Wholesome sabzis for your lunchbox, post the lockdown

by Sanjeev Kapoor

Every cloud has a silver lining! Let’s look at the bright side of life and choose to be happy. Yes, it is a matter of choice. When negative thoughts enter your mind, refuse to look at them and substitute them with happy thoughts. Undeniably, the lockdown period is making us impatient. Yet, once it is lifted, everything’s going to get back on track. The situation will still be fragile as the impact has been deep, yet seeking its good side in perspective, let’s roll up our sleeves. Get ourselves ready to be healthier, as once we’ll step out we will face the scorching heat, mental stress and physical work, which will need a good amount of energy. 


So, in order to balance and suffice the body’s nutrient needs, we’ve got some power-packed sabzi recipes, perfect for that office dabba. 


  1. Gajar Matar Ki Sabzi

Nothing beats the simple pleasures of life, especially when they bring back fond memories. This recipe is one of them, a delicious dish made with carrots and peas sautéed with mild Indian spices. It’s indeed the best way to enjoy the goodness of fresh vegetables. The best part is that it won’t take much of your time and still please you in all possible ways! You can eat it with methi thepla, making it all the more nutritious or simply have it with parantha or chapattis, that’s completely up to you.



  1. Chana Dal and Soya Wadi ki Sabzi

If you love to keep your diet rich in nutrients, then this one is meant for you! It is loaded with proteins. Read: chana and soya. With every bite, you will say aur do please! You can experiment it with puris that might turn it interesting for you, as it does for some. Above any other factor, did you know, that soya wadi surpasses the protein levels of even eggs, milk and meat? Worthy point, isn’t it! While the chana dal also known as baby chickpeas possesses folic acid that produces and maintains new cells in the body. 



  1. Palak Paneer Tofu

Paneer is made from full-fat dairy and is very soft due to the presence of high-fat content. On the contrary, tofu has the lowest fat content, which makes it easy to digest and is likely to contain more nutrients that are absorbed by the body. Traditionally speaking, palak paneer is made with cottage cheese. However, we’ve added tofu too in this version, to make it all the more protein rich and hearty. Coupling it with naan makes it all the more divine. But, for the dabba, chapattis are just as good.



  1. Moong Dal aur Hare Pyaz Ki Sabzi 

Moong dal is the jaan of so many recipes, be it a halwa, kachori, pakoda, dhokla, etc. It never ceases to surprise us with its versatility. The desiness in its taste and variety makes us truly blessed to have it easily accessible in our Indian kitchens. So, for the pure love of it, this time we thought to partner it with spring onions. Green gram will not only make you hale and hearty but will also boost your blood circulation levels and will make the digestion process smooth. 



  1. Chawli ni Bhaji

This bhaji is nutritious, simple and absolutely tasty! The chawli leaves are a rich source of all the dietary nutritive requirements. Specially, if one suffers from acidity. It’s time to make this vegetable your best buddy, as it will take care of you in the best possible manner. As mentioned earlier, it is easy to prepare, which means you don’t have to put much efforts to make this awesome. Have it with chapatti or team it up with dal-chawal, it’s comfort food as well all the way! 


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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.