The Great Indian Breakfast

While travelling by train one may find amazing breakfast at nearby stalls and teawallas (tea seller). During a stopover at a railway station, in the early mornings one could smell of pakoda and chutney or kachudi and aaloo sabzi makes your mouth water. The smell is so intoxicating and too much of a temptation to resist. Of course followed by a well-brewed cup of tea in an earthen cup can be the most gratifying meal of the day.

Children begging their mommies to stop feeding there overstuffed bellies with greasy parathas are a common sight in middle class Indian households. Indian mothers are good at stuffing their child's belly with heavy ghee parathas, vegetables, glass of milk and fruits and more could follow if only they had more time in hand.

In Northern India, Roti and sabzi is a daily breakfast menu and sometimes maybe an aloo (Potato) paratha or mooli (Radish) paratha followed by a glass of milk for child alternatively tea for the elderly. The Punjabi's like to eat heavy breakfast and chole bhature is a local favourite. Ghee being the favorite between the Punjabi's is used in bountiful over roti and sabzi alike.

chole bhature

South Indian households on the other hand like to keep their stomachs heavily laden with dosa(rice roti) and sambar or coconut chutney and brewed black coffee to go with.

In the eastern region be it Bihar, Jharkhand or West Bengal, have a common liking for Basi Bhat (Day old cooked rice Rice) with water a dash of salt and green chilly. One may call it a poor man's food, however it is a delicacy for many.

Another daily nuclear family breakfast is toasted white bread with butter or jam. Scrambled, boiled or poached eggs followed with a glass of milk.

The calorie count in a daily breakfast is a concept never been heard off?

In the western countries, people eat food by means of calculating their daily calorie intake. In fact they wisely calculate fat, fiber, protein and carbohydrates and vitamins in their diet.

Whereas in India the concept of a heavy breakfast flourishes as one needs to have his belly full in order to keep the mind and body working through out the day. The more oil and ghee the child eats, "the better my child will perform in class" is the thinking of an average Indian mother. Also, another funny concept of, 'Mera Beta khate peete ghar ka lagna chahiye" is taken too seriously by Indians.

With the commercial advertisements of cornflakes, diet conscious Indians have became more aware of their breakfast requirements. There are interesting variants such as fruit and cornflakes, dry fruit and cornflake, extra crunchy flakes. The big brands are trying to replace the Indian breakfast of roti and sabzi. But the possibility lies far because the cost of these few grams of corn flakes is much higher than a kilo of wheat you can purchase to make Indian bread i.e. roti. More and more variants for breakfast are entering the Indian market such as granola bars, fiber biscuits and musili (generous mix oats, wheat flakes, bran).

Breakfast is most definitely the important meal of the day. The more energy giving food one eats the better they perform. The idea is technically right, though it is practically forgotten that different body type needs different portions of food. Say for example the breakfast of a loader or rickshaw puller would require good dose of fat and carbohydrates whereas that of a software executive would be moderate amount of fat and carbohydrates. Also the food requirement of a child varies from that of an adult.

Who dares stop the Indian mother from smothering ghee on roti?

The Great Indian Ma likes to display her love for the child by pouring ton's of ghee on food. So whichever region one may go in India, a truly heavy breakfast is awaited.

Written and Edited by Ozg India Editorial Team