‘Aaj nashte mein kya hai?’ This is a typical question asked of mothers all over India. Wondering what breakfast you can put together this morning for your pizza-loving son, the daughter who swears by chaat and the husband who loves aloo ke paranthe?
Whether you want to try something new or stick to traditional dishes, we have an exciting menu for you. Here are some surprising fusion breakfasts with a twist:
This different tasting puri is not only healthy, but a delicious treat too!
You’ll need: Wheat atta, soya powder (made by grinding soya nuggets), semolina/suji, finely grated lauki/ bottle gourd, salt and cumin powder.
Mix all the ingredients together, kneading into a dough by adding water. Roll out puris and fry them in hot oil. Relish the healthy, tasty puris with spicy schezwan chutney, or a sweet and sour dry fruit pickle.
This one’s sure to keep your family guessing– is it an English breakfast or a South Indian one?
You’ll need: Uttapam batter, mushrooms, blanched chopped spinach, cheddar cheese, oil.
Spread the uttapam batter on a hot tava and place veggies over it. Sprinkle pepper and shredded cheddar cheese over the uttapam. Press it lightly from above and drizzle a bit of oil along its sides. As the uttapam turns brown and crispy at the edges, turn it over and cook for a few minutes. Serve hot English Uttapams with mustard sauce or coconut chutney as you like!
P.C: The Big Fat Noodle
The name is inspiring enough to persuade you to try out this fantastic fusion breakfast.
You’ll need: Cooked noodles with your favorite veggies and spices, whole wheat flour, oil, ajwain, salt and water.
Mix all the ingredients for the samosa covering together and knead with water to form a firm dough. Let it rest for 25-30 minutes. Make sure the cooked noodles are cooled to room temperature. Roll out medium sized rotis and cut into halves. Create a cone out of the half and fill it with the spicy noodles. Seal the edges of the cone with a little water. Once you are done creating samosas, deep-fry them in oil till crisp golden brown.
Bored of the same chapati or paranthas? These yum chapati pancakes are just perfect for you!
You’ll need: Atta, baking powder, baking soda, eggs, sugar, salt, milk, butter, maple syrup and oil.
Mix dry and wet ingredients separately in bowls. Whisk the ingredients well. Combine the dry mix into the wet mixture. Whisk together thoroughly, keeping the consistency of the batter a bit lumpy (it helps make lighter pancakes). Spread a little oil all over the pan. Pour a ladleful of batter onto the pan and cook for 2 minutes until tiny bubbles appear on the surface. Once done, flip and cook on the other side.
Devour these soft and filling pancakes with maple syrup or jam or even with egg half-fry!
Opma (Oats Upma)
The traditional upma just got a healthy makeover. We think the ‘opma’ is quite a satisfying breakfast – the desi tadka of spices and veggies combining with the goodness of fiber-rich oats.
You’ll need: Quick cooking oats, chopped carrots, chopped onions, green peas, chopped green chilies, a whole red chili, urad dal, mustard seeds, curry leaves, turmeric powder, salt, sugar and oil.
Sauté the oats in a pan with a teaspoon of oil, adding a bit of turmeric. Saute on a medium flame and stir occasionally till it turns light brown. Remove from heat. Heat oil in another pan and add mustard seeds, urad dal, red chili, green chilies, curry leaves and sauté for a minute as they crackle. Add chopped onions and stir-fry till they turn translucent. Add in carrots and peas. Blend the oats mixture adding salt and sugar to taste. Add hot water to the pan, until the mixture gets submerged and cook on a slow flame for 7-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Garnish with chopped coriander and serve hot.
These nashta ideas are deliciously different. Whether you want to pander to your college –going daughter’s tastes or your mom-in-law’s desi choices, we are sure you will find the perfect balance!
Go ahead try these breakfasts-with-twist.