In the US, breakfast food is revered as the most important meal of the day. The phrase conjures up childhood memories of our parents, doctors and teachers drilling this in our heads since grade school. Breakfast is vital because it should provide you with the necessary nutrients and energy to make it through the day. Depending on the person, breakfast can be a smorgasbord of sweets-pancakes, waffles and biscuits dripping in honey come to mind. Or it can be savory- eggs, bacon, sausages and other hearty foods can fill your plate in the mornings. It can also be as simple as a piece of toast or yogurt with granola.
Even if you’re one of the many who skipbreakfast (we won’t tell), breakfast food is still a big deal in American culture. So much so that we’ve created an entire culture around indulging in breakfast foods outside of breakfast hours. We’ve got brunch, breakfast for dinner, National Pancake Day, and much more dedicated to our love of breakfast.
While many Americans plates may be filled with eggs, waffles and bacon, what does breakfast look like in other countries? Looking at what foods are eaten in the morning is a window into the gastronomy and culture of another country. From healthy to hearty, to spicy to simple and fresh, each dish is a unique lens into the food culture of these countries. Buckle up as we take you around the world to see what the most important meal of the day looks like.
5.) Bangladesh: Aloo Bhaji and Roti/Parata
We start our journey in the South Asian country of Bangladesh, nestled on the border of East India and the Bay of Bengal. In Bangladesh, a typical breakfast meal can be many things like a combination of dal (lentils), sabzi (mixed vegetables) and paratha (flat bread) . One of the most common things to have at breakfast is paratha or roti, a thinly sliced flat bread served with some type of side dish. Aloo Bhaji is a delicious potato dish with spices like turmeric, cumin and green chilis. The potatoes are cut into small pieces and stir fried in a pan with olive oil. This dish is vegetarian, tasty and can be made in less than 15 minutes. If the thought of this dish makes your mouth water, check out this easy recipe here.