6 Healthy summer breakfast recipes – Asian inspired

Breakfast, the most important meal of the day. Many people aspire to eat healthy and want to enjoy their breakfast without feeling guilty about it. You’ll find that the healthiest of breakfasts are the dishes that contain lots of fruits and grains. These recipes will include a colourful variety of different breakfasts from Asia for a special treat. You can even add some extra seasoning and spices in order to add more flavour. Please enjoy making these just as much as I have!

Oats dosa

Oats dosa, an Indian dish classed as a crêpe. Essentially, it’s a small thin pancake which Is simple & easy to cook. You may have tried making a dosa using rice and urad dal but how about trying oats? This recipe is not only a tasty treat but also helps you lose weight & also helps lower cholesterol levels in your blood.  

Ingredients list:

oat flour - 3/4 cup

boiled water -2 cups

salt to taste (optional)

oil for deep-frying the dosa.

Time to cook: 25 minutes

 

Recipe:

  1. Boil 3/4 cup of oats until cooked and keep aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Grind the oat flour into a fine paste with salt to taste using little water (the consistency should be like thin dosa batter).
  3. Place this batter in a vessel and leave it for 10 minutes before you start making dosas. If the batter is too thick, add some boiled water. This is so the dosa’s batter is more consistent; otherwise, it will not make thin dosases.
  4. Heat oil on a stovetop in a pan and pour around 1/2 teaspoon of oil into the tava(griddle).
  5. Pour around 1/2 cup of the oat batter into the tava(griddle) and let it spread itself evenly on top.
  6. Using a ladle pour some oil around the dosa so that it cooks uniformly and turns crispy on both sides. Do not flip more than twice else it will cook like a fried dosa.
  7. Remove with a spatula, serve homemade oat dosas hot! 1 dosa = 2 serving

 

Cabbage pakoras

Another Indian speciality dish that is light and healthy. These fritters are filled with cottage cheese instead of the usual mashed lentils. Are you looking for a quick and easy snack? Cabbage Pakora is just the one for you. Very simple to make, this dish can be served in about 10 minutes. It makes an ideal evening teatime snack or even a delicious starter for your dinner. You must try it!

 (Serves 4)

Ingredient’s list:

1 cup grated cabbage

2 potatoes (boiled and peeled) -chopped

1 green chilli- chopped

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

For seasoning:

quarter teaspoon pepper powder

half teaspoon jeera powder  

quarter teaspoon coriander powder

salt to taste 1/4 cup

1 gram of flour

2 large eggs –

whisked 3 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves oil for deep-frying

Time to cook: 25 minutes  

Recipe:

  1. Make a fine paste with cabbage, potatoes and green chilli in a grinder. Add salt and seasoning, mix well and keep aside.
  2. Take the gram flour in a bowl. Add egg and coriander leaves to it. Mix very well so that there are no lumps left.
  3. When you are ready to start making pakoras, heat oil on medium flame in an iron kadai (pan).
  4. Now take small portions from the mixture, put them into the prepared batter and roll them into round shapes like vadas.
  5. Deep-fry or shallow fry them until crisp & golden brown from both sides.

 

Nutritious porridge

Going back to a more traditional breakfast. Nutritious porridge is a healthy alternate to breakfast cereals also known as "power breakfasts", oats can do wonders for your body if used in the right quantities. Oats are great for cholesterol control because they lower the LDL, or bad cholesterol.

In order to make a nutritious porridge, you need 1 cup of oats along with 1 cup of milk and 2 tbsp of raisins. Make sure you use water that has been boiled but not very hot. Add salt to taste and cook this mixture on low flame till it turns soft and fluffy! You can add sugar if you like but remember to keep the quantity minimal!

Ingredients:

Oats -1 cup (lightly roasted)

water- 1/2 cup

Milk-1/2 cup

Raisins-

2 tbsp Salt to taste

Sugar as required(optional)

Time to cook- 2hrs 25 minutes 

Recipe:

  1. Mix oats and milk in a bowl and pour water into it. Let the mixture soak for 2 hours so that the oats get soft.  
  2. Pour this mixture into a pressure cooker along with raisins, salt to taste and sugar if you wish to add any in it. Cook the mixture on low flame for about 5 whistles till steam comes out of its vent.  
  3. Serve hot! When you eat porridge, make sure that you have baked or boiled

 

Healthy avocado toast

This recipe is a great source of protein and fibre. It is high in fats, but they are 'good' fats that help lower cholesterol levels. Spread the bread with some unsalted butter or olive oil and add fresh basil, salt, pepper and chopped tomatoes to it before spreading on mashed avocados and sprinkling some pepper powder on top.

Ingredients:

2 bread slices avocado-

1 small Tomato-

1/4  cup Pepper powder to taste

Salt as required

Fresh basil leaves- (chopped)

Unsalted butter-1 tsp.

Olive oil -1 tsp

Time to cook- 10 minutes

Recipe:

  1. To make the Avocado mixture, take a bowl and mash the Avocados with a fork till it becomes creamy. Add pepper powder to taste, salt and chopped basil leaves.  
  2. Heat some olive oil in a pan and toast both the bread slices on both sides till they turn golden brown colour.  
  1. Spread butter or olive oil on these toasted bread slices, followed by mashed avocados evenly from top to bottom. Sprinkle pepper powder as per your taste over the avocado mixtures. Top this up with finely chopped tomatoes. Serve hot!

Poha

Western Indian breakfast dish & a tasty treat. This is an excellent recipe for Weight Watchers, as it contains very little fat and a lot of good carbohydrates. Switch from rice to poha, when the weather heats up. Add some sweetness to it by stirring in some honey or jaggery before serving this dish.

Ingredients:

Poha- 2 cups

Water- 3 cups

Sugar or Jaggery- 1/2 cup

Salt to taste

1 Chopped onion

Chopped curry leaves

Time to cook - 8 minutes

Recipe:

  1. Take a pan add olive oil. Add your chopped onions & curry leaves.
  2. Take a second pan and dry roast the poha in it at low flame for about 3 minutes till its aroma comes out.     
  3. Add water into this roasted mixture and let it cook on medium flame till the water turns completely absorbed by it. Mix well from time to time while cooking to avoid sticking of any lumps on the bottom of the pan (if any).     
  4. Now add sugar or jaggery into this mixture, bring it to boil and allow it to thicken for another 5 minutes before serving hot! Make sure you do not mix too
  5. Finally add your chopped onions & curry leaves. Mix well & serve.

 

Phoa recipe

 

Besan masala dosa

Try making this healthy breakfast that keeps you fuller longer! The besan gets cooked well with a hint of butter ghee and adds nutty flavour to the dosa. Spicy sprouts chutney compliments dosa well. 

ingredients:

1 cup besan (preferably roasted)

3/4 cup rice flour

1 tsp turmeric powder

Salt to taste

Water as required 

Ghee- 2 tsp

Red chili powder -2 tbsp

Cumin seeds- 1/3 tsp

Coriander leaves -1 tbsp (finely chopped)

Finely chopped tomato –

1 tbsp Oil for cooking

Time to cook- 25 minutes

Recipe:  

  1. Add besan, rice flour, turmeric powder, salt and water in a bowl to prepare batter. The consistency of the batter should be slightly thick so that it should not pour out from the Greased tawa completely. Make sure you do not add more water than required as this will make dosas too soft. The thickness of the batter depends on your personal taste and preference, but I would suggest 2-3 tbsp extra water for each of this recipe)
  2. Heat ghee in a pan on medium flame till it gets heated up enough to fry the dosas. Pour little oil or ghee (we need very little as we are going to cook dosa on both sides) over the surface of the hot tawa to avoid sticking of dosa. Place a rounded ladle full of batter on the greased surface and spread it evenly to make a round thin dosa (this is like making idlis).       
  3. Cook for 1-2 minutes till brown spots appear over the dosa. Turn the other side and cook for another minute or till it turns golden brown. Keep flipping dosa few times so that its cooked well from each side. Remove from flame and allow it cool slightly before removing into serving platter with the help of a spatula. Repeat with remaining batter to make more dosas.    Serve hot Masala Sprouts Bhaji: Sprouts are rich in proteins,