10 High Protein Breakfast Ideas – Indian Edition

High Protein Breakfast Vegetarian - Indian Cuisine Edition

What better way to start your day than a plate healthy and nutritious breakfast. Actually, a good workout session followed by breakfast. Make it high protein breakfast and you know you have started the day on the right note.

When I started my fitness journey, I struggled with finding high protein vegetarian breakfast options. Those days are behind me now and I have not two or three, but ten different protein rich breakfast options. Vegetarian sources of protein that I have used to curate this list are as follows

  • Moong Dal
  • Besan
  • Paneer
  • Dal
  • Peanuts
  • Tofu

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Although besan is a good source of protein, why not add one more while you are at it? So go ahead and add some paneer or tofu to your chilla for those extra grams of protein.

Recipe: Besan Chilla Recipe | Indian Pancake Recipe

Sprout Salad

Sprouts are the easiest and quickest way to add protein to your breakfast. All you need to do is sprout some moong, add spice and lemon. You can also add chopped onion and tomato for added flavour.

Recipe: Sprouts Salad

Paneer Sandwich

This arguably is the most filling breakfast on this list. You can reason that any sandwich is high on carbs but it is any day better than skipping or eating from outside.

Recipe: Paneer Sandwich Recipe | How To Make Grilled Paneer Sandwich


Pesarattu is nothing but dosa made using moong dal. Moong dal is also an excellent source of protein making pesarattu a good protein rich breakfast.

Recipe: Pesarattu Recipe | Moong Dal Dosa

Paratha with Paneer Bhurji

Paneer itself is a good source of protein, and a serving of paneer bhurji (approximately 1 cup) can provide around 15-20 grams of protein. Whether you’re a paneer lover or just looking to add protein to your breakfast, paneer bhurji is a delectable choice that offers a protein-packed culinary experience.

Recipe: Paneer Bhurji

Idli with Sambhar

The good thing about this breakfast is that both idli and sambhar have dal making it protein-rich. If you do not want to make both of them early in the morning, you can make idli and sambhar at night and make fried idli using leftover idli.

Recipe: Idli

Recipe: Sambhar

Dal Paratha

Another great way of using leftover food. Dal paratha tastes great and helps you feel satiated for a long time. It has a good balance of all the macros protein, carbohydrates, fats, and also fibre.

Recipe: Dal ka Paratha


This Gujarati breakfast may take time to steam but the actual time you need to engage yourself with cooking is quite less. This also has besan as its main source of protein.

Recipe: Dhokla

Adai Dosa

This is another type of dosa you can incorporate into your meal plan when looking for high protein vegetarian breakfast options. This dosa is made using a mixture of different dals and can be used to make dosa when you are looking for a variation.

Recipe: Adai Dosa

Sabudana Khichdi

It is a comforting and filling dish that is often enjoyed during festivals, especially during Navratri. Often overlooked as a breakfast option, it is a well-balanced breakfast option. The protein in sabudana khichdi comes from peanuts.

Recipe: Sabudana Khichdi

Continental Options

Although, as you see from this list, there are enough high protein breakfast options in Indian cuisine, I am giving you two more options. My purpose here is to give you enough options so that you don’t get bored.


Having a protein rich breakfast is a great way of starting your day and I hope this list has given you enough options to play with. In spite of this, you may not be getting your required grams of protein. So if you want to complete your daily requirement of protein, consider adding protein powder to your day.

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