Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Indian food items you should add to your diet plan

Shifali Singh | July 26, 2016 4:00 am Print
If you’re desi at heart and need Indian food to fulfil your food cravings, here is a list of some Indian foods you can have while following a diet plan

India is a huge country with people from different regions consuming different kinds of food items. There’s even a saying that goes:“You can find anything in India.” However, at what cost and effort, is for you to guess. While you may be able to find an over-priced imported food product perfect for your diet plan in some corner of your city, there are a few Indian foods that you can replace the ones recommended all over the internet. After all, let’s admit it, we all love the taste of Indian food.


  1. Moong Dal Salad


207 grams of raw moong beans contains about 718 calories. Additionally, these beans are low in fat, have no cholesterol and are rich in proteins. It is also a filling legume. All you need to do is soak a cup of Moong dal over night, chop some onions, tomatoes and cucumbers the next day, mix the sprouts with chopped salad and squeeze some lemon on to it. To add some more taste, you may use a pinch of chaat masala.


  1. Dosas and Idly made of Oats


Craving some South Indian delicacies? Use oatmeal batter to make yummy dosas and idlies. 177 grams of oatmeal, which is basically a packet, consists of 120 calories only. Along with having a low calorie count, oats are filling and wholesome. Spread the oats batter of a pan using a dash of olive oil or ghee and enjoy the guilt free treat, idlies are a slightly healthier option as they are steamed. You can get innovative and add some lentils into the batter for a crunchier texture.


  1. Your very own berry-flavoured curd

Berry curd

Choose the desi option, blend some blueberries into a pasted, whip it with some home made curd and enjoy the desi dessert as and when you please. 100 grams of blueberries consist of mere 57 calories. At the same time, curd helps in cleansing the digestive system and detoxification.


  1. Roasted Lotus Seeds for Munchies

Lotus seeds

Hungry but it’s not lunch time yet? Bring home a packet of roasted lotus seeds and much on to them as and when you please. It has zero fat and is only 27 calories. It also has properties of dietary fibre, which makes it a must in every dieters list!


  1. Palak Paneer


1 bunch of 340 grams of spinach has 79 calories. It is rich in iron, calcium, magnesium and other nutrients. Cottage cheese will serve as the necessary calcium to fulfil the needs of the body. If you’re lactose intolerant, you can even try having a glass of spinach juice, once is a while. Make sure to have it in limited quantity.

Shifali Singh
Shifali Singh covers fashion, entertainment and lifestyle. Travelling and food are her passion, and she takes keen interest in writing about the same.