We often imagine that healthy diets are made of raw vegetables and fruits, like a plate of salad, for instance. Rich in fibre and a host of vitamins and antioxidants, these are definitely healthy additions to your diet; but by no means do they need to be the only ingredients in your dish. So, how about an Indian cuisine? A lot of Indian food is delicious as well as nutritious, but is often neglected because most people don’t consider everyday Indian foods to be as healthy. But, that’s a common misconception. Let us show you how to begin your day correctly - by going desi!
Kick-start your day on the front foot by having a fulfilling Indian healthy breakfast while maintaining your nutritional needs. Dishes with high dietary fibre like Vegetable Dalia or Oats Upma provide you with enough fuel to keep you going through the day. South Indian favourites like Rawa Dosa or Idli are equally satisfying. Pair them with some sumptuous Sambhar, an antioxidant-rich curry.
Remember that a well-balanced diet should be a combination of carbohydrates, proteins and fibre. A dish like Poha, traditionally made with flattened rice, peanuts and chillies is rich in healthy nutrients. It is not only lip-smacking but will also sustain you for a longer period of time. Other great breakfast options include a chana dal or moong dal cheela/ chilla, paired with mint chutney.
If you don’t have much time on your hands, then scramble up some eggs with tomato, onion, green chillies and masala to make a sumptuous breakfast. A great vegetarian variant would be to replace the eggs with paneer - one of the simplest among many veg recipes of India. Relish this bhurji with some toast and a slather of Nutralite - a Zero Cholesterol table spread, which brings with it the goodness of Omega 3 as well as an added kick of taste.
Don’t forget to have a tall glass of lassi or a plate of fruits to complete your meal! A good breakfast will help you avoid the urge to snack on junk food later in the day. A nourishing Indian meal will also make it easier for you to recreate meals with consistency, that all members of your family can enjoy wholeheartedly.
So, don’t be afraid to go healthy, the Indian way! And share your own Indian healthy breakfast ideas with us and other readers, as well.