If Indian cuisine is the topic of conversation, it is almost guaranteed that its delicate combination of spices, and subtle balance between heat and flavour, will be both appreciated and admired. It is probable that beer will be mentioned – it has always been one of the most popular choices, when it comes to this type of food. There may even be allusions to the differences between the Indian food now native to Britain, and traditional Indian recipes, many of which stretch back thousands of years.

It is much rarer to hear about Indian breakfast recipes, despite the fact that there are hundreds of them out there, waiting to be enjoyed and explored. For British diners particularly, it would most likely come as quite a surprise to discover the incredible variety and range of breakfast dishes, originating from this part of the world. Yet, for those who are tired of supermarket crumpets and beans on toast, these recipes can be an exciting way to invigorate a morning routine.

As nutritional experts are so fond of reminding us, breakfast really is the most important part of the day. It jumpstarts the metabolism, getting the body ready to consume and utilise calories throughout the day. Without a proper breakfast, it takes longer for the body to start this process, and any food eaten during the day may not be used very efficiently – some experts believe that this can lead to significant weight gain. In the interests of a healthy, and really rather exciting, morning routine, here are five superb Indian breakfast recipes.


  1. Aloo Paratha - This floury snack is one of the most versatile of all, because it is used as both a main dish and a side dish, as well as a breakfast meal. In fact, parathas are very common in Indian restaurants. They are a flat bread, traditionally served as a starter, in the same way that a chapatti or a naan might be. Yet, they can also be filled with all kinds of different ingredients, making them ideal for breakfast – particularly with a fruity curd or pickle.
  2. Dosa - in many ways, dosa are the Indian version of crepes or pancakes, but they are made from rice batter and black lentils. Once again, they can be filled with almost any ingredient – sweet or savoury – making them a perfect, and very nutritious, breakfast snack. You can buy pre-mixed dosa batters in many supermarkets, so it takes no effort at all to experiment with this recipe.
  3. Poha - this super tasty flattened rice dish is easy to make, tastes great and will make sure that you stay satisfied until it is time for lunch. Plus, you can throw in a whole range of different ingredients, until the dish fits you perfectly. It goes well with peas and sliced vegetables – maybe even a little chopped chilli, if you really want to blow the cobwebs away before you start work.
  4. Sabudana Khichdi - this mouthful of a dish is made from tapioca, and is a light and energising way to start the day. It is full of both carbohydrates and starch, which are great for kick-starting metabolism and providing an early morning boost of energy. This simple, but extremely tasty recipe is very low in fat too, making it easy to digest.
  5. Masala Omelette - another very easy breakfast recipe to make, especially if you are in a rush, is the simple, and admittedly rather addictive, masala omelette. In order to make this, whip up your eggs and add a small amount of coriander, garam masala and cumin, as well as a pinch of salt and pepper. You can then add almost ingredient that you can think of – mushrooms, chopped tomatoes, cheese, onions, peppers, etc.