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With people getting more health-conscious and making lifestyle changes, coarse grains or millets are now back in most hotel kitchens and chefs are experimenting with these in various forms as never before. Packed with nutrients and health benefits, millets are versatile and lend themselves to several dishes, both global and Indian. Although these can be consumed at any meal, starting the day with a millet-based dish for breakfast is the right choice. Buckwheat, barley, nachni or ragi, rajgira, bajra are being used in myriad ways individually or mixed with other grains, to make pancakes, waffles, dosas, parathas and more. Restaurants in Mumbai offer some dishes where these grains have been incorporated to up the health quotient in one’s first meal of the day.
Buckwheat Waffles at Woodside Inn, Andheri West
These fluffy waffles made of buckwheat or kuttu flour are gluten-free and a healthy way to start one’s day. The chocolate chips, fresh mandarin, citrus maple glaze, add the right amount of zest and give you a hint of indulgence too.
Multigrain Dosa at Hornby’s Pavilion, ITC Grand Central, Mumbai
There can be no better breakfast than a piping hot, crispy multigrain dosa made of ragi or bajra, rice and lentils. Straight off Chef Rajan’s griddle, one can relish this with an array of lip-smacking coconut chutneys in myriad variations.
Gluten Free Oat And Amaranth Porridge at The Bagel Shop, Bandra
This porridge is literally health in a bowl. The oats impart a great texture and the amaranth gives it a healthy twist. This porridge is not only delicious but also filling and gives one the requisite boost to go on until lunch time.
Ragi Masala Dhokla With Roasted Aniseed Tomatoes at Taj Mahal Tea House, Bandra
A pillowy soft, healthy, steamed dhokla made of ragi and laced with spices is just what one can dream of at breakfast. The roasted aniseed-flavoured tomatoes add a unique flavour to this otherwise simple breakfast dish.
Barley and Cracked Wheat Upma at The Nutcracker, Fort
A plate of this warm upma with a medley of ingredients - cracked wheat, barley, tossed with veggies and topped with roasted nuts is delightful and an early morning treat for the palate. Not just palate-pleasing flavours, this one ensures you get your energy fix for the day too.
Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.