Well, we aren’t being biased, but when it comes to world cuisines, there is no other like Indian delicacies. Be it the amazing north Indian chicken tikka or the south Indian masala dosa, the Rajasthani dal bati or the Bengal special sandesh, all these flavours have an identity of their own and are finger-licking good.
But, along with being delicious, most of them are very high in calories too. Although we know that this list might be a big bummer for most, it’s still important to know all about what we are eating. So, here we have a list of 18 such popular Indian breakfasts that are extremely yummy but unhealthy.
1. Pav bhaji
One of the most popular street food as well as breakfast items, pav bhaji is a staple delicacy that is jam-packed with calories and fats. The pav is dipped in butter to give it that amazing crunch and lovely taste. And if this wasn’t enough, big blobs of butter are also put in the bhaji just before serving it. Thus, having a plain toast brown bread with bhaji (without butter, we mean) is a better option.
2. Bread butter
Made out of flour (maida) and drenched in butter that is only a bag of calories, this tasty but unhealthy and common breakfast is a silent weight increaser. Instead, make yourself a healthy and vegetable-packed sandwich made out of brown whole-wheat bread.
3. Vada pav
One of the most common breakfast items in Pune and Mumbai, this yummy food is rather unhealthy. A fried potato vada inside a maida bun gives you just taste and around 300 calories, but no benefit. Having some steamed and sautéed veggies with a salad dressing is much healthier.
Deep-fried kachoris filled with potatoes or pulses are also a popular breakfast in the north. They are mostly enjoyed with a nice cup of tea or spicy aloo sabzi and chutney. But, the deep-frying only adds more calories, about 190 each. Having a plate of vegetable poha or chiwda (rice puffs) is a much healthier choice.
5. Fried omelettes
An omelette made with whisked eggs that are partially fried in a pan with lots of refined oil, certainly isn’t a healthy thing to eat first thing in the morning. Having poached eggs, plain omelettes or scrambled eggs without oil or a hint of olive oil will do your health more justice.
6. Poori chole/aloo
Served with either aloo ki bhaji or with chole, pooris are one of the most popular breakfast items in the country. But again, having deep fried pooris with potatoes isn’t the best idea right in the morning. Once in a while (read month) is great, but certainly not every alternate day or even every week. Try eating aloo bhaji with chapatis as a healthier option.
7. Sabudana vada
Even though sabudana is a very healthy thing to eat, frying it into vadas isn’t. Mostly used as the main food during fasts, it is better to have it in the form of baked vadas or sabudana khichdi with peanuts, veggies and coriander.
8. Stuffed paranthas
Stuffed paranthas, fried in oil and topped with butter taste as delicious as they sound (and look), but when it comes to the health-o-meter, they are one of the unhealthiest things you can eat in the morning. Instead, eating the same stuffed parantha in the form of a baked or plain stuffed roti is a healthy breakfast that kick starts your day in the best and most energetic way possible.
9. Medu vada
A popular south Indian delicacy, medu vadas are fried dal vadas and because they are made out of dal, they are considered healthy. But in reality, the black gram lentil that it is made of, is difficult for the body to break down first thing in the morning and along with this, it is also deep-fried. Having moong daal baked vadas or idlis is a better alternative.
13. French toast
Eggs, either boiled or scrambled, itself are very healthy to have as breakfast, but dipping bread in them and then deep-frying certainly is not. Instead, toast some brown bread, make the egg of your choice separately without oil, and enjoy it with fresh homemade juice. That will give you a healthy, wholesome and power-packed breakfast.