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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Lunch Box Friendly :Vegetable and Mango Jam Pockets



These kid approved whole grain vegetable and Jam pockets make a tasty lunch box food,sure to satisfy a health conscious mom and a picky eater's taste buds. Choose your child's favorite fruit and vegetable for the stuffing.

The mildly sweet Mexican champagne mangoes sounded so appropriate for making the Jam.The outcome was finger licking good,mildly sweetened and so versatile,spread on toast or any kind of bread or flat bread for a relishing mango goody .
For the vegetable stuffing I choose some fresh asparagus,though not a favorite of my boy but I paired it with his favorite potatoes and carrots.Sure healthy disguise.
If making these pockets sounds impossible in the morning rush hour,little bit of prep work must make it a fantastic quick fix lunch box meal.Prepare the dough the night before,the Jam any day in advance and the vegetable filling the night before.Voila,all you have to do in the morning is shape and bake the pockets,and the well balanced whole grain,fruit and vegetable lunch box is ready in 15 minutes!


Homemade Mango Jam

Ingredients
3 mangoes(I used the mildly sweet kind champange),Peeled and cut in cubes
1/4 cup brown or white sugar
1/2 cup water
1 cinnamon stick
Method
Simmer all the ingredients in a pot until reduced to glossy thick mixture.Remove the cinnamon stick,cool and store in sterilized jar in a refrigerator for up to a month.


Vegetable and Jam Pockets

(Makes 6-8 pockets about 5 inches long)
Ingredients for Pockets
2 1/2 cups Whole wheat flour[or use 1 cup all purpose flour and 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour]
1 tablespoon Flax seed meal(optional ,for added nutrition)
1 tablespoon Olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pack active dry yeast,about 1 teaspoon
1/4 cup warm water
pinch of sugar

For Vegetable Stuffing
2 cups Chopped Any fresh vegetables I used baked\cooked potatoes,fresh asparagus and carrots,finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon chilly powder
1 garlic clove finely chopped
1 tablespoon Olive oil
1/2 teaspoon Salt

Method
Prepare the dough
In warm water mix in the dry yeast and pinch of sugar. Let sit for 5 minutes.
In a bowl start mixing the flour ingredients along with the yeast. Make a smooth dough and place in a greased bowl and cover. Allow to rise for an hour until double its size or leave it overnight.
Cook the filling
Heat oil in a pan and saute vegetables with garlic and spices for few minutes. Cook just until tender about 5 minutes. set the stuffing aside to cool.
Shape and Bake the Pockets
Preheat Oven to 450F.
Knead the dough for few seconds and divide in to about 6 portions. Take one portion of the dough and roll in to a rectangular shape using a rolling pin. Place a table spoon of stuffing Vegetable or Mango Jam ,spread along the center .Fold once ,then close the open ends ,turn and place on baking sheet. Finish making the remaining pockets,place them about 1/2 inch apart from each other.
Bake for about 15 minutes until crush turns lightly brown.


I'm sending these over to Meeta's Monthly mingle,hosting this month's kid lunches is Srivalli of Cooking4allSeasons.

41 comments:

Asha said...

I want to be your kid, so I can eat all those yummmies you pack in the lunch box! :)

Gita's Kitchen said...

These are ideal lunch box dishes for grown-ups too, make a sweet and savory pocket for lunch and you have a tasty lunch with dessert, good one Yasmeen :)

Jeena said...

These look really good! I am such a big fan of any bread/pastry that is stuffed, I think I may need some for my lunch box. :-)

veggie belly said...

great idea and the stuffing possibilities are endless!

Lavanya said...

sounds good yasmeen..very yummy!!

Ann said...

Thats a suoerb choice for kids...enjoyed reading Yasmeen..great pockets with yummy filling..

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Flax and Whole wheat mmm they scream healthy... I liked the stuffing too...

Cham said...

Sure kids love sweet jam and healthy too

Sathya Sankar said...

Lovely pockets yasmeen.Great food for kids...

Superchef said...

for a change, teh kids would have cleaned up their lunch box!!! :):)

Trupti said...

those pockets looks yummy yasmin. Can I have them? :)

Sweta said...

Lucky kids!!Must be great to have a mom create such wonderful dishes daily.

Priya said...

Wowww fabulous pockets, lovely work Yasmeen..

mona said...

Me too, I wanna b your kid too :-)

They look yumm!!

meeso said...

These are great for a kids lunch! I can tell It's something my daughter would love to have :)

Varsha Vipins said...

Great one yasmeen..n oh..the jam sounds quite easy n I thought its pretty long process..perfect for the event...:)

Dibs said...

Simpily lovely, and such a good idea for tiffin boxes and picnics! Yummy!

Dragon said...

I want these gorgeous pockets in my lunch tomorrow. Yum!

Vibaas said...

Great idea and sounds very yum!

Ivy said...

This surely is a perfect and healthy snack for children. I've never eaten mango jam before but I would like to try and make some, although mangoes are quite expensive in our part of the world.

jayasree said...

Whole wheat pocket sounds interest. Great idea.

vidhas said...

WoW!! awesome dish. Want to have right now.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow gorgeous pockets.....

sowmya said...

very cute..love the jam..so simple recipe..good one..

Vandana Rajesh said...

The lunch box treat looks yummy. I liked themango jam and a few more days of wait for good sweet mangoes and I am going to try this one.

AnuSriram said...

Yummy treat in a Lunch box... Looks lovely!

Malar Gandhi said...

Wish to go to school, once again!! from KG...if you pack me one' like this daily!!

Purva Desai said...

Yummmyyyyy dish Mummyyyyy....
Love Mangoes in any form...the colour is vibrant and liked the idea of filling pockets with homemade jam....
Can I have that lunch box Plzzzzzzzz....

sangeeta said...

this is truly great....what an idea !!!

Ammu said...

Hope ur kids had nice lunch. Ur r really innovative in coming out unique collections of dishes. Hatsoff.

Nazarina A said...

Thank God our kids have us! Your pictures are superb and I am sure your child was in lunchbox heaven when he discovered this!

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Judy said...

I love mangoes. The Mexican ones that are in the stores now are not as good as the ones from Chile that we had over the winter. I buy about 2 mangoes/week and put them in fruit salad. Love this recipe, a great lunchbox idea.

Bharti said...

That looks delicious Yasmeen. My kids are no way as lucky as yours. I would like that in MY lunchbox!

Divya Vikram said...

Yes! They are perfect for lunchboxes. Looks too too good Yasmeen.

Jude said...

Looks so cute.. A nice surprise with the tasty filling inside.

Sweta said...

Love the new look for the blog!!!

Srivalli said...

yasmeen that sure looks so great..thanks for sending!

Ann said...

Wow, love this mango stuffing!
You have so many healthy and delish recipes here, Love your posts.

advitha said...

Yasmeen, first of all kudos for a very nice organized blog. Tried this veggie pocket for our lunch box today. It was kind of dry and the dough was bit thicker. I used 100% whole wheat gold medal flour. Mine's came out reddish in color after baking. Did I do any mistake?

-advitha

Yasmeen said...

dear advitha,
thanks for visiting.You could try the pockets with half all purpose flour and half whole wheat flour for softer pockets.Also make sure the dough has risen double the size before baking.The color depends on the kind of wheat flour used,I used the same kind use to make parathas(Sujatha brand):)

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