We want our morning to begin on a very happy note. A sound mind exists in a sound body. In order to look after our body and health, the most important thing is a healthy breakfast. Here I have come up with an exciting post on quick and healthy breakfast recipes for each one of us. Every morning eating the same old breakfast does sound boring. Either it’s cornflakes, or muesli, oats, etc. specifically kids get fed up. Some of these healthy breakfast recipes are so easy to prepare that you can engage your kids while cooking.
These days it’s been quite difficult in keeping kids engaged in some kind of task. Cooking is fun, creative and kids love when you ask them for a helping hand. It will hardly take some time to pull together all the ingredients and carry out the process.
To make the post more interesting and fun, I asked my friends some of whom are Bloggers and also great food enthusiasts to join in and share their quick and healthy breakfast recipes. Some of these healthy breakfast recipes are specific to a region. From Gujrati thepla to Assamese Jolpan, you will find a lot more interesting ideas to try each morning at your home. Most of these recipes are already known to you all still I thought, why not make a round-up of all the Breakfast recipes in one post.
1. Mangalorean Neer Dosa
By- Lakshmi Subharaman ( Find her at Instagram – @photographykida )
Neer Dosa is a Mangalorean staple often consumed for breakfast and also as an accompaniment with gravy style curries during other courses of a meal. It is one of my personal healthy favourite breakfast recipes too. Neer means water and as the name suggests the batter of this Dosa is as thin as water and hence the name.
It can be made quickly and requires just 4 ingredients which are usually available in households. Here’s is the quick recipe for making Mangalorean style Neer Dosa.
- 1 cup rice (you can take any rice variant)
- 4 cups of water
- 1/4th cup Freshly Grated Coconut
- Oil for greasing, Salt as per taste.
Clean and soak the rice in preferably 2-3 cups of water for 1.5hours. Take a grinder or mixer and add this soaked rice and freshly grated coconut to it and grind until you get a fine batter.
Add the remaining quantity of water. So for 1 cup of rice, a total of 4 cups of water is required. Add salt as required and give the batter a good mix.
Take some oil and grease the pan, once hot, pour in some batter and spread it around the pan. Let it cook for around 30-45 seconds and then fold it into half and cook for another 20 seconds. This style of Dosa is cooked on only one side, unlike other dosas where the other side is also flipped.
For effective cooking, one can use a lid on top of the pan too, it would help in fast & even cooking. Now repeat the procedure of this healthy breakfast recipe and make more Neer Dosas.
You can serve the Neer Dosa with regular South Indian coconut chutney/sambar. Or Serve the dosas with podi (a.k.a. gun powder) Smear the podi inside and fold the dosas. Or Simply try the udipi restaurant-style with sweet coconut Chutney (mix grated jaggery & grated coconut well using a spoon and let it rest for some mins)
2. Cheese Omelette Sandwich
Sandwich is one thing that we all love to munch no matter what time of the day it is. So here is the next healthy breakfast recipe- Cheese Omelette Sandwich. For this you need :
- 2 Eggs
- 2 tbsp milk
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 2 chillies chopped
- 2 cheese slices or grated cheese
- 2 bread slices
- Butter for frying
Method: In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, pepper and chillies until fluffy. Apply butter to both the slices of bread on both sides.
Melt a tablespoon of butter in a large pan, then pour in the egg mixture. Immediately place the 2 slices of bread, next to each other, in the omelette. Quickly flip the bread slices in the omelette to ensure they soak up some of the egg mixtures.
Once the egg is just set (1-2mins), flip over the whole omelette using a giant plate (place the plate over the pan and flip the omelette). Place the cheese on the bread and sprinkle some dried herbs or chaat masala and fold the sides of the eggs onto the two bread slices.
Then fold one bread slice over the other to form a sandwich. Cook until golden-brown on both sides and the cheese has melted. Serve Hot.
I cannot recollect the time when I had Poha for the first time. It was always part of our lives since my childhood days in Kolkata. I relished the taste of this sweet and savoury breakfast and would demand to have it at least twice a week. My mother learnt to cook Poha from our Maharashtrian tenants but as I child I thought Poha was part of the Bengali cuisine.
It was only when started working in a school in Delhi that I saw colleagues bringing in my favourite poha but it tasted different in their tiffin. Some liked it tangy whereas others ate it with namkeen sprinkled on top of it. Then while travelling to Madhya Pradesh, I saw Poha being served at roadside stalls with Jalebi.
This easy and quick breakfast recipe is a darling of our nation. We all have a different way of making it but what unites us all is our love for the humble Poha. For this quick and healthy breakfast recipe, you shall need-
- 1 cup Poha [Beaten/flatten rice], 2 teaspoon oil
- 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds, 5 curry leaves [Optional]
- 1 medium-sized onion [chopped]
- 2 green chillies [chopped]
- ½ cup vegetables of your choice [Potato, carrot, capsicum, tomato, corn, beans]
- 2 teaspoon peanuts
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
- 1 teaspoon sugar [Optional]
- 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder, ½ teaspoon red chilli powder [Optional], Salt
Use a strainer to wash the poha under running water. Wash it for 2 minutes and keep it aside. Heat oil in a wide pan, add mustard seeds, curry leaves, green chillies.
Once it crackles then add chopped onion and sauté it for a minute. Add ½ of mix veggies as per your choice and sauté it for 3 minutes. If you are using potato and carrot then it might take more time to get cooked, in that case, add some water and cover it.
Once all the veggies are cooked, add salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and sugar. After 1 minute of adding the spices, add poha and give it a mix.
When the poha changes colour from white to yellow then squeeze the lemon and mix it. Garnish it with chopped coriander and peanuts. Serve hot. You can also garnish the poha with aloo bhujiya or eat it with jalebi.
Being Gujarati, I have been growing up eating Thepala, Khakhara and Dhokala in the morning as popular gujju breakfast. It is very popular items of Gujarat State of India. If you know about Roti, you can easily make Thepala- easy flatbread made with wheat flour, fenugreek leaves which is rich with irons.
Thepala is usually served with chutney or pickle, few people prefer it with Curd or Tea. Thepala is the preferable healthy breakfast recipe that I love to cook and my go-to snack while travelling as it can be stored for more than 2-3 days. Here is the Quick Thepla recipe:
- 1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
- ½ Cup fenugreek Leaves
- 3 Tbsp Chopped Coriander
- 1/3 cup chopped Spinach
- 1 tbsp grated bottle Guard,
- 1 tsp Ajwain seeds, 1 tsp Jeera, 1/4th tsp Garam Masala, 1 tsp Garlic Ginger Paste, 1 tsp Turmeric Powder,
- Salt and Red Chilli Powder as per taste
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- 3 tsp Oil for kneading and greasing
- Water as required to knead the dough
Take Whole wheat flour/atta, fenugreek Leaves, chopped Coriander, Chopped Spinach, grated bottle Guard in a Big Bowl. Add Ajwain seeds, Jeera seed, Garam Masala, Garlic Ginger Paste, Turmeric Powder, sesame seeds into it, add Salt and Red Chili Powder as per taste. Add water in incremental quantity and knead the smooth dough. Grease its surface with oil.
If you want to store it for more days you can add 1 tbsp curd while kneading the dough. Cover the dough with a cloth and set aside for 30 minutes. As it sets, make small balls of dough bigger than Roti balls. Roll it as like Roti with a rolling pin.
Heat the Tawa over medium flame, grease it with oil, and place the thepla on it. When a small bubble appears to smear the oil on the top side and then flip it. Keep it flipping on medium flame till brown Pattern emerges. When it turns golden brown, serve it hot! Traditionally in Gujarati homes, Thepla is enjoyed with curd or Keri no chundo (sweet mango pickle).
5. Axomiya Jolpan
One of the most comfort food and easy breakfast which is not just easy to prepare but had enormous health benefits. The Assamese Jolpan which is a staple quick and healthy breakfast all throughout the year and also especially served during all the three Bihu festivals celebrated in Assam.
To prepare the Jolpan you will need the following Ingredients: Pounded Rice or Fluffed rice or roasted rice flour which is also called as Xandah guri. These varieties of rice powder are easily available all throughout the year in various stores across Assam. You need Jaggery, Half cup milk, a dollop of fresh cream.
For the serving:- Just take a Bowl, put the rice or rice powder, pour the milk, then jaggery, then a dollop of fresh cream and to enhance the taste and flavour add Banana slices. Your axomiya jolpan is ready to serve and eat. It is a very common breakfast served to guests in villages and also at homes in the city.
6. Bread Upma
By Priyanka Paul. (Find her at Instagram – @myfooddiary_guwahati )
Bread is one of the common items that we have in our breakfast. Either it’s Bread and butter or with jam, or a humble sandwich or Bread toast and omelette. So here is quite an easy yet healthy Breakfast recipe which consists of Bread but with a twist. For this quick Bread upma, you need these
- 7-8 Bread slices roughly chopped into big pieces,
- 5- 6 curry leaves,
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onion and capsicum
- 1/4th cup finely chopped tomatoes.
- 20-25 dry roasted peanuts,
- 1 tablespoon pau bhaji masala,
- 3 tablespoon fresh lemon juice or 1/4th tablespoon amchur powder.
- 1/4 tablespoon chilli powder, black pepper powder (optional),
- 2 tablespoon vegetable oil for frying.
- Salt as per taste
Method: Heat the oil in a Kadai or wok, put the curry leaves and let it pop. Then put the chopped onions, and let it cook until it turns slightly translucent. (We do not want to overcook it as we still want to have a little bit of crunch). Next, put the capsicum and cook it for 1-2 minutes.
Next, put the tomatoes and season with salt. Cook until tomatoes are soft. Add the roughly chopped bread pieces, add the pau bhaji masala, chilli powder, lemon juice and Mix it well. Your Bread upma is ready to serve with a hot cup of masala tea.
7. Aloo Parantha
8. Khara/Ven Pongal
By-Divya Sisodiya ( Find her at Instagram- @diamond_divya )
A traditionally authentic dish from Tamil Nadu, Khara/Ven Pongal is a spicy preparation. It turns out to be a quick and healthy breakfast recipe and can be served with a variety of side accompaniments. Not to worry, its nutrition game is on point containing a good combination of carbohydrates and proteins. For the recipe you need the following Ingredients :
- Sona Masoori Rice
- Moong Dal
- Cumin seeds
- Black pepper
- Curry leaves
- Cashew Nuts
Preparation Time: 35 – 40 minutes
Method : Take 1/2 cup rice and 1/2 cup moong dal in a vessel and wash them 3-4 times. Drain the water completely.
Take a pan or steel pot and add the washed mixture of rice and dal. Add 2 – 2.5 cups of water.
Add 1 tsp salt, few black peppercorns and 1/2 tsp cumin seeds. Now, add 1/2 cup of milk for a creamy texture and let it boil till it cooks and attains a soft texture.
Keep stirring at regular intervals. Be careful to not retain much water as you would want to maintain thick consistency. Alternatively, you can cook this mixture in a pressure cooker as well. For the seasoning – Heat the pan with 2 tbsp of Ghee.
Now add a pinch of asafoetida powder, 1/2 tsp of cumin seeds and 1/2 teaspoon of crushed pepper powder.
Add finely chopped chillies, few curry leaves and grated ginger. Finally, add a pinch of turmeric and saute all of it.
Add more salt as per your taste. Pour this seasoning mixture to the cooked rice-dal mixture. Mix well and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes.
Your bowl of Pongal is ready to be served either with Poddi chutney or Coconut chutney or Raita as side accompaniments.
Pro Tips : Seasoning: Add cashew nuts to enhance its taste.
Serving: Add 1or 2 tsp of Ghee to a bowl of Pongal when ready to eat to increase aroma and deliciousness.
9. Bread Omelette with a Twist
By- Yours Truly 🙂
This is one of the most common breakfast every household eats. Not just in India, it’s popular worldwide. It’s easy to prepare, it’s wholesome and healthy. So what I do to just add a twist to the regular omelette.
I had cut the capsicum into rings. Then take a pan and shallow fry those capsicum rings for 1-2 minutes. In a bowl break 1-2 eggs, add chopped green chillies, salt and beat it all properly.
Now take that egg mixture and now pour it in between the capsicum rings. It looks amazing, delicious in taste and adds a twist to our regular omelette. It looks beautiful while serving and you can have it with brown bread or white bread smeared with a little butter.
10. Moong Dal Chillas
By- Yours Truly 🙂
Moong Dal chilla is one the most healthy, high protein content and delicious breakfast loved by all. This is one of the most common healthy breakfast recipe which I often prepare as an evening snack too. To make moong dal chillas all you need
- One cup soaked green moong dal.
- Chopped Onions, coriander, green chilli.
- Half teaspoon turmeric powder, a pinch of sugar, salt to taste.
Make a paste of the soaked green moong dal. To it add chopped one onion, some tomatoes, green chillies, turmeric powder and chilly powder just a pinch will do, salt to taste. Keep the consistency of the batter which you make for pancakes.
Heat a non-stick pan and grease with refined oil. Pour some of the paste and make the chillas just like you make pancakes. Enjoy it hot with tomato ketchup and a cup of tea. You can also eat this healthy moong dal chillas as your evening tiffin. For a more elaborate post on Moong Dal Chillas, Click Here- Interesting Breakfast Recipe – Moong Dal Chilla.
That was quite an exhausting post. But I am sure there is something for each one of you. Hope you liked all the recipes easy to prepare and delicious to eat. Thanks a lot to all my friends for coming together and make this Healthy Breakfast Recipes post collaboration happen. I am so glad to connect and looking forward to more such interesting healthy recipes from you all.
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