Why isn’t your breakfast a foodventure?
<p>Imagine that I gave you exactly the same dinner every day. It could be simple or it could be complicated. It could be the same two subzis with roti every night. Or it could be tandoori chicken and dal Bukhara night after night.<br /> <br /> I am willing to bet that after the first week you would rise up in revolt and demand some variety. What kind of bore, you would ask, eats the same thing for dinner every single day?<br /> <br /> Now, consider what you have for breakfast. In the west, most people have exactly the same breakfast every single day. People who like eggs, have them every day. The French have coffee and a croissant every morning. And those in a hurry have a bowl of cereal with milk before they rush off to work.<br /> <br /> And yet, the same people, if asked to eat the same dinner every night, would protest angrily.<br /> <br /> This should tell you something. We regard breakfast as no more than a chore, a meal without variety or excitement.<br /> <br /> Why should this be so?<br /> <br /> Why can't we add a little adventure to our breakfasts?<br /> <br /> I always say that Indians are at a huge advantage when it comes to breakfast. In Europe, they eat the same bakery product and in America, they eat the same egg dishes. But Indians have access to a wide variety of breakfast options.<br /> <br /> Even when we want to eat an egg, we are not restricted to the boring western versions. We can spice up our omelettes with chillies, onions and tomatoes. We can make delicious anda bhurji. Or we can make the classic Kerala egg roast, a semi-gravy dish with boiled eggs.<br /> <br /> But we don't have to restrict ourselves to eggs. We can have fluffy idlis, hot medu vadas, crisp masala dosas, or fragrant upma, if we want to take the South Indian route. If we sample the cuisines of western India, we can have khattay aloo with pooris, hot jalebis with gaanthiya, theplas or crisp masala pooris.<br /> <br /> And there's a whole range of other options ranging from aloo paranthas with a little white butter to pav keema to kickstart your day. That's one reason why Indian food offers so much more variety than other cuisines. It's because India encompasses so many different regions and each has its own distinctive style of cooking.<br /> <br /> So treat breakfast as an adventure. Eat something different every day. Don't be boring like people in the west and eat the same old rubbish day after day.<br /> <br /> You are lucky to have been born an Indian; luckier still to have access to such a variety of cuisines. Don't throw away your advantages and copy the French or the Americans.<br /> <br /> All Indian cuisine is an adventure. And that adventure begins at breakfast.<br /> <br /> </p>
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