India, known for its diverse culture, also offers authentic breakfast, originating from different parts of the country. A well-known fact, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, keep us active, and provides us with energy to get on our feet and pull up our socks. We love our Indian breakfasts like we love our big fat weddings.
Why is breakfast the most important meal of the day?
As the term suggests, you are breaking a fast with the first meal, studies show that eating breakfast within two hours of waking up can help reduce the risk of heart diseases. Don’t just satisfy your hunger pangs with junk food or stale pizza, satiate your taste buds with nutrients and proteins, avoid unhealthy treats. In fact, the first meal of the day provides energy to your body, balances your blood sugar levels, and stimulates the brain. It’s a good habit to eat breakfast every morning, as it also helps you maintain a healthy metabolism.
One should not attend even the end of the world without a good breakfast. – Robert A. Heinlein
Let’s find out the most popular and assorted Indian breakfasts:
Originates from Maharashtra, Kanda Poha is the most favourite and easy to make breakfast. It is prepared with flattened rice, spices, herbs, and onions. Kanda in Marathi means onions, that’s where the dish gets its name from. This easy to cook, and the mouth-watering dish is high on nutrition and light on your stomach. Kanda Poha is proven to be one of the healthiest Indian breakfasts, with low calories, rich iron, and controls blood sugar levels.
Essentially loved by all the Indians, Puri Aloo is the go-to breakfast recipe if there’s a celebration going on. The bhaji is made up of potatoes cut into small squares, mixed with finely chopped tomatoes, onions, and spices, whereas puris are deep-fried in hot oil.
Gujarati’s favourite, Dhokla is a savoury vegetarian dish made cooked the batter of rice and chickpeas and seasoned with mustard seeds, chopped green chilies, and hot oil. The fluffy dhoklas are also known as Khaman majorly famous in Gujarat. This dish is served with green chutney and garnished with grated coconut. Dhokla is believed to be a great source of protein and is easily digestible, hence the perfect option for a healthy breakfast!
It is one of the widely celebrated South Indian breakfasts. Idli is made up of battered rice and urad dal, basically forming into a rice cake, usually served with sambhar and chutney. Idli is not just easy on your stomach but also doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket. It is highly nutritious, with a rich amount of protein, carbohydrates, and just contains 39 calories. Originated from Andhra Pradesh, it is also popular in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka.
This breakfast item is popular in North Indian states like Delhi and Punjab, it is an Indian flatbread stuffed with potatoes and spices. With butter/ghee melting on the top of parathas, they are served with green chutney, pickle, onions, and curd. Everyone relishes on Aloo Paratha once in a while for breakfast around the country, while people in Delhi and Punjab have it every day. Now there are varieties like paneer paratha, muli paratha, and mixed stuffing paratha.
It is a flat and crispy Indian pancake made up of fermented batter that is derived from rice and urad dal, the same mix that is used to prepare idli. The first thin dosa was made in Karnataka, and it is highly popular in most of the south Indian states like AP, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, and of course Karnataka. Dosa has a lot of varieties, but mostly the favorites are Mysore Masala Dosa and Rava Dosa, served with groundnut chutney, sambhar, and allam (ginger) chutney.
Kick-start your day with good breakfast and relish your taste buds with a touch of authenticity. All the 29 states and 7 UTs in India serve a wide range of food, with mouthwatering flavors that are sure to take your palate on a joyful ride. So, explore your food choices and never skip breakfast!