Its been one month my life has had to adjust big time. Viha started going to a different school with longer hours and two lunch breaks.
Boy, do we go through a routine every night, where my cooking abilities are put to a test. I am asked to give a menu of what I can give for breakfast and lunch, and what’s best is that the next morning the tiffin boxes are duly inspected to ensure that I havent changed anything that was ordered the night before!
The best part about this is that I love the whole ritual so much, and I know that I will cherish this as she grows up and will not be so particular anymore, or maybe its vice-versa.
I remember, we never got a chance to even express our desire, let alone be so demanding. We were given a lunch box. Period.
When I was her age, the only thing I ate was bread jam, and my mom gave me bread jam every day in the tiffin. I dont remember any reason why I did not eat it, was it a little mind totally occupied in play or was it just not wanting to eat anything, or was it…………I dont know what. Every day as our school bus touched the Yamuna Bridge I would religiously open the box and dump the food into the river for the fishes to feast upon. I knew I’d get a good shout if I took the food home, so this was my solution. But only till one of the teachers (I wish I’d known it at that time who it was) quietly intimated my mom of my routine. That was it, I got a good big lecture, and my routine ended there, and I was left with no option but to eat the food.
So I guess making lunch boxes even back then was a wicked job, as much as it is today. Because of this I am starting this new series called Children’s Tiffin, and this is going to be my first post – Chicken Wrap
Time taken – 15-20 minutes
Makes – 10 wraps
For the filling
200 grms – boneless chicken
a small piece of yellow, red and green bell pepper (you could use even one)
1/2 tspn deghi mirch (paprika powder)
1 onion finely minced
1 tspn tomato paste
2 cloves garlic finely minced
a small pc ginger grated (half a tspn)
2 tbspn bread crumbs
1 tbspn ketchup
For the assembling
10 homemade wheatflour tortillas wraps (http://life-and-spice.com/wheatflour-tortillas/)
mayonnaise – 1 tspn per wrap (you could even use cheese spread)
Chop the chicken into very small pcs about half an inch
In a pan put in a tbspn of oil and add the garlic and fry.
Then add the onions and peppers. Cook till well done on a slow flame – this will take about 4-5 minutes
Add the tomato paste and stir well
Add the chicken pieces and salt (as per your taste) and paprika and cook for 10 minutes.
Finish off with grated ginger and the bread crumbs
The crumbs help bind everything together.
I dont know of a child who doesnt love ketchup, even I do really love ketchup, and I am in the quest of making my own. Someday…… soon.
So add that one tbspn of ketchup to ensure that your child loves this wrap.
Now take each tortillas and spread a tspn of mayo on it
Take a little amount of filling and spread it in a straight line a little above end of the tortilla.
Gently roll it but ensure its tight, and wrap it with foil or cling film