20 Easy to Make Indian Breakfast Recipes for Kids

BREAKFAST RECIPES FOR KIDS

Kids who eat breakfast tend to make healthier choices when it comes to food in general and have more energy to burn, making them more likely to take part in different activities. Those who do not eat any breakfast tend to become hungry by mid-morning, and as a result, tend to snack on other things or overeat at lunchtime, resulting in weight issues. This means that breakfast helps keep your child’s weight in check.

The trick is to utilize some kid-friendly breakfast ideas that will allow you to serve them the same meals, but in different ways as kids can get quite bored of eating the same thing every day.

Indian Breakfast Ideas and Recipes for Children

Here we have a list of 20 nutritious breakfast recipes for kids, from delicious Maharashtrian breakfast recipes for kids to breakfast ideas for toddlers:

1. Chopped Dosa Masala

Dosas are made with rice and urad daal, making it a complete meal for vegetarians. Giving your children dosas for breakfast is nabbing a whole flock of birds with one delicious stone. But what if your kid gets fed up with the same old? Give them this chopped up dosa masala mix for a change and see how they like it.

Ingredients 

  • 2-3 Thick, spongy dosas, chopped
  • Fine chop: 2 onions, 2 tomatoes,1 green capsicum
  • 3 teaspoons of oil
  • Half a teaspoon of red chilli powder
  • Half a teaspoon of garam masala
  • Salt to taste

How To Prepare

  • The onions must be fried in oil till they turn golden
  • Add the tomatoes, chilli powder, garam masala and salt.
  • Once the mixture turns soft and mushy, add the capsicum. Make sure to not cook the capsicum completely so that it remains crunchy.
  • Add the chopped dosa pieces and mix until everything is completely coated with the masala.

2. Carrot Uttapam

Carrots are high in fibre and are very good for your eyes. Plus, they have that added bonus of being a very pretty orange colour and have a sweet taste.

CARROT UTTAPAM

Ingredients 

  • 2 finely chopped onions
  • 3 grated carrots
  • A few finely chopped coriander leaves
  • Oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Dosa Batter

How To Prepare

  • Except for the dosa batter, mix all the ingredients together and keep overnight to save time in the morning.
  • Heat up a non-stick pan and once it is hot enough, reduce the flame to medium heat.
  • Pour in the dosa batter and spread it around, but not too much as it needs to be spongy.
  • Once holes start appearing on top, sprinkle the vegetable mixture on top. Cover and cook for a few minutes.
  • Once the corners start to come loose, flip the uttapam over, sprinkling oil around it.
  • Remove from pan once cooked and serve with chutney or sambhar.

3. Veggie Stuffed Paratha

Parathas are loved by everyone, old and young. Even so, if you try giving it to your child with a plain old subji, it is probably not going to go down so well. Instead, stuffing the subji into the roti makes it delicious and more inviting to the young ones.

Ingredients

  • Cooked vegetable subji (dry)
  • 1 cup atta/whole wheat flour
  • Oil/ghee/butter
  • Dry flour for dusting
  • Salt to taste

How To Prepare

  • Add water to the flour and knead it into a soft dough
  • Cover the dough and set it aside
  • Take the cooked subji of choice and mash it with a potato masher
  • Make smaller balls out of the dough, and make smaller portions of the mashed subji to match the number of dough balls
  • Roll out the balls into flat circular disks with a rolling pin and dusting flour
  • Place the subji portion in the centre of the circle and cover it from all sides
  • Prepare all the portions in the same way
  • Take the prepared balls and gently roll them out, making sure to spread the filling around without ripping the dough.
  • Fry well on both sides on a hot non-stick tawa using oil/ghee/butter

4. Eggy Veggie Bread Strips

Easy and healthy, this recipe requires minimal effort from you. Just prepare it and allow your toddler to practice eating on her own.

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of brown bread
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup grated carrots, capsicums, onions and finely chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Oil/ghee
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How To Prepare

  • Mix together the vegetables, egg and milk until it is a runny consistency
  • Cut the bread into long and thin strips.
  • Heat up the oil in a pan. Dip the bread strips into the egg and vegetable mixture and then fry.
  • Once it is ready, cool and give to your toddler to feed herself.

5. Instant Oats Dosa

Oats are extremely strengthening, but sadly, most children do not enjoy eating them when prepared the same boring way. With this Instant Oats Dosa, your child will be gobbling it down, complaints forgotten.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup oats flour
  • 2 teaspoons rice flour
  • ¼ cup semolina
  • ½ cup curd
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onions
  • 1 ½ teaspoon finely chopped green chilli
  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped coriander
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Oil for cooking

How To Prepare 

  • Mix all the ingredients well with 1 cup water.
  • Heat a non-stick tawa and pour a ladle of batter into the pan. Spread it around the pan. Cook until golden brown on both sides.
  • Serve with green chutney.

6. Broken Wheat, Oats and Apple Porridge

Another delicious way to get your child to eat oats is to turn it into something that makes them think of dessert. Try out this broken wheat, oats and apple porridge for a nutrition-packed breakfast.

PORRIDGE

Ingredients

  • ¼ up dalia (broken wheat)
  • ¼ cup quick cooking rolled oats
  • 1 cup unpeeled apple cubes
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar

How To Prepare

  • Heat the butter in a pressure cooker and add the dalia.
  • Sauté on medium heat for three minutes.
  • Add the oats and sauté for another two minutes, stirring continuously.
  • Add the milk along with one cup of water and pressure cook for about 2 whistles
  • Let the steam escape first before opening.
  • Add the sugar and the apples while the mixture is still hot. Mix well until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Serve warm.

7. Banana Walnut Pancakes

Pancakes are good, but banana pancakes are even better! Children love pancakes and utilizing them as a way of getting your kids to eat fruits is not only smart but scrumptious. You can always use different fruits to make it different for your kids every time.

Ingredients 

  • ¼ cup mashed banana
  • ½ cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons wheat bran
  • ½ cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons caster sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla essence
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 3 teaspoon butter to cook

How To Prepare

  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  • Add in ½ cup water and mix until there are no lumps in the mixture.
  • Divide the batter into six portions.
  • Heat a non-stick pan and pour in the batter into a circle.
  • Add ½ teaspoon of butter to the edges and cook each pancake until they are golden brown on each side.
  • Serve with bananas and drizzled honey while still hot.

8. Almond Banana Smoothie

Smoothies are great for those rushed mornings when you don’t have enough time to prepare anything healthy for your child. A lot of people believe that milk is a great source of calcium, but truthfully, processed milk has many harmful hormones injected into it. Replace milk with pancakes as a source of calcium for your children.

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons de-skinned and blanched almonds
  • 1 cup roughly chopped bananas
  • 1 ½ cup chilled milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 8 ice cubes

How To Prepare

  • Combine ½ cup of milk, bananas and almonds and blend well
  • Add the remaining milk, sugar, vanilla essence and 8 ice cubes
  • Serve and enjoy

9. Papaya Mango Smoothie

Another delicious smoothie for the books! Mangoes are very fibrous, and aids in digestion and papayas are packed with vitamins A and C.

PAPAYA MANGO SMOOTHIE

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups papaya pieces
  • 2 cups mango pieces
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

How To Prepare

  • Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Serve with ice

10. Grilled Banana Nutella Sandwich

Bananas are good for your heart, your eyes and your general overall health. Combine bananas with chocolate, and you have a winner in the eyes of your child.

Ingredients

  • 2 slices whole wheat bread
  • 1-2 tablespoons oil/butter
  • 3-4 tablespoons Nutella
  • 1 ripe banana

How To Prepare

  • Heat a skillet over medium heat.
  • Spread butter on the bread slices and Nutella on the inner.
  • Arrange the bananas on one side and then close.
  • Once the skillet is the nice and hot place the sandwich and press down. Grill on both sides until golden and crispy.
  • Slice and serve hot.

11. Curd Oats

A variation of the popular curd rice, this recipe uses oats instead, making it a healthier breakfast option for your child.

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup oats
  • Water and salt as needed
  • Pinch of Hing
  • 1 ½ cup curd
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds, ¼ teaspoon jeera seeds, 1 teaspoon urad daal
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • Coriander leaves
  • 2 tablespoons each of grated carrots and cucumbers
  • 2 to 3 green chillies, sliced

How To Prepare

  • Cook the oats with plenty of water and then let it cool completely.
  • Add the beaten curd, vegetables, salt and mix well.
  • Heat some oil in a pan and then add the mustard and cumin seeds. Once they begin to sizzle, add the urad daal and fry until the mix turns golden.
  • Add the curry leaves and chillies and sauté well. Take it off the flame and add the hing.
  • Pour this into the curd oats and mix well.

12. Idli Upma

Idlis are one of the most popular south Indian breakfast recipes for kids as they are easy to eat as finger food and are great with chutney on the side. Sadly, the leftovers are not appreciated as much because they can get pretty dry. Recycle your idlis into this delicious recipe.

Ingredients 

  • 6 to 8 idlis
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • Grated carrots
  • Green peas
  • 1 green chilli, slit
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 2 teaspoon channa daal
  • 1 teaspoon urad daal
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • Turmeric powder

How To Prepare

  • Leftover idlis are best as they will crumble better. Not to mention, it is a good way of finishing up the idlis while also providing your child with a healthy breakfast.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. Once they start popping, add the channa daal and urad daal and fry until golden.
  • Add curry leaves.
  • Add the onion, green chilli, grated carrots, peas and turmeric powder, and sauté until it begins to sweat. Do not let it brown.
  • Add the crumbled idlis. Mix well and add water if you feel it is too dry. Check for salt.
  • Serve hot

13. Bread Chaat

This is a fun way to get your kids to eat that pea dish you made that they didn’t really like. Turn it into a homemade version of the beloved street food, Chaat. Not only is this different, but more fun for your kids.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup peas of choice, ¼ cup pomegranate pearls
  • ½ cup yoghurt
  • Tamarind chutney
  • Green chutney
  • To sprinkle: roasted cumin powder, red chilli powder, chaat masala
  • A chopped handful of onions, tomatoes and cilantro
  • ½ cup sev/bhoondhi
  • Bread

How To Prepare

  • Pressure cook the peas with turmeric powder, salt, chilli powder, garam masala and tamarind
  • Prepare the green and tamarind chutney, beat yoghurt with salt and sugar, and toast the bread pieces
  • Arrange the bread pieces on a plate and pour the pressure cooked gravy over the top. Add the onions, tomatoes and cilantro. Pour a little tamarind and green chutney over it, and the yoghurt over that. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds, chaat masala, chilli powder and cumin powder, and finally, sprinkle the sev or bhoondhi over everything.

14. Jalapeno-Cheese Paratha

Another scrumptious stuffed paratha recipe, a favourite amongst north Indian breakfast recipes for kids, this one is a delightful mix of tangy jalapenos and a lot of cheesy goodness.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 cups grated cheese
  • ¼ cup jalapeno

How To Prepare 

  • Mix the flour, salt and water until it is a soft dough.
  • Making the filling: Mix the jalapenos and the cheese together and roll into six small balls
  • Divide the dough into six equal parts and roll into small balls. Roll them out with a rolling pin
  • Place a cheese and jalapeno ball in the centre and then pull the dough around to cover. Do this with all six and then set aside for ten minutes
  • Gently roll out the balls into flat disks
  • Fry on a tawa until cooked on both sides
  • Serve with butter or cream cheese

15. Whole Wheat Dosa

Whole wheat contains healthy fats, carbohydrates and proteins and helps to boost the metabolic rate of the body. We all know about making parathas with whole wheat flour, but have you ever tried a dosa made from the same?

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons fine rava
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ajwain
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ¼ cups of water
  • 4 tablespoons of oil

How To Prepare

  • Mix all the dry ingredients (flour, rava, salt, sugar, black pepper, baking soda, ajwain) together. Add water and mix until it is a smooth batter. The batter should not be too watery but should be of pouring consistency.
  • Use a non-stick pan over medium heat
  • Pour a ladleful of the batter into the pan and spread evenly.
  • When the batter starts to dry, smear a teaspoon of oil over it and cook it until it is golden brown. Flip it over and cook until golden brown
  • Wipe the pan down after every Dosa as this helps in frying the others properly.
  • Dosa is ready to be served with sambhar or chutney

16. Tumbler Idli

A type of idli that originated in Karnataka, the change in shape from the normal idli will have your child reaching for it out of curiosity.

Ingredients

  • Idli batter

How to Prepare

  • Take a large flat based vessel and fill it 3/4th with water.
  • Grease the tumblers with some oil
  • Fill them with the idli batter.
  • Place in the vessel for around 15 – 20 minutes. Serve hot with chutney and sambhar.

17. Palak Puri

Make like Popeye and feed your child spinach as often as you can as it is a rich source of minerals and vitamins. Of course, most children shy away from green leafy vegetables so try this method of sneaking it into their meal. There is also the added benefit of getting your child excited over a green puri. You can use beetroots to make them red or pink and carrots to make them orange.

PALAK PURI

Ingredients

  • 2 cups wheat flour
  • 500 grams washed spinach
  • 2-3 teaspoons clarified ghee/olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon green chilli paste
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • Oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Water

How To Prepare 

  • Chop the spinach and blanch it in hot water. Drain the water and blend the leaves into a paste
  • In a large bowl, mix together the flour, spinach paste, ginger paste, salt and green chilli paste. Add water and mix well.
  • Add the olive oil or ghee and knead thoroughly. Cover and set the dough and aside for ten minutes.
  • After ten minutes, knead the dough and make small balls out of it
  • On a floured surface, roll out the balls into small disks
  • In a deep pan, fry the puris and serve with chutney

18. Appam (Rice And Coconut Pancake)

This dish is very popular in Kerala as a healthy breakfast meal. It can be seen as a healthy version of pancakes.

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 cups of grated coconuts
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • ½ teaspoon yeast
  • Salt to taste

How To Prepare

  • Mix the coconut and the rice for six hours, or until the rice goes soft.
  • Add salt and sugar and mix. Add a little water to the mixture as needed and blend until smooth.
  • Add the yeast and blend for a while longer, until the batter is of dosa consistency
  • Refrigerate overnight, but leave it out in the morning as it should be room temperature to make the appams.
  • Heat a non-stick pan and add oil
  • Pour the batter and spread it across the pan
  • Let it cook on both sides and serve hot

19. Poha

Poha is prepared differently in the different states, but it is certainly considered a breakfast staple in most households as it is high in iron and carbohydrates. Adding vegetables to it turns it into a complete meal.

POHA

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups poha (flattened rice)
  • 1 finely chopped onion
  • 1 diced potato
  • 1 finely chopped carrot
  • 1 green chilli
  • 8-10 curry leaves
  • A handful of peanuts
  • ½ teaspoon chana daal, ½ teaspoon urad daal, ½ teaspoon mustard seeds, ½ teaspoon cumin seeds, ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

How To Prepare 

  • After washing the poha, let it sit for some time as this helps it to become soft.
  • Heat oil and add some peanuts. Once they are slightly fried, add the chana daal, urad daal, mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
  • Once they start to pop, add the green chillies and fry it a bit and then add the onions and curry leaves and cook until onions start to sweat.
  • Add the vegetables, salt and turmeric and sauté well for a minute
  • Cover and let it cook for eight to ten minutes
  • Once the veggies are soft, add the drained poha to it and mix well. Let it simmer for a few minutes. Add the lime juice and mix. Serve hot.

20. Rava Upma

Rava is made up of durum wheat, keeping you full for a longer period of time. It is great for boosting energy and so makes for a great breakfast dish to give your children before sending them off to work hard at school.

Ingredients 

  • 250gm rava
  • 650ml water
  • 75gm ghee
  • 5gm mustard seeds
  • 2gm black gram daal
  • 2gm Bengal gram daal
  • 100gm onions, sliced
  • 5gm green chillies, slit
  • 25gm cashew nuts
  • 2gm curry leaves salt
  • Garnishing: coriander leaves, freshly grated coconut

How To Prepare 

  • Boil some water. Heat a saucepan with some ghee and add mustard seeds. Once they make spluttering sounds, add the daal and mix until golden.
  • Add the onions, curry leaves, cashew nuts, and green chillies.
  • When the onions are translucent, add the rava and sauté
  • Add salt and the boiling water and stir quickly. You know the upma is cooked when the water is absorbed.
  • Mix well and garnish with the coconut and coriander leaves. Serve hot.

While children can be very fussy eaters, there are always ways to get them to become more interested in their food. Using fruits and vegetables in a smart way can make a big difference when it comes to your child’s diet. Children love colours, and so making use of the different colours that fruits and vegetables come in can really help make your children eat better.

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