Easy Lunch Box Recipes: 6 Quick Rice Recipes You Can Make in 5 Minutes

The days of confinement of several months are finally over and we are gradually returning to normal. Schools and offices open; which means it’s time to pack a lunch box for work and school. Let’s agree, deciding what to pack for lunch can be quite overwhelming, especially after you’ve been out of practice for nearly two years. That’s why nowadays we are constantly on the lookout for quick and easy recipes that we can whip up in no time and easily carry around in tiffin containers. During our research, we came across a video that shows how to make quick meals with leftover rice, that too in just five minutes. It’s perfect; is not it?

(Also read: Fried rice, Pulao and Tehri: 5 rice dishes you can make from leftover vegetables)

We have tried each of these recipes and therefore thought of sharing it with you. These recipes are shared by food vlogger Parul on her YouTube channel “Cook With Parul”. So, without further ado, let’s review the recipes.

Leftover Rice Recipes: Here are 6 lunch box recipes that can be made in 5 minutes:

1. Matar Paneer Fried Rice:

To make this dish, we need boiled rice, ghee, paneer, green peas, onion, green chillies, coriander leaves, bay leaves, black pepper, cloves, cardamom, cumin seeds, red chili powder, garam masala and salt to taste.

All you have to do is temper the spices in ghee, sauté green chillies and onions in it, add fried rice, garam masala and salt and mix everything together.

2. Onion Rice:

To make this dish, we need boiled rice, ghee, cumin seeds, ginger, green chili, curry leaves, chopped onion, salt, red chili powder, turmeric, black pepper powder, coriander.

To make this dish, heat the ghee and add the spices. Then add the ginger, chilli, onion and curry leaves and salt and cook everything together. Add the rice, mix and garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves.

3. Schezwan Fried Rice:

To make this dish we need rice, oil, ginger, garlic, onion, green chili, green beans, bell pepper, cabbage, carrot, salt, black pepper and of course with Schezwan sauce.

Start by heating the oil and frying the vegetables. Then add salt, black pepper and schezwan sauce and mix well. Add rice to it and mix; and finally, garnish with chopped spring onions. You have an incredibly delicious dish ready in no time.

4. Pulao with vegetables:

To make this dish, we need rice, ghee, bay leaf, cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, cumin seeds, onion, green chili, ginger, cauliflower, carrot, bell pepper, green beans, green peas , salt, garam masala and coriander leaves.

Heat the ghee and temper the spices in it. Then add the vegetables and cook with salt. Add rice, garam masala, ghee, mix everything together and the vegetable pulao is ready to enjoy.

(Also read: How to make quick and easy chicken fried rice in 30 minutes)

5. Curd rice:

Traditionally called Thayir Sadam, this dish requires rice, curd, salt, oil, mustard, cumin, white gram, curry leaves, hing, ginger, cashew, green pepper, onion, red pepper and coriander.

All you have to do is mix the curd and rice together and add temperate spices to it. Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve.

6. Chana Dal Pulao:

To make this dish, we need rice, ghee, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, hing, bay leaf, cloves, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, onion, red chili, green chili, ginger paste and of garlic, potatoes, bengal gram, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala, salt, tamarind juice and chopped coriander.

Although it looks like elaborate ingredients, but don’t worry; this recipe is so simple. All you have to do is cook all the ingredients in a pressure cooker, add the rice, water and pressure cook over low heat, until a whistle blows. That’s it. The rice is ready to eat.

Watch the detailed lunch box recipe video below:

Try them all and let us know which one you liked the most.

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