Quick One-Pot Indian Breakfast Ideas For Busy Mornings
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ARE you looking for a change from your usual breakfast routine? Want to start your day with something quick yet delicious? You're in luck! In this article, we'll share some underrated one—pot breakfast recipes from Indian cuisine. These dishes save time in the morning while exposing your taste buds to new flavours. Let's get started!

Cheela — Savoury Pancakes That Pack a Punch

Cheela is a versatile pancake-like dish made from gram flour (besan) which can be customised as per your preferences by adding various vegetables like onions, tomatoes, capsicum etc. These savoury pancakes are not only quick to make but also provide a good dose of protein to kickstart your day.

To prepare this nutritious breakfast:

1. In a mixing bowl, combine gram flour with water and whisk until you get a smooth batter.

2. Add finely chopped onions, tomatoes, green chilies, coriander leaves, along with spices like turmeric powder, red chili powder, cumin powder and salt according to taste.

3. Heat oil or ghee on a non-stick pan or tawa.

4. Pour a ladleful of batter onto the hot pan and spread it evenly into thin circles using the back of the ladle.

5. Cook until golden brown on one side before flipping it over and cooking the other side as well.

6. Serve these delicious cheelas hot along with mint chutney or tomato ketchup for an irresistibly tasty morning treat!

Paddu — South India's Savoury Dumplings

Paddu, also known as appe or ponganalu, is a popular South Indian breakfast dish made from fermented rice and lentil batter. These crispy dumplings are a treat for your taste buds.

To make the paddu: 

1. Prepare the batter by soaking equal portions of rice and urad dal (split black gram) in water for at least 4-5 hours. 

2. Drain the water and grind the soaked mixture into a smooth batter using little water as required. 

3. Allow the batter to ferment overnight or for at least 8 hours to achieve fluffy paddus in the morning! 

4. Add finely chopped onions, grated carrots, chopped green chilies, ginger, curry leaves, and salt according to taste into the fermented batter; mix well. 

5. Heat a paddu pan or appe pan; add a few drops of oil into each cavity. 

6. Pour spoonfuls of batter into each cavity and cook on low heat until golden brown on one side. 

7. Flip and cook the other side until evenly cooked.

8. Serve these crispy paddus hot with coconut chutney or tangy tomato chutney.

Chura Matar — A Delightful Combination

Chura Matar is a traditional breakfast dish from North India that combines flattened rice (chura) with peas (matar). It's a perfect blend of textures and flavours.

To prepare this delicious dish:

1. Rinse thick poha (flattened rice) under running water until clean; set aside.

2. Heat oil or ghee in a pan; add cumin seeds, finely chopped onions, green chilies, ginger-garlic paste, and sauté till golden brown. 

3. Add turmeric powder along with salt according to taste; mix well before adding rinsed poha into the pan. 

4. Stir everything gently while ensuring that all the ingredients are well combined. 

5. Now it's time to add boiled peas into the mixture; mix again. 

6. Cook for about 5 minutes on low heat until all the flavours meld together.

7. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves before serving this flavourful delight!

Misal Pav — A Spicy Maharashtrian Breakfast

Misal Pav is a fiery and flavourful Maharashtrian breakfast dish that will kickstart your day on a high note. It’s easy to make and also a popular street food item in Maharashtra. 

To prepare this scrumptious dish:

1. Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, chopped onions, ginger—garlic paste, tomatoes, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and garam masala.

2. Sauté the mixture until the onions turn golden brown and the tomatoes become soft.

3. Add sprouted moth beans (matki) to the cooker and mix well with the spices.

4. Pour enough water to cover all ingredients in the pressure cooker.

5. Close the lid of the pressure cooker and cook for about 15 minutes or until the matki is cooked through on low flame.

6. Once cooked, serve Misal Pav hot in bowls garnished with farsan (a crunchy snack mix), freshly chopped onions and lemon wedges.

7. Serve it alongside buttered pav buns for a complete meal experience.

Step out of your comfort zone and try these unique one pot breakfast ideas rooted in Indian cuisine, that offer something different yet delicious for every palate. Why stick to boring breakfast options when you can explore new flavours right at home?