Cook Varieties of Budget-Friendly Indian Breakfast Everyday for Your Family

Ankita Kamat

Want to prepare tasty breakfast for your family on your budget? Wondering what are the cheapest Indian breakfast ideas for families?

In my current blog, I’m sharing low-cost Indian breakfast ideas that will be suitable for an entire family.

23 Cheapest Indian Breakfast Ideas for Families to Cook at Home

Try these cheap Indian breakfast ideas for vegetarians which are delicious and fulfilling-


Oats Idli is Budget-Friendly Breakfast Option for a Family

To make cheap Indian oats idli, you need budget-friendly ingredients like oats flour, curd, rava. Also, you can add cheap vegetable options like chopped beans or carrots.

Serve instant oats idlis with budget-friendly and tasty chutney. Enjoy delicious breakfast with your family on your budget.


Cheap and Best Methi Thepla for Morning Breakfast

Thepla is an inexpensive breakfast option. Mix whole wheat flour with besan and add easily available budget-friendly spices like garam masala, chili powder, turmeric and salt.

Knead into a dough by adding chopped methi(fenugreek leaves) and curd or water. Make balls and roll out. Cook on a griddle with oil. Budget-friendly and tasty Indian breakfast is ready. You can serve thepla with curd or yogurt.


Low-Cost Homemade Indian Banana Buns for Breakfast

Banana buns are one of my favourite budget-friendly breakfast dishes. Mash ripe bananas and mix with wheat flour, add sugar, salt, and baking powder. 

Knead into a soft dough and make small balls and roll out. Deep-fry and enjoy it for breakfast with your favourite budget-friendly yogurt.


Budget-Friendly Vegetarian Tomato Omelet for Morning Food

Indian tomato omelet is a cheap and tasty vegetarian breakfast. Mix besan (gram flour), chopped tomatoes, onions, green chilies, cumin seeds, salt and garam masala by adding water.

Spread 1-2 tablespoon oil on a pan and then spread batter. Cook both the sides to make the tomato omelet crispy. Eat with green chutney. This is a crispy and budget-friendly vegetarian tomato omelet for a morning meal.


Ragi Malt is the Cheapest Indian Breakfast Idea

Roast ragi flour (finger millet) until fragrant. Boil water, add the flour, stirring to avoid lumps and add salt, buttermilk, cook until thickened.

Take a separate pan and add a tablespoon of oil, saute cumin seeds, curry leaves and add this to the ragi buttermilk mixture. Garnish with coriander leaves and enjoy healthy ragi malt for breakfast as a budget-friendly dish


Make Oats Upma for Breakfast with Cheap Ingredients

Oats upma is an affordable breakfast option for Indian families. Dry roast oats, set aside. Saute mustard seeds, urad dal, chopped green chilies, onions, and budget-friendly veggies which you like.

Then add roasted oats, water, and salt. Cook until oats absorb water. Garnish delicious oats upma with cilantro. This budget-friendly breakfast is easy for Indian families.


Potato Paratha is a Budget-Friendly Breakfast Dish in India

Potato paratha is a cost-effective breakfast that you can prepare with easily available ingredients. 

Just mash boiled potatoes and mix with ginger, garam masala, and stuff in wheat dough. Roll into parathas and cook on a pan. Serve tasty and budget-friendly parathas with your favourite chutney or curd. 


Poha is a Perfect Budget-Friendly Breakfast

To make budget-friendly poha, wash and drain flattened rice(poha). Fry mustard seeds, cumin seeds, turmeric, curry leaves, onions, green chilies and potatoes in a pan with a tablespoon of oil. 

Add soaked poha, salt, and lemon juice. Mix gently, garnish with cilantro. This is a tasty Indian breakfast which you can prepare with a few budget-friendly ingredients.


Instant Rava Idli and Sambar is Tasty and Low-Budget Breakfast Option

For budget-friendly rava idli, mix roasted semolina (rava) with curd or yogurt, and water with salt and baking soda. Add batter to idli molds and cook.

For making tasty sambar you need budget-friendly ingredients like lentils, veggies, tamarind, spices, mustard seeds, curry leaves. So, prepare this economical dish for breakfast which does not need fermentation.


Indian Poori Bhaji is Cost-Effective Breakfast Food for Families

Poori bhaji is a delicious Indian breakfast and the entire family loves to eat it for a morning meal. For making Poori, mix wheat flour with water, salt, and oil. Knead into a dough, roll out and fry small rounds until puffed. 

For bhaji, saute mustard seeds, cumin seeds, chopped onions, tomatoes, green chilies and boiled potatoes with turmeric. Serve hot and tasty breakfast for your family.


Cost-Effective Masala Dosa for Fulfilling Breakfast

Soak rice and urad dal overnight, then grind into a batter. Ferment for 6-8 hours. Add salt and water as per requirement, and mix. Cook on a hot pan by spreading batter.

Prepare potato masala filling, place on a dosa and fold, and serve with chutney. This economical South Indian classical breakfast which is easy to prepare with accessible cheap ingredients.


Sabudana Khichdi is an Indian Breakfast to Cook on Your Budget

Soak tapioca pearls (sabudana) for around 4-6 hours. Drain it and keep aside.

Sauté cumin seeds, green chilies, curry leaves, turmeric and dry roasted peanuts. Add soaked sabudana, salt, and cook. Enjoy budget-friendly sabudana khichdi for breakfast.


Make Oats Poha for Morning Food on Your Budget

For budget-friendly Indian oats poha, just sprinkle water on oats and keep aside. Saute mustard seeds, curry leaves, chopped onions, tomatoes. Add oats, salt, turmeric, and mix well. 

Use cilantro for garnishing and serve hot. Making oats poha is not only budget-friendly but it also tastes good and healthy.


Tasty and Cheap Masala Upma for an Early Meal

For Indian families, masala upma is an economical breakfast option. Quickly fry mustard seeds, urad dal,  ginger garlic paste, cinnamon, chilies, curry leaves, chopped onions, tomato, carrot, green peas,. 

Add roasted semolina (rava), water, and salt. Cook it well and garnish with cilantro. Spicy upma is ready to serve on your budget.


Dosa is Low-Budget Breakfast Idea

Dosa is south India’s popular budget-friendly breakfast for a family. To make dosa, soak rice and urad dal overnight, then grind into a batter. Ferment for 6-8 hours. Add salt and water as per requirement, and mix.

Spread batter on a hot pan, cook and flip and make it crispy. Serve with coconut chutney. This economical recipe needs cheap ingredients.


Ragi Idli for Breakfast to Cook on a Budget

Ragi idli is healthy as well as cost-effective breakfast. Soak urad dal and rice, blend with ragi flour(finger millet). Ferment overnight and then add salt, water, and keep aside for sometime to set it.

Spread batter into idli molds, and steam for 10-15 mins. Serve tasty, budget-friendly idli and chutney. You can also make budget-friendly sambar for idli.


Delicious Multigrain Paratha is Cheap Breakfast Choice

For making budget-friendly multigrain paratha for breakfast, Mix whole wheat flour with bajra flour, oats flour, ragi flour, cumin seed powder, finely chopped onion, salt, and oil.

Knead into a dough by adding salt and water as required. Make balls of dough, roll out. Cook on a hot pan. Serve hot with your favourite pickle or chutney. Your family members will love to have this budget-friendly and healthy breakfast.


Make Cost-Effective Crispy Medu Vada for Breakfast

Indian medu vada is a cost-effective breakfast idea for families. Soak urad dal, grind it into a thick batter. Add salt, chopped green chilies, and cumin seeds. 

Apply oil or water to palms and give donuts shapes to batter. Then deep-fry. Serve with chutney. This is a crispy budget-friendly breakfast that tastes great.


Instant Rava Uttapam is an Economical Breakfast Food

This is an instant budget-friendly breakfast idea for an Indian family. Take semolina (rava) and mix with curd or yogurt. Add salt, chopped onion, green chilies, tomatoes and capsicum. 

Spread this batter on a hot griddle, cook both the sides by flipping. Serve tasty rava uttapam for your family with coconut chutney.


Gobi Paratha for Breakfast with Cheap Ingredients

Mix whole wheat flour with grated cauliflower(gobi). Add cumin seed powder, finely chopped onion, salt, and oil. 

Knead into a dough by adding water. Make balls and roll out, cook on a griddle. Budget-friendly gobi paratha is ready to eat with yogurt or chutney.


Budget-Friendly Besan Chilla for Frugal Breakfast

Take a bowl and mix gram flour with carom seeds (ajwain), turmeric, and salt. Add chopped onion, green chilies, tomato, ginger and prepare thick batter. 

Heat a skillet and spread a tablespoon of oil, pour batter, cook. Flip and cook the other side as well. Serve this economical and tasty dish for breakfast with pickles or curd.


Ragi Dosa Requires Cost-Effective Ingredients to have Tasty Breakfast

You need fewer budget-friendly ingredients to make ragi dosa for breakfast. Soak urad dal, rice, and fenugreek seeds, blend with ragi flour. Keep it overnight overnight. Add salt, water, and mix well. 

Spread batter on a hot pan. Cook on both sides till it becomes crispy. Enjoy healthy budget-friendly Indian breakfast with curd.


Semiya Upma is Cheap and Best Option for Morning Breakfast for Families

Semiya upma is a quick Indian recipe which is economical as well. Dry roast semiya(vermicelli) and keep aside. Take a pan and saute mustard, cumin seeds, udal dal. 

Then add hing, chopped onion, green chilies, and curry leaves. You can also add green peas and carrots if you like. Add water, salt and cook. Then add roasted semiya and stir well. Budget-friendly semiya upma is ready to eat for breakfast.

I hope you are going to try all these tasty and cheap Indian breakfast ideas for families. Feel free to add more breakfast items in the comment below. I would love to try your budget-friendly recipe as well 🙂

Ankita Kamat

I'm Ankita Kamat, the creator of Frugal Beat, a blog dedicated to frugal living. Join me in exploring practical ways to save money, reduce waste and live a purposeful life. Let's embrace frugality as a lifestyle together.