Published On: Thu, Jan 11th, 2018

The Great Indian Breakfast – Light, Quick and Healthy

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The term breakfast is made up by combining two words “break” and “fast”. Given the genesis of the word, it implies that the breakfast is the most important meal of the day. However, thanks to our modern lifestyle, we often skip this meal. The paucity of time and the struggle to get up early is making it quite difficult for us to prepare breakfast in the morning.

But it’s time to put all breakfast woes to rest, and try the following awesome Indian breakfast recipes that you can make with a little preparation in advance.

Moong Dal Chila or Pesarattu

moong dal chilla

Traditionally, chila is made from chickpea flour. But if you are in the pursuit of health, try making this delicacy from moong dal for breakfast. All you need to do is soak a small cup of whole moong dal overnight. Next morning, throw the soaked dal, couple of green chillies, bunch of coriander leaves, small piece of ginger and salt to taste in the food processor to grind it to a smooth paste. Now, spread the batter on a non-stick griddle and cook both sides till it turns light brown. Savour the chilas with some green chutney.

To make morning breakfast an easy affair, you can even store the batter and use it for a couple of days.

Fruity Lassi

fruit lassi

Fruity lassi or a smoothie is a powerhouse of nutrition. But you should know how to prepare it the right way. For starters, do not pack it with sugar. Use naturally sweet fruits like Mango, Banana, Chikoo or Blueberries to sweeten your lassi. In case you are calorie conscious, then go for low-fat yoghurt to prepare the smoothie in a food processor. You can also use coconut or soya milk to prepare the smoothie, if you are not a huge fan of dairy.

The best thing about smoothies or lassis are that you can devour them on the go. Fill up a mason jar or a leak-proof container with your favourite smoothie or lassi and have it while travelling to work.

Oats Upma


Light, flavourful and easy to prepare, a bowl of oats upma is an excellent breakfast choice. Oat is a very healthy and fibrous grain. A healthy portion of fibre in your diet will improve digestion, cut fat and even lower BP and cholesterol.

To make this dish, all you need to do is chop all the seasonal vegetables into small pieces. Heat up some oil in a wok, then add dry spices like – cumin and mustard seeds. Now, add the veggies and sprinkle Indian spices like turmeric, chilli powder and salt. Cover the wok till the veggies become tender. Now add oats and water. Last but not the least, dress the upma with a dash of lemon and fresh coriander. Healthy and tasty oats upma is ready to be eaten.

Neer Dosa


Neer Dosa is a traditional Mangalorean breakfast which is very easy to prepare. Not as overwhelming as the traditional dosa recipe, this dish is made from just two main ingredients – water and rice flour. In fact, the literal translation of neer dosa is water dosa. All you need to do is mix rice flour with water and bring it to dosa batter consistency.

You don’t have to ferment the batter. After mixing the two ingredients, just set aside the batter for 10 minutes. Before making the dosa, add some salt. If you like spicy food, you can also add finely chopped green chillies to the batter.

With the growing instances of lifestyle diseases, it’s time we prioritize our health. The food we eat has a direct bearing on our physical, emotional and mental health. Relying on fast food, takeaways and easy-to-cook processed food is not the right way to meet your dietary needs. Hope these simple and easy healthy breakfast recipes will inspire you to cook. All the best! #HealthyBreakfastGoals

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- Paul Linus is an eminent online journalist who has been writing news, features and editorials on different websites from across the world for about a decade. He can be contacted at

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