Working from home is not always easy. Living and working in the same space and following the same routine day after day can feel monotonous at times. But there are little things we can do to improve the situation for ourselves. Something as simple as cooking a new, nutritious breakfast every day can give us the kind of happy and healthy start we need. With that in mind, we’ve put together these recipes for healthy breakfasts to make at home.
The humble besan chilla is a great quick-fix breakfast to cook at home and is extremely nutritious too. Besan is a great source of protein and fibre for vegetarians. It contains 8 of the 9 essential amino acids which are the structural components of protein that must come from your diet. It is also full of vitamins and minerals. A single cup of besan can provide almost 101% of the RDA for folate which makes it a great option for pregnant women.
To make the chilla or savoury pancake batter, mix Tata Sampann Besan with finely chopped onion, tomato, coriander, ginger and chillies. Next, add jeera seeds, haldi powder, red chilli powder and salt. You could also add shredded paneer or a bit of cheese, if desired. Add water as needed and mix well. Ladle this mix onto a hot tawa with a bit of ghee and spread thinly and evenly. Cook until browned on both sides. Serve with the chutney or sauce of your choice. And here’s a tip - these chilla s will also make a great accompaniment to the leftovers from last night’s vegetable side dish.
Moong Dal Idli
With a little prep, this is an easy, healthy breakfast to make at home. Moong dal contains important vitamins, minerals, protein and fibre. It is also a good source of potassium, magnesium and fibre, which have been linked to lower blood pressure levels in adults. Moong dal also contains antioxidants that may protect against free radical damage.
Soak a cupful of moong dal for 2 hours, drain and blend into a smooth paste. Transfer this to a mixing bowl with ¼ cup curd and combine well. Next, heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, jeera seeds, 1 tsp chana dal, finely chopped chillies, ginger and cashew nuts, and a sprig of curry leaves. Sauté this for a couple of minutes, add ½ cup grated carrot and continue to sauté until this turns aromatic. Add this tempering to the moong dal batter with a pinch of hing, finely chopped coriander leaves and salt to taste, and mix well. Add ½ tsp baking soda and mix gently. Transfer the batter to greased idli plates and steam for 15 minutes. Serve with mint and coriander chutney.
Veggie Oatmeal Poha
Here is yet another healthy and delicious breakfast to cook at home. This recipe adds as a twist to the classic poha. Rinse 2 cups of poha under running water, steam chopped carrot and green peas, and set these aside. In a heavy bottomed pan, heat oil and crackle mustard seeds. Next, add chopped onion and ginger and sauté until the onions are lightly browned and tender. Now mix in ⅓ cup instant oats, chopped tomatoes and steamed vegetables, raisins, peanuts, haldi powder, salt and sugar to taste. Add the rinsed poha with a bit more water and mix well. Reduce to low flame, cover and cook for about 4 minutes. Add a generous squeeze of lemon juice, garnish with chopped coriander and dig in!
Poha is a very good source iron whereas oats are rich in fibre. Addition of variety of vegetables increases the fibre content and makes this a great dish. The vitamin C in lemon increases the absorption of iron from poha, so don’t forget to add a dash of lemon juice. If you’d like to increase the protein content of the dish, you can also add 2 tbsp of sprouts.
Tried these healthy breakfast ideas at home? Tell us what you think in the comment section below and share your own energy packed breakfast recipes. Here’s to starting each new day on a delicious note!
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