Upma makes for a nutritious breakfast. Photo: India Food Network
For all those days when the clock is a ticking time bomb constantly reminding you how late you are for work, breakfast takes a back seat. And in the rush of the hour, a fruit is the only saviour. But a quick meal is not very difficult to whip up and here are 5 desi dishes to prove it.
This Maharashtrian favourite is found in most food stalls across the city, especially at the train stations where passers-by pick it up and rush to work. However, did you know this is pretty easy to make at home too? Just mix the flattened rice with a few basic spices, add onions, potatoes and a few nuts. This barely takes any time to make and keeps you full enough to power through till lunch time.
Even though this semolina breakfast dish doesn’t have many fans, it is quite versatile. Make it plain or add veggies to it along with a few spices and it makes for the perfect nutritious breakfast to start your day with while sipping on some garam chai.
Another local breakfast favourite, this soaked pearl tapioca dish is the best for a breakfast dabba to work. Loaded with potatoes, peanuts and chilli, sabudana khichdi is a quick fix for every time there is a time crunch and a growling tummy.
On the rare occasions that there are left over idlis at home, tossing them to make a quick idli fry doesn’t seem like a bad idea. Adding basic ingredients like onions, tomatoes and spices to the humble idli can make it into a whole different dish altogether. Plus it makes for a tasty breakfast treat.
Besan Ka Chilla
Apart from making pakoras, besan or chickpea flour can be used to make chillas. Just by mixing a few veggies and masalas with the besan and pouring it on like a pancake results in this healthy brekkie that is enough to keep you going through the day. Oh, and don’t forget the chutneys with this.