There is no better way to start a day than with a healthy breakfast. Breakfast is (sort of) the most important meal of the day, and you should have it like royalty.
After all, it is supposed to keep you energetic, positive and in good spirits the entire day. So there is no harm!
Dosa, upma and milkshakes are all very good breakfast options that help you start your day with full power.
Here’s a kickstart for your journey towards a healthy diet. Buy your choice of millet grains, ready-to-make batters or ragi snacks on our shop here.
Now, we won’t ask you to drop these time-honoured dishes, but how about healthier recipes for them?
Enter Millet. Sustainable to produce, healthy to eat and genuinely tasty, millet is simply wonderful. If you are a conscious eater and unwilling to compromise on taste (why should you? Food is supposed to be tasty!), try our millet breakfast recipes!
1. The Andhra Dibba Roti
TBI reader Vijaya Venkatesh submitted this recipe as part of a contest. The method won not just the competition but also our hearts.
2 cups Kodo/Varagu Millet
1 cup Urad Dal
1/2 cup beaten Rice/Poha/Aval
1.5 teaspoon Salt
1 tablespoon oil for making each roti
1 tablespoon grated Ginger
2 finely chopped Green Chillies
10 chopped Curry Leaves
1 finely chopped onion
1 cup finely chopped coriander leaves
1 teaspoon Jeera
Wash and soak millet, dal and poha separately for two hours. Using a blender, first grind the dal till fluffy. Grind the millet with just 2 tbsp of water to a fine Rava consistency. Grind poha finely. Mix everything. Let the batter be thick.
Add salt and ferment for 6-8 hours or overnight.
Heat the curved pan (ilupachatti). Mix spices and other things with the batter.
Spread a tbsp of oil. Then pour 3-4 ladles of batter. Cover with a lid and cook on low heat for 10 minutes.
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Cook till you get a crust base. Carefully flip and cook the other side for another 6-8 minutes or till the batter is cooked well from the inside – which you can tell via a toothpick test. There is no need to cover after flipping the side.
Serve with sambar/chutney.
2. Ragi/Finger Millet Vermicelli Upma
15-year-old Arka Pudota manages a YouTube channel featuring delicious Millet/ ragi recipes. From Ragi Paniyaram (or Paddu) to Upma, he has uploaded over 20 recipes on his channel. We love his ragi vermicelli upma and here’s how you can cook it too!
PS: if you are curious about Arka and wish to read about his culinary journey, follow this link.
3. Ragi Chocolate Milkshake
Do you, like yours truly, avoid a full meal for breakfast because you’re always running late? Well, we are guilty of skipping the most important meal, but we need not deprive ourselves of the nutrition any more. A millet chocolate milkshake is all we need to get going!
2 tablespoons of finger millet/ ragi flour
2 cups of milk which is boiled, cooled and chilled
Sugar (or brown sugar) to taste
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 cup of water
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Add the ragi flour, cocoa powder and water in a saucepan and whisk the mixture well. Heat the saucepan and cook the mixture on a low flame. Keep stirring to avoid lumps. When you see it getting consistent and thick, you’ll know that the mixture is cooked well.
Once cool, add the mixture to a mixer. Add the milk, sugar and vanilla essence. Blend well and serve chilled!
4. Millet dosa
Want to whip up a quick and healthy breakfast before work? Try this ready to make ragi dosa batter. All you have to do is heat a pan, spread a teaspoon of oil on it before adding the mixture.
What’s the best part? It comes in healthy flavours like beet and spinach. Also, the batter is free of artificial colours and preservatives! There you go, a hassle-free breakfast to start your day with!
And it goes super well with some pickle. Do try it out!
5. Millet Pidi Kozhukattai.
Yet another wonderful recipe by our reader, Vidya Srinivasan! This South Indian dumpling is as tasty as it is healthy.
1 cup Kodo millet
Salt as needed
1 tbsp of curd (Optional)
1 cup + ½ cups of water
A generous pinch of Asafoetida
1 tbsp of coconut oil
¼ tsp of mustard seeds
½ tsp of cumin seeds
3 small green chillis (adjust according to your taste)
1 inch of ginger
A few coriander leaves
A few curry leaves
Wash the Kodo millet and strain it in a colander. Spread it on a towel and let it dry for an hour. When it is completely dry, grind it coarsely.
Grind all the ingredients under ‘to grind’ with a little water.
Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard and cumin seeds.
Once they splutter, add water and bring to a boil.
As the water starts boiling, add curds, asafoetida, salt, and mix well.
Add the millet flour and stir until all the moisture evaporates and the millet is half-cooked. Sprinkle water as needed.
Switch off the heat and let it cool.
Form kozhukattai (dumplings) with the mixture when it cools a little.
Steam the dumplings in a steamer or idli stand for 8-10 minutes.
You can use little millet, foxtail, barnyard instead of Kodo.
You can use whole millet instead of ground. You can also grind it according to the texture of your preference.
You can add two tablespoons of coconut for extra taste
The upma dries up if kept for too long. Cover it with damp cloth/towel and if it dries out, sprinkle some hot water.
6. Chocolate millet pancake
Want to start your day with something you love eating? Try these chocolate millet pancake mixes. Much like dosa, you only have to spread the mixture on a pan and wait till the pancakes are cooked.
Pour some organic honey on them, and your breakfast is ready!
These are ours. If you have any more of such simple recipes, do share with us!
(Edited by Vinayak Hegde)