35+ Best Indian Breakfast Recipes

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Running out of ideas on what to make for breakfast? Here’s a list of easy Indian breakfast recipes which includes all your South Indian as well as North Indian favorites, from idli/dosa to parathas. This list of 35+ recipes will ensure that you’ll never be bored of eating the same things over and over. 

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Indian Breakfast Recipes

You have probably heard this a million times that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Eating a good, healthy breakfast fills you up and keeps you from reaching out for a pack of chips or loading up on caffeine right before lunch.

Also, if you are like me, eating something in the morning might help you start your day all charged up instead of being tired and cranky.

That’s why I thought of putting together this collection of Indian breakfast recipes that are perfect for busy mornings.

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What do Indians typically eat for breakfast?

Indian cuisine is known for its diverse food; what folks typically eat in Indian households depends on what is local to that region. For example, North Indians prefer wheat-based breakfasts like parathas; South Indians lean more towards idlis, dosas, and uttapams, which are rice-based, and folks like me who grew up in Maharashtra and neighboring states (central and western India) love their poha and tea.

But in the last two decades or so, more and more Indians have left their homes for higher education and jobs. Many of us have moved across the country and even outside the country. We are no longer limited to eating what was traditionally made at home.

This list of quick breakfast recipes is reflective of our changing horizons.

I am sure you’ll love this wide collection of healthy Indian breakfast recipes – a combination of north, west, and south Indian recipes that have now become part of our weekly rotation.

Poha and upma

Poha and upma are undoubtedly the most popular breakfast items on the menus of cafeterias and restaurants in Maharashtra. Learn how to crack the code and make restaurant-style poha and upma at home. Both these breakfast items go really well with a hot cup of ginger tea (adrak wali chai)

Batata Poha

This Batata Poha recipe is dedicated to those who want a great tasting (and looking) Poha. Say goodbye to mushed-up poha!

Poha makes for a wholesome and delicious breakfast. You can dress it up with sev, pomegranate seeds or roasted peanuts or don’t garnish it at all.. either way, it will be just as satisfying.

Rava upma

Ready in 20 minutes, this delicious rava upma makes for a filling and satisfying meal when paired with chutney and sambar. 

If you are looking for a South Indian rava upma recipe then you are at the right place. This recipe will yield you a soft, melt-in-your-mouth upma in less than 20 minutes. 

Bread upma

Quickly made on the stove, this simple bread upma features chunks of leftover bread, vegetables, and spices all combined to make a savory and satisfying breakfast all in under 20 minutes.

Hearty, savory, and filling this simple bread upma recipe comes together in 20 minutes for a filling breakfast your whole family will enjoy.

Semiya upma

This delicious and tangy semiya upma (lemon vermicelli) or vermicelli upma is just what you need to start your day. It is filling and comes together in 15 minutes from start to finish.

This lemon sevai or sevaiyan is a versatile dish that doubles up as both breakfast and lunch. It comes together in 15 minutes and is a great school lunch option.

Sabudana khichdi

For those who have made sabudana khichdi before, you probably know that the trickiest part of making this dish is to prevent the sabudana (tapioca pearls) from getting clumped together. But don’t worry – I have included all the tips and tricks that’ll help you nail this recipe from the get-go.

This step by step recipe will show you how to make sabudana khichdi that looks as great as it tastes. No more clumpy or sticky mess! 

Idlis and dosas

Idlis and dosas are a staple in South Indian families. The recipes below will show you how to make pillowy soft idlis and crispy dosas that’ll wow your family.

Soft idli

Those who have experienced the whimsical nature of the idli dosa batter probably know that making soft idlis can be compared to predicting the weather.

The uncertainty that is involved with the fermentation process can drive anyone up the wall but don’t worry – the post below will show you how to consistently make pillowy-soft idlis that you’ll be proud of.

Get this detailed guide from a South Indian on how to get soft and fluffy idlis every time! Includes fail-proof tips to get a perfect idli-dosa batter.

Idli fry

Got leftover idlis that no one wants to eat or made a batch that ended up being too hard? Here’s a solution for you – make this crispy roasted idli fry.

Turn your leftover idlis into this ghee laden delicious snack that doubles up as breakfast too. Your kids will love it and so will you because 5 minutes is all it takes. 

Instant Rava Idli

Here is a quick recipe to enjoy those lovely soft fluffy instant rava idlis whenever the mood strikes. Savor it with coconut chutney or peanut chutney.

Make the best, soft, and fluffy rava idlis instantly with this recipe. Requires no fermentation! Savor this semolina or sooji idli with coconut chutney or sambar.

Crispy Sada Dosa

This recipe will teach you how to make crispy plain dosa or sada dosa using idli-dosa batter. You can easily modify this recipe to make masala dosa or cheese dosa as well.

Learn how to make crispy dosa from scratch with homemade batter, along with all the tips & tricks to get perfect dosas every time!

Uttapam

Uttapams are savory pancakes with crispy golden edges and a pillowy soft center topped with veggies. Traditionally served as breakfast in India, uttapam also makes for a quick and satiating meal.

With crispy edges and pillowy soft center, Uttapams are mouthwatering savory pancake made from a fermented batter of rice and lentils topped with veggies.

Buttermilk dosa

These buttermilk dosas are one of a kind – they are soft and literally melt in your mouth. Serve it for breakfast with coconut chutney or for brunch with your favorite chicken curry.

Delicious and soft, this buttermilk dosa is perfect for breakfast, snack, and even lunch. Learn how to make it in a few easy steps.

Kappa rotti

Kappa rutti or Kappa rotti – This soft in the center and crispy on the sides 4-ingredient dosa or pancake from Mangalore is a culinary delight. Try it out today – no fermentation required!

If you are in the mood to mix-up your breakfast routine, then you’ve got to check out this 4-ingredient dosa or pancake from Mangalore called Kappa rutti or Kappa rotti. It is soft in the center and crispy on the sides and is a culinary delight when paired with chutneys or leftover fish curry.

Moong dal dosa

Moong Dal Dosa is a savory crepe made with moong dal (split petite yellow lentils). It’s gluten-free, easy to make, and makes a filling breakfast or lunch. Stuff it with paneer or tofu (for the vegan version), and you have got a complete protein-packed meal!

Easy gluten-free dosa made with yellow moong dal. These are great on their own of stuff with a paneer filling for a wholesome meal.

Neer dosa

This thin crepe from Mangalore is a must-try in my book. Delicate and soft, this rice crepe tastes great with coconut chutney and kori gassi (Mangalorean chicken curry).

Neer dosa is a thin crepe made from rice flour is a delicious accompaniment to Mangalorean curries. Learn this fail-proof recipe to make these soft dosas.

Ven Pongal

With a smooth porridge-like consistency, ven pongal, made from rice and lentils, is a popular South Indian breakfast. It is served piping hot with a tempering of cashews, curry leaves, pepper, and ghee.

Ven Pongal Recipe – This south Indian breakfast made from rice and lentils is a great way to start your day. Pair it with sambar and chutney for a complete gastronomical experience.

Sweet beaten rice

Looking for easy breakfast ideas?  This sweet beaten rice dish (bajil bella tarai or sweet aval / attukulu) made from flattened rice, jaggery, and coconut, will not disappoint. It is a delightful no-cook breakfast dish that comes together in 5 minutes.

Looking for easy breakfast ideas?  This sweet beaten rice dish (bajil bella tarai or sweet aval / attukulu) made from flattened rice, jaggery, and coconut will not disappoint. It is a delightful no-cook breakfast dish that comes together in 5 minutes.

Parathas and chillas

Parathas and chilla make for a hearty breakfast – a staple in North Indian homes; these flatbreads are a great way to start your day.

Besan chilla

Besan chilla is a savory pancake made with gram flour and veggies. It’s vegan, gluten-free, and a popular breakfast in India!

Savory pancakes made with gram flour, this Besan Chilla is a popular Indian breakfast which is also vegan, gluten-free and nutritious.

Moong dal chilla

Gluten-free vegan moong dal cheela or pancakes spiced with green chili and ginger is a delicious treat any time of the day.

Moong Dal Chilla is a classic Indian breakfast dish served with pickles or chutneys. These Savory Green Gram Lentils Pancakes make a great gluten-free option for naan, parathas, and roti.

Poori

Poori is a deep-fried bread that is often served for breakfast or lunch with aloo bhaji (spicy potato side dish) or shrikhand (sweetened hung yogurt). The recipe below will give you all the tips and tricks to make puffed-up pooris.

Poori is a deep fried Indian bread commonly consumed as breakfast or sometimes as a meal accompanied by Aloo Subzi (Potato gravy). Here’s a fail-proof recipe to make those puffed up pooris that we all love!

Plain paratha

This is an easy paratha recipe for you to get started with. The step-by-step photos in this post will teach you how to make round, square, and triangular parathas in no time.

This foolproof recipe for plain paratha results in the most crispy and flaky layers possible – just follow the step by step recipe!

Aloo paratha

This Indian flatbread made with spiced mashed potatoes is the perfect way to start your day. Pack it for lunch or savor it for brunch – this filling, healthy meal is perfect for any time of the day. 

Learn all the tips and tricks to make perfect Aloo parathas at home every time. This kid favorite meal is perfect for school lunches!

Onion paratha

Filled with onions and aromatic spices, this stuffed onion paratha recipe definitely packs a punch.

This savory onion paratha recipe is perfect for serving for breakfast, lunch, or as a delicious after-school snack.

Paneer paratha

This paneer paratha is a favorite with my kids. What I love most is that it is easy to prep ahead, and it freezes well too.

This Indian bread stuffed with crumbled cottage cheese makes for a filling breakfast and serves as a great lunch box option too. You can make it in and freeze it – tastes just as great when reheated.

Methi paratha

The fragrant methi leaves make these healthy parathas a gastronomic experience that you won’t soon forget.

This flavorful methi paratha or methi roti makes the perfect savory breakfast, snack, or lunch accompaniment.

Masala paratha

Flavorful and flaky, this masala paratha recipe makes a hearty breakfast, filling lunch, or satiating snack. With variations for both paratha and roti, this spiced Indian flatbread is sure to hit the spot.

Learn how to make a soft and flaky masala paratha or roti with this easy to follow recipe. Perfect for a hearty breakfast or snack, this spiced flatbread is sure to hit the spot.

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For Egg lovers

What most people love about eggs is that they cook quickly, soak up spices and seasonings, and are budget-friendly. They are also good for you and will keep you satiated for a long time.

Here are a few of the most popular egg recipes that are often made for breakfast in Indian homes.

Egg bhurji

If making an omelette seems intimidating, make this egg bhurji instead. It is an easy recipe for you to get started if you are new to cooking. Think of it as scrambled eggs but with a little bit of pizzazz, i.e., onions, tomatoes, green chilies, and finely chopped cilantro.

Enjoy this anda bhurji with toasted bread or pav.

Eggs scrambled along with onions, tomatoes, and green chili – this recipe of egg bhurji is delicious and filling and a perfect way to start your day!

Indian omelet

Making an omelette may seem like the easiest dish to make, but there are a few simple steps that you need to follow so that it doesn’t fall apart when you flip them. Get all the tips and tricks in the recipe below.

This delicious and fluffy Indian omelette is easy to master – just follow the step by step instructions to make this healthy breakfast.

Bombay French Toast

Shake up your morning routine and whip up a quick and easy batch of Indian-style French toast. This fluffy, easy breakfast recipe sweetens up any day!

Make a quick and easy stack of Indian Style French toast any morning to satisfy those sweet morning cravings. This fluffy French toast is sure to please!

Egg paratha

Egg parathas fill you up quickly and keep you satiated for a long time – that’s why serving them for breakfast or brunch makes complete sense. Use leftover rotis or tortillas to cut short the cooking time.

Easy Egg paratha recipe – Put your leftover rotis / tortillas to good use and make about two delicious egg parathas in 10 minutes.

Breakfast + Snack

Some Indian breakfast items can be made in advance, like the appams from the south and khaman, dhokla and theplas from the west. What’s awesome about these dishes are that they double up as snacks as well. Also, since they are shelf-stable for a few days, they are great for long-distance travel.

Guri appa

This guri appa is a versatile Mangalorean dish that is a perfect make-ahead breakfast or snack.

Rava dhokla

Looking for a quick Gujarati White Dhokla recipe? Use this easy recipe to make Instant Rava Dhokla in your Instant Pot. It is a crowd-pleaser for sure!

Nylon khaman

If you never had khaman before, imagine a bright yellow savory cake that is soft and fluffy. When you take a bite of this steamed cake along with green chutney, it just melts away in your mouth.

Spongy, savory, and with a hint of sweetness, Gujarati nylon khaman dhokla makes for a perfect breakfast or snack. Get this failproof recipe to make this instant dhokla in your Instant Pot.

Methi thepla

Methi thepla, a flatbread made from fenugreek leaves (methi) is one of the iconic dishes from the western Indian state of Gujarat. It is a versatile dish that makes for a popular breakfast or snack.

Breakfast drink

Indian breakfast is usually accompanied by tea or coffee. So this post would be incomplete without sharing the recipes for India’s most loved beverages.

Masala chai

Get this authentic recipe for Masala Chai – a popular beverage from India! This fragrant, comforting, spiced tea is also the inspiration behind the chai tea craze in the US. Learn how to make it home in less than 15 minutes!

This authentic recipe for Masala Chai is just like the popular beverage you grew up with in India! Easy to make, fragrant, and comforting.

Ginger tea (Adrak chai)

Ginger tea is a perfect accompaniment to Indian breakfast and snacks. Get the recipe to make India’s beloved drink at home.

With its bold flavor and simmering warmth, ginger tea is an alluring drink any time of the day.

Filter coffee

While tea is a popular drink across India, South Indians can’t get enough of their filtered coffee. Just like tea, it is served with breakfast as well as with evening snacks.

This homemade recipe for Filter Coffee makes a delicious cup with goes well with idli, dosa, vadas and more!

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Course: Breakfast
Method: Deep frying, Instant Pot, Stovetop
Keywords: South Indian breakfast recipes, North Indian Breakfast Recipes, Easy
Cuisine: Indian
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