Published On: Mon, Jul 2nd, 2018

5 Indian-style Healthy Breakfast Ideas

It is almost universally agreed that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Indians have long known this fact, and traditionally ate their largest and most calorie-dense meal earlier in the morning. However, with changing times and busier lives breakfasts have become simpler (and arguably less nutritious) with the inclusion of sugary “protein” bars, drive-through donuts and coffee, or sometimes, a breakfast entirely skipped. These Indian style breakfasts take out the effort associated with traditional Indian cooking without skimping on taste or nutrition.

5 Indian-style Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Semolina Idli

Idlis are steamed rice or semolina cakes originating from the Southern part of India. Because of their nutrition and easy portability, however, they have become a highly popular snack in all of India. These savoury cakes are usually about 3cm in diameter and are traditionally steamed in special round idli moulds. In the absence of the specialized mould, they can be steamed in a stainless steel bowl or thali and cut into any shape desired.

Traditionally idli batter is made of fermented split black lentil and rice batter. Semolina (cream of wheat) is another healthy alternative used to make idli. Semolina is now available in most supermarkets and ethnic Indian grocery stores. Idlis can be served as is or accompanied with various chutneys (mint, coconut) or relishes.

Cheela Pancake

Pancakes are a favorite breakfast in India as much as it is in North America. The only difference is in the ingredients as the Indian pancake equivalent contains no eggs and is mostly savoury. Cheela makes a great vegetarian/vegan breakfast as it can be served with a variety of toppings or fillings to make a completely nutritious meal. Cheela pancakes can be made of gram flour (besan) or ground lentils (moong dal); the former are usually thicker like pancakes while the latter have a thinner crepe-like appearance. These pancakes are easily adaptable to a filling breakfast, a quick after-school snack or a light lunch.

“Cheese” Toast

Cheese isn’t indigenous to the Indian subcontinent and thus hasn’t been traditionally used in Indian cooking. Paneer, a form of curdled cheese, however, is an Indian staple and is cooked with in almost every Indian state. Since paneer is so popular and can be easily prepared at home, Indian recipes using this ingredient abound. It is not surprising then that the Indian version of cheese toast uses paneer instead of a melting cheese as its star ingredient. It may be different in taste and texture but is equally delicious. Salty and crispy, “cheese” toast can be served with a chutney or the ever-popular ketchup.

Egg bhurji

A scrambled egg is a scrambled egg is a scrambled egg. Whether dusted with just salt and pepper or dressed up with cumin, coriander and chillies, scrambled eggs are the ultimate breakfast comfort food that is a hit with kids and adults alike. Served over toast or as a filling inside warm tortillas, scrambled eggs make a nutritious and protein-rich breakfast that is sure to tide you or the kids over until lunch.

French Toast with Indian Twist

Kids love French toast. With this Indian twist adults will love it too. Whisk two eggs. Lightly season with salt, pepper, coriander powder and cayenne pepper (adjust amount of chilli to suit taste or omit). Add 1 tbsp finely minced onion and 1 tsp fresh cilantro to the egg batter. Dip bread slices in batter and cook on medium flame until browned on both sides. Serve hot with ketchup.

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