‘What’s for breakfast’ around the world!

by Sanjeev Kapoor

By now, you might know the importance of breakfast in our lives. Most people have a set breakfast for every day, and we desis are kinda obsessed with enjoying a full-blown nashta in the morning.  In our cuisine, we have so many delish options to choose from – South Indian dosas, idlis, vadas and Gujarati dhoklas, khandvis to Indori Poha and the all-time favourite puri halwa/sabzi. But have you ever wondered about the regular breakfasts that people enjoy around the world? Americans don’t enjoy a plate of puri bhaji and surely Spanish people do not kick start their day with idli-sambhar. So, what is it that they consume as breakfast on a daily basis?

Let’s take a look on how people enjoy their breakfasts in countries other than ours.


United Kingdom

You might have heard a lot about the typical ‘English breakfast,’ because we all know, Brit food is one of a kind. Generally, people in the UK enjoy a big platter of eggs, bacon, baked beans, mushrooms, grilled tomato, black pudding and some toast. Also, like us, they too love their share of tea in the morning (not doodhwali chai, but black tea).

France, Spain and Italy

When we talk about breakfast in the most popular cuisines like the French, Spanish and Italian, they don’t believe in the saying, ‘Eat breakfast like a king.’ Instead, they keep it a light and simple affair with a cup of coffee and some other accompaniments on the side. Like in Paris, the day begins with a croissant. Similarly, Italians start their day with biscotti in the Spanish eat a toast with Nutella or any other topping. Well, if there are such irresistible things to pick from, we aren’t complaining at all!


Stop swooning over the Turkish coffee now, there’s more reason to fall in love with this fabulous cuisine. ‘Kahvati’ or breakfast, as the Turks call it is the ideal-est breakfast one can look up to. Soft breads like Simit, loads of cheese, variety of jams, spreads and their special egg dishes are accompanied by their extremely popular blends of both coffee and tea. Just talking about this extraordinary and royal spread got us salivating!


Breakfast in Netherland is very different from other countries. They have a special sprinkler called ‘hagelslag’ which comes in a variety of sweet and savoury flavours like chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, etc. They are sprinkled on buttered breads in copious amounts and enjoyed on a regular basis. Doesn’t it sound like one of your childhood dreams coming true?


The breakfast item which has now gained fame all over the world has been already a favourite to the Swiss. Muesli originated in Switzerland in the 1900s and is generally enjoyed with milk, yogurt, fresh fruits, nuts and a beverage. Muesli must be soaked in water, fruit juice or milk overnight and then topped with fresh fruits and nuts. Sounds like the perfect start to the day, isn’t it?


Venezuelan cuisine is one of a kind, where their national dish – Arepas, corn flour cakes filled with beef, chicken or fish and loads of cheese – marks the beginning of a day. For a perfect breakfast, it is paired with a strong coffee and some hot dipping chocolate. Other than this, the locals also like a taste of ‘mandoca’ or ‘cachapa’ which are also prepared with corn. Talk about love for corn!


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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.