The backstory behind this paneer tikka recipe.
Devansh has started kindergarten from this year and coming up with healthy snack ideas to pack in his lunch box (tiffin box) has taken over majority of my thinking processes. OK so I exaggerate!! 😉 But I was quite close to that state for the first couple of weeks of school. I was trying to think of all possible quick recipes for dry snacks I could prepare that won’t take up more than 10 minutes of my time in the morning.
Now I have figured out some 6-7 ones that I know he will eat…usually AFTER he gets home. So I will keep rotating them over the days till he gets bored eating them or I get bored making them. Earlier, I would get stressed if he didn’t finish his tiffin; I knew he liked what I had packed because he would eat it after getting home. After the first PTM, I found out most kids don’t eat tiffin in school.
Apparently as soon as it’s recess they want to chat up and play with their classmates and are least interested in their food. 🙄 In Devansh’s case, there is this one particular snack that he has eaten every single time I have packed it, but I haven’t clicked its pics so will share that recipe later. He usually eats one or two pieces of paneer tikka in school, remaining he eats after he gets home.
I had thought of making paneer tikka for Devansh’s tiffin because it’s dry and kids can eat it without making a mess. I looked up a few recipes and then as usual customized it to suit Devansh’s palate. Basically, I had to make it less spicy and not add vegetables. Devansh eats most vegetables but he likes to eat them as sabzis with chapati. He doesn’t like them as starters or in his pasta or noodles.
So till date, I add mashed veggies to his khichdi or pasta. I keep the paneer pieces to marinate in the fridge the previous night; cooking them hardly takes 10 minutes the next morning.
Hope you found this for simple less spicy tiffin recipe of paneer tikka for toddlers and kids useful. If you would like to share your recipes of healthy snacks for kids, I would love to hear from you. Ciao for now.