Living in some busy metropolitan city where life is running at the fastest pace? Well if that’s the case I’m sure just like me, you would be hunting on for some quick recipes for breakfast, isn’t it?
So before I give you some of my well-tried recipes, lets first understand why your breakfast is so important. Breakfast provides the brain fuel after an overnight fasting which is important for brain function, also it improves your metabolism rate, improves concentration, improves the mood, helps to control weight, helps avoid long gaps between 2 meals.
Now let’s have quick look at the recipes –
The simplest and the most time saving yet healthy option is porridge, is the right combination of carbs and proteins. You can even add some fruits and nuts of your choice right there.
Oats / Wheat flakes / Ragi flakes / Muesli, 1 fist (30g)
Skim milk, 1 bowl (150ml)
Nuts (almonds, raisins, walnuts), 4-5 pcs (sliced)
Mix all of them together and enjoy your meal.
Options: You can even use fresh yogurt if you don’t like a milk, for oats you can soak them overnight in the curd.
2. Instant Uttapum
Rolled Oats, ½ cup
Rice flour / Rava, 2 tbsp
Curd, ¼ cup
Veggies ( onions / tomatoes/ capsicums ) ¼ cup
Green chilies, salt, coriander leaves As per taste
• Powder the rolled oats. Mix all flours together; add curd and water to get a thick consistency.
• Heat a non-stick tava, pour a ladle of batter and spread a bit.
• Top it with the cut veggies and gently press them.
• Cook until the base is done well and then flip and cook on the other side as well.
• Serve with chutney.
Variation – You can use the same batter to make dhoklas. Add a pinch of cooking soda for a soft texture for dhoklas.
3. Dal appams
Yellow Moong Dal, ½ cup
Green chilies, Coriander, Onion, Ginger, As per taste
For temper (tadka) – Oil, Mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves, As per taste
• Wash and soak the dal overnight, and add green chili and ginger while
grind into a coarse mixture in the morning.
• Heat the oil and add mustard seeds, urad dal and let it cook till urad dal turns golden.
• Add chopped chilies and curry leaves.
• Add the temper to dal batter, add vegetables and salt as required.
• Heat the appe plate and add few drops of oil in each cavity.
• Add the batter and cook until golden brown, flip the side and cook again.
• Serve with mint chutney.
Variation – You can also use chilka moong dal with the same ingredients and procedure. Add asafetida, little lime juice and a pinch of sugar for a better taste.
4. Oats Upma
Rolled oats, 2 cups
Veggies ( Carrots, onions, green peas), ½ cup
Spices (Turmeric, mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves, green chili)
• Heat a tsp of oil in a non-stick pan, add the rolled oats and turmeric and sauté until golden brown in color. Stir occasionally and keep aside once done.
• Heat 1 tsp of oil and add urad dal and allow it to turn golden once done add mustard seeds when it starts crackling add chilies curry leaves and onions and sauté until translucent.
• Add other veggies and let it cook for some time.
• Add the oats mixture, sugar and salt and cook at a medium flame for a minute.
• Add 111/2 cup water and cook on a slow flame. Serve immediately, garnish with coriander.
Tips: To save time you can keep the roasted oats ready and store it in the fridge for some days.
Variations – You can even use Dalia (broken wheat) to make upma
5. Besan Bread toast recipe
100% whole wheat bread 2 slices
Besan/chana flour 5 Tbsp
Veggies (Onions, tomatoes) 2 tbsp
Spices – Carom seeds (ajwain), turmeric, ginger, hing, red chili powder. As per taste
• Make a batter by mixing flour, onions, tomatoes and all other spices along with salt as per taste. Add water and make it into a thick consistency.
• Heat oil in the pan. Dip each slice of bread in the batter on one side and place them on the hot griddle.
• Toast until firm and bread come off from the pan. Flip the side add to batter and cook again.
• Cook until both the sides are well cooked.
• Serve with chutney.
6. Chapati Poha
Leftover chapattis (break into small pieces) 4
Veggies (onions, tomatoes) ¼ cup
Lemon juice 1 Tsp
Spices – Mustard seeds, cumin seeds, coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder
• Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds to it.
• Once they crackle add the veggies and cook them well.
• Add all other spices along with salt and cook for 2 mins.
• Once all veggies are well cooked add rotis and switch off the flame mix everything well and add lemon juice and garnish with coriander. Serve.
Variation – You can try this using plain muesli or wheat flakes also. Avoid tomatoes there as it will make the cereals lose its crunchy texture.
So here you are with some exciting yummy, healthy and super fast recipes.
Do check the variation section below each recipe that will give you an opportunity to add more variety.
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