Healthy Indian Breakfast Dishes That You Can Whip Up In 20 Minutes 

Pancakes, waffles, french toast, devilled eggs – sure, we love starting our day with these treats, but every once in a while, our heart yearns for healthy Indian breakfast dishes that hit close to home. India boasts a wide array of breakfast dishes that celebrate its many regional tastes and flavors, and there’s no reason why you cannot whip up a breakfast fit for kings, even with a crunched schedule! Here are some healthy Indian breakfast dishes that you can fix in less than 20 minutes.

Rava Idli 

What rice cakes are to Japan, Idli is to India. We’re sure you have devoured steaming hot Idlis laced with dollops of butter before. But have you ever whipped up Idlis made of Rava? Rava Idlis are steamed cakes that are made using semolina, spices, vegetables, yogurt and a leavening agent. These healthy steamed cakes can be consumed with a side of coconut chutney or a spicy peanut-tomato chutney. 

Here’s how to make it. 

Dhokla With A Twist

We’re all fairly familiar with the soft, spongy, yellow pieces of heaven that our folks in Gujarat brought to life many years ago – Dhoklas! This legendary dish is made of a fermented batter consisting of rice and chickpeas. We, however, like to add a little twist to it! All you really need is flour, semolina, onions, tomatoes, chillies and a whole lot of love to cook up this ambrosial dish that you can’t have just once! 

Here’s how to make it.


Poha is one of the most popular breakfast dishes in India and is the epitome of healthy eating. It is made with red or white flattened rice and brought to life with herbs, spices and sometimes onions and potatoes for that extra ‘oomph’. Poha is one of the easiest and least time-consuming dishes to whip up that satiates your heart and gut all at once! 

Here’s how to make it. 

Sada/Masala Dosa 

Dosa was a thoughtful gift given to the whole world by Tuluva, Karnataka, and nobody can be thankful enough for this genius dish. Made with a fermented batter of rice and lentils and served with mouth-watering coconut chutney and sambar – Sada Dosa is as easy and quick as whip, pour, relish. There’s nothing quite like these ‘crepe-like’ wonders that are soft and crispy all at once.

Here’s how to make it. 

Rava Upma 

Upma, undeniably, tops the list of ‘quick and easy’ breakfast recipes. Making upma can make any newbie in the kitchen feel like a pro chef – that’s how undemanding this appetizing dish is. Upma is made using semolina, spices, herbs and veggies and prep time never exceeds the 20 minute mark. This delicious, nutrient rich dish can be eaten on-the-go and can be amped up with basic condiments that considerably spruce up its flavor! 

Here’s how to make it. 

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