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15 Incredible Indian Breakfasts for Weight Loss

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Indian breakfasts for weight loss –– sound unexpected? I was surprised too! But turns out India has some of the healthiest, most energising, low-fat, low-calorie vegetarian breakfasts out there!

We all know India as a nation of exciting, varied, and delicious cuisine, but who knew they had conquered breakfast too? And who knew you could eat these divine Indian breakfasts for weight loss purposes?

Healthy breakfast – Indian recipes for weight loss

These Indian breakfasts for weight loss might not contain what you expect of a breakfast food. There’s no sugary cereal, pastries or buttered toast here!

We are talking about serious vegetable stews, curries, savoury dosa served with chutney, even savoury oatmeal. For a run-through of traditional breakfast dishes from various states, check out this article.

While a western palette may not be accustomed to such an array of flavours first thing in the morning, when you see the health benefits (and experience the deliciousness), you’ll be wondering why you ever ate anything else!

Weighing up the options

What low-calorie Indian breakfasts can help you on your weight loss journey? Let me talk you through some of the traditional breakfasts that make the cut when it comes to eating Indian breakfasts for weight loss.

You may already be familiar with dosa.

Dosas are thin crepes made from a fermented batter of lentils and rice. They are usually served with chutney, sambar ( a lentil and vegetable stew), or curried potatoes.

Because the fermentation process takes a long time, we have found recipes that skip the fermentation and use less traditional ingredients to make equally delicious, healthy dosa. Check out this delicious quinoa dosa recipe!

Overnight soaking is involved, but you can do that in your sleep (literally!) and it is well worth it, as the dosa comes together quickly in the morning for a nutritious, filling breakfast!

Is dosa good for weight loss? Yes! Dosa is a great Indian breakfast for weight loss, because, thanks to the batter being made from lentils/another high protein grain or pulse, they have high protein and low fat content.

Another popular Indian breakfast for weight loss is idli. Idli is a soft & fluffy steamed cake made of fermented rice & lentil batter. Like dosa, they are also served with chutney or sambar.

They are also low in fat, partly thanks to being cooked by steaming!

The last dish I will introduce you to before letting you get on with discovering Indian breakfast recipes for weight loss is upma.

Upma is a kind of porridge usually made from semolina. It is prepared with many spices, such as ginger, cumin, and chilli, and served mixed with vegetables.

This is just a flavour of the healthy Indian breakfasts on offer – just wait until you get to dhokla and besan chilla! We hope you enjoy trying them all!

If you are interested in more Indian recipes, check out these vegetarian Indian recipes. If weight loss is your main goal, we have plenty more weight loss recipes to help you on the way!

Ready in: 15 minutes
Recipe by: SpiceCravings
Bonus: satisfying, flavoursome, nutritious
123 calories per serving

Egg Bhurji, also known as Anda Bhurji, is a popular Indian street food and a wonderful breakfast, lunch or dinner recipe. Tomatoes, onions, assorted veggies, ginger and warm Indian spices transform plain scrambled eggs into a satisfying meal that’s ready in 15 minutes!

Savoury Masala Oatmeal

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Ready in: 25 minutes
Recipe by: PipingPotCurry
Bonus: fragrant, healthy, filling
198 calories per serving

Masala Oats is a savory oatmeal breakfast porridge cooked with lots of vegetables and aromatic Indian spices. A healthy & delicious vegan low-calorie Indian breakfast recipe.

Ragi Ravi Idli

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Ready in: 15 minutes
Recipe by: BlendWithSpices
Bonus: soft, tasty, versatile
76 calories per serving

Soft, healthy, quick, and delicious South Indian Ragi Idli made with finger millet flour, semolina and yogurt. A great Indian breakfast idea for weight loss.

Leek and Tofu Sabzi

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Ready in: 20 minutes
Recipe by: TheFlavourBells
Bonus: delicious, easy, healthy
108 calories per serving

Healthy leek and scrambled tofu sabzi is super easy, delicious, and is a perfect way to add proteins to your breakfast diet.

Quinoa Oat Dosa

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Ready in: 1 hour prep & cook + overnight soaking
Recipe by: PipingPotCurry
Bonus: versatile, delicious, gluten-free
103 calories per serving

Quinoa Dosa is a healthy twist to the delicious South Indian dosa. With no rice and no fermentation, this crispy quinoa dosa is my go-to recipe for a quick south Indian meal.

Vegetable Upma

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Ready in: 40 minutes
Recipe by: RachnaCooks
Bonus: flavourful, nutritious, tasty
253 calories per serving

This delicious upma recipe is a popular breakfast in India. This version uses broken wheat, which has a nice texture and is very healthy, making this a delicious low-calorie Indian breakfast for weight loss.

Ready in: 40 minutes
Recipe by: Mrishtanna
Bonus: nutritious, warming, filling
123 calories per serving

Dalia Khichdi is a nutritious one-pot low calorie indian breakfast. The addition of vegetables and spices enhances the flavor of the khichdi recipe and makes it tempting to eat all day long!

Simple Idli Recipe

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Ready in: 20 minutes cook and prep + overnight soaking
Recipe by: RachnaCooks
Bonus: fluffy, versatile, nutritious
110 calories per serving

Idlis are a favoured Indian breakfast that is delicious, healthy and very nutritious. I have shared tips in this post to make superb soft spongy idlis at home.

Ready in: 17 minutes
Recipe by: TheBellyRulesTheMind
Bonus: healthy, filling, energising
378 calories per serving

Lapsi, a delicious and nutrient-rich Indian sweet made with cracked wheat or bulgar, ghee, nuts, and raisins. Traditionally served as a dessert or side but this makes a perfect whole grain breakfast that can be meal prepped ahead of time. Instant Pot Video Recipe + Stove Top option included. Can be made vegan too.

Bathua Paratha (Flatbread)

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Ready in: 50 minutes
Recipe by: VegBuffet
Bonus: healthy, full of greens, filling
188 calories per serving

Bathua Paratha is one of the most popular parathas (flat-breads) of Indian cuisine. I believe we all wait for winters to show as we get amazing choices of greens to include in our daily meals.

Sabudana Khichdi

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Ready in: 25 minutes cook and prep + overnight soaking
Recipe by: ThisThatMore
Bonus: fragrant, gluten-free, delicious
141 calories per serving

Sabudana Khichdi (or Tapioca Pearls or Sago) is a popular Indian dish that is Vegan & Gluten-Free and is usually served for breakfast. This Khichdi/Pilaf is made with Tapioca Pearls (or Sago), Potatoes, Peanuts, Herbs, and Spices.

Ready in: 1 hour (30 minutes prep)
Recipe by: SpicyTamarind
Bonus: flavourful, gluten-free, vegan
60 calories per serving

Ade dose is a healthy, protein-rich, low GI, power-packed savoury crepes that are absolutely delicious. These vegan, gluten-free crepes are made mainly with lentils which are a powerhouse of nutrition.

Ragi Malt Drink

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Ready in: 10 minutes
Recipe by: RachnaCooks
Bonus: versatile, cooling, tasty
203 calories per serving

Ragi malt is also known as ragi ambli in Karnataka. It is a super healthy drink that is easy to make. It helps keep the body cool and helps in weight loss.

Instant Khaman Dhokla

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Ready in: 45 minutes
Recipe by: ThisThatMore
Bonus: fluffy, healthy, simple
143 calories per serving

Instant Khaman Dhokla is a savoury cake that is steamed and is light, soft & fluffy. This is a healthy snack that can be made in under 30 minutes in an Instant Pot. This is made with Gram Flour & Spices along with some tempering.

Chickpea Flour Pancakes

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Ready in: 10 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: protein-packed, healthy, nutritious
253 calories per serving

A savory pancake begging to be eaten with pickles and chutneys or yogurts and cream. East meets West with this beautiful, wonderfully healthy dish.

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5 from 2 votes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian
Time 10 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 pancakes
Calories 253kcal

Ingredients

Optional

  • ½ tsp chili flakes (I highly recommend this)
  • 1 bell pepper, red
  • ½ cup peas

Instructions

  • Add the flour, water, turmeric, salt, pepper and chili flakes (if using) to a mixing bowl and give it a quick blend using a food processor or blender. Leave it to settle for a few minutes while you heat up the oil or ghee in a non-stick pan. The batter needs to look very runny!
  • Dice the veggies finely and add them to the mixture.
  • Use a tissue or similar (a spray oil would work wonders here) to ensure the bottom of the pan is coated well in oil.
  • Add about a ladle of the mixture and veggies when the pan is hot – a medium heat should be just right.
  • Cook for about 3 minutes – the mixture will quickly start to firm. If you’re using two pans, you can make two pancakes at the same time.
  • Make sure you use a large pan (or pans) here, you’re aiming for thin pancakes. They’re MUCH easier to handle!
  • Use a large spatula to help you flip the pancakes, adding more oil underneath if necessary. After another 2-3 minutes your pancake will be ready!
  • Keep it somewhere warm while you repeat with the second pancake, adding more oil when necessary.
  • Done! Add your desired toppings and enjoy. Remember – it’s important to eat these pancakes warm – don’t let them get cold!

Serving suggestions:

  • Any chutneys (red onion is a favourite of ours) yogurt dip, hummus, avocado, guacamole, Branston Pickle (if you can find it where you are it goes incredibly well!).

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
15 Incredible Indian Breakfasts for Weight Loss
Serving Size
 
142 g
Amount per Serving
Calories
253
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
10.1
g
16
%
Saturated Fat
 
1.3
g
8
%
Sodium
 
307
mg
13
%
Potassium
 
514
mg
15
%
Carbohydrates
 
33.8
g
11
%
Fiber
 
9.4
g
39
%
Sugar
 
6.4
g
7
%
Protein
 
10.1
g
20
%
Vitamin A
 
650
IU
13
%
Vitamin C
 
45.4
mg
55
%
Calcium
 
70
mg
7
%
Iron
 
3.6
mg
20
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

So now you know that if you are looking for a healthy breakfast Indian recipes for weight loss are where it’s at! Let us know which Indian breakfast for weight loss you enjoyed most in the comments!

About Dave

From the UK to Germany with many stops along the way. Food without meat is the best type of food. And I plan to share it!

This article has been medically reviewed by James Bell

Healthy, nutritious and absurdly tasty food? That’s what I’m all about. I love recipes which are full of flavour but are good for you too. My job in family medicine led me to become a nutrition professional as well, with an aim to get people healthier just by the food they eat.

2 comments

  1. 5 stars
    Nowadays, because of the busy schedule, many people are skipping breakfast. However, it is important to know that breakfast is an important meal. Thank you for sharing these breakfast recipes. Bathua Paratha (Flatbread) and Instant Khaman Dhokla are particularly amazing. Keep sharing such information.

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