Subtly acknowledging the cause behind veganism, let’s celebrate ‘World Vegan Day’ with some lip-smacking vegan breakfast recipes. Breakfast is inarguably the most important meal of the day. Starting it with an easy vegan substitute helps detox and boost your system for the rest of the day.
Breaking the concept that veganism is all about smoothies, one can explore vegan options in omelettes, poha, pancakes, salads, and oatmeal. Here are 4 vegan breakfast recipes* that must go down in your vegan recipe book.
*measured for an average person
1. Bread Poha
4 slices of white, brown, or multigrain bread cut into small square pieces
1 onion, finely chopped
1 tomato, finely chopped
3-4 Coriander leaves, finely chopped
2 Curry leaves
1 green chilly, chopped
1 teaspoon each- mustard seeds, sugar, turmeric powder, red chilly powder, cumin powder, coriander powder
A pinch of asafoetida (hing)
A pinch of salt
Two tablespoon refined sunflower or groundnut oil
Heat the oil in a kadhai and temper it in low flame with mustard seeds, curry leaves and hing. Add chopped onions and chilly and let them fry for less than a minute. Next, add chopped tomatoes, and fry it till the oil changes colour. Put in all the spices one by one and stir for aroma. Then, add the pieces of bread, sprinkle some water and mix well; add sugar, cover and let it cook for one minute. Add chopped coriander leaves, give it a final mix, and you’re done!
2. Chocolate Oatmeal
This is a scrumptious recipe for a super fun vegan breakfast!
1 cup of rolled oats
2 cups of almond or soy milk
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
Sugar (to taste)
Salt (a pinch)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon vegan chocolate chips (optional)
Put all the ingredients in a pot except the maple syrup and stir continuously. Simmer on low heat, keeping it covered for five minutes. Keep stirring in between. Stirring is essential to stop the formation of lumps. Once ready, turn the flame off, add maple syrup, vegan chocolate chips, and give the meal a final stir.
3. Vegan Sunny Side Up with Bread Toast
Hell no, that’s not egg! That’s tofu sunny side up!
100 gms of tofu, cut into two circular blocks of 50gms each. Make a small scoop in the middle of the block to resemble the yolk part of an egg
1 tablespoon refined sunflower oil
2 tablespoons salted peanut butter
Salt and pepper (a pinch each)
Heat a saucepan or tawa, and brush it with oil. When it is heated enough, bring the tawa to a medium flame and place the two blocks of tofu on it. Toss sides, and let both sides fry well.
When their colour change to golden-brown, you will see a crisp texture on the edges. Next, fill the holes in the middle with salted peanut butter and sprinkle salt and pepper on them. After letting them fry for less than a minute, take them out on a plate and enjoy with toasted bread!
4. Tofu & Veggies Salad Bowl
Salads are always lovely, fresh, healthy – something one needs to have every day!
1 avocado, cut into horizontal slices
50 gms of tofu, cut in cubes
1 cucumber, cut in cubes
5-6 cherry tomatoes
1 onion, diced
1 cup fresh lettuce, cut
Salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon refined sunflower oil
2 tablespoons sweet onion dressing
2 tablespoons mustard dressing
In a pan, heat the oil, bring the flame down to medium and fry the tofu till it turns golden brown and crispy. In a large mixing bowl, put all the ingredients and toss the salad well, until the dressings are seen over every piece of vegetable and tofu. Serve fresh.
Veganism always comes with a question, “So you mean we must stop drinking milk, and stick to oats for the rest of our lives?” We say, “Absolutely not!”, and now you know why!