Popular Indian Breakfast Recipes

by Sanjeev Kapoor

Spanish omelettes and English breakfasts may be great but nothing helps you kick start your day better than a full-blown desi nashta. From Punjabi style stuffed paranthas fried in ghee and deliciously spicy kachoris to healthier options like fluffy idlis and uttapams, there is something for everybody to choose from. Here are our picks for 5 most popular Indian breakfasts’ categories and a ton of recipes in each of them. With a list like this, you can have a new desi breakfast every day and never get bored! Take a look.

South Indian Break-Feast

 A full-blown South Indian breakfast is one of the best ways to start your day and the variety of options to choose from are endless. Check out some delicious recipes ranging from soft fluffy idlis, crisp dosas, loaded uttapams to delicious chutneys and sambhar –if you want to prepare a South Indian breakfast for your family with utmost ease. Don’t forget to finish it off with a cup of steaming hot filter coffee!


Parantha Paradise

Paranthas often have the bad reputation of being loaded with calories, but the truth is that your breakfast parantha can be super healthy too. It depends upon what you stuff it with. While traditional Aloo ke paranthe can be slightly high on calories, they are perfect to get you started off for a busy day. Alternatively, you can try other fillings ranging from healthy broccoli and carrots to soya mince for your parantha. Here are some very interesting options.


Poha Please

Poha or pressed rice is a very popular Indian breakfast. It is made in different ways across different parts of the country. In Maharashtra, Kanda Pohe is made by tossing soaked pressed rice in a delicious golden tempering of spices and chopped onions. You can also try a batata poha by adding pieces of potato! Serve it hot with a squeeze of lemon, sprinkle of fresh coriander and crunchy sev! You must also try Indori Style Poha which is famous because of a special Jeeravani masala sprinkled over it.


Puri/ Kachori Subzi

Right from the traditional aate ki puris served with chole and aloo ki sabzi in Punjab to the crisp kachoris served on the streets of Rajasthan – deep-fried delights like these are an integral part of desi breakfasts. We urge you to try the Koriashutir or green peas stuffed kachoris and aloo luchi which are famous in Bengal and Sindhi style Dal Pakwan on days when you really want an indulgent breakfast. Click on the link below to find some of the best breakfast kachori/puri recipes from across the country.


Ultimate Upma

Upma is the Indian equivalent to breakfast porridge. The traditional version is made by cooking semolina and tempering it with a simple tadka, but there are several variations you can put to the simple recipe. Including vegetables or replacing semolina with vermicelli/bread are few ways to glam up a regular upma and make it nutritious enough to power you through the day. Check the link below for interesting upma recipes like podi upma, instant wheat vermicelli upma and more.



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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.