For working women preparing breakfast every day is a big headache since their minds get jumbled up into “what to cook today”. If they live alone they skip the morning meals and give excuses of running out of time. Preparing breakfast in just 10 minutes is possible if you are in so much of hurry. Here I share some of the recipes that are great in both taste as well as health and along with that could be served within 10 minutes (or less) if you do little preparation in advance, such as making the ingredients available whenever you need them.
1. Rava Masala Idlis –
1 cup roasted rava (semolina)
1 cup fat-free yogurt
1/2 cup water
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup finely chopped onions
1/4 cup finely chopped tomatoes
1 small green chilly finely chopped
1/4 cup coriander leaves finely chopped (optional)
Salt as per taste
Mix the rava and yogurt properly and carefully add water to make a semi-solid batter. Keep this aside for 15 minutes. Now add the onions, tomatoes, green chillies and coriander leaves and mix properly. Now add salt and baking soda and mix everything really well. Grease the idly maker and fill it with the batter with appropriate quantity. Steam for 10 minutes straight in a high flame. Make sure that the water used for steaming is high enough to sustain for 10 minutes and doesn’t empty before it’s time. Now take out the idlis and serve with chutney, pickle, tomato ketchup or left over sambhar.
2. Broken Wheat, Oats and Apple Porridge –
1/4 cup broken wheat
1/4 cup rolled oats
1 cup apple cubes
1 cup milk
2 tbsp butter or ghee
1/4 cup sugar or jaggery or honey
Take a pressure cooker and heat the butter to melt it. Add broken wheat and sauté for three minutes in a medium flame. Now add rolled oats and sauté for two more minutes. The flame is kept medium at this point as well. Stir the mixture constantly. Now add milk and mix everything well. Close the lid of pressure cooker and cook for up to 2 whistles. Put off the flame and allow the steam to escape from inside. Now open the lid and add apple cubes and sugar. Mix everything well and serve hot.
3. Cheese and Celery Sandwich –
8 bread slices
1/4 cup cheese spread (approx.)
1 tbsp finely chopped celery
4 lettuce leaves
1 large tomato cut into thin slices
2 spring onions with greens
salt and pepper to taste
Take one slice of bread and spread a thin layer of cheese onto it. Now put 1 leaf of lettuce, 1 slice of tomato, very few amount of celery (celery needs to be used in four sandwiches so requires equal division, you do the math!), and spring onions with greens. Now sprinkle the salt and pepper. Put another slice of bread to make a sandwich. Repeat the steps to make 3 more sandwiches.
4. Masala Omelette –
2 raw chicken eggs (preferably organic)
1/2 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1 small green chilly finely chopped
1 tsp butter or ghee or olive oil
few pinches black pepper powder
salt as per taste
Take a medium sized bowl and crack the eggs into it. Beat them well and then add all the remaining ingredients. Take a frying non-stick pan and melt the butter into it. Make sure that the pan becomes greasy at every corner. Now spill and spread the mixture properly over the pan. Keep the medium flame. This is kept in this position until it seems cooked at the base, or the color turns into light brown. Now turn it upside down and cook it in high flame for 30 to 60 seconds. Turn off the flame and serve. You may optionally have it with brown breads.
5. Date and Apple Milk Shake –
1 large apple chopped
10 black dates (de-seeded and chopped finely)
4 cups low fat milk (preferably chilled)
few drops of vanilla essence
ice cubes (optional)
Soak the dates in 1/2 cup of milk. Keep this aside for 20 minutes. Now blend all the ingredients into a liquidizer (including soaked dates) and fill this into 4 different glasses in equal quantity.
You may try all of these by making a specific recipe each day. You won’t get bored now since you don’t need to eat the same thing over and over again every single day. You are free to do mix and match with the ingredients. For instance, if you don’t have spring onions for your sandwich, use the regular sliced onions. You may also try sliced boiled eggs or poached one or bull’s eye egg or bacon in-between the two bread slices. Try some other fruit with the date milkshake such as banana, strawberries, blueberries, papaya, sapodilla (chiku), etc. You may also try small amount of onion and garlic in your masala omelette along with the chopped tomatoes and onions. The point is follow your own instincts and you will get a new idea for a healthy breakfast.