What’s your favorite breakfast? Bacon, toast, pancakes, or eggs? If this is all that comes to your mind, then it’s time to find out what you’ve been missing with some delicious breakfast!
Indian breakfasts are not only wholesome and well-balanced, they are also extremely inclusive of various dietary restrictions. You’ll especially thank us for this article if you’re gluten or lactose intolerant, vegan, or vegetarian looking for power-packed yet delicious breakfast options!
What makes Indian breakfast special
Indian cuisine is well-known throughout the world for its distinct taste thanks to the blend of some seriously exotic spices and flavors. The best part though is that all 28 states of India have their own take on breakfast which means the options are almost endless! There more:
Indian breakfasts are very well balanced. They are rich in carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, and minerals making them the best way to start your day.
Easy to prepare:
A lot of the Indian breakfast can be prepped ahead of time and cooked on the day off in 10 to 20 minutes. You’ll find batters and doughs in most Indian refrigerators ready to go in the morning.
Great for gut health:
Most Indian breakfasts will have a fermented dish that is rich in probiotics. This is normally in the form of dishes made from fermented batter or having a cup of curd along with breakfast. Probiotics help prepare your gut for the rest of the day and assure good gut health.
Goodness of spices:
You’ll be hard pressed to find an Indian dish without spices. They not only add flavor to the dishes but these spices are great for your overall health as they are rich in antioxidants and micronutrients. This makes Indian breakfasts one of the best ways to fuel your day!
Get your taste buds dancing with these delicious yet nutritious Indian breakfasts!
Idly (Steamed rice cakes)
Idli is one of the most popular and nutritious yet simple South Indian breakfasts. These soft, light, fluffy idlis with Sambar and Coconut Chutney are not only delicious but are also packed with carbohydrates, proteins, probiotics, fiber, and good fats.
Did you know that idlis are one of the best breakfasts if you’re looking to lose a few pounds? This is because they are very filling and can keep you satiated for long periods of time.
Dosa (Rice crepes)
The flat cousin of Idly, dosa is another popular and highly customizable breakfast. You can top it with anything from carrots and coriander to cheese and chicken to make your own version of this kickass dish!
If you are planning to make the batter on your own, you can also experiment with different types of rice and pulses making this an extremely versatile dish!
Pongal (rice and lentil gruel)
Another popular south Indian breakfast made with rice or millets and moong dal is another protein-packed breakfast that is sure to fuel you throughout the day.
Pongal is tempered with ghee or clarified butter (monounsaturated Omega-3), curry leaves (carotenoids, beta-carotene, calcium, and iron), black pepper (Antioxidants, vitamin k, manganese, and iron), ginger, cumin, and asafoetida (Great for digestion). This delicious, nutritious, and flavorful dish is served with cocunut chutney or side dishes made with lentils.
Pesarattu (Split lentil crepes)
This high protein and high fiber version of Dosa is also known as “moong dal dosa,” and is a South Indian crepe made of rice and split green lentils. Pesarattu is usually filled with sauteed onions. This dish has the reputation to be a particularly healthy one and an effective fat burner due to its high protein and fiber content.
Puttu (Rice flour and coconut steamed)
Puttu is a wholesome steamed breakfast that is almost a delicacy in the South Indian states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and parts of Karnataka.
Regarded as a timeless culinary treasure from Kerala's kitchens, Puttu is a nutritious and healthy breakfast that is made using ground rice flour layered with a generous amount of grated coconut. This dish is usually served with a curry made of black chickpeas which are richer in protein and fiber compared to its fair cousin. Puttu is also served with bananas for a sweet start to the day!
Is your mouth warning yet? Well, we warned you! Give continental breakfasts a break with the 100 different easy-to-make Indian breakfast dishes to start your day with wholesome nutritious breakfasts that will keep you satiated and powered up through out the day!