• Shruti GOCHHWAL

Forget Paratha! Here Are 8 Healthy Indian Breakfast Options

Breakfast is considered to be the most important meal of the day. It means breaking the fast of the previous night. People say eat like a king during breakfast, this is because overnight fasting increases the acidity in the stomach, lowers our energy levels, and makes us lethargic.

But a king would never eat parathas if he knew what they were doing to them. Numerous research studies indicate that having breakfast rich in simple carbohydrates increases the risk of metabolic syndrome.

So, it’s always good to have breakfast that is rich in proteins, fibers, vitamins, and minerals. It’s time to forget your daily parathas and gobble on to healthy Indian breakfast options.

10 Healthy Indian Breakfast Options Which You Can Prepare To Boost Your Energy Levels

⦁ Upma

Upma, a dish originating from deep southern India is cooked from dry-roasted semolina or coarse rice flour also known as Rava. Dry-roasted semolina cooked with veggies not only makes the dish tastier but also healthier. Upma is rich in protein, Vitamin B, and iron and proves to be the best Indian easy to make breakfast option.

⦁ Idli

Idli or idly is a popular healthy breakfast food in Southern India. It is a rice cake made by steaming a batter of fermented black lentils and rice. Fermentation of these grains and pulses increases the bioavailability of proteins, minerals, and vitamin-B content in the food, helping the body to assimilate more nutrition.

Idli with coconut chutney

Caption: Idli- a famous Indian breakfast Credits: unsplash


⦁ Dosa

Dosa is made from fermented batter of rice and black grams, which are grounded together into a fine, smooth batter with a dash of salt. The batter is then spread onto a hot plate to make it a rice pancake. Dosa is good for the heart as it contains very less saturated fat and is a rich source of iron, proteins, and carbohydrates.

Dosa with Sambhar, aloo curry and chutney

Caption: Dosa, a light and healthy Indian breakfast for good heart Credits: pixabay


⦁ Poha

Poha also referred to as pohe is a Maharashtrian breakfast. It is made with soaked flattened rice in water, cooked with veggies like potatoes, tomato, peas, peanuts, and onions. Poha serves as an excellent source of carbohydrates, proteins, fiber, iron, and is packed full of antioxidants, vitamins, and free of gluten.

Poha with peanuts and mustard seeds

Caption: rice flakes poha a light and easy o make Indian breakfast Credits: pexels


⦁ Indian Sandwich

Yes, technically sandwiches aren’t Indian but they can be if you make them with Indian ingredients like paneer and leftover veggies. A healthy sandwich provides you around 400-500 calories which is enough to boost your energy levels for the day. Loaded with veggies, and cheese placed in between the slices of bread makes it one of the healthy and delicious breakfast. You can eat it either grilled or just raw.

Sandwich with veggies and cheese

Caption: Sandwich loaded with greens and cheese Credits: pixabay


⦁ Dhokla

Dhokla comes from Gujarat. This humble dish made from fermented batter of rice and split chickpeas is famous all over India. It is a fluffy, light, and easy to digest delicacy seasoned with coriander leaves, mustard seeds, green chutney, and fried green chilies. The dish is high in nutritive values and serves to be the best breakfast option.

Dhokla with coriander, mustard and fried chillies.

Caption: Dhokla a light and fluffy Indian Breakfast Credits: Pixabay


⦁ Besan Cheela

This dish is also referred to as eggless vegetable omelette made with gram flour, salt, oregano, and turmeric. It is made like a pancake and serves one of the healthy Indian breakfast recipes with energy-boosting capacity. The taste can be enhanced by adding chopped onions and turmeric. Besan cheela is rich in protein, carbohydrates, and fiber.

Gram flour pan cake (Besan chilla)

Caption: Besan cheela- The Indian eggless veg omelette Credits: Pixabay


⦁ Daliya/Porridge

Porridge or daliya is a healthy food commonly eaten as a breakfast cereal dish. It can be made from oats, broken wheat, or grains that are crushed or chopped in water or milk with some sugar and fruits and brought to a boil. One small bowl of Porridge gives you healthy fibers and micronutrients, it benefits your overall health and provides energy to fuel your active lifestyle.

Oats daliya/porridge loaded with veggies

Caption: A bowl of healthy oats porridge Credits: Pixabay


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