By now, you might know the importance of breakfast in our lives. Most people have a set breakfast every day, and we desis are kinda obsessed with enjoying a full-blown nashta in the morning. Anywhere in the world, every region has a unique breakfast, that heavily uses the speciality crop of that place. Also, the influence of neighbouring cultures is seen in the cusines.
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 at how people enjoy their breakfasts in countries including India.
We Indians prefer a vegetarian breakfast. This is not just in households, even hotels serve the same fare. Since ages, we have been savouring our staple breakfast items. Such is the importance of these dishes that we can barely do without our favourite, Idli, Dosa, Aloo Paratha, Poha, Dhokla and Kachori. Fortunately, we have plenty of options to choose from, with TEA of course, that is the most indispensable part of an Indian breakfast.
You might have heard a lot about the typical ‘Breakfast for Champions,’ 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 tomatoes, 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, its espresso with panini for the Italians, while the Spaniards have churros, the Spanish equivalent of doughnut, dipped in thick hot chocolate. 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 Kahvesi 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?
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