5 Best north Indian breakfast recipes for diabetics

We bring to you our top 5 north Indian breakfast recipes

North India includes various regions like Haryana, Bihar, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh. The climate in this region is extreme.

Due to its geographical location, it has been seen that this region has strong Central Asian influences both in its culture and its food.

This region too has a collection of food recipes in its stock. If one is diabetic, he/she needs to make a wise choice of food. The dishes chosen must not only be tasty but healthy too. 

Here are the North Indian Breakfast Recipes that are good for health-conscious and diabetics.

1. Dahi Vada


Dahi vada is a popular food item from North India. It consists of fried lentil dumplings that are dunked in yogurt. This is then garnished with coriander and spicy tamarind chutney.

Recipe features 

This FFD style Dahi Vada is a special recipe as we use vegan curd in it. The tamarind chutney is made using dates and not sugar. All these things make this recipe even more healthy.


  • ½ Cup Whole Moong/Green Beans (Soaked overnight)
  • ½ Cup White Urad Dal (Soaked overnight)
  • Ginger Chilli Paste
  • Salt to taste
  • For Vegan Curd
  • Roasted Cumin Powder
  • Red Chilli Powder 
  • Black Salt
  • Ginger Paste


  • Grind both the soaked beans separately to make a smooth paste.
  • Mix them in a large bowl.
  • Leave this paste to ferment for 8 hours.
  • It will double in size. Add ginger chili paste, salt and mix well.
  • Put this batter in an idli pan and steam.
  • They are ready when you put in a toothpick and it comes out clean.
  • You can soak the Idlis in a chaash made from the vegan curd and then add more thick curd with masala.
  • Mix black salt, ginger paste, and roasted cumin powder in the vegan curd.
  • Pour peanut or soy yogurt on top and serve with date tamarind chutney, garnished with fresh coriander, chili powder, cumin powder, and salt.

2. Rajma Tikki


This is a beautiful North Indian Breakfast recipe. These tikkis are prepared from kidney beans (rajma), boiled potatoes, crushed bread, and spices.

Recipe features 

FFD style rajma Tikki includes useful seeds like Magaz and almond milk both of which are a good addition. Cutting the potatoes from it reduces the carb content too.


  • 2 Cups Speckled Red Beans/Rajma (Soaked overnight and boiled) 
  • 1 Inch Ginger (Chopped)
  • 10 Cloves Garlic (Chopped)
  • 6 Green Chillies (Chopped)
  • 4 Tbsp Almond Milk 
  • 1 Tsp Pepper (Kali Mirch) 
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice 
  • Mint leaves (For garnishing)
  • Onion Rings (For garnishing)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 Tbsp Oil 
  • 1 Tbsp Oil 

For The Paste:

  • 2 Tbsp Melon Seeds (Magaz) 
  • 2 Tbsp White Poppy Seeds (Khuskhus) 
  • 2 Tbsp Chironji

For The Spice Powder:

  • 1 Tsp Carom Seeds (Ajwain) 
  • 1 Tsp Garam Masala/ curry powder


For the paste:

Dry-roast the melon seeds, poppy seeds, and chironji till the chironji begins to give off an aroma and the melon seeds begin to change color. Take off the flame and set it aside to cool. Grind the mixture using some water to make a smooth paste.

For the spice powder:

Dry-roast the ajwain till it starts to splutter. Turn off the flame. Cool the roasted spice and grind it into a smooth powder. Then add the Garam Masala to create an interesting blend of flavors.

‚ÄčFor the Rajma Tikki:

  • Soak rajma overnight and pressure-cook through 9 to 10 whistles on high flame. Lower the flame and cook the rajma for 10 more mins. Let the steam release naturally. Keep aside to cool. Heat oil in a pan and fry the ginger, garlic, and green chilies for about 2 mins. Add the boiled rajma to this and stir for a few mins. 
  • Add the masala paste and sauté for 5 mins. Stir in the almond milk, salt, and pepper and mix well. Cool and mash the rajma mixture with the masala powder. Add lemon juice and mix well.
  • At this stage, check to see if the seasoning is right and make 1-inch round patties from the mixture. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan. Shallow fry the patties well on both sides.
  • Garnish with mint and onion rings and serve hot.

3. Galauti Kebab

Galauti Kebab

This kebab originated in Lucknowi Nawab's kitchen. Galauti means 'the thing that melts in the mouth". They are prepared from minced mutton a non-vegetarian dish. But here we are going to prepare a completely vegan dish made up of black chickpeas.

Recipe features 

Black chickpeas are low in fat and high in fiber, aid weight loss stabilizes blood sugar levels, and much more. This recipe is a great choice as a breakfast item.


  • 2 Cups Boiled Black Chickpeas 
  • 1 Large Finely Chopped Onion 
  • 2 Tsp Crushed Green Chilli, Garlic, Ginger 
  • A handful of Chopped Coriander Leaves 
  • ½ Tsp Turmeric Powder 
  • 1 Tsp Red Chilli Powder 
  • 1 Tsp Garam Masala Powder 
  • ½ Cup roasted Bengal gram dal flour/ chickpea flour
  • Cooked semolina 
  • Oil for shallow frying


  • Take a mixing bowl, and add boiled and mashed black chickpeas and finely chopped onions, green chili, garlic and ginger paste, and all the powder spices, and salt.
  • Also, add the cooked semolina.
  • Mix well and combine all the ingredients, and check and adjust the salt.
  • Make into flat round cutlets and shallow fry in a pan with little oil. 
  • Serve hot with green chutney and onion slices or homemade tomato ketchup.

4. Besan Chilla



This is a popular pancake from North India that is prepared and made from Bengal gram flour. It is not only healthy and tasty but simple to prepare.

Recipe features 

We all know the amazing benefits of Bengal gram. FFD style besan chilla has the addition of dudhi to it which makes it better for people who are in search of healthy foods and recipes.


  • Besan - 1 cup
  • Grated dudhi - 1/2 cup
  • Green chili paste - 1 tsp
  • Red chili paste - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Ajwain powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Jeera powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Crushed whole dhania - 2 tsp
  • Chopped Coriander – ¼ cup


  • Mix all ingredients.
  • Add enough water to make the consistency of the batter like dhokla.
  • Heat the tawa on medium flame.
  • Brush oil.
  • Add batter (one ladle full) to the center of the tawa and spread it to form a big circle. 
  • Cover and let it cook.
  • Once it turns brown from below, turn it over and cook the other side.

5. Stuffed Puri
Stuffed puri

Puri can also be called an Indian flatbread that is paired with different types of curries. It can be made by stuffing it too. Stuffed puri is a great breakfast option.  

Recipe features 

FFD suggests the usage of emmer wheat flour to make it more healthy. We also suggest shallow frying to reduce the oil content.


  • 1 cup emmer wheat flour
  • 2 tsp oil
  • Salt to taste


  • 1 cup boiled green peas
  • 3 tsp ginger chili paste
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • ¼ tsp lemon juice
  • Salt
  • 1 tsp besan
  • Oil


  • Make a soft dough using wheat flour, oil, salt, and water.
  • The dough should be soft but stiffer than roti dough.
  • Keep covered for 15 minutes.
  • Combine all stuffing ingredients except besan and grind coarsely without adding any water.
  • Now add besan and mix well. Heat a pan on a low flame.
  • Add the mixture and let it cook stirring continuously.
  • Switch off the gas once the mixture becomes dry.
  • Let it cool completely. 
  • Divide the mixture into 5-6 equal portions. 
  • Roll each portion to make a small puri.
  • Put the stuffing in the middle of this puri.
  • Bring all the sides together and form a ball.
  • Flatten this ball and roll to make a slightly bigger puri of medium thickness. 
  • Heat a pan and shallow fry these puris.
  • Serve hot with mint chutney.

Breakfast is the first meal of the day. If you begin your day on the right note, which means if you start your day with healthy food half of the work is done. Especially in the case of diabetes, if you start controlling your sugars from the beginning of the day it becomes easier to manage sugar levels throughout.

The above 5 North Indian Breakfast Recipes are just a few from the whole lot. Do visit the FFD recipe section to know about East Indian, West Indian region recipes, and more.

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