If you are looking for a delicious and healthy vegetarian breakfast option, look no further than Bengali cuisine. With its focus on fresh vegetables, aromatic spices, and nourishing ingredients, Bengali food offers a variety of flavorful dishes that can power up your mornings.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

This recipe for Bengali vegetarian breakfast is easy to make and packs a lot of flavor while still being nutritious. It’s perfect for those who want to start their day with something filling but not heavy. Plus, it’s full of protein-rich lentils that will leave you feeling satisfied until lunchtime.

Ingredient List

  • 1 cup chana dal (split Bengal gram)
  • 1/4 cup green peas
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 green chillies slit lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • Salt as per taste
    For Tadka:
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • pinch of hing/asafoetida(optional)

How To Make This Recipe

Here’s how to prepare the dish step-by-step:
1. Wash and soak chana dal in water overnight.
2. Drain water from soaked chana dal.
3. Grind chana dal coarsely without adding water or very little quantity just enough to make coarse texture.
4. Mix rest all ingredients together except tadka ingredients in bowl..
5. Heat oil in pan add cumin seeds let is crackle add hing /asafoetida if using.
6.Add mixture to tadka mix well .
7.Cook on low flame cover till done stirring occasionally .

Cooking Time and Temperature Guidelines

Cook time: Approximately 25 minutes (excluding soaking time)
Temperature: Cook on medium-high heat until mixture comes to boil then cook at low heat along with lid covered..

My Pro-Tips

  • Soaking chana dal overnight is recommended to help reduce cooking time and make it easier to digest.
  • You can adjust the amount of green chillies according to your preference for spiciness.
  • Don’t forget the hing/asafoetida as it adds a unique flavor to the dish.

Seasoning Options

You can also add some turmeric powder and coriander leaves for added flavor.

Recipe Tips

  • To make this dish gluten-free, ensure that all ingredients are certified gluten-free.
  • Adding sugar (around 1 tablespoon) enhances taste, will be optional.
  • It gives good texture when you grind coarsely using pulse mode in mixer about 4 pulses.

Recommended Tools to Make This Recipe

Heavy bottom pan with lid

To Sum Up:

This Bengali vegetarian breakfast recipe packs a lot of nutrition and flavor into one meal. With protein-rich lentils combined with fresh vegetables, spices like cumin seeds and hing/asafoetida(optional), this dish is sure to leave you feeling satisfied all morning long!


What are some popular Bengali vegetarian breakfast options?
A: There are many delicious vegetarian breakfast options in Bengali cuisine! Some popular ones include Cholar Dal (Bengal gram lentil), Luchi (deep-fried flatbread), Aloor Dum (spicy potato curry), Beguni (fried eggplant fritters), and Poha (flattened rice cooked with vegetables). Other tasty options include Besan Cheela or Pudla (gram flour pancakes) and Dhokla or Khaman (steamed fermented batter cakes).

Are there any healthy Bengali breakfast recipes?
A: Yes, there are several healthy Bengali breakfast recipes that you can enjoy! For example, you can make Roti made from whole wheat flour instead of refined flour to increase the fibre content. You can also opt for boiled chana dal, moong dal or sprouts cooked with minimal oil as a protein-rich option. Additionally, using fresh vegetables like spinach and grated carrots to make Cheela instead of potatoes will ensure a nutrient-dense meal.

Can I prepare these dishes ahead of time?
A: Most traditional Bengali dishes should be served fresh to maximize their flavour but some simple dishes such as Moa Daler Bhaja/Crispy Fried Lentils https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjKki0Rx8eo which is perfect for snacking on-the-go and Breakfast Berry Parfait https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktU6F_wOLV8&t=71s which is another easy-to-assemble dish that can be prepared ahead of time by layering yoghurt with seasonal berries might work well . However, complex preparations like Luchi may not keep well and taste best when freshly made.