What is a Traditional Indian breakfast?

I get a lot of questions about Indian food and culture in my Indian cooking class. One of the frequently asked question is "What do you eat for breakfast in India?"  I love answering questions about my Culture and Food! So I wanted to write this blog about the Authentic Indian Breakfast items.

 

 

Southern Indian breakfast items

 

1. Dosa & Idli  

Dosa is a crepe made from rice and lentil batter. Rice and lentil are soaked in water for 6 hours and then it's blended into a smooth batter and fermented over night at room temperature. Once the batter is fermented salt is added to the batter. Now the batter is ready to make crispy dosas. The same batter can be used to make idlis. Idli is made my pouring the fermented batter into greased idli plates. Idli plates resemble cup cake trays Dosa  and idli  are served with sambhar (lentil soup) and chutney. There are many varieties of chutney - coconut chutney, mint chutney, onion chutney, tomato chutney, mint chutney , cilantro chutney , peanut chutney etc.

 

2. Puri 

Puri is a deep fried bread served with potato masala or veggie korma (vegetable cooked in coconut curry). It's a very filling breakfast. When I have puri , I usually eat lunch very late or skip lunch.

 

3. Pongal 

Pongal is a rice and lentil dish served with sambhar(lentil and veggie soup), coconut chutney and Vadai (savory lentil doughnut). The name "Pongal" also refers to the harvest festival celeberated in Southern India. On the day of the harvest festival we make two kinds of pongal. One is the sweet pongal made with palm sugar, rice, lentils, ghee , nuts and raisins. And the other is savory pongal. 

 

4. Semiya and Rava uppma

Semiya uppma  is a vermicelli based savory breakfast and Rava uppma is a cream of wheat based savory breakfast. It's usually served with coconut chutney and sambhar. Uppma is a very quick and easy breakfast dish. Mom's make Uppma on days when they are running short on time or ideas:))

 

5. Idiyaapam  

Idiyaapam is steamed rice noodle served with veggie korma (veggie cooked in coconut curry). We also serve Idiyaapam with sweetened coconut milk with a hint of cardamom. It's a very light breakfast and easy to digest. 

 

6. Aapam

Aapam is a spongy thick crepe made with rice batter. It's usually served with veggie korma or chicken korma or sweetened coconut milk. There is a special kind of wok used to make Aapam called "Aappa Kadai". 

 

 

 

Northern Indian breakfast items

 

1. Roti

Roti is a flat wheat bread made with whole wheat flour, salt and water. It's usually served with veggie curry or lentil curry. 
 

2. Aloo Paratha

Aloo means potato. Aloo paratha is a potato stuffed whole wheat bread. It's served with veggie curry or yogurt sauce. 

 

3. Poha

Poha is flattened rice flavored with spices. This is a simple breakfast and one of the few rice based breakfast dishes served in Northern India. 

 

Hope you enjoyed reading my blog! Please share your questions about Indian food and culture in the comment section. I would be happy to answer them.

 

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