Easy Lunch Idea for Kids: Chapati Tortilla Roti Rolls with Carrots, Paneer, and Hummus


I usually cook fresh meals for my kids’ lunch. I do serve leftovers from the previous night’s dinner sometimes but since lunch is TJ’s best meal (as in, he gets really hungry especially on days he has early-preschool), I like to feed him something freshly cooked.

A few days ago, I had no idea what to make until I chanced upon some store-bought chapatis. I also had shredded carrots and some paneer and quickly concocted the following recipe. Just as I was figuring out what to make of these ingredients, I saw a container of hummus that was nearing expiration so I decided to add it in. The result was: Chapati Rolls with Carrots, Paneer, and Hummus.


Thankfully, TJ loves chapatis and rolls present a unique way to eat them so I knew he would like this and he LOVED it! He ate the equivalent of 2 whole chapatis with carrots, hummus, and paneer cheese so he got a lot of the good nutrition too. If you were to make chapatis from scratch, making these rolls will take time. Otherwise, this was one of the quickest meals I have made in recent times.




(1) Whenever I have time, I shred paneer and keep it ready to use in whatever I choose. I don’t make traditional Indian dishes with paneer so I don’t need them cut in certain sizes. Shredded paneer works well for quick meals for kids. I also pre-chop onion. Really saves time.

(2) You can get creative and place whatever you want on the chapatis before you roll them. Just make sure to include a lot of cheese to make the chapati/tortilla stick well.

(3) Using a clean and sharp bread knife to cut the chapati into rolls makes the process easier, quicker, and cleaner.



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Easy Lunch Idea for Kids: Chapati Rolls. Perfect for Tortillas too.
Course Quick Lunch
Cuisine Indian
Course Quick Lunch
Cuisine Indian
  1. Heat olive oil (you may even use vegetable oil) in a small to medium size pan and when the oil seems hot (varies depending on whether you are using an electric or gas stove), add the shredded carrots and fold in.
  2. Give the shredded carrots about 3-5 minutes (they should still be somewhat hard/crunchy), add in the paneer cheese and stir it in together with the carrots.
  3. Give the blend another 3 minutes, add the hummus, and mix well.
  4. Finally, add a little turmeric (this is optional but I like it for its many health benefits and light flavor). Mix everything well and let cook till all the ingredients are soft.
  5. Next, warm a single chapati on a griddle. Warm both sides - about a minute. Add a small single layer of the cooked ingredients.
  6. Add a handful of Mexican Style Four Cheese (you may use any kind of cheese but I prefer this). Make sure you spread the cheese all over the chapati with special attention to the round 'edges' so that the chapati can roll and hold strong.
  7. Then, slowly transfer the chapati over to a cool surface and start rolling.
  8. Once your roll is completed, gently push it down with your fingers so that the cheese seals the roll better.
  9. Using a clean and dry bread knife, start cutting your chapati into rolls. Serve warm. Yoghurt is optional.
  10. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

I hope you make it and enjoy it.

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