Aren’t you bored of eating those plain old sandwiches and cereals for breakfast? Do not worry we have got it all sorted. From buttery paranthas of Amritsar, crispy hot kachoris with aloo sabzi from UP and cholle bhature in Punjab, there is nothing like a big fat North Indian breakfast.
Mornings can be stressful but if you can spare a few minutes then you can devour on the delicious and delightful north Indian breakfast.
So, we have prepared a list of most popular north Indian breakfast options to make it easier for you to decide. Do not wait and start scrolling this list for easy to make breakfast dishes, you know you want too…
Here is a list of 11 most popular and lip-smacking North Indian breakfast you must try-
1. Aloo poori
Aloo poori is one of the most eaten breakfasts across northern parts of India. The pooris are made with whole wheat flour and then deep-fried to make crispy and golden coloured pooris. The pooris are mostly eaten with a potato curry or aloo ki sabzi which is spicy and has a tomato gravy.
Since the meal has both aloo ki sabzi and pooris and they are served together so it is known as aloo poori. In Maharashtra, aloo poori is known as poori bhaji. The potato curry is a bit dry in southern India as compared to the gravy version in North India.
One can also enjoy puri with different cholle varieties as well like- Amritsari cholle, aloo cholle, dry cholle, chickpea curry etc.
Different variants of poori that can also be eaten for breakfast are-
- Dal poori- poori made with moong dal and served with aloo sabzi.
- Palak poori- pooris made using spinach for the health-conscious people.
- Beetroot poori- another healthy version of poori that is perfect for the winter season.
The combination of halwa poori is also very famous in Northern India.
Poha is a dish that is prepared almost in every household in India. Although a Maharashtrian speciality, the dish is quite famous in Northern India. The dish is made using flattened rice which is made by flattening the rice into dry and light flakes. Poha is a healthy breakfast option and is super easy to make. The flattened rice is soaked in water using a colander. Then oil is heated on a flame to sautee vegetables. You can add any vegetables you like, onions, tomatoes, capsicum, carrots and peas. Then add spices and curry leaves to the vegetables. Lastly, add the soaked poha and the poha is ready.
Try this dish if you are in a hurry and need a healthy and filling breakfast option.
3. Aloo parantha
Aloo parantha is an Indian flatbread that is a favourite of every north Indian especially Punjabis. The word parantha is derived from word parat meaning layers and aata denoting potatoes.
The paranthas are made by whole wheat flour which is stuffed with boiled potato filling and spices. Then the parantha is prepared on a pan using ghee or oil.
Be it a kid or an adult everyone loves aloo parantha, especially when it’s loaded with utterly butterly delicious butter. This meal tastes best when served with curd or pickle.
Different types of paranthas that are also eaten in breakfast are-
- Gobi Parantha
- Paneer parantha
- Onion Parantha
- Dal Parantha
- Ajwain parantha
- Mooli parantha
4. Bread Pakoda
Bread pakoda is a delicious breakfast option which is made using bread slices stuffed with boiled potato stuffing. The bread is then dipped in a mixture of besan and spices. It is then deep-fried until crisp and golden brown. The bread pakodas are served with tangy tamarind chutney and mint chutney. Also, bread pakodas can have a variety of fillings like- potato, paneer or just simple bread pakoda without any filling.
There are many similar recipes to bread pakoda that is eaten for breakfast like-
- Bread rolls
- Paneer pakodas
- Aloo pakodas
- Paneer bread rolls
- Onion pakodas
5. Cholle Bhature
Cholle bhature is one of the most famous north Indian dishes which is eaten as breakfast or as brunch. Bhature are soft, crispy and fluffy which are served with a piping hot and spicy chickpea curry. Cholle bhature and lassi makes the most heavenly combination that one can imagine.
The bhaturas are made with all-purpose flour and are deep-fried in oil making them greasy and fluffy. You can also serve cholle bhature with green chilli pickles and onions on the side.
Kachoris are famous not only on northern parts of India but all across the country. The flaky kachoris are made with a spicy stuffing of lentils and are deep-fried to perfection. They are usually served with potato curry and spicy chutneys.
Pair these with hot tea and make the most amazing combination for a rainy day. Kachoris can also be eaten with chickpea curry and chutneys instead of aloo ki sabzi.
Variants of kachoris that are also loved by north Indians are-
- Moong daal kachori
- Masala Kachori
- Baked kachori
- Sweet kachori
- Matar ki kachori
7. Moong dal cheela with paneer stuffing
It is a savoury pancake-like dish which is made of lentils. Cheela is considered as a vegetarian omelette in India. A batter is prepared using moong daal in which chopped vegetables are added. Then the batter is spread using a ladle, like a pancake and cooked from both sides. You can fill the cheela with about a spoonful of paneer stuffing after cooking it in the pan.
The paneer and lentils make this dish super healthy and rich in proteins. The cheela tastes best when served with tamarind chutney, mint chutney and tomato ketchup.
The other variants of cheela you could also try for breakfast are-
- Besan cheela- this cheela is made using gram flour, spices and chopped vegetables.
- Oats cheela- Nutrient-rich cheela made with oats and veggies.
- Rava cheela- made using Rava, vegetables and spices.
- Aate ka meetha cheela- a sweet cheela, just like pancakes. It is made with whole wheat flour making it super healthy and delicious.
8. Masala omelette
It is easy to make breakfast idea using ingredients that are already available in your pantry. Masala omelette is quite famous and is made using eggs, veggies, chilli and spices. The eggs are whisked in a bowl and then veggies and spices are added to them. It is then cooked on a pan from both the sides till it is done.
The omelette is usually eaten with tomato ketchup and can be found easily on almost every street in India. Other variants of omelette are- cheese omelette, Maggi omelette, chicken omelette and French omelette.
Jalebis are hot, crispy, sweet and has a huge fan following all over India. Jalebis are quite common as breakfast and are a delight when dipped in rich rabri. They are dressed up with saffron and are orangey and spiral-shaped. Jalebis are made with maida and are deep-fried in ghee. They are then dipped in sugar syrup giving them their traditional orange and sticky appearance.
Nihari is a popular meat-based dish mainly shank meat, beef, lamb, mutton along with bone marrow. To get the best flavours the meat is cooked on slow heat. Nihari contains a lot of aromatic spices, garam masala, cloves, cardamom and chilli etc. The dish is served with kulcha and is famous in Lucknow and Delhi.
11. Paneer Bhurji
Bhurji means scrambled and paneer is cottage cheese. It is a popular north Indian breakfast recipe and is made by crumbled paneer. The crumbled paneer is added to sauteed onions, tomatoes and spices to make it a mouth-watering breakfast dish. Besides paneer bhurji, egg bhurji or anda bhurji is very popular. For a vegan option, you can use tofu instead of paneer.
Few paneer recipes that you can also try for breakfast are-
- Matar paneer bhurji
- Tawa paneer masala
- Paneer tikka
- Kadhai paneer
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It can either make or break your day. It is important to have a filling breakfast to keep you active and running throughout the day.
So, put on your chef hats and try these delicious north Indian breakfast dishes right now!