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My Five Favourite Breakfasts

An entirely personal list

23 Mar, 2020 by Vir Sanghvi

An entirely personal list

Oatmeal: Maybe it is because my tastes were formed in the nursery but I love good, thick oatmeal porridge. You pour a little warm milk (or soya milk) into the porridge, sprinkle some sliced almonds, bits of walnut and raisins and stir well. As a final touch, you pour a little honey into it.

It is not only satisfying but it will give you a huge energy boost that should last till tea even if you don’t eat lunch.

South Indian: I’m not an Upma fan. (Ok, Southies, you can shoot me now!) But I love good, soft idlis with gunpowder and a little coconut oil (or ghee) in the mornings. I have two other favourites but they must be eaten straight from the pan before they get soggy: crisp dosas with chutney and medu vadas if they are light, golden and fresh.

Eggs: My favourite egg breakfast is a mixture of boarding-school food and high-end luxury. At school, they gave us very runny scrambled eggs (they called them Rumble-Tumble) which they spooned over toast. I still love them.

But now I have tried a very fancy version. I like free-range eggs slowly scrambled over a very low flame with a dash of butter in the finishing, spooned over good country bread toasted on an open fire. The final luxury: some white (or even black, at a punch) truffle grated over the eggs. Heaven! (And bankruptcy!)

Full English: Not the healthiest breakfast but great, if you are up early. (Somehow it doesn’t make sense for a late breakfast). Two eggs fried gently with runny golden yolks, very crisp bacon, a good quality (ideally European, not English) sausage, grilled whole mushrooms and French sourdough bread (ideally Pain Poilane).

Not good for your heart. But delicious.

Congee: This is a rice porridge you find all over the Far East and you spice it up as you like with chilli, fish sauce, fried onions, lots of garlic, soya or whatever. I like the version made with chicken but you get all sorts!

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Vir Sanghvi is India's best-known food writer and TV host. His book, Rude Food won the Cointreau Award for Best Food Literature book in the world and his food and travel shows on channels such as TLC and NDTV Good Times have won numerous awards and continue to be watched by millions.

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