When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?“
“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?“
“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.
And I wholeheartedly agree with Winnie The Pooh here, after all what I choose to start my day with sets the tempo for the rest of my day. So breakfast is the most important meal of the day for me, not just because of the reasons that the doctors state, but for the aforementioned point (although not that I disagree with the docs!)
I wish to take a moment and share with you a few of my favourite breakfasts, most of which have been prepared by me or my mother, and then of course there’s my favourite Prithvi Cafe.
Sooji ka poora/crepe
This delicious, light and yet filling breakfast is one of my favourites. Made with sooji (semolina) soaked overnight mixed with curd to make a fine batter and topped with vegetables of your choice ( I prefer carrots, green bell pepper, onions and green chilies). Make it the way you’d make a crepe or an omelette or an uttapam and serve it with coconut chutney.
Poha with Kadak Chai
This has to be the breakfast that I repeat the most. Poha is not so popular in the north of India but it is a staple here in west India. It has different versions depending on the location. In Madhya Pradesh you’ll find stalls of ‘Indori Poha with Ratlami Sev‘, in Maharashtra there is ‘Kanda Poha‘ and in the Gujarat belt you’ll find the ‘Batata Poha.’ It is made of beaten rice and tempered with curry leaves, onions, potatoes, peas, peanuts etc depending on personal tastes. Pair it with a cup of kadak chai and you’re good to go!
This is my version of the famous ‘Bombay Sandwich.’ The fillings are boiled potatoes, green-bell peppers, sliced onions, chaat masala, ketchup and grated cheese in between slices of brown bread that are toasted to perfection. Have this in the morning on in the evening and rest assured that you’ll be satisfied with the taste.
Vada–chutney is a fixed Sunday breakfast/brunch at our place. The wholesome dish is brought by my Father from a vendor who puts his stall every Sunday outside Amarson’s at Linking Road, Bandra. This guy is so popular that you’ve to pre-book and line up to get your share of crisp vadas and the spicy coconut chutney.
Made of Sooji (Semolina) in ghee and topped with vegetables of your choice, this is an easy and tasty option. Made very frequently in south Indian households, this is a healthy and savoury version of the otherwise heavy halwa.
Paratha with dal and curd
No points for guessing that this is from the legendary Prithvi Cafe as parathas are a rare dish at our otherwise Punjabi household! This is my favourite dish from the whole menu of the cafe. This here is a mixed paratha stuffed with potatoes, onions and cottage cheese, served with slow simmering Makhani Dal, curd and pickle.
Raagi Idli with chutney
Raagi idlis are made from the Raagi flour instead of the usual rawa or rice. There is absolutely no difference in taste (thank god!) and yet what you consume is way healthier than the usual fare. Made the same way that you’d make a rawa idli, raagi is soaked overnight with curd.
A very rare dish at our place thanks to the poori‘s being a component that has to be deep fried. It is very unusual for us to eat something that is deep-fried or soaked in oil as we usually try to maintain a healthy diet, unlike our fellow Punjabi brothers and sisters!
On a serious note, Breakfast is a meal that you should never miss. Why?
SmartCooky tells us why…
1. You start your day hungry, you get tired fast. Since your blood glucose levels haven’t been restored to the normal levels, you are low on energy.
2. And when you get hungry, you grab anything available, sugary or fat laden. So, whoosh -there goes your diet out of the window.
3. You try to concentrate hard and work on your most important presentation, but your body is like a car running on an empty petrol tank. Your brain refuses to pick up speed and concentration, because you forgot to stock up your body fuel.
4. Because you skipped breakfast, your mood is low and stress levels high. You are irritable and your team bears the brunt.
5. You are trying to lose weight since months, but the weighing scale hasn’t budged even one mark backwards. Why? It’s because your body metabolism is going down instead of increasing. Staying hungry doesn’t make you lose. Eating healthy makes it possible.
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This piece is by Vernika Awal, author of Delectable Reveries.