“Well begun is half done” and when the day begins on a healthy fulfilling note, the rest of the day is bright and happy. Often cited as the main meal of the day, it is the most missed of all meals due to our hectic morning routines. Time to change this scenario and make breakfast as something of an exciting time of the day. Adjusting our wake-up times a bit day by day will help us accommodate a healthy breakfast in our schedule.
In this article, I am sharing some healthy and easy Indian Breakfast ideas for you to try out when you want to try something new or move away from the usual cereals, eggs, baked beans, breads, etc.
Happy Break(ing)fast 😊
Masala Fruit Chaat
One of the easiest no-cook recipes, loaded with a rainbow of colors and flavors to tantalize the taste buds is the simple yet highly nutritious Masala Fruit Chaat. In this breakfast item combine a variety of chopped fruits like apples, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, pomegranate, oranges, etc. as per your liking. To this cut fruit bowl add a sprinkle of rock salt, dash of cumin powder and black pepper. Add some lemon juice and fresh cilantro. Give it a toss and enjoy the fresh goodness. This is loaded with phytochemicals, antioxidants, fiber, vitamin C, minerals, vitamins and the goodness from Indian spices.
Below you’ll find my go-to easy and healthy Indian Breakfast recipes! Hope these options will find a place on your morning plate and in your heart.
Vegetable Quinoa Upma
- ½ cup quinoa washed properly
- 1 cup chopped assorted veggies
- 1 tsp oil or ghee
- 3-4 fresh curry leaves
- ½ tsp curry spice or spice of choice
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Fresh cilantro
- In a pan heat the oil or ghee. Add the curry leaves and chopped veggies. Saute for a while. Add the salt and spices. When the veggies are properly sauteed add the quinoa and cover with 1 ½ cup of water. Cook covered over medium low heat till the millets absorb the water.
- Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves and savor the bowl of soul food.
Scallion Chilla (Salty Protein Crepe)
- 1 cup red lentil flour
- 1/2 cup water
- ½ cup chopped scallions this is where you can get creative and use finely chopped veggies of your choice
- Salt to tatste
- A pinch of asafoetida
- 2 tsp oil
- In a bowl mix the red lentil flour and water with spices and salt. Mix it well so it gets airy and light. Now add the scallions.
- Add ½ tsp oil on a pan and evenly spread it around.
- Now add the batter and make it thin just like you would with a pancake or crepe (depends on what you prefer)
- Let it cook and then flip it.
- Cook well from both sides.
- Serve hot with a fresh coriander chutney or a bowl of plain yogurt.
Potato-Quinoa Vegetable Kebab
- 1 cup cooked Quinoa
- 1 cup parboiled vegetable mixture peas, corn, finely chopped carrots
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
- 2 medium boiled potatoes
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 tsp chat masala
- 1/2 tsp garam masala
- 1 tsp amchur
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp coriander powder
- Mix all the ingredients together and mash to form an even paste.
- Shape this into flattened round kebab shapes.
- Cook on grill, griddle or tawa until golden brown.
- Serve with fresh coriander chutney
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