From Thepla to Chilla and more, these desi breakfast options are healthy, yummy, and wholesome
Now that places are slowly opening up in full capacity, the early morning routine of rushing to get ready for work and head out is also back. As offices start reopening, one has to find a way to balance home and work once again. In this process, one often tends to skip meals, especially breakfast. However, since it is the first meal of the day, one shouldn’t go on an empty stomach. There are several quick and easy breakfast recipes that can be made in a jiffy.
Unlock the desi kitchen secrets and one will be amazed at how many different things that can be made for morning meals. From dhoklas to upmas, there is no dearth of the variety of easy breakfast ideas.
Scan your pantry and you’ll know that there are plenty of ingredients lying in the cabinets, yet to be used. Put them to good use in your breakfast and never skip a meal even on work days. Healthy, nutritious, and tasty, these options will definitely keep you satiated and energetic at work for long.
1. Methi Thepla
Originating from the Gujarati cuisine, methi thepla is a staple breakfast item in the region. Not just that, it is also sometimes eaten as evening snacks. Thepla, for the unversed, is a flatbread made with flour and a flavouring agent like a vegetable or a spice. In this recipe, methi aka fenugreek leaves are used for adding flavour to the flatbread. The green leaves are blanched and mixed together with wheat flour and besan to be kneaded into a dough. The dough is then rolled out into round rotis which are tossed on an iron griddle and cooked from both sides.
2. Chirer Pulao
The Bengali version of poha is the best breakfast meal you can have when you’re in a rush. It is super quick and easy to make and quite filling too. Made with beaten rice, the poha is packed with vegetables like peas, cauliflower and potatoes. It is then seasoned with spices like bay leaves, turmeric powder and cumin seeds. Grated ginger is also added for some flavour. Garnished with green chillies, peanuts and raisins, this dish will become your favourite breakfast.
3. Vegetable Rava Upma
If you’re looking for something light and breezy in the morning, it has to be upma. For the uninitiated, upma is a South Indian style thick porridge made with semolina or rava. The upma can be flavoured in various ways. From a basic plain upma to a tomato-filled one or this recipe which has loads of vegetables in it. The upma is packed with crunchy vegetables like carrots, beans, peas, onions and potatoes. This is the perfect weekday breakfast because it is ready in a jiffy.
4. Chura Ghugni
It is interesting to note that Ghugni is a dish that has its fanfare spread across several parts of Eastern India. From Bengal to Bihar, there are several states that enjoy this dish in their own way. Ghugni, for the unversed, is a delicious curry that can be made with peas or chickpeas. In the case of the Bihari breakfast, Chura Ghugni, the dish is prepared using black peas. The peas are cooked along with spices and flavoured with turmeric and this is then mixed with beaten rice or chura. This is not just a breakfast dish but an ideal snack too.
5. Dal Ka Chilla
Chilla, also known as poora in Punjab, is an Indian-style crepe that is made with flour and spices. A semi-thick batter is prepared by mixing besan with water. However, in this recipe you can make the dish by mixing leftover dal and wheat flour in water. This is then spruced up with red chilli powder, salt and black pepper powder. Finely chopped onions are added to add crunch to the dish. This is then poured in a pan and spread evenly. After it is cooked from both sides, the chilla is served with tomato ketchup.