Breakfast is the first meal of the day. The word ‘breakfast’ literally means breaking the fasting period of the previous night. As it is the most important meal, that keeps you energized for the rest of the day, it should be nutritious and healthy. Here I give you the Indian Breakfast Meal Plan that you can customize or plan for 7 days of a week.
- What Indian Breakfast comprise?
- What is meal planning?
What Indian Breakfast comprise?
The Indian breakfast mostly comprises steamed, less oily food usually accompanied with chutney or sambar. The common breakfast items are Idli (Steamed rice cakes), Dosa (rice crepes), Idiyappam (string hoppers), Appam, Paratha, and so many. There will be some variations based on the region. Indian breakfast can be widely divided into South Indian and North Indian.
South Indian breakfast – Mostly rice-based.
North Indian breakfast – Mostly wheat-based.
What is meal planning?
Cooking all three meals daily from scratch is time-consuming and can be tiring sometimes for working individuals. To make things easier, we just need some pre-planning. I prefer home cooking rather than store-bought for 2 reasons.
- I love cooking.
- I prefer fresh foods for my family.
So here I give you some pre-planning things I do to make cooking easier for the rest of the week. I learned this over the years of cooking and you can adapt it as per your requirements.
How to pre-plan for the Indian Breakfast meal Plan?
Keep the below things ready during the weekend. So the cooking for the rest of the week will be less chaotic and ease.
- Idli/ Dosa Batter – Grind this Idli/ Dosa batter and ferment it overnight. Divide it into storage boxes and freeze it. Thaw it the previous night while needed. You can make, Idli, Dosa, Paniyaram, Uthappam. So 1 batter many dishes.
- For Chutney – You can saute the ingredients for some chutneys and store it in the refrigerator. Add salt and grind when needed. ( the sauteed ingredients can be stored up to 2 days in the refrigerator)
- Paratha Dough – Knead the paratha dough, divide and freeze it. Thaw it in the refrigerator while needed.
- Ginger Garlic Paste – Homemade ginger garlic paste comes handy when you make some curries.
- Garlic – Peel garlic when you are free at the weekend or watching TV and store it in an airtight box in the refrigerator. It comes handy when you make chutneys. It stays good for many days.
- Shallots – You can peel shallots and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It stays good for many days that way we save food wastage.
- Curry leaves – If you are like me purchasing curry leaves from the store, then once you buy, clean and air dry by spreading it in a kitchen towel or tissue. Once dry store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- Chopped veggies – You can chop vegetables like carrot, beans, pumpkin, bottle gourd, and store it in freezer-safe zip locks or boxes for future use.
Equipment required for the meal plan
Wet Grinder – Most Indian families have this grinder to grind Idli Dosa batter. This is unavoidable to make Indian breakfast from scratch. But here in the US, I have seen some families buy Blendtec or Vitamix blender to grind the batter.
Mixer grinder – It is another important piece of equipment in any kitchen. In Indian Kitchen, we use this to grind chutneys to spice powders.
Food Processor – You may need this to knead paratha dough within minutes without hurting your hands.
Saute Pan – we need a saute pan in need to saute for chutneys or to make Upma.
Idli pot – You will need one if you want to eat healthy breakfast, Idli.
Cast Iron Pan – You will need this to prepare Indian crepes ( Dosa).
Storage boxes ( freezer friendly) – You will need this to divide the batter and freeze it for later use.
Indian Breakfast meal plan with Dinner and dessert (Bonus) – menu for 7 days
Idli – This is the healthiest breakfast you can make and it is easy too once you have the batter ready. You will need Idli pot as I mentioned in the above list to make this.
|Bonus tip – If you have leftover Idli, you can make this Puli Idli ( Savory Rice cake)|
Sambar Dosa – You can make this Sambar Dosa which doesn’t need any other accompaniment.
Burfi – How about trying some easy, baked pineapple burfi.
Aloo Paratha – Aloo Paratha / Potato Stuffed Indian Flat Bread is a famous breakfast menu among North Indians. It is a whole wheat flatbread stuffed with mashed potatoes and spices.
Get the recipe for Aloo paratha. The Aloo paratha usually needs just yogurt and pickle on its sides.
Rava Dosa – It is made with Rava/ Semolina /Sooji, Rice flour, green chilies, ginger, Jeera and Coriander Leaves. This Instant Rava Dosa recipe is Rava Dosa without Maida. This Rava dosa batter will give you thin and crispy Dosas. Make sure the Rava Dosa batter is very thin and you allow some resting time for at least 10 mins to the batter.
|Bonus tip – If you want to make Rava Dosa more healthy, then try this Oats Dosa. |
Rava ladoo – You need only a few ingredients to make this exotic and yummy dessert. There is no fancy ingredient, just fine Rava, milk, sugar, and ghee.
Get the recipe for Rava Ladoo.
Millet Dosa – Millet dosa is a vegan and gluten-free savory crepes that make a healthy, nutritious and diabetic friendly.
Khaman Dhokla – Khaman dhokla is a steamed savory cake from the state of Gujarat, India, where it is usually prepared for breakfast. This dhokla has a soft, fluffy texture, making it light and airy. The flavors are tangy, a little spicy and slightly sweet.
Roasted Gram Dal Ladoo – These ladoos can be made in a jiffy. This is made within 10 minutes.
Get the recipe for Roasted gram dal Ladoo.
Appam – Appam is a popular dish among Keralites. It is usually served for breakfast or dinner with any Vegetable Stew or non Veg stews. Appams can be said as Kerala crepes or Pancake.
Get the recipe for Appam.
|Bonus – Try Appam with this Kerala Egg roast.|
Besan Roti – Besan ki masala roti is from the Haryana state in northern India.
Coconut Almond ladoo – Get the recipe for Coconut Almond Ladoo.
Semiya Upma – One of the most popular South Indian dishes that you can cook and serve for breakfast-lunch-evening snack-dinner. It’s that dish that you can make in a jiffy.
Get the recipe for Semiya Upma.
Pesarattu – Pesarattu recipe is often suggested for people with diabetes and folks on diets. It’s a great replacement for normal carb-heavy dosas.
No-Churn Mango Ice cream – How about having some Ice cream occasionally?
Get the recipe for No-Churn Mango Ice cream.
Puttu – Puttu, is a steamed dish, so obviously healthy. It is usually made in rice flour but it does have variations.
Mumbai Masala Pav – Try this most popular North Indian dish for dinner.
Get the recipe for Masala Pav.
|Bonus – If you like to have something healthy, then try this Vegan Mulligatawny soup.|
Mango Burfi – Get the recipe for Mango Burfi.
Aloo Poori – Kids are hard to please when it comes to feeding. They don’t eat vegetables as such. It has to be disguised in the form of dish they like. So moms like me have to think about incorporating vegetables in toddlers’ food in any possible way. This Aloo Poori is the result of that.
Homemade Naan Bread – This authentic homemade naan bread recipe makes use of a hot cast-iron skillet, not a tandoori oven, and just 6 ingredients that you probably already have on hand.
Carrot Halwa – This Instant Pot Carrot Halwa / Gajar Ka Halwa is a very quick and delicious recipe made in a pressure cooker by preserving most of its nutrients value and its vibrant color.
Get the recipe for Carrot Halwa.
You may also want to check out my Indian Curry recipes for you can try some from them.