, orange slices and baby carrots.

Cauliflower+peas+onion paratha, yoghurt with chaat masala, mango pickle, baby carrots, orange slices, pomegranate, and dried fruits and nuts (raisins, cranberries, walnut, pistachios, almonds, cashews.)
So, now that you have seen few Bento options for Indian food, what is your opinion about it? Will you give it a try? Tell me all about it in the comment section.

Also, follow me on Instagram at ItsyBitsyMess for other bento ideas.

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