Our breakfasts are usually heavy-duty carbs.Every State in India has a different speciality breakfast.Despite all the differences they all have one thing in common which is almost zero protein,no vitamins and loads of processed grains. Some popular “health” books in india advocate that we should eat what we have eaten growing up as a child.So if you have grown up eating 2 parathas with potato fry and one large glass of whole milk then that’s what you should be eating even when you are 40.The logic is that your body gets used to eating a certain type of food and is able to digest that the best.So does this mean we get to have Stuffed parathas and puris everyday?
It’s an established fact that the Indian cuisine was meant for our ancestors and not for us. Our lives have changed tremendously but our food is still the same. We don’t need as much energy to consume a heavy carb centric meals anymore.We are not farming or practising sword fighting anymore! It’s not a cliche but most of Indian youth is now working in IT or ITES which means we sit shackled to our desks the whole day with 3 fifteen minutes breaks thrown in to eat,drink or “do your business”.
Usual indian meal for one has 2 cups of rice or 3-4 flat breads or rotis with one cup of Lentil based curry and half a cup of cooked vegetable.In coastal cultures we would add a portion of fish. I am not a dietician but I can do the math. Calories in are not even remotely close to the calories out! Forget the calories if you want to ,ask yourself what protein,vitamins and minerals have you consumed. Do yourself a favour and don’t count the oil that the puri was fried in as healthy fat or the brown bread you ate as “whole grain” because most probably the brown in the brown bread has not come from any grain but out of a brown bottle of food color.
Let me sum up what I am trying to say. Ditch parathas,puris,brown bread,dosas and upmas,cereals for everyday breakfast and eat EGGS!
This recipe is a twist to my most favorite egg sandwich recipe.I have obviously ditched the bread for iceberg lettuce and a store-bought mayonnaise to the homemade version(found here). The mustard and mayonnaise are a universal combination but the coriander is the hero in this mixture, it cuts the bluntness of egg and mayonnaise and adds a fresh character to the whole mixture.Egg and Mayo Mixture
- Mayonnaise-1 tsp
- Chopped Boiled Egg-2
- Chopped Coriander-2 tbsp
- Mustard Sauce-2 tsp
- Iceberg Lettuce Leaves
- Salt to taste
- Mix the mayonnaise,boiled eggs,chopped coriander,mustard and salt in a bowl.
- Separate and layer the Lettuce to create cups or wraps. Add the egg-mayo mixture to it.
- Using a toothpick or a skewer stick secure the lettuce to make a wrap.
Eat with your hands!