Idli to Waffles: How To Reheat These 7 Breakfast Foods
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Having breakfast is very important if you want to have a healthy day and a healthy life ahead. Making an entire meal early in the morning and then finding time to eat sounds like a lot of hassle for people who must work, go to college, or have a big family to feed.

A meal as important as breakfast should not be treated like a task; it should be treated like a self-care routine. So, making time for breakfast should be a must, even if you have to find some innovative methods to do that.

There are many breakfast dishes that can be prepared in advance if you know you're going to have a busy day. Or, on days when you have time to cook, you can make a large batch of whatever you are cooking so that it can double up as breakfast for the next day.

But having a hot, fresh breakfast is an enjoyment in its own right. So, reheating your breakfast foods is the best solution in this case. In this guide, we will learn how to reheat seven popular breakfast items:


Recipe - Kerala Flavor in Hindi

Idli, a South Indian delicacy, is made from fermented rice and lentil batter. We all love to have idlis for breakfast, and it is a very popular breakfast item all over the country. They can be easily made the night before. So, if you have a big batch of cold idlis for breakfast, these are the steps to follow to reheat them:

Steam them: Place idlis in a steamer for 5-7 minutes. This restores their soft and fluffy texture.

Microwave: If you're in a hurry, you can use a microwave. Wrap the idlis in a damp paper towel and microwave for 20–30 seconds.


Parathas, the delicious aloo, gobhi, or paneer-stuffed flatbreads, can be reheated to their former glory. If you have cold parathas that you made last night, then follow these steps to reheat them.

Stovetop: Heat a tawa on low-medium heat and place the paratha on it. Add a little ghee. Flip occasionally and cook until it's warm and crispy. 

Oven: Preheat your oven to 175°C. Wrap the paratha in foil and heat for about 10 minutes. 


This is a classic breakfast choice. Pancakes are best enjoyed hot and fresh, but sometimes you have leftovers you need to finish. To reheat pancakes, consider these methods:

Oven: Place your pancakes on a baking sheet and warm them in a preheated oven at 175°C for about 5 minutes.

Microwave: For a quick fix, stack the pancakes with a damp paper towel in between each one and microwave for 20–30 seconds.


Recipe - Tasty

This egg dish is versatile and delicious, and it is loved all over the world as a breakfast staple. Reheating an omelette requires a gentle touch.

Stovetop: Reheat your omelette in a non-stick skillet over low heat. Cover with a lid to trap steam, and cook until warmed through.

Microwave: If you're in a hurry, you can microwave omelettes, but be cautious not to overheat, as they may become rubbery. Use short bursts of 15–20 seconds and check if the omelette is warm enough.  


Waffles are a breakfast favourite that can easily be brought back to life. Here are some tips on how to reheat them:

Oven: Preheat your oven to 175°C. Place the waffles directly on the oven rack for 5-7 minutes, or until they are crispy on the outside. 

Toaster: Pop waffles in your toaster for a quick and convenient reheating option. Toast them on a low setting to avoid burning. 

Breakfast Burritos:

Breakfast burritos are hearty and filling. They can be the perfect option for mornings when you need extra energy to get through the day. Here's how to reheat them:

Oven: Wrap the burrito in foil and bake at 175°C for 15–20 minutes, or until it's heated through.

Stovetop: Heat a tawa over medium-low heat and cook the burrito. Splash a few drops of water and cook, turning occasionally, until it's warmed up.   

French Toast: 

French toast is a breakfast treat that can be sweet or savoury, according to your preference. It can also be easily rewarmed without losing its deliciousness. Here is how to do that:

Oven: Preheat your oven to 175°C. Place French toast on a baking sheet and warm for 5-7 minutes.

Microwave: Use short bursts of 15–20 seconds, checking if it is hot between intervals. Be careful not to overcook it and make it soggy. 

Stovetop: Heat butter and then place the French toast on a non-stick tawa. Cook for 2 minutes on both sides, until it is warm enough.

In conclusion, reheating breakfast foods can be a breeze if you follow these simple tips. With a little care, your leftover breakfast can be just as delightful as the fresh version, saving you time and ensuring a satisfying start to your day. So, the next time you have some breakfast leftovers, don't hesitate to reheat them and enjoy them all over again. You will save food, time, and resources.