India is a country that is an amalgamation of a lot of different cultures. As a result, there are a variety of dishes that one can taste and enjoy. In fact, there are a lot Indian dishes that will help you stay fit as well. Let us take a look at some of them.
Pulses, or dal as they are known in India, are a very rich source of all the important vitamins. They are also rich in amino acids as well as other important elements such as iron and potassium. If you are on a diet to bring your weight down, then moong dal would be the best pulse to use as it has the lowest fat. These pulses also help in ensuring that you cholesterol levels are in control and also your digestion.
Rice is another food item that is a major part of every Indian’s meal. However, there are two different types of rice that you should be aware of. The white rice is high on calories. Therefore, you should always go for the brown rice, as it has more fibre content. In fact, this is even recommended by the dieticians. But if you are looking to have only white rice, then make sure you restrict to just one bowl.
Paneer is another ingredient that is liberally used in various dishes in India, especially in the north. It is a very tasty item that is made from milk. However, you will need to be aware of whether the paneer has been made with milk that has full cream or if it was toned milk. This is important because full cream milk would be high on calories while toned milk has a lot lesser, though the taste remains the same. Paneer is not only rich in calcium, it is also known to prevent osteoporosis.
Curd is also a regularly eaten food item all over India. It is important to have curd as it will help in digestion and helps you with losing weight. However, you need to keep in mind that the curd that you are using has been made from milk that is low in fat.
Dhokla is a dish that is famous in the northern state of Gujrat. It has many health values, and is especially good for diabetic patients. As dhoklas are made by steaming them and not frying, there is no need to use any oil, and therefore reduces any chances of cholesterol. Also, dhoklas are made using dal, it will also be rich in fibre content.
Idly is a staple dish for breakfast in all of south India. The reason it is so popular is because it is a steamed dish and has absolutely no oil in it. However, it is rich in carbs and as a breakfast item, it is the best way to start your day. It will give you all the energy you need and at the same time, you don’t have to worry about your weight.