Health Freak Breakfast Muffins

What comes to my mind when I think about muffins? Blueberry Muffins! And, of course, ‘muffin top‘ (if you know what I mean). Hence, sometimes my sweet cravings take a detour and I wish for all things salted, spiced-up and filled with cheese! On searching for recipes for savory breakfast muffins, I found three amazingly simple ones, all delectable, and much healthier compared to their sugary alternatives. I couldn’t decide the best out of the three, so, I’ll be focusing on all of them, one at a time, in a three-part series on Savory Muffins.

The first recipe belongs to the blogger Anvita who is behind this incredible blog called The Belly Rules The Mind, which is all about developing healthier eating habits and making smarter food choices. What’s interesting about her recipe is that she has completely replaced flour with semolina or sooji, hence the taste and texture is similar to baked vegetable upma. You can find the original recipe here. I have made a few tweaks in the recipe which are stated as well. I also drizzled the muffins with a tempering of mustard seeds and curry leaves in oil which enhanced the flavors two-fold. Next time, I’ll add some peanuts for the crunch too! Enjoy πŸ™‚



Source: The Belly Rules The Mind

Serving: 8 Large Muffins


  • 1 cup semolina
  • 3/4 cup yogurt
  • 1/4 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green peas
  • 1/4 cup spinach, chopped
  • 3/4 tsp ginger garlic paste (I used finely grated ginger and garlic instead, for that extra bite)
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese, shredded


  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • Curry leaves


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. Grease the muffin moulds. I used silicone ones instead.
  3. In a mixing bowl, mix all the ingredients except the baking soda and half of the shredded cottage cheese.
  4. Check the seasoning of the batter.
  5. Now, add the baking soda and mix.
  6. Spoon the batter in the moulds.
  7. Top with the remaining cottage cheese.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the toothpick comes out clean from the centre of each muffin.
  9. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a tempering pan.
  10. Add the mustard seeds.
  11. When they start crackling, add the curry leaves and allow them to crisp a little but, don’t let them get brown.
  12. You can also add your favorite powdered spices to this tempering for extra flavors.
  13. Drizzle the tempering on the muffins.
  14. Serve with green chutney.

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Sandhya says:

    These look delicious and your photos are spectacular, Utkarshini!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Utkarshini Khanna says:

      Thanks Sandhya πŸ™‚

      Liked by 2 people

  2. Monika says:

    This one is my favourites from TBRTMs blog too.. you have nailed it πŸ‘πŸ‘Œ

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Utkarshini Khanna says:

      Thankyou Monika😘

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Reblogged this on Incredible Pie and commented:
    A perfect and quick Morning Breakfast For health freaks !! πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

    Liked by 1 person

  4. The pics of these muffins are truly Spectacular. Feel like biting into the screen.

    Ha ha I copied the recipe and am definetely going to make them.

    Wish we could send the cooked recipes by email to each other.

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    1. Haha thanks Cattie πŸ˜€ Definitely!

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      1. Blueberry muffin.
        Sweet things embedded in cake.
        What a breakfast treat!
        Blueberry season is near.
        Bring plenty of muffins here.

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  5. Thank you so much for this awesome recipe and approval to share this on my blog. Post will be released on Oct 5th

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  6. Just to let you know your recipe released today. Thank you for your contribution. Hope you will continue to participate and submit more as we have no limts on entires. Look at
    Please let your followers know of your participation, hopefully they will also follow and participate. Thanks again.

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