Do you wonder about what to cook for breakfast every single day? With eggs, toast and cereal topping the list of all breakfast ideas across health journals, how about trying out some nutritious and healthy Indian breakfasts instead?
Long blamed for being unhealthy, it is possible to enjoy delicious Indian food without spending hours putting breakfast together. But how is an Indian breakfast possible while maintaining a healthy lifestyle (especially weight loss efforts), you ask? Here are some great, healthy and delicious Indian breakfast ideas to help you do just that.
Steamed masala vada
Served along with sambhar and coconut chutney, masala vada is a medium sized cookie shaped, preferably steamed (though often deep fried), dumpling prepared with a mixture of channa dal, curry leaves, ginger and green chillies. A healthy way to prepare masala vada is to steam or bake them. Also, coconut chutney is high in calories, so eat controlled portions of it, or substitute with a tomato or coriander chutney. Method: Soak chana dal in water and blend it along with red chilli, cinnamon, besan. Now add the rest of the ingredients and steam the dumplings until they are golden in colour.
Paneer ka chilla
Ingredients: Water, 1 tablespoon oil, chilli powder, turmeric powder and dry coriander along with 1 cup besan and salt to taste. For the filling take half a cup of grated paneer, 1 finely chopped green chilli and coriander. Method: Heat oil in a pan. Mix the besan mixture in the pan until there are no lumps left in the mixture. Pour the mixture in the pan and lightly cook from both sides until golden brown. Fill in the paneer mixture when done and serve hot.
Ingredients: Dhokla is a traditional Gujarati delicacy which is prepared by mixing 1 cup curd, a few green chillies, 350 grams besan, 1 tablespoon ginger, 1 tablespoon eno, 1 few drops of lime juice and 1 pinch of turmeric powder. Method: Mix all the ingredients together and make a smooth batter. Now steam them. For tadka- mix oil, curry leaves, mustard seeds, chopped coriander and green chillies.
Ingredients: 1 potato, 1 onion, a few green chillies, 1 tablespoon chana dal, 1 tablespoon urad dal, a few curry leaves, 4-5 peanuts, 1 tablespoon oil, 2 cups poha (beaten rice), turmeric powder, salt to taste and lime juice. Method: Soak the poha in water for around an hour. Now prepare the tadka by heating oil and add urad dal, mustard seeds, chana dal, green chilles, curry leaves, onions and potatoes to it. Give it a nice stir and add the poha to the mixture. Let it stay on slow flame for 5-7 minutes. Yummy poha for breakfast is ready.
Spicy and tangy scrambled eggs
Ingredients: 2 egg whites, 1 tablespoon olive oil, soy sauce, tomato ketchup, 1 small onion finely chopped, a few coriander leaves, a few green chillies, 3 cloves of garlic chopped, black pepper, salt to taste. You can also add a few chopped vegetables if needed. Method: Heat olive oil in a frying pan and add the chopped onions and garlic to the pan. Mix well all the leftover ingredients in a bowl and whisk them well. Pour the mixture in the pan and cook until done. Serve hot with two slices of whole grain bread.
Stuffed aloo parantha with no oil
Ingredients: 2 cup wheat flour, 1 cup water, 1 boiled potato, red chilli powder, salt and chaat masala to taste. Method: Mix water and flour to form a soft dough. Now roll the dough into small circles and flatten it to the size of a roti. For the mixture, mix potatoes with all the ingredients and add it to the flatten dough. Now place the parantha over a preheated pan and let it cook from both side until golden brown. You can also substitute potatoes with nutritional vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, or spinach.