As you know, breakfast is the first and most important meal of the day. So it should be as healthy as possible to fuel your day and make you energetic.
In this post, you will find all healthy Indian breakfast ideas and recipes that are also tasty enough to please your taste buds.
And you can have these easy breakfast recipes for any meal of the day.
Along with traditional Indian breakfast recipes, we also make instant breakfast recipes that are very helpful for busy mornings and do not require any planning.
And sometimes, if time is crucial or I have to have breakfast on the go, I prefer smoothies and chia seeds pudding as my breakfast.
I usually plan our weekday breakfast a week before or at least a day before. Planning a breakfast or any meal of the day has helped me so much and made healthy eating easy.
So based on my experience, I have listed out reasons for planning breakfast and how to plan a healthy breakfast.
Why plan a breakfast
- Saves precious morning time - With planning, you know what to cook, and if required, you can do prep work a day before, and it saves a lot of time, and you can utilize that for other activities.
- Avoids food wastage - If you know what you have and what to cook before, you can properly use the leftovers and perishables.
- You will never skip breakfast - Most of the time, you skip breakfast because of lack of time. If you know what to cook before, you can do prep work a day before if required or make
- Make breakfast as healthy as possible - With proper planning, you can include varied sources of grains, lentils, veggies, and fruits in your daily diet.
How to plan a breakfast
- It is better to plan on the weekend for the next week and shop for groceries, fruits, and veggies accordingly.
- If your week is busy, soak beans and make sprouts on the weekend. Soaked beans will stay good for 2 to 3 days in the refrigerator.
- Though I prefer cooking beans just before using, sometimes cooking them on weekends is helpful. And these are far better than canned beans. Store the cooked beans in the refrigerator if you plan to use them within 2 to 3 days, or store them in the freezer section.
- The typical south Indian in me asks for idly and dosa as breakfast for most of the days. Making idly and dosa batter on the weekend will help, and you can whip up breakfast in just 10 minutes.
- Make chutneys suitable for breakfast and lunch or dinner, and you can use them for more than one meal.
- Make coconut milk and almond milk and store them in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days. And a week or so in the freezer.
Let's see all healthy Indian breakfast recipes on this blog. In the end, I have also included healthy and quick global breakfast ideas like muffins, cookies, and smoothies.
All these breakfast recipes are
- refined flour-free
- refined sugar-free
- mostly vegan (if not, I have included the best possible vegan substitutes)
- kids friendly
- very tasty that will surely satisfy your taste buds.
Collection of healthy breakfast recipes:
Typical Indian breakfast recipes:
Besan chilla (Chickpea flour pancakes)
This instant, quick, and protein-rich chickpea savory pancake will please everybody. And the bonus is that you can include any seasonal vegges in this breakfast.
Main ingredients: Besan flour or chickpea flour, mixed veggies like tomatoes, capsicum, zucchini, carrots, moringa leaves, etc., and Indian spices.
Semolina Pancakes (Sooji uttapam)
These veggies-packed semolina pancakes are easy to prepare and don't need any prep work.
Main ingredients: Semolina or sooji rava, mixed veggies like capsicum, carrots, etc., and Indian spices.
This is a quick and easy semiya dosa with added veggies.
Main ingredients: Vermicelli, rice flour, wheat flour, onion, methi or fenugreek leaves, and Indian spices.
Easy and quick flatbread with Zucchini that will be good even when served cold. You can make these parathas with bottle gourd or ridge gourd or even with cabbage.
Main ingredients: Zucchini, whole wheat flour, and Indian spices.
Make this spinach paratha for your breakfast to up your leafy veggies intake. These will be good to eat as it is or with any curry or chutney or dal.
Main ingredients: Spinach, whole wheat flour, spices.
Super flavorful and tasty mint Pongal with millet and Mung lentil
Main ingredients: Millet, moong dal, mint leaves, and Indian spices.
Millet Gongura rice
Traditional pulihora made with cooked millet and roselle leaves (gongura).
Main ingredients: Cooked millet, roselle leaves or gongura, peanuts, and Indian spices
Puffed rice upma
A quick 20 minutes recipe with puffed rice. Ideal for breakfast, dinner, and evening snack when you are out of time!
Main ingredients: Puffed rice, peanuts, and/or roasted chana dal (sattu), Indian spices.
A healthy, probiotic-rich, and simple recipe with millet and yogurt.
Main ingredients: Cooked millet, yogurt, and spices.
Kidney beans curry
Simple and protein-rich kidney beans curry, eat it with whole wheat roti, or as it is!
Main ingredients: Kidney beans or rajma, veggies like bottle gourd, zucchini, beans, carrots, and Indian spices.
Millet sweet Pongal
A traditional South Indian style sweet Pongal recipe that is made healthy by using millets and jaggery. Have this vegan and gluten-free dish as a dessert or as a breakfast.
Main ingredients: millet, moong dal, jaggery.
Paneer besan curry
An easy and quick baked paneer curry that only takes 10 minutes of your active time!
Main ingredients: Paneer, chickpea flour, yogurt, veggies like tomatoes, bell peppers, and Indian spices.
Millet capsicum rice
Quick millet stir fry that can be had for any meal!
Main ingredients: Cooked millet, bell peppers, spices.
Millet lemon rice
Another quick and instant millet recipe that will be good even for the lunch boxes.
Main ingredients: Cooked millet, lemon juice, chana dal, and Indian spices.
Sarvapindi is the Telangana special tiffin and one of our favorite dishes at home. To make it more healthy, I add grated veggies.
Main ingredients: Rice flour, peanuts, chana dal, and Indian spices.
Millet Ven Pongal
Make your regular South Indian breakfast recipe more nutritious with millet grain. This is a simple yet healthy ven Pongal recipe with any small millets.
Main ingredients: Millet, mung dal, Indian spices
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All these recipes look delicious, and I'd like to try some healthy recipes from these. So, I'd use True Elements Instant Pongal Mix, Multigrain Dalia Indore Masala, whenever I feel having such yummy yet healthy treats. They're super tasty and very healthy. A definite recommended product. Do give it a try! 🙂