We all know that Indians love cooking and eating delicious foods. My personal guess is that roughly speaking, 50- 60 % of the energy and effort of average Indian housewives goes in kitchen cooking and in planning and making preparations for the next time meal. From north to south and from east to west, every state has its own specific dishes and the strange thing is that despite of hundred trials, no one can attain the complete expertise over the processes and find the secret ingredients of other region’s dishes.
Some of the Indian dishes may be fat provoking but not all of them. Some may be even quite healthy, low in calorie and completely beneficial to your health as Indian food includes an array of spices which are deemed to contain various healthy properties.
Nowadays most of the people suffer from weight related issues in India, especially in urban cities. When it becomes unmanageable then they consult a dietician who put them on some low calorie foods like oats and corn flakes. But then you will hardly find any people who love taking oats and corns.
You will be glad to know that it is not that much necessary to curb your cravings for tasty and flavored foods as there are lots of foods in India which are not just wonderful in taste but they are also very healthy and low in calorie and provide lot of healthy stuff to your body.
It is a north Indian dish, which is great in taste, texture and flavor. It is made with boiled kidney beans with thick gravy of tomato, onion, garlic, ginger with other spices added in it. It is usually served with rice or chapatti. 114gm of Rajma consists of 120 calorie and 5gms of protein. It is full of potassium, iron and magnesium. It has several other disease fighting tendencies and overall it helps significantly in boosting the immune system of your body.
2. Idli Sambhar
Now it’s the time to go down to south and talk about one of the most popular food of South Indians. That is none other than Idli Sambhar. It is prepared with a fermented mixture of several dals and idly rava. It’s very low in fats and rich in proteins and carbohydrates. It is served either with chutney or sambhar - which is made with a combination of vegetables, sambhar powder, tamarind pulp, mustard seeds, black grams, dried red chilies, curry leaves and several other spices.
Poha is one of the tastiest breakfasts that I can ever imagine. It is made with beaten rice and different variations of vegetables depending upon the taste of the person who is preparing it. Onion, ground nut, peas, lemon, tomato, mustard seeds, potato are the often used ingredients of it.
It is often called as chaas - extremely beneficial for those who are interested in losing weight! As it contains plenty of water and electrolytes, it is the most ideal thing in case of dehydration. It is extremely helpful in digestion and fights with germs and unfriendly bacteria.
5. Jowar ka Roti
Nothing great like it for losing those extra kilos from your waistline! It often falls in the favored food list of dieticians. Mix onions, green chilies, coriander leaves, ginger and garlic paste, cumin seeds and a bit of salt and 1tsp of oil to the flour and dough it with lukewarm water. Prepare it like normal chapattis and enjoy its new found flavor!