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Start your day the right way with these 7 high-protein desi breakfast dishes

Looking for desi breakfast ideas that are high in protein content? Here are seven quintessential Indian dishes you can try.
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Yes, some people do eat parathas for their Karwa Chauth sargi. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Shreya Gupta Published: 19 Jan 2021, 17:33 pm IST
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Our parents have always told us that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and even nutritionists agree! There’s no doubt that skipping your breakfast is a big no-no but having the right breakfast is equally critical. Including healthy foods in the first meal of the day provides your body with essential nutrients and minerals first thing in the morning. 

Needless to say, proteins are an essential feature of a healthy breakfast but the Indian diet is usually extremely heavy on carbohydrates. Hence, one might find it tough to incorporate proteins in their diet. To make your breakfast decisions easier, we’ve brought you 7 desi protein-rich breakfast ideas:

1. Dalia

Dalia is high in dietary fibre and protein. Apart from providing with a dose of energy right in the morning, it can also help with weight management in the long term. What’s more, you can try different ways to cook it.

2. Sprouts salad

Sprouts salad is not only tasty but also a good way to add dietary fibre and protein to your daily diet. In addition, it makes for a light breakfast. What’s more, it also contains vitamins and minerals that can add a good punch of flavour and health to your breakfast.

3. Egg or paneer bhurji

Paneer or egg bhurji is a protein-packed dish that should be included more in your breakfast! You can give your own twist to the bhurji by adding vegetables or extra green chilli for enhancing the taste.

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This paneer bhurji delight is absolutely drool-worthy. Image courtesty: Shutterstock
4. Oats idli/uttapam

If making regular idlis or uttapam is a task for you, then try to prepare these South Indian dishes with oats. Not only are oats healthy and rich in protein but also very easy to cook! You can turn your breakfast into a treat with this wholesome superfood!

5. Poha

One of the most famous breakfast options all across the nation, poha has everything that you can ask for. It is light on your stomach but filling enough to keep the hunger pangs away for hours. Moreover, it is also rich in carbs, proteins, fibre, and fats. You can add some peanuts to it to push up the protein content.

6. Chilla

If you are going to make chilla, you need to know it’s too versatile and comes with multiple options! You can make chilla using besan, moong daal, suji or oats. All these ingredients are healthy but taste different. What’s more, these ingredients score high in the protein department!

This moong dal chilla will rescue you from your dinner-time hunger pangs.
This moong dal chilla will rescue you from your hunger pangs. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
7. Upma

Upma is quick and easy to prepare but a wholesome option for breakfast. It’s a good source of energy that can help you stay active all day long!

Make these dishes a regular part of your breakfast to add some much-needed protein to your diet!

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Finding nirvana in good food, Shreya also loves reading books and is a die-hard Potterhead. Confident and motivated she's fun to be with. Plus food. Always. ...Read More

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