Indian Breakfast Recipes

Did you know that breakfast in India varies by region? We’ve put a list together of some of the best Indian breakfast recipes out there!

A platter of all south Indian Breakfasts

When thinking about classic breakfast foods, it’s likely that eggs, toast, bacon, cereal, and orange juice come to mind. While it’s not uncommon in the U.S. to occasionally have pancakes for dinner, normally breakfast foods are distinguishable from lunch and dinner foods. That’s not always the case in India! In fact, oftentimes breakfast resembles lunch or dinner meals. Of course, these traditional meals vary by region and can be made vegetarian or even on the healthier side. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best Indian breakfast recipes just for you!

North Indian Breakfast

Platter of Poori Aloo

North India breakfast traditions are unwavering and widely celebrated as being diverse and delicious. Here are some of our favorites!

  • Aloo Poori 

Aloo Poori is a popular potato curry typically enjoyed on weekends as it’s a heavier start to the day! This is the traditional Punjabi recipe.

  • Bread Pakora 

Bread Pakora originated in the north and is great for a quick and simple breakfast snack! This recipe calls for bread stuffed with spiced potato filling and then smothered in batter and deep-fried.

  • Moong Dal Paratha 

There are many different kinds of paratha, but moong dal is definitely a favorite. They can be served alone or with curry, jam, or Nutella! 

  • Kanda Batata Poha 

Kanda Batata Poha is a well-loved breakfast meal in northern India. It’s a rice base with potatoes, onion, various seeds, and spices. 

  • Dal Bhari Puri 

Many eat Dal Bhari Puri for lunch, but it’s also a delicious way to get your day started! Because who wouldn’t want fried, puffed bread in the morning!?

South Indian Breakfast

Idli served on a plate with chutney and sambhar

Much like north Indian traditions, south Indian meal traditions are steadfast and come with a wide array of options!

  • Idli 

If you’re in the market for a filling breakfast, this popular southern Indian staple is a must. It’s a savory cake made from rice and lentil batter. 

  • Medu Vada 

Always say yes to fried donuts! These are made from black grams and are crispy and perfect. 

  • Idiyappam

Rice noodles are another popular south Indian breakfast. They can be served with curry or coconut milk. 

  • Instant Wheat Dosa Gothambu 

Quick breakfast for the win! These pancake-like circles can be made savory or sweet. 

  • Ven Pongal 

Another south Indian Favorite, Ven Pongal is a savory and spicy dish that’s a combination of moong dal, rice, and spices. You can serve it up with sambar or chutney

Healthy Indian Breakfast

Poha, Indian Breakfast

If you’re watching your weight or just looking to make healthier food choices, this breakfast section is for you!

  • Vegetable Dalia Pula 

This rice recipe is healthy and quick as it can be made in a pressure cooker! 

  • Upma

Upma is at the top of the list for a quick and easy breakfast! It’s made with semolina, herbs, and veggies.

  • Poha 

Poha is popular in western India. Made from rice flakes, it’s a favorite healthy option for those who like a savory breakfast.

  • Besan Cheela 

This veggie cheela is quick and easy! It’s comparable to a veggie omelet and is so tasty. 

  • Beetroot Dosa 

Add some beetroot to your Indian dosa batter and it becomes that easy to add some veggies to your diet! 

Vegetarian Indian Breakfast

Methi Thepla, Indian Breakfast

There are so many delicious veg options in the Indian culture, so it was hard to narrow this list down, but we persevered! Here are some favorites. 

  • Pongal 

Pongal is a specialty rice dish that is often prepared for special occasions in South India, but you can make every day special if you make this for breakfast! 

  • Misal Pav

Misal Pav is similar to a stew and often served with bread or pav. A filling and hearty dish that’ll keep you full until lunch! 

  • Methi Thepla 

This flatbread made from leaves and whole wheat pairs up perfectly with plain yogurt. 

  • Akki Roti

Akki roti is the best! It’s a soft and crispy flatbread made from rice flour, carrot, onion, and spices. 

  • Pesarattu 

Another vegetarian breakfast option is pesarattu, which is essentially green mong dal dosa. It takes a bit longer to prepare, but is well worth the wait! 

Whether you’re eating Medu Vada from South India, Bread Pakora from North India, a healthy Poha, or vegetarian Pongal, you can be sure that you’re starting out your morning with a delicious and nutritious homemade masterpiece. Which is your favorite Indian breakfast recipe? Let us know! 

13 responses to Indian Breakfast Recipes

  • Thank you very much, I dont know where to start trying, they al look so healthy and delicious.

    • The links should take you to the recipes. You can also find a lot of these options at many Indian restaurants. South Indian restaurants will be my bet. In the meantime we will also try to share these recipes on the website.

  • But where are these breakfast foods found? We don’t have an Indian Deli or market here in Alameda- that I know of.

    • The links should take you to the recipes. You can also find a lot of these options at many Indian restaurants. South Indian restaurants will be my bet. In the meantime we will also try to share these recipes on the website.

  • Thanks yet again for fabulous recipes and for so many recipes — all different and all making our morning meal an adventure.

  • Thank you very much your blog is very useful. Nice post please share some new ideas and write a post on the Baingan Bharta recipe that will save time with easy and tasty.

  • Great article. it really a complete guideline for delicious cooking. it also helps me a lot when I have an interest in cooking by using different appliances

  • Thank you once again for fantastic recipes and for providing us with so many options, all of which make our morning meal an adventure.

  • Last weekend, I dived into your culinary world and tried a few recipes. They were a hit! Your blog is a treasure trove of culinary inspiration—I’m hooked.

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