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A List of Top Five Healthy Indian Breakfast Dishes

Updated on May 4, 2018
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I am passionate about cooking and eating natural, healthy, and tasty foods. I like to share my culinary knowledge with others.

1. Masala Dosa

Dosa with a Potato Stuffing

Masala Dosa is a version of the popular South Indian food dosa. This dosa is a big dosa stuffed with a spicy potato-onion palya. This dish is in top demand in Udupi restaurants. You can easily make this yummy dosa in your home.

For making the dosa batter, you have to soak and grind rice, fenugreek seeds, flattened rice, and white lentils. Next, ferment the batter overnight or about 10 hours. The batter raises in volume after fermentation.

Make a stuffing with boiled potatoes, onions, and green chilies. Thinly spread a ladle full of the batter on a flat griddle/pan in circular motion. Add a few drops of ghee or oil on the top and the edges.

Keep the heat medium high. Place two table spoons of the potato stuffing in the center, when the dosa turns golden brown. Roll up the dosa along with the stuffing. Refer the pic for perfection.

Serve hot masala dosa with a spicy coconut chutney. Enjoy the breakfast!

Step-By-Step Images Showing How to Make Masala Dosa:

2. Idli Served With Chutney


Idli-sambar and idli-chutney are in great demand in South Indian restaurants. Idli is made of white rice and white lentils. They are considered one of the best breakfast foods.

Idli is light on your stomach. They are easily digestible. Hence, people prefer to eat them even when they are sick. There are many versions of making idli. However, the classic idli is the best!

For making idli, you have to prepare a batter with white lentils and fine rice semolina. Grind soaked white lentils(urad dal) with enough water to get a thick, foamy batter. Add washed rice semolina and some salt to it. Mix the batter with your hands. This will help to ferment the batter faster. Set aside the batter covered for 10 hours or overnight.

Next, grease idli moulds with some coconut oil or ghee. Pour the batter into them. Steam cook them for 12 minutes. Done! Serve hot, spongy idlis with a sambar or a spicy chutney. Enjoy the taste!

Step-By-Step Images Showing Idli Making:

3. Urad Dal Vada(Uddina Vade)

Crunchy White Lentil Vada

Idli-vada makes a delicious and filling breakfast. It is a popular combo served in Indian restaurants. Both these dishes are nutritious and tasty as well.

For making white lentil(urad dal) vada, you have to grind soaked lentils with very little water to get a thick batter. Nicely beat the batter to aerate. Now, it becomes light and foamy. Add finely chopped ginger, chopped curry leaves, finely chopped coconut, hing powder, and salt. Mix well. This is the batter for making the vada.

Heat oil in a deep-bottomed pan. Wet your fingers and take a big lemon-sized batter. Make a hole in the center. Gently drop it into the hot oil. Make 5-6 such vadas in a batch. Turn them occasionally. Fry till they become crunchy and golden brown. Adjust the heat accordingly.

Take the vadas out with the help of a slotted ladle. Place them on an absorbent sheet. Serve hot vadas with chutney or sambar. Enjoy eating these yummy snacks!

Step-By-Step Images Showing Vada Making:

4. Semolina Upma

A Breakfast For All

Upma is a very popular breakfast in South India. It is very tasty, healthy, and soft in texture. People top it with tidbits or mixture to make it more attractive and delightful.

You can make this upma using varieties of veggies along with semolina. Roasted semolina, ghee, lemon, and veggies make an awesome combination in this yummy dish.

You have to saute semolina with some ghee till it gives out nice aroma. Collect it in a bowl. Next, saute onions, green chilies, green peas, chopped carrots, tomatoes, and other veggies of your choice with some oil.

Add enough water to cover the veggies and the semolina. When the water comes to a boil, add roasted semolina, salt, and a little sugar to the pan. Keep the heat low. Stir occasionally to combine the ingredients. Finally, add lemon juice, grated coconut, and finely chopped coriander leaves. Mix once. Turn off the heat.

Your favorite semolina upma is ready to serve! Eat it with some tidbits on top. Enjoy this delightful breakfast.

Step-By-Step Images Showing Upma Making:

5. Red Rice Porridge, Egg omelette, and a Soup

5. Leisure Day Special Breakfast/Brunch Combo

Making a combo dish once in a while for the breakfast gives me pleasure. Holidays are meant to eat a leisurely breakfast or brunch.

You can make an egg omelette, a bowl of red rice porridge, and a bowl of soup to enjoy the breakfast or brunch in a healthy and joyful way.

For making egg omelette, break eggs into a bowl. Add finely chopped onions, fresh green coriander, chopped green chilies, tomatoes, some milk, and salt. Blend them. Heat a griddle and grease it with oil. Pour a ladle full of the batter. Flip, when the edges turn golden brown. Turn off the heat. Transfer the omelette to a serving plate.

Making red rice porridge is very easy. Wash red rice. Add enough water to cover the rice. Add two more glasses of water. Cook it in a pressure cooker up to 4 whistles and simmer for 10 minutes. Done! Serve 2-3 ladles of this porridge in a bowl with a pickle or a spicy chutney. Enjoy eating!

As a combo for the omelette and red rice porridge, you can serve a hot soup. I made tomato-carrot puree soup. This soup is very easy to make. Just boil the veggies. Grind it with some garlic, pepper corns, onions, and ginger. Strain to remove the impurities. Add some water to make it thin. Boil it. Awesome soup is ready! Serve it in a bowl, topped with some butter!


Submit a Comment
  • ShailaSheshadri profile imageAUTHOR


    9 months ago from Bengaluru

    Thanks. Masala dosa is crispy and stuffed inside with potato filling.

  • peachpurple profile image


    9 months ago from Home Sweet Home

    Marsala does us alike our local dosai, without stuffings, it is thin and crispy.


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