For many of us, traditional breakfast foods include waffles, pancakes, and fruit smoothies. While those are great, there are other options that are beyond worth incorporating into your culinary ambitions! Ranging from various types of cakes, fritters, and flatbreads, these Indian-inspired options are among the best out there to start your day.

Here are 15 delicious Indian-inspired breakfast recipes from our Food Monster App that everyone should give a try!


1. Mushroom Paniyaram: Indian Steamed Savory Cakes

Source: Mushroom Paniyaram: Indian Steamed Savory Cakes

Paniyaram is an Indian dish made from a lentil and rice batter that is steamed in pan with circular molds. You can use the mushroom masala that goes in this paniyaram as a side for roti or rice. Also, you can use any of your favorite veggies instead of mushrooms. This dish by Srividhya Manikandan is ideal for packing for lunch or anytime you need an easy meal to grab!

2. Bondas: South Indian Sweet Potato Fritter

Source: Bondas: South Indian Sweet Potato Fritter

These sweet potato bondas by Rinku Bhattacharya are soft, well-seasoned mashed sweet potatoes that are dunked in a chickpea batter and fried to crisp perfection. The crunch on the outside combined with the soft savory inside make this dish irresistible. They are a perfect appetizer or side dish for any meal.


3. Indian Potato Patties

Source: Indian Potato Patties

These potato patties by Joyce Gan are a delicious snack or addition to the dinner table. They are soft and savory, with a slight kick from traditional Indian spices. Best part is that they’re really easy to make.

4. Pudla: Indian Spinach Pancakes With Chili Yogurt

Source: Pudla: Indian Spinach Pancakes With Chili Yogurt

Pudla are a type of traditional Indian savory pancakes, usually containing just chickpea flour, yogurt, and spices, which makes them a perfectly simple, healthy, and versatile meal. Here, a handful of spinach and finely chopped onions are thrown into the mix and they’re served with spiced yogurt and crunchy radishes. They are best served thin and hot, right off the stove, although they can also be eaten cold. Try this recipe by Mira Manek.


5. Lentil Dumplings: Savory Indian Donuts

Source: Lentil Dumplings: Savory Indian Donuts

These lentil dumplings by Anupa Joseph are a delicious and satisfying Indian dish, infused with aromatic spices and tons of flavor. Adding the rice flour to the mixture helps to make them crispy.


6. Baked Sabudana Vada: Indian Tapioca Fritters

Source: Baked Sabudana Vada: Indian Tapioca Fritters

Sabudana is a delicious deep-fried snack that is popular in Maharashtra, India that is made from soaked sabudana (tapioca pearls), boiled and mashed potatoes, coarsely crushed peanuts, and a few spices. The fritters are a little spicy and somewhat sweet- everything you want in one snack! They are quite filling and will keep your tummy and soul sorted and satisfied until your next meal. Freda Dias put together a delicious recipe of them for you to enjoy.

7. Kale Chane Poori: Spicy Black Chickpeas in Flatbread

Source: Kale Chane Poori: Spicy Black Chickpeas in Flatbread

Kale Chane Poori is traditional Indian dish most commonly served in the northern part of the country. The Kale Chane is a hearty mixture of black chick peas, vibrant spices, and a hint of spice from the chilies. This mixture is then served with the poori which is an addictively tasty fried bread. Anupama Paliwal created a delicious version of this.


8. Naan Bread

Source: Naan Bread

Homemade naan is generally cooked in a cast iron skillet or a non-stick pan. It does miss out the charred flavor of the clay oven but is soft and very tender, blistered here and there and very delicious. It goes very well with soups, curries and Indian-style curry dishes with gravies. Give this Naan Bread by Namita Tiwari and you won’t be disappointed.

9. Obi Non: Uzbek Flatbread

Source: Obi Non: Uzbek Flatbread

Obi Non is a kind of flat bread popular in Afghan, Tajik and Uzbek cuisine. It can be likened to naan because it is shaped like a disc and while it’s comparatively thicker than most of the naan you’ll encounter, it has the same texture and flavor that characterize the Indian staple. This recipe by Srividhya Manikandan is perfect to become your next breakfast dish.

10. Paratha: Potato-Cauliflower Stuffed Flatbread

Source: Paratha: Potato-Cauliflower Stuffed Flatbread

Paratha is an Indian flat bread that is stuffed with a savory filling. This bread is crispy on the outside and filled with a potato and cauliflower filling that is bursting with flavor and spices. It makes for a great snack or a quick lunch on the go. Nele Liivlaid offers you this delicious recipe.

11. Air Fryer Indian Potato Bread Rolls

Source: Air Fryer Indian Potato Bread Rolls

These Bread Rolls stuffed with a spicy potato mixture are a scrumptious and delicious Indian snack, and are made healthier since they are baked (in the air fryer ) rather than deep-frying. Enjoy these rolls by Freda Dias without any guilt!

12. Curried Chickpea Dosas

Source: Curried Chickpea Dosas

These light and delicious Indian-inspired Curried Chickpea Dosas are filled with an incredibly flavorful, yet simple chickpea curry. Created by Cora Matheson, these are very easy to make with minimal and inexpensive ingredients — budget-friendly eating at its finest! Make this meal for your next culinary adventure and delight your taste buds.

13. Instant Pot Idlis (Steamed Rice Lentil Cakes) with Coconut Chutney

Source: Instant Pot Idlis (Steamed Rice Lentil Cakes) with Coconut Chutney

A traditional south Indian breakfast, idlis are a steamed rice lentil cake. They are traditionally made by fermenting rice and lentils. Once you have the batter made, these idlis can be on the table in 15 minutes! For this recipe you do need an instant pot and an idli stand, which you can find at an Indian grocery store or online. This recipe from Vegetarian Indian Cooking with Your Instant Pot will make enough batter for two batches – you can store the batter in the fridge for three to four days!

14. Soft Idli From Scratch

Source: Soft Idli From Scratch

Idlis are steamed rice cakes made by steaming a fermented batter of rice and lentils! It is perfect with a spicy chutney, piping hot sambar, or some coffee. Have this South Indian dish by Freda Dias as a snack or even as breakfast!

15. Idlies: Soft Steamed Rice and Lentil Cakes

Source: Idlies: Soft Steamed Rice and Lentil Cakes

A classic relatively light steamed rice and lentil cake that is a popular breakfast item on Indian tables. Idlies are served with fresh coconut chutney and or a light lentils stew called sambhar. Idlies are made with a naturally fermented sourdough batter, that can be also used for dosas and uthapams. In short, a very versatile and useful batter. This Idlies recipe by Rinku Bhattacharya makes for the perfect Indian breakfast dish.

We hope you give these great breakfast dishes a try and we know you won’t be disappointed. For more delicious recipes, download our Food Monster App where we have over 15,000 vegan and allergy-friendly recipes!

Lead Image Source: Instant Pot Idlis (Steamed Rice Lentil Cakes) with Coconut Chutney