May 18, 2009
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 childhood.
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, Adai and many more variety are few of the healthy and nutritious 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, Chapatti or Phulkas 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 microwave.
Curries prepared in South India are less oily 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 make a nourishing and a healthy meal. Soups can be easily made at home and fast to cook in a jiffy; Depending on the number of people to be served , the following healthy soups may be considered:
Tomato Soup: 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 Beverage Recipes that could really keep you refreshing and soothing to taste! It is amazing what you can do with fresh fruits. This is wonderful for cleaning and maintaining a healthy body system.
Lemonade Indian Style
Spinach Iron Juice
Raw Mango Juicing for Anaemic
Below are few popular Healthy Recipes that is low in fat, oil, nutritious and healthy to eat:
Ragi Malt – Ambali
Ragi (Finger millet or Ragulu) malt is delicious and healthy rejuvenating Indian beverage popularly called as Ragi malt or ragi ganji.
Idli is a south Indian savory cake popular throughout India. The cakes are usually two to three inches in diameter and are made by steaming a batter consisting of fermented black lentils (de-husked) and rice.
Idiyappam is a popular string hoppers culinary speciality from the south Indian cuisine especially in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Coastal areas of Karnataka. Idiyappam is made of rice flour or wheat flour, salt and water. It is generally served as the main course for breakfast or dinner together with a spicy curry either made of potato, egg,fish or meat curry and coconut chutney. Idiyappam is also served with sweetened coconut milk in the Malabar region of Kerala.
Ragi means finger millet also known as African Millet. This is an healthy and nutritious snack made with ingredients using ragi flour, groundnuts, channa and other spices; made into nice roundels and deep fried until golden brown. Truly yummy and flavourful snacks to eat!
Hot & Sour Soup (Vegetable) Indo-Chinese
Hot and sour vegetable soup is simple and combined with tofu, carrot, spring onions, mushrooms, ginger, beans and other sauces. hot and sour soup Indo-Chinese way.
Beetroot Soup with Dumplings
Borsh is a traditional Russian soup prepared from beets and cabbage. It is usually served with a spoon of sour cream. There are over 40 varieties of hot and cold borsh that use different combinations of vegetables and meats. This is my grandmother's recipe, which is also, arguably, the best one.
Indian Soup Mulligatawny
This delicious Anglo-Indian soup is a product of the British Raj in India. Mulligatawny is chicken-vegetable soup flavored with Indian spices.The name Mulligatawny comes from 2 oriental Indian words meaning 'pepper water' and curry is the particular ingredient that gives this incredible soup such a delicious flavor.
Roasted Pumpkin & Tomato Soup
Roasting the vegetables really brings out their flavour in this dish. The croutons are normally served with Bouillabaisse but also go very well with this dish.
Ven Pongal - South Indian Ghee Khichdi
A very mildly spiced, easy digestible rice preparation made with rice and dal cooked together with mild spices. A very healthy and nutritious dish to eat.
Multi grain Adai or Multi grain Indian crepe or Multi grain Adai pancakes is a healthy and nutritious dish. Adai is prepared with a combination of many essential multi grain lentils such as rice, urad dal, channa dal, toor dal, moong dal and green gram mixed with dried red chillies, asafoetida and fresh curry leaves. Multi grain Adai is a deliciously healthy, savoury and stomach filling snack served at breakfast. It goes well with lime pickle, mint-coriander coconut chutney or eaten with some chunks of jaggery. A blob of white butter served with the hot steaming dosa hits the spot and gives a glazing shine to the adai.
Mix Vegetable Adai
Mix Veg Adai is a South Indian speciality popularly prepared in Tamil Nadu and Kerala for its high nutritive values and a brilliant healthy breakfast snack. Mix Veg Adai is a medley of lentils and topped with some exotic veggies and made into an adai. Adai's origin is from Tamilnadu and is paired with a yummy vegetable curry called the Avial. The batter for Adai is ground coarsely than the regular dosa batter and this batter does not require any fermentation. The Adais are prepared slightly thicker than the normal dosa and they consume a little more oil as the batter is ground coarse. Adai can also be eaten by itself without any accompaniment as the batter is spicy or serve with coconut chutney. Or else it can also be eaten with a bit of butter and jaggery.
Chapatis or rotis are fresh homemade bread, made with wheat or other grain flours and baked without yeast. Chapatis offer strength and energy to the body and are good for all the three doshas. A simple Indian flat bread commonly known as chapati or roti made with whole-wheat flour is served with a variety of deliciously cooked vegetables, lentils etc.
jowar ki roti
Jowar ki roti is a popular gluten free roti (Indian flat bread) made from jowari flour that can be eaten along with any pickle, meat or vegetable curries.
Jowar Ki Bhakri - roti of sorghum flour
Jowar ki bhakri is a nutritious Indian flat bread made with sorghum flour also known as jonna rotte in Andhra.
Jowar Bajre Ki Bakri
A very nutritious Indian flat bread made with Sorghum and Pearl Millet flour.Jowar and bajra are rich in iron, protein and fibre. Being comparatively dry this roti is recommended as it will relieve you feeling of sikness. Have it as a mid morning snack or for lunch.
Corn Flour Bread - makkai ki roti
Makki di roti is a flat unleavened Indian bread made from cornflour and primarily eaten in Northern India. It is like a roti baked on a tawa and served with sarson ka saag or any yummy gravy curry.
Oats Masala Paratha
Oats Masala Paratha yummy quite an interesting, healthy and nutritious combination! Oats is a wonderful powerhouse of nutrition and awesomely delicious breakfast with great goodness and health benefits.Eating paratha many variety of parathas for breakfast, lunch or dinner is a common feature in India. Made with whole wheat flour stuffed with a mixture of oats and spices and cooked together makes a healthier version as whole wheat has more fibre, protein and vitamins.
Kakhras are made with wheat flour but as pappad; Khakhra is a very thin crispy chapatti or roti. It is simple to prepare and is made from whole wheat flour adding other ingredients and spices.
Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Stuffed cabbage rolls is an Chinese recipe made with any vegetarian or non-vegetarian stuffing filled into the Chinese cabbage leave and steam cook it until done.
Cooked pasta any of your choice cook with some fresh herbs and chopped onions,garlic in olive oil and mixed with homemade pesto sauce. Toss with hot pasta and grated Parmesan cheese, then serve up hot.
Pasta With Simple Tomato Sauce
This is a classic pasta sauce dish - tomatoes with creamy mozzarella and fresh basil. Herbs and onions add extra depth of flavour.
Valakkai Podimas or Plantian podimas is a very simple and healthy recipe prepared with raw bananas.Instead of always preparing Vazhakkai curry or roast, you can try this simple recipe for a change as it does not require much oil or ingredients and can be prepared very quickly. It also tastes very delicious as a side dish with rasam and sambar rice.
Ridgegourd and Fenugreek leaves
Ridge gourd & fenugreek leaves curry is an excellent side dish where ridge gourd is scraped, chopped and cooked with fresh cut methi leaves (fenugreek) which is tempered with ginger, garlic and spices.
Cabbage foogath is a simple stiry fry curry dish, cabbage mildly spiced, flavoured with curry leaves and fresh grated coconut.This dish is more like poriyal and very popular cuisine from goa and manglore and cooked with cabbage and grated coconut and very mild flavor nice and juicy and tempered.
Kandha Patha Baaji
Kandha Paat Bhaaji is a typical Maharashtrian dish made with spring onions and spices. Best when served with jowar ki roti. Green onions or spring onions are known as Kandha paat or Kandyachi paat in Marathi. This is a very simple and delicious dish where the leaves of spring onions are seasoned with a variety of aromatic spices and flavoured with fresh coconut, roasted peanut powder and sesame seeds.
Spinach Moong Dal Fry
Moong Dal with Spinach is a very nutritious and healthy recipe. It no only makes the dal interesting, but also increases it nutritional value. Today we will make Moon dal with Spinach. Moong Dal with Spinach is a very nutritious and healthy recipe. It no only makes the dal interesting, but also increases it nutritional value. Today we will make Moon dal with Spinach. Moong Dal with Spinach is a very nutritious and healthy recipe. It no only makes the dal interesting, but also increases it nutritional value. This is more like stir fry than a liquid dal and it is not fried too much, like the stir fried spinach mung dal, which is also a very common dish in many houses in south India.
Tabbouleh Salad - Broken Wheat Salad
Tabbouleh is a Levant Arab salad traditionally made of Bulgar, tomatoes, cucumbers, finely chopped parsley, mint, onion, and garlic and seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice, and salt, although there are various other variations such as using couscous instead of Bulgar.
Som Tam Vegetarian - Thai Green Papaya Salad
Thai green papaya salad, also commonly known as "som tum" or "som tam" is a fun and spicy side dish. Generally in Thai cuisine, papaya salad is usually made with fish sauce and shrimp, this vegetarian som tum recipe has plenty of flavor as well. If you prefer a spicier dish, you can add even more chillies.
Potato and Pomegranate salad
A healthy salad made with boiled potato and pomegrate (anardana) and mildly spiced, Healthy Indian Potato Salad with Pomegranate and Mint. A delicious, spiced potato salad!
Kamang Kakdi - Cucumber Salad from Maharashtra
Khamang kakdi is basically a cucumber salad. this recipe is a popular Maharashtrian cucumber salad and is also known as kakdi chi koshimbir which in marathi language means, salad (koshimbir) made from cucumber (kakdi). Cucumber, coconut, roasted peanuts, lemon juice & green chillies – tempered with mustard & curry leave will gives awesome flavours that can be eaten directly also.
Chana Jor Garam - Indian Garbanzo Street Snack
Chana Jor Garam is a mouthwatering Indian traditional snack made out of black gram. This one makes for a healthy and yummy evening snack.
Methi Paneer Corn Pulao
Paneer Corn methi pulao is a one pot meal prepared with sweet corn, paneer and fenugreek leaves, the duo tastes awesome and gives a fantastic flavor to the pulao. This is one among the best lunch box meal that is easy to make and doesn't need any special sides to accompany it, just some curd or raita will do.
Edible Gum Sweet - Gond Ke Ladoo
Gond ke ladoo, a popular sweet preparation from the Rajasthani cuisine made with urad dal flour, crushed gond, sweetened and cooked in a good amount of ghee and made into roundels.
Muthia Ke Ladoo
Muthia ke ladoo is an amazing Indian sweet dumpling from the Rajasthani cuisine made with ghee added to wheat flour, besan and semolina sweetened and made into small roundel shaped dumplings.
People often think of eating healthy food but ultimately most of us land up munching some junk food etc, but little though they know that the key foundation for any healthy diet is moderation. The main goal of healthy eating is generally to develop a diet that you can maintain for life. So try to think of moderation in terms of balance the diet and eating on time. Indulge in eating good, fresh and nutritious food as we need to balance the carbohydrates, protein, fat, fiber, vitamins, and minerals to sustain a healthy body.
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