Indian cuisine is rich, diverse and balanced. From the spices that are used to cook it to the different vegetables available through the year not only makes the diet packed with essential nutrition but also provides huge variety.
Unlike American or European where large part of their meals consist of pre-packaged cereals or breads an average Indian household is brimming with wide variety of delicious food options like cheela, dalia, poha, upma, stuffed roti and many more options.
As you enjoy the wide variety of Indian food available here are some quick options that can be easily made, are very healthy and can help you lose weight.
Some healthy Indian Diet Options for weight Loss
Khicdi: Dal(Split Pulses) and rice cooked together and generally eaten with a combination of curd. This indian diet is simple with least spices except salt, turmeric and some herbs for aroma. It contains protein from dal, carbohydrates from rice and is easy to digest and light for the stomach.
Besan ka cheela made of gram flour is usually eaten in combination with curd is a instant, nutritious, low calorie, protein rich recipe ideal for breakfast and snack time . Cheela can be a part of weight loss diet since it is low in calories and also a part of muscle building diet since it is high in protein. Make sure its made in minimal oil and cooked on a non-stick.
Dhokla, is a snack from Gujarat made with a fermented batter of gram, It is one of the few non-fried item. This steamed snack is a good combination of carbohydrate and protein. The steaming process also preserves its nutrient content and less consumption of oil.
Kathi Roll comes in a large number of variants. The innovations tend to be in two areas – the fillings or the wrap. Common variants on the filling are egg, potato, paneer, mixed vegetables and curried chicken or mutton. To make it healthy use wheat flour wraps with fillings like mixed vegetables, paneer, chicken, sprouts etc. Most of the khathi rolls made by street vendors are extremely unhealthy and loaded in oil. avoid them. If you are eating out and cant avoid pick the rolls that are made in romali roti.
Chola/chickpea chaat: Bolied cholas flavoured with salt, red chilly, pepper and fresh lemon juice along with raw onions, cucumber and tomatoes. A complete meal by itself as a bowl only has 280 calories, is filling and is packed with nutrition!
Moong Dal/Sprout Chaat: Mostly served as a breakfast dish is rich in vitamin C. Easy to prepare and can be eaten raw or slightly cooked in a non-stick is half a tea spoon of oil. You can notch up the health quotient by adding seasonal fresh vegetables to it or simply add onions, tomatoes,cucumber and a dash of lime juice. Takes less than time minutes to prepare, builds your immunity and keeps you full for longer.
Tandoori chicken: Currently touted as national dish of Britian is extremely popular world over. With a low calorie count of 100 calories per 60 gms it is a very good source of protein. People tend to add a large serving of oil while grilling it add unnecessary calories to it. Instead of grilling try baking it in the oven for healthier results. You can even add tandoori chicken to your salad by replacing the regular grilled chicken with this. A brand new salad dish at not extra calories. Your taste-buds will love itAuthor Information — this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo