The “I” tiffin

Welcome to A to Z of tiffin ideas with me. I am trying to give A to Z suggestions for lunch box woes and today is Day 9 with letter I. So Let’s pack the I Tiffin

Idlis with veggies or beetroot


another option is Italian Pasta

Italian Pastry(tiramisu)

Imarti round round.JPG

Will share the recipe of my all-time favourite – Idlis with veggies.

Veggie/ beetroot IDLI

  • This I am preparing with the batter which is already ready with me. Once you have batter you can store it for a day or two for making idlis or dosa etc.
  • Take the required batter to say 4 cups for  12 idlis
  • Add finely chopped veggies of your choice like carrot, onion, beans, etc and salt to taste to idli batter
  • You can give the veggies a little boil so kids won’t be able to pick veggies and remove them.
  • For beetroot just grate it and add, take half beetroot for 12idlis.
  • adding veggies or beetroot gives good color to normal plain idli and can be had with sauce or chutney anything.
  • Once you have added the vegetables just mix it properly and its ready to go in idli patram. You can steam or microwave as per your choice.

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  • Idli batter one can make of rice and urad dal, or you can make instant Rava idlis using eno or these days batter is readily available in markets too.
  • It is surely a hit in tiffins with the riot of colors and health packed with a punch.


From South India let’s travel to Italy for Pasta

There are approximately 350 different types of pasta around the world — and about four times that many names for them! For example, due to its shape, farfalle pasta is often called “butterfly” or “bowtie” pasta. Also, there are long pasta (spaghetti, angel hair), tubes (penne), soup pasta (orzo, alphabet), stuffed (tortellini, ravioli) and special shapes (farfalle, fusilli). inputs from wonderpolis.

Italian Vegetable Cheesy Penne Pasta Recipe


  • 1 cup bell peppers
  • 1tsp oregano
  • 2  cream cheese
  • 2tbsp tomato sauce
  • 1



  • Take a large vessel, or utensil and heat water with salt and oil in it.
  • Cook the penne pasta in it till Al-Dante.
  • While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large wok
  • Fry onion, garlic, bell peppers
  • Add red pepper flakes, oregano, and salt
  • Turn the heat to low and add the cream to the wok
  • Cook, stirring in till the parmesan cheese is melted. Add tomato sauce
  • Stir the pasta into the sauce and it’s ready to pack in tiffins



Today is Day 9 with the letter “I” of AtoZ challenge.

My theme for the challenge is ‘Tackling Tiffin tantrums” to help ease lunchbox woes for moms & kids.

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28 Responses

  1. Have never tried beetroot Idli.. Time I did. It looks so pretty. I have never given pasta to my daughter in tiffin before.. Is cold pasta OK to taste??

    • Beetroot idli are appealing to eyes because of colour and also nutritious so do try. When you have to make pasta for tiffin don’t go for white sauce baked one, just normal veggies & pasta masala & red sauce. Pack in small casserole tiffin it tastes perfect I have myself tried so no worries.

  2. abhijit says:

    I was waiting for Imarti and Italian pastry, you gave recipe of beet root idli. This is a disappointment. No matter what, I am not eating beet root idli.

    • Ha-ha I know imarti is more yummy but since I have to feed nutritious lunch too so beet root idli serves the purpose. Hey try it once you will fall in love with the color & taste.

  3. Absolutely wow recipes.. I’ll try beetroot idli for sure..

  4. Beetroot idli is new for me, bookmarked this post.

  5. i like all.specially garma garam imarati. Thanks for the recipe of beetroot idly will try it soon.

  6. Wow! Beetroot Idli! Being a Tamilian I am a connoisseur of idlis. Both my wife and daughter love dosas and when we buy readymade batter we always have an argument whether it is going to be idli or dosa that will be made with it. Next time we will try Beetroot or Veg Idli with the batter.

  7. Wow! Beetroot idlis look amazing! I’m surely going to try😍😋
    Your food posts are bringing out the real foodie in me😂

  8. Never thought about Beetroot Idli. A good way to feed vegetables to kids.

  9. Veggie beetroot recipe is so beautiful, and healthy too. Will try this one.

  10. Excellent list from I as well. Beet idlis looking yummm and kids will be fascinated seeing it.

  11. Wow! what a super healthy take on the perfect breakfast dish. Nice pics.
    #ContemplationOfaJoker #Jokerophilia

  12. Mann says:

    Getting good tiffin ideas for a choosy kid. Thanks I’ll try idlis for sure

  13. Beetroot idlis look delicious!

  14. ginia says:

    wow! definitely trying the beet idli. Loved your concept.

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