Most Indian foods that are freshly cooked with fat free oil
and less ghee are healthier. Indian foods have a wide variety of items that are
nutritious, healthy and a well balanced meal. Such
exotic and enriching menus are passed on from one generation to another through
oral tradition in such a way that healthy habits are cultivated right from
Traditional Indian food like
steamed rice, roti, variety of vegetable dishes, dals, yoghurt and curries are
a healthy choice and well balanced in nutrition. The breakfast dishes of South India like the Kerala Puttu, Idli, Dosa, Pongal and
many more variety are few of the healthy recipes.
The key idea to have a healthy
diet is to avoid extra ghee, butter, cheese and oils. Indian Flat breads like
the Naan, Rotis or Chapatti are healthier than other fried breads like Poori or
stuffed Parathas. Roasted papads are far healthier than the deep fried ones.
Khandvi is an
extremely popular Gujarati Snack made with Besan flour, very simple to make,
and totally worth the effort! This can either cooked on a gas stove or
Curries prepared in South India
are less oilier than the North India dishes.
Dal (a lentil soup) can be eaten by itself or eaten with rice or Indian breads.
Meat dishes like the Tikka (not creamy
tikka masala) and tandoori meats are healthy as they are oven roasted.
Soup is often called a meal in a bowl; Various forms of cooking remove the
essential nutrients from the vegetables, but soups retain most of the essential
vitamins and minerals and makes a nourishing and a healthy meal.
Soups can be easily made at home; Depending on the number of people to be
served , the following healthy soups may be considered:
Tomato soup provides lots of fibre and is also a source of Vitamin C.
Gazpacho: It is a rich source of Vitamin C.
Lentils: Lentil Soups provide lots of protein, Iron and fibre.
Chicken Soup: It
contains proteins and also is asource of Vitamin B. Chicken soup is said to
help clear a running nose
Minestrone: It provides Proteins, Fibres and Vitamin C.
North Indian desserts are very similar in taste as they are
derived from a milk pudding (kheer) or rice base and are usually soaked in
syrup. Desserts from the south include the Mysore pak and the creamy payasam.
Healthy Smoothie Recipes!
It is amazing what you can do with fresh fruits. This is wonderful for
cleaning and maintaining a healthy colon.
Apricot Pineapple Smoothie Recipe
Banana-Strawberry Fruit Smoothie Recipe
Tropical Fruit Shake
Banana-Berry Fruit Smoothie
Banana-Orange-Strawberry Fruit Shake