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5 Healthy Indian Breakfasts

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5 Healthy Indian Breakfasts

Living in the 21st century, our life is becoming more and more hectic.

Our mornings are spent in sending the kids to school, packing lunch for your husband and yourself. We are so caught up and busy in the mornings that we don’t have the time to think about what to prepare for breakfast. So we tend to keep it simple with cornflakes and sometimes eggs.

Some of even feel like ordering from restaurants or having menu’s set in the kitchen.

Do you want to make a healthy breakfast for your family?

Keep your worries and tensions aside as here are some breakfast suggestions we have for you. One for each day will ensure a different breakfast every day.

BATATA POHA

Let’s start off the week with this traditional Maharashtrian dish called Batata Poha. It is an easy to make recipe having two benefits – rich in iron and quick to make! An ideal breakfast, it shuns away hunger and increases energy levels. Poha, potatoes, lime and onion are play in important role in this dish and adds to its flavor. This meal would be complete with a glass of juice and voila! Your first dish is ready.


Method:
Wash the poha and keep to dry aside for the water to drain out.
In a non-stick pan, heat the oil and add cumin and mustard seeds. Wait till the seeds open up and add curry leaves and green chillies.
Add onions to this mixture and wait till it turns golden brown.
Later add the potatoes, salt, turmeric powder and a little water for the potato to cook.
Add the poha and a little sugar to give the sweet taste and a pinch of salt and stir well.
Once ready, garnish with coriander and sprinkle lemon juice.
This will ensure a breakfast filled with iron and vitamin C.

ALOO PARATHA

From Maharashtra, we travel to the North of India and visit Punjab to feast in their specialty – Aloo Paratha. Punjabi’s are known for their rich and heavy meals and the aloo paratha is no less. The word aloo itself states the dish is made out of potato, which ensures a heavy meal. The dish would be complete when it is served hot
with melted ghee and dipped in chilled yogurt or your favorite pickle.

Since making aloo paratha would take time, we would suggest to boil the potatoes the previous night to ensure fast cooking in the morning.

Method:
Kneed your normal chapatti dough and keep aside.
Mash the boiled potatoes and add a little bit of masala’s used in your every day cooking to give that added flavor to your dish.
Divide your dough into equal portions and roll a portion of the dough. Place a little stuffing of mashed potatoes in the centre of your chapatti. Bring the sides of
the rolled chapatti and close making a small pod.
Roll the entire pod as if you are making a chapatti
In a non-stick pan, heat oil/ghee and shallow fry the paratha.
Serve immediately as it tastes better when hot.
Isn’t this easy to make as well as a healthy meal? This would total up to 50-100 calories but do not worry. A little bit of everything makes up an entire wholesome
meal.

SOUTH INDIAN DELICACIES

From up North, let’s head straight down South and feast in to the wonderful delicacy of South India. Rice is their staple food and includes starch. So different and tasty dishes have evolved like idli, dosa and uttapam. A South Indian delicacy would never be complete without sambar and the famous chutney. These dishes can be easily made at home and since it’s filling, you wouldn’t have to worry about feeling hungry immediately.

Apart from these, another dish would be upma. While this is not made out of rice but it’s made out of suji. An upma would go well with the traditionally green chutney to enjoy the flavors of the dish.

A South Indian dish is never complete without the traditional sambar and chutney so do not forget to include this in your breakfast.

SABUDANA KHICHDI

Now let’s go from South and visit the West of India by dropping into our Gujarati neighbors’ house. It’s Sabudana Khichdi. This traditional dish is mostly made during
the fasting days of Navrati or Mahashivratri or Ekadashi. It’s a good inclusion to your daily breakfast plight. It’s healthy and best had alone!

Method:

Wash the sago well and soak it overnight (or min 3hours). By the morning, the water would have got absorbed by the sago. So it’s time to cook.
Roast peanuts till they become crisp, set aside and powder the peanuts.
Mix the powdered peanuts, salt and sugar to the soaked Sabudana.
In a vessel, heat oil and crackle the cumin seeds. Add green chillies and fry for a minute. Add the chopped boiled potatoes and stir for 2minutes.
Add the Sabudana to the above and cook stirring continuously.
Garnish with coriander leaves and add lime juice.
Easy, isn’t it?

DALIYA

If you want to have an English breakfast in desi style, then Daliya is your best friend! This traditional North Indian dish is made out of wheat grains and is a
substitute for rice. This makes for a delicious healthy breakfast.

Method:
Heat the oil/ghee in a pressure cooker.
Splutter the cumin
Add chopped onions and stir
Add the chopped ginger and green chillies. Saute some more time.
Add tomato and sauté for a minute
Add the chopped carrots and potatoes to the mixture
Keep stirring
Add the soaked dalia and stir for 4-5minutes
Add 3-4 cups of water and salt and pressure cook for 8-10minutes
Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot

Your English Desi oat meal is ready and healthy to eat. 50-100calories is what you would consume but if consumed a healthy meal, you’re good to go!

So your daily plight is now fixed. You have a new meal every day. So now, in spite of the busy schedules, the above suggestions would be your one stop guide for your daily dose of breakfast meals.

So, which breakfast you felt mouth watering?

Comment below and let us know what you think…

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