Hidden Gems of Indian Breakfasts: Part 1


Idli, Dosa, Poha, Sambhar, Aloo paratha: Oh, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Delve a little deeper and you’ll find an array of super delicious breakfasts that people in India relish and have had for ages but unfortunately very few know of it- simply because very few talk about it!

While sunny side up eggs, a couple of sausages, baked beans and toast has effortlessly become the universal symbol of a good breakfast, let us tell you there are some crazy cool breakfasts waiting to be discovered which graces common Indian tables everyday and you will thank us that we told you this!

Masala Bread Upma 2

Phodni Cha Bread- Maharashtra: White bread, cut in cubes and tossed with curry leaves and spices

What started as an experiment- God knows in whose kitchen- spread like weed on fire among picky breakfasteers and is now a worthy contender to Vada-Pav as a breakfast item. Unfortunately, Vada-Pav still has that market edge you know. More stalls, more footfalls. This being a “Home-only” breakfast is available no where- not even in the most authentic restaurants that claims to serve breakfast.

This is the closest recipe we have found by now!


Namak-Ajwain ki paratha- Punjab: You think Aloo Paratha is the quintessential Punjabi breakfast? You are mistaken. You will go bonkers with the explosion of taste in your mouth when you eat this paratha and dahi or curd.

Recipe For Namak-Ajwain Paratha


Jolpan - Assamese Breakfast - Chira Mudhi Doi Goor Jolpan (1)

Jolpan- Assam: Now, this was novelty to us too. Jolpan (which is also a bengali word) literally means to drink water but in context it would mean something similar to what “chai-paani” would mean in rest of the country. Btw, Assam is not West Bengal. Although these two states share a fair amount of cuisine in common, breakfast in Assam looks a whole lot different than what it looks in Bengal. A typical Assamese breakfast would consist of Xandoh (roast and ground rice) Chira (flattened rice) Muri (Puffed rice) gur (jaggery) and doi (curd).

Recipe for Jolpan


Surti Sev Khamani- Gujarat– Sev Khamani is a popular breakfast in Gujarat and can be traditionally made from Dhokla but some of them prefer to do it from scratch. So basically, its a lentil snack made in a juicy, sweet and tangy prepration and is served with sev. As opposed to the ones mentioned above, Surti Khamani is only available in one shop called Lijjat Khamani shop in Ahmedabad and queues start early.

Sev Khamani Recipe


Harissa, Noon Chai or Sheer Chai & baquerkhani- Kashmir- Your quest for Kashmiri food shouldn’t end with Dum olaav and Kehwa. In homes of Kashmir, a common breakfast would look like noon chai, baquerkhani, Girda and Lavasa.

Recipe For Noon Chai


Puttu- Kerala- No, Idli and Dosa is not the end of South Indian breakfast. Puttu on the other hand is for a Keralite. The most popular breakfast of Kerala, Puttu is a steamed dish made with flour and coconut and is usually served with Kadala curry or with Pazham (banana) and sugar.

Recipe and image source

Well, that’s just the end of part 1. But stay tuned throughout our breakfast week for updates on breakfast not known!


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