Breakfast – My Heaviest Meal Of The Day

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for me. I complete my cycling or workout at the gym in the morning and cook something to eat before I head to work. I prefer to keep my brekkie healthy but it purely depends on my mood. Since I acquired the interest in cooking since 2008, I have slowly progressed to cooking different food I have observed from travelling to a few countries in the world and from the internet. Yes, I tend to be very experimental and most of the time prefer tweaking recipes to suit my tastes and preferences. I have stopped frequenting my visits to restaurants as eating out has become expensive and most importantly because of my passion in cooking. Cooking gives me a lot of happiness. Over the years, I inculcated the habit of baking too. I am definitely not a great cook or baker but it definitely gives me satisfaction and am happy about it.

Here is today’s breakfast

Sunday Breakfast by PritishSocial

Usual Aval Upma Recipe

  1. Clean and wash aval (a.k.a Poha) thoroughly in water.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, add peanuts, chana dal, urad dal and fry till golden, add mustard, cumin and hing.
  3. Add onions and curry leaves.
  4. Add tomato and sprinkle turmeric and salt.
  5. Add Aval and coconut.
  6. Add lemon juice and coriander leaves.

My Aval Upma Recipe

  1. Clean and wash aval (a.k.a Poha) thoroughly in water.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, urad dal and fry till golden, add mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
  3. Add onions.
  4. Add Peas.
  5. Add Aval.
  6. Sprinkle turmeric and salt.
  7. Add Coriander leaves.

You can make Aval Upma with ingredients of your choice as your palette can be different to others.

Today’s breakfast, as seen in the picture, are:

  1. Aval Upma
  2. Cut strawberries, apples, carrots, and grapes from Bigbasket.com
  3. Mulberry Yoghurt (Greek) from Epigamia
  4. Milk Coffee

I must confess that I hated eating Yoghurt for most of my life. But in 2008, when I started eating flavoured yoghurts from Müller.

Brief History about Müller

Theobald Alfons Müller, a Bavarian from Deutschland (Germany in English), took over his father’s business in 1971 with just 4 employees. Within 2 decades, Müller built an empire and and their business grew exponentially after setting up their operations in the UK in 1987.

Am happy to share this history briefly because Müller has influenced me tremendously and successfully made me eat yoghurts. If you’d give me just Müller’s yoghurts and desserts and nothing else to eat in a day, I would still be really happy. When I lived in the UK, I consumed only Müller’s yoghurts. Thanks to Tesco because that is where I came across Müller first.

Real Story – How Müller helped me overcome a terrible habit of mine

For nearly 25 years, I had a huge problem i.e. sitting in front of someone and seeing them eat curd rice or even yoghurt. I come from a community where people eat curd/yoghurt as their staple food, and they use their fingers in a manner that is comfortable for them but disgusting for me. It was just with curd/yoghurt and not any other dish I must indicate. While I was studying at school, one day during lunch time, I sat alongside my classmates to eat our meal. And there was one classmate who opened her box of curd rice and I immediately puked. It is the smell and look of it that made me puke and feel uncomfortable. Then, I only hoped this habit should slowly die and hopefully never be indefinite. Because, I was struggling to sit and eat a meal with my dad, who too eats curd rice at the end. Again, for many years, I finished my meal as early as possible so I do not get to see him or mom eat curd/yoghurt. I always ate curd rice only when I was sick and even today, I have the habit of only eating it when my mother prepares it. So Müller came to me a blessing in disguise and helped me to a large extent to ward off this terrible habit of mine.

Real Story – How Veer helped me realise the importance of having breakfasts

When I arrived in Cardiff, UK, in 2008, to study MBA at University of Wales Institute Cardiff, Mr Veeraraghavan Sampath an awesome chap picked me up from the bus station and took me straight to his house and hosted me for a couple of days until I found an accommodation. On that day, his first advice to me was “No matter what, you must eat your breakfast daily, it must be a heavy meal.” It is by far one of the best advices he gave and even today I religiously follow it. The reasons he told me that were because 1) I would spend most of the day at the university. 2) It is expensive for a foreign student to spend outside all the time and that most of us must be careful with spending money. 3) Best to cook on our own as there are less chance to fall sick. And he added “no matter what people think about this, do not take it personal.” When you enter a foreign land, and you hear advices from experienced people, it speaks volumes.

Here are a few photos of my breakfasts in the past

Brekkie by PritishSocial

Chicken Salad Recipe – Easy To Make

Ingredients used:

  1. Jalapeños – Chopped
  2. Red Peppers – Chopped
  3. Green Peppers – Chopped
  4. Boneless Chicken Cooked, grilled and chopped
  5. Black Olives – Chopped
  6. Cheese and Chilli Sandwich Spread – To Mix with Veggies and Chicken
  7. Olive Oil – To Drizzle
  8. Milk (Optional) – 2 tbsp

Thanks to @snehasood Her recipe of Italian Tangy Egg inspired me a lot that I ended up preparing it for breakfast today. However, due to lack of right ingredients, I tweaked to make with the ingredients available to match it to hers. My recipe will be up soon on foodeebuddee.com a personalised food platform. I normally like to try most breakfast experiments with bread and today was no exception. I toasted multi wheat grain baguette to go with this tangy mixture. It tasted so nice with and without the bread. And most of my breakfasts isn't complete without Cuppa filter coffee. Honestly, it was a scrumptious breakfast but can't eat this daily as it is a bit spicy and I have been eating bland food for the last 8 years. Watch this space for the recipe. #cooking #breakfast #PritishSocial #iphone #foodgasm #foodporn #foodcoma #foodstagram #instalife #foodlover #foodie #foodpics #foodeebuddee #foodblogger #bangalorefoodies #india

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The first time I tasted a Crêpe was during a visit to Camden Town in London. There, my friend and I ate a Crêpe with Nutella and Cognac. The experience was astonishing and I instantly fell in love with this dish. Once I started preparing crêpes, I have experimented with sweet and savoury ingredients. 

I love Sausages and Sunny Side-ups for breakfast. Homemade Chocolate Spread (instead of Nutella) on toasts is a great combination here and to have for breakfast if you have a sugar rush. 

I like the English Breakfast served at Ants Cafe in Bangalore, India

I love my sumptuous and scrumptious English Breakfast. Whenever I miss living in England, I either go to a restaurant to eat English food or make some for myself at home. I love Britain, the British food and culture, and most important the British themselves. British cuisine is a combination of quality local ingredients matched with simple sauces to accentuate flavour. The British cuisine is known for its high tea, fish and chips, Christmas dinner, and a full breakfast besides meaty dishes including the shepherds pie and a Sunday roast. Bangers and mash is one of the famous British dishes. #English #breakfast #foodpics #foodie #england #bangalorefoodies #bangalore #foodcoma #foodgasm #foodstagram #foodlover #fooddiary #foodforfoodies #sausages #toasts #bacon #eggscramble #bakedbeans

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Plain Dosa or Masala Dosa with Chunteys & Sambar is one my all time favourite Breakfasts

I fell in love with Pretzel while living in Germany

Garlic Bread and Crunchy Lettuce was one of my favourite breakfast combinations

I once fell in love with Portobello Mushrooms and our relationship grew fondly

Once upon a time, Cheese was part of my daily breakfast or most of my meals of the day. Every Sunday, I visited a Cheese Shop, tasted few cheese and purchased what I liked the most. This was merely a routine.

This is one of my all time favourite breakfast – Idli, Vada and Chutneys

#idli #vada #chutney #sambar #southindian #food #kumbakonam #foodporn #picoftheday #instagram #instamoment #webstagram #food

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Want To Lose Weight?

12 Best Foods To Eat In The Morning:

Greek Yoghurt has become a part of my daily breakfast and has helped me lose weight. Epigamia in India sells the finest Greek Yoghurts and comes in different flavours.

What are your favourite breakfasts? What do you usually eat for breakfast? Comment below and share your stories too. Feel free to share your blogs too (if any).

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Prahlad says:

    Quite a list there! Would like to try some of the recipes which you’ve mentioned.

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    1. Pritish Soundararajan says:

      Feel free to share photos/recipes of your breakfasts too.

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