Breakfast – the most important meal of the day – ought to be delicious and not just healthy. You can’t go about your day with your stomach growling; it makes you grumpy and leaves you feeling less energetic.
Skipping breakfast, or any other meal, for that matter, can actually lead to you over-eating in your next meal.
We at EastMojo have compiled a list of the most delish breakfast recipes, to get you pumped up for the day, because you can’t conquer the world on an empty stomach!
Poha is flattened rice originating from the Indian subcontinent. Rice is parboiled before flattening so that it can be consumed with very little to no cooking. These flakes of rice swell when added to liquid, whether hot or cold, as they absorb water, milk or any other liquids.
Poha is a wholesome meal and one of the healthiest among most breakfast recipes. It is a good source of carbohydrates, packed with iron, rich in fibre, a good source of antioxidants and essential vitamins and is gluten free. It is known to be good for those who have diabetes, skin and heart problems.
1 Cup poha/ chivda( pressed rice)
1 tbsp oil
1/8 tsp asafoetida
1 tsp mustard seeds
½ cup onions, finely chopped
8-10 curry leaves
2-3 whole red chillies
½ cup potatoes (diced small)
½ tsp turmeric
2 tsp salt
1 tsp green chillies, finely chopped
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp coriander leaves, chopped
Put poha in a colander and wash, not letting it soak too long in the water. Leave in the colander to drain out completely.
Heat some oil and add asafoetida, mustard seeds, curry leaves and onions along with whole red chillies.
When onions are light brown, add potatoes, and turn around till they look a bit glossy.
Add the turmeric and saute over low heat till the potatoes are cooked through.
Increase the heat, add salt and poha and mix well. Saute till mixed and heated through.
Shut off the heat, and mix in the green chillies, lemon juice and half of the coriander.
Transfer on to a serving dish, garnish with the rest of the coriander and lemon wedges and serve.
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Idlis for breakfast
A South Indian breakfast food, but delicious any time of day. It’s light, easy to make, and one of the simplest among all south Indian breakfast recipes. The cakes are made by steaming a batter consisting of fermented black lentils and rice. The fermentation process breaks down the starch so that they are more readily metabolised by the body.
3 Cups rice – preferably par boiled (sela)
1 Cup split and husked dhuli urad
2 tsp salt
Soak the rice and lentil in water separately for 5-6 hours.
Grind the lentil to a fine smooth paste, and the rice a little coarse (enough to feel a texture, like fine sand)
Mix the two ground ingredients with salt and enough water to form a batter of dropping consistency.
Leave covered, in a warm place to fermant to a spongy batter, overnight.
Steam in an idli steamer and serve hot.
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Instant Pot Hash
Potato hash is one of our favourite ways to feed a hungry brunch crowd. This version gets some delicious smokey flavor from the Canadian bacon and regular bacon or sausage would be delicious too. Potatoes make for one of the most filling ingredients to add to your breakfast recipes to give you instant energy and satisfy your taste-buds.
1tbsp, extra- virgin olive oil
1 tbsp, butter
1/2 lb, thick- cut Canadian bacon
½ medium yellow onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp.dried oregano
½ tsp.cumin seeds
Freshly ground black pepper
1 lb.yellow potatoes, quartered
½ c.low- sodium vegetable broth
1 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley, for garnish.
Eggs, for serving.
Set Instant Pot to Saute on medium. Add oil and butter to pot. When butter is melted, cook bacon until crisp. Add onions and peppers, and cook until vegetables are tender.
Add garlic, oregano, cumin seeds and cayenne. Season with salt and pepper and cook until species and garlic are fragrant, 1 minute.
Add potatoes and broth to pot and stir to combine. Set Instant Pot to Pressure Cook on high and set timer for 12 minutes. When time is up, use quick release method to release pressure.
Remove lid and set Instant Pot back on Saute. Cook, stirring occasionally, until remaining broth is evaporated, about 2 minutes.
Garnish with parsley and serve with fried eggs.
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Breakfast Spinach Feta Wrap
Healthy breakfast recipes is like a Greek omlette in a wrap. Fresh spinach, salty feta cheese, and black olives combine with scrambled eggs in a tortilla for an easy, hand- held breakfast we eat on- the- go. Use whole wheat tortillas to boost the fiber in this protein and iron- rich breakfast.
2 large eggs
½ cup fresh spinach, roughly chopped
4 Kalamata olives, chopped
¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled
1 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter, diced
1 white or whole-wheat tortilla
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste.
Heat a small saute pan to medium heat. Add ½ of a tablespoon of butter to the pan. Let the butter melt and swirl it to coat the pan.
Scramble the eggs in a small bowl. Add in the rest of the butter chunks and salt and pepper. Add the egg mixture to the pan. Let the eggs cook for a moment and then gently push them with a spatula to allow the raw egg to cook in the pan. Just before the eggs are cooked, add in the spinach and combine until the spinach and egg are cooked.
Remove the eggs from the heat and lay them over the tortilla. Top the eggs with the feta cheese crumbles and chopped Kalamata olives.
Wrap together and serve!
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Apple sauce bread
Whole wheat flour and oats make applesauce Bread a healthy breakfast option. Applesauce, cinnamon, nutmeg and walnuts give it a wonderful seasonal flavor. This recipes also freezes well, so we can make a few loaves at once.
1 ½ cups whole-wheat flour
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
½ cup brown sugar
1 ½ cups smooth, thick applesauce
2 large eggs.
1 Cup quick- cooking oats
1 Cup chopped walnuts.
Gather the ingredients.
Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease and flour a 9×5-inch loaf pan or coat with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg; set aside.
Cream butter sugar with an electric beater in a large mixing bowl.
Thoroughly beat in applesauce and eggs.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and blend well.
Stir in oats and nuts.
Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
Bake until bread is golden brown and tests done when a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean, 55 to 65 minutes.
Allow to cool in pan about 15 minutes.
Remove from pan, and let cool completely on a wire rack.
Slice and serve.
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