25+  Desi Lunch box Ideas for kids and teens

25+ Desi lunch box ideas for kids and teens

Are you looking for quick,healthy ,easy,attractive ,make ahead and home made recipes for kids lunchbox?

What to pack for kids school lunch??This is the biggest issue in every

house ,every morning.Some kids take out their lunch boxes untouched and this is so much frustrating for mothers.

Lunch box packing make it really tough part in the morning especially for choosy kids a lot of thinking to be done before we pack the lunch so that we receive a empty lunch box after school. Mothers always feel happy to see empty lunch box and have , a much satisfied feeling..

Most desi kids gets fed up of soggy shami kebab sandwich.It is  extremely unappealing compared to their  friend’s neat chicken nuggets or chunks sandwiches which has been  cut in triangles and had a sprinkle of pepper on the slice of processed (imported) cheese. But shami kabab or omelette burgers,sandwiches  and paratha rolls are an easy solution for desi moms.We should Try to avoid ready made processed frozen items and try using homemade nuggets and kababs etc ..


Some kids wants to take something that can be packed in foil or sandwich bag as they doesn’t want to take lunch box (teens issues) but soon they get tired of eating sandwiches and rolls.

Here are some Pakistani style desi ideas and recipes for kids and teens lunch boxes.You can make ahead of time and just will have to take out from fridge and pop up in kids lunch box…

The best part of these recipes is some of some can be made in batches and you can freeze for future use.Some can be make ahead of time and refrigerate.


Let’s talk first about essentials for a lunchbox. You don’t need to buy expensive products.

  • You need one box or bag to contain all the lunch items.
  • Smaller boxes and ziplock bags to contain individual items.
  • Cutlery like spoon and fork along with a napkin.
  • Water bottle
  • Small note pad and fun stickers to add cute notes.You can write notes with permanent marker on zip lock bags like eat me,Have fun etc..


Some important considerations to pack food for school are:

  • Avoid items  which are not good for health like package items or ready to cook processed frozen items etc.
  • Try using homemade frozen food like nuggets,kababs etc.
  • Try to have a nutritious mix containing proteins, carbs, dairy, fruits and vegetables.
  • Adding one treat item can be motivating for children.

Plan monthly lunch boxes before you do groceries so that you can plan and shop before hand.

Click here for recipes,,,

Zebra cake


4 ways Sushi lunch box sandwich roll ups 

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Shami Donut Kabab 

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Chicken Macroni for kids

Moist Chocolate Muffins 

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Cream cheese and jam sandwiches


Low spice pasta for kids

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Vanilla and chocolate chip Muffins

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Quick Chicken kababs

Chocolate chip pan cake

Jam Stuffed Churro Poppers 

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Vanilla cakes in sandwich maker

Mini pan cakes for kids lunchbox 


Shallow fried boneless chicken

Sugar cookies

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Marble Muffins


Chocolate cakes in sandwich maker


Nutella French toast

Funky cookies/rainbow cookies

Rainbow Muffins 

Simple blondies 

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Fried Chocolate puffs



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You may also like for make ahead kids lunchbox frozen recipes

Desi Frozen Food Recipes


10 Comments Add yours

  1. Rand says:

    These look amazing! I wish my mom used to send us such lucnches to school when we were kids. Thank you for sharing this. I always find preparing lunch boxes difficult, hopefully with planning it out I’ll do better IA!


  2. Mashaallah a bunch of fab recipes here! Will definitely try some especially the churros 🙂


  3. Fozia S says:

    Thanks for sharing. My eldest was so fussy and it was so hard to know what to give her…she ended up with pretty much the same thing every day!


  4. Great lunchbox ideas I could do it for me too, love that eggless churros cause I dont take egg so works for me, thanks


  5. AYEINA says:

    Oh woww!! Amazing ideas ma shaa Allah! JazakilAllahu Khayr for sharing this 💟


  6. Lilac Prose says:

    These are all such great lunch box ideas! I honestly wouldn’t mind trying some for myself! Love churros! Thanks for sharing!


  7. Farhana Sharmeen says:

    Thank you for taking the time to share the recipes.


  8. Afra says:

    Thanks for these ideas! I don’t have teens but definitely like those roll up sandwiches 🙂


  9. Lady_Meansie says:

    All of these options seem fairly simply. I like that there are healthy options as well as more desert like things.


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