11 Quick Breakfast Ideas Ready in Under 30 Minutes

by Rachna

Breakfast is that time of the day when everything is rushed. Whether you are a professional or a stay-at-home mum, this is the time when you are rushing to make something nutritious, tasty and filling and it is no easy task, trust me. It requires careful planning, grocery shopping, meal preparation in advance to execute quality breakfast day in and day out. As someone who still enjoys cooking on my own and is not super efficient like so many organized people around me, I manage to handle this aspect quite well. Here are my 11 quick breakfast ideas that are ready in under 30 minutes and really come in very handy in the mornings:

1. Eggs

Eggs are not only a fantastic source of protein, but make for filling, wholesome meals. I have them regularly over weekdays. Anda paratha or egg paratha is an absolute favourite, very filling and tasty. Here is the recipe of anda paratha with a video. Scrambled eggs or egg bhurji are another favourite, that is quick and delicious to make. Mushroom omlette is a super quick way to have tasty eggs. And for Sunday brunches, you can try this tasty Shakshuka. If you like eggs, we have you covered.

scrambled egss egg bhurji

Pro Tip:

Always cooks the eggs soft, when overcooked they taste chewy and not so nice. Adding a bit of milk or grated cheese to eggs makes them softer.

2. Upma:

I make upma with either whole grains (millet or broken wheat) or with vermicelli. Both are pretty delicious. Here is the recipe of millet upma and barley upma. Cooking it in pressure cooker works really well. Vermicelli upma is a favourite with the kids. Using roasted vermicelli really cuts down the cooking time to almost nothing. Here is the recipe. This is a recipe of veg upma made with broken wheat.

how to make upma

Pro Tip:

Upma can be very healthy when made with lots of veggies and whole grains.

3. Poha:

Poha is a complete balanced and light breakfast. Goes really well in the lunchbox too. Here is my favourite recipe of Aloo poha. I also tried making it healthier with bajra flakes and that was pretty tasty too.

Pro Tip:

Always use peanuts as they are the protein element in this dish.

4. Sabudana Khichdi:

This simple fasting food is a filling and tasty breakfast idea. If you’ve soaked your sabudana at night, you can make this in no time for the morning. If you want a fluffy sabudana khichdi, try my recipe here. There is a video too.

how to make sabudana khichdi

Pro Tip:

Soak your sabudana as given in my recipe to get it perfect every time.

5. Adais and Indian crepes:

Lentil dosas are bursting with nutrition. And they don’t need fermentation too. If you have soaked your lentil and rice in the night. All you need to do is blend with a few spices and you have tasty dosas that are very wholesome. Here is my adai recipe. Rava dosa and ragi dosa are great for breakfast too. Even quicker is besan or gramflour cheela. Add grated cheese to increase its appeal. Here is my besan cheela recipe.

adai

Pro Tip:

You can make a huge variety by varying the lentils/bases you use. You can also make crepes of soaked moong dals or whole sprouted moong beans.

6. Idlis and dosas:

These require fermented batter. You can buy the readymade batter too. Quickly steam for healthy idlis or make dosas. Pair them with a peanut-coconut chutney for taste and nutrition. They go well in the lunchbox too.

Pro Tip:

I prefer to pack sambar along with these so I boil and keep the dal in the fridge. Boil the veggies that will go in the dal at night too. Then just mix them with the spices and give a tadka in the morning for instant sambar.

7. Overnight Oats:

I prefer using steel cut oats or rolled oats for their nutrition. These are super simple to make. Just soak them in the night with yoghurt and you have a great breakfast in the morning. Here are two delicious overnight oats recipes you can try. Kids love them too.

Pro Tip:

Do not use instant oats. They are super processed and are not very healthy.

8. Paneer bhurji:

This scrambled paneer dish is ready in 10 minutes if you have ready paneer. Pair it with plain parathas or even toasted whole wheat bread for a quick, nutritious breakfast. It goes really well in the lunchbox too.

paneer bhurji

Pro tip:

Keep chopped tomatoes, onions, green chillies and coriander leaves in your fridge. You will be surprised with how many dishes you can quickly make with these.

9. Stuffed Parathas:

Whether it is aloo paratha or veggie stuffed parathas, these are healthy, nutritious and super tasty. You must have ready dough in the fridge along with the prepared filling to get these out quickly. Just add salt and spices to the filling. Roll out these delicious parathas. Serve with pickle and curd or dal and pickle. I pack them for lunchboxes too. Here is my recipe for methi paratha, cabbage paratha, gobhi paratha, mooli paratha, avocado paratha, jaggery sesame paratha, spinach paratha.

methi thepla

Pro Tip:

I use just plain wholewheat flour with water to make my dough. You can grate the filling and keep at night. Just don’t add salt as that will release water.

10. Leftover rice recipes:

This is my favourite for rushed mornings. Here in the South, I’ve learnt so many beautiful rice variations. From tomato rice, tamarind rice to lemon rice, I love them all. I also make egg fried rice that the kids love. These take no time to make if you have cooked and cooled rice with you. To make it a complete meal, serve with curd or a boiled egg.

tomato rice recipe

Pro Tip:

Using small grained rice like sona masoori that are less starchy and hold their shape is the key to making good quality rice recipes with fluffy rice.

11. Liquid breakfast:

Sometimes, we are heading out to a meeting or woke up late and have no time to cook anything. If you have some sattu at hand or some ragi with you, you can have a wonderful and filling liquid breakfast in 5 minutes. Yes, sometimes we need those as well. Here is my super simple recipe of sattu drink and ragi ambli. Try them if you’ve never done it so far. This is my recipe for avocado banana smoothie that is quick and healthy pick me up.

banana and avocado smoothie

Pro Tip:

Load up your smoothies with nuts, yoghurt or milk and things like dates for extra energy. Ragi and sattu are naturally very nutritious.

So there you have it. 11 breakfast ideas that you can have ready in under 30 minutes. Remember that your breakfast must be nutritionally balanced so have a good mix of proteins, carbohydrates and vitamins and minerals. Protein does keep you full for longer so having things like eggs, curd, nuts like peanuts, lentils and pulses, dairy like milk, paneer, cheese is good for you. Nutritious and delicious. Let me know in the comments what is the regular breakfast that you have?

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Nabanita Dhar -

I just wish M starts eating different things so that I can make these for her. I have tried besan cheela but I never get the consistency right for the batter. Sigh!

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Rachna -

Besan cheela is the easiest thing to make, Naba. Batter should not be too thick or too runny. Also chop the veggies really finely even onion and tomato.

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Obsessivemom -

This is such a comprehensive breakfast guide. If I do one every day I’ll still have options left over at the end of the week. That thought makes me happy.

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Rachna -

Exactly! I am going to do a post on meal planning. It may seem daunting but it is so easy and it would be just perfect for any person to manage meals after that.

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Kala Ravi -

What to make? Biggest headache while cooking! I love and make all the recipes you’ve shared Rachna, except the liquid breakfast which I hope to try soon. My son loves oats so most mornings its oats woth milk and almonds/banana for him. Hubby and I enjoy traditional Indian recipes that you’ve shared. Pohas and parathas are really so quick and easy so I make them often. Then of course if batter is ready, nothing like idli, dosa. This post will be a really helpful reckoner to plan the first meal of the day.

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Rachna -

Yep oats are a lifesaver with kids and so are cornflakes. I love muesli too sometimes for breakfast. I plan the meals and it makes cooking them so much easier, not to mention grocery shopping.

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Lata Sunil -

Thank you for this wonderful post. I love all the breakfast ideas.

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Rachna -

Glad you liked it, Lata.

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Shailaja Vishwanath -

I make all of these except for the eggs and the liquid breakfasts. Have never thought of burji as a breakfast dish! Must try that. Such a useful list, Rachna.

Recently chalked out a 14-recipe breakfast plan 😀 It’s come in so handy. You’re right about planning making things easier on us as working moms or stay-at-home moms.

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Rachna -

hehe Really Bhurji is the perfect breakfast dish. 🙂 I do so much of cooking, I am not kidding. And it is planning that keeps me sane. Glad that you are investing so much thought into food now.

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Vinodini -

These are normally the items on our breakfast menu. I guess it has a lot to do with being south-Indian. My favorites are Poha and lentil dosas. I also love the variety of egg dishes you have mentioned.

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Rachna -

I have shared ideas from all cuisines actually. 🙂 Good to know that you have a lot of variety in your breakfast.

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Soumya -

Oh this is a treasure trove, Rachna! Since I am someone who cooks both breakfast and lunch in the mornings before leaving for work, this comes so handy for me!

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Suzy -

Yum. I love most of them particularly the sabudana kichdi though I haven’t eaten it for many years now and I haven’t tried paneer bhurji but it looks delicious.

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Anamika Agnihotri -

Vermicelli upma, Poha and suji Upma are my favourite breakfast dishes. They are easy to make and loading them with lots of veggies makes them healthy. I also like besan cheela because it takes even lesses preparation time. I once saw a tip on your blog or FB page about placing a lid over the cheela pan and since then this is the practice I follow religiously, also because I add grated veggies to the besan batter.
This list is useful for me because it has given me new ideas such as Saabu dana khichdi and dalia upma.

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Rajlakshmi -

These are wonderful recipes and super easy to make as well. My husband and I cook most of them during weekends. I love peanuts with Poha… Love the crunchiness.

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rupam { xhobdo } -

Too good , Thanks for sharing 🙂

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Rachna -

Thank you

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Parul -

Absolutely loved this one. Where can I get the rolled oats? I get the Quaker ones.

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[email protected]Gun -

Wow these are some good breakfast options, I doo make sabudana khichdi, parathas and dosas often, sure to try the other recipes too.

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Rachna -

Thanks Pragun. Glad you found the post useful.

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