Indian foods are often found guilty of a libel for being spicy, oily, having high calorie-content, and difficult to digest. That’s not all. It is also thought that Indian foods are difficult to process and prepare, also cause various health ailments. Now the time has come to vouchsafe this myth. Through this write-up we are going to introduce you some wholesome food, ingredients or raw Indian Super Foods which have low calories and even burn fat.
For any weight loss stratagem, more calories should be burnt than the calories consumed. Also, all calories do not work the same way once they are ingested.
Now, if you observe closely and optimize your food habits, Indian foods can be tasty, healthy and of low calories too.
Usually, people think that healthy food cannot be tasty. This thought does not jibe with the veracity of the story. Busting this myth, we list here 10 Indian foods that are healthy and delicious at the same time. Though there are certain rules which include usage of minimum butter, ghee, oil, cream and cheese while you prepare them. Here is the list of Indian foods that are of low calories:
Wholesome Foods/ Processed
- Daal Chawal: Yes it is a wholesome dish for having lunch. But not only it carters quenching your hunger and taste but also helps in maintaining good health with low calories intake. 1 medium plate of daal-chawal is just 300 calories.
- Buttermilk: It is a healthy option as it is low in fat and helps in digestion. It is rich in potassium, calcium, phosphorus and vitamin B12.
Calorie in one glass buttermilk: 32 calories
- Ragi dosa: Made from superfood – ragi, ‘Ragi Dosa’ is a famous South Indian dish. Ragi is beneficial for weight watchers. It is high in fibre and has monounsaturated fat.
Calorie in one ragi dosa (with less oil): 85 calories in one dosa
- Oats idli: Though it’s a south Indian dish, idlis are loved by everyone. Ideally, idlis are prepared from rice batter or some time even from rava batter. But to make idli healthier, you can try and make it from oats. Idli prepared from oats is a great option to start your day with.
Calorie in 2 idlis: 52 calories
- Chicken tikka: More popular among the foreign tourists, chicken tikka is tasty along with many health benefits. But again, while preparing tikka, try to minimize spices and oil to the extent possible.
Calorie in 6 chicken tikkas: 270 calories
- Daal tadka (The famous yellow daal): The arhar daal is cooked in almost every Indian house and is enjoyed with rice even by kids. Daal is rich in protein and is easy to digest. People also use this daal to make porridge.
Calories in one bowl daal: 120 calories
- Pappad: There is no doubt that pappad deep fried in oil are more delicious to have. But if you want to be healthy, ditch this deeply fried papad and instead microwave it or directly put it on the flame. These microwaved pappads are any day healthier and crispier.
Calories in 1 pappad: 55 calories
- Tandoori roti: Prepared from whole wheat and baked in a clay oven tandoori rotis make a good combination with any Indian curry. The way tandoori roti is prepared gives it a distinguished taste.
Calories in 1 tandoori roti: 100 calories
- Tandoori chicken: When prepared with fewer spices and less oil, tandoori chicken is a healthy option due to the way it’s prepared in clay oven.
Calories in one piece: 275 calories
- Mix vegetable curries: Mixed vegetable is one of the best and easiest options to cook. Mixed vegetables give you the choice to select the vegetables you like and make your own new type.
Point to be noted: Prepare it with one tbsp of oil and minimum spices.
Calories in one small bowl: 100 calories approximately in 100 grams
- Fish curries: India is a country surrounded by seas and that is why we have a variety of dishes prepared from local fish. Try and prepare your fish with minimum spices and oil.
Calorie intake: 325 calories for a small bowl
- Sprout salad: Sprouts are high in fibre and make a healthy snack for weight watchers who crave for low calories. Just adding a few drops of lime and salt makes it tasty along with healthy. You can chop and add your choice of veggies to make it more delicious and healthier choice.
Calories in 100 grams sprouts: 95 calories
- Raita: Raita may be of any type – cucumber, bottle guard or onion, in all the forms it is a great way to cool the digestive tract after the dinner/lunch.
Calories in a small bowl of raita: 42 calories
- Palak paneer: Paneer is a healthy dairy product and palak is rich in iron. People who don’t like palak still love to consume it in this form.
Calories in one bowl: 190 calories
Low Calorie foods in the Indian kitchen
When it comes to weight loss, people either think of not eating at all or eating fancy foods and seeds that are touted as superfoods. But this is not really needed. Weight loss can happen even with simple foods that are available in your kitchen.
Moong daal is one the healthiest daals found in Indian household. Moong daal is not only easy to digest but is also rich in nutrients including vitamin A, C, B, E, potassium, calcium and iron. This daal also helps to curb hunger pangs by making you feel fuller for longer as it is rich in protein and fibre with too low calories. 100 grams moong daal = 347 calories.
Another Indian food with low calories is the Walnuts. Walnuts are good for brain health and contain neuroprotective compounds. Walnuts are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, folate, omega 3 fatty acid, manganese, copper and protein. 10 grams walnuts = 65.4 calories.
We all have been told since our childhood how important it is to eat green vegetables. This green leafy vegetable is low in calories and rich in nutrients. It contains vitamin A, C and K, with folate, iron, calcium, fibre, calcium, protein and zinc. 100 grams spinach = 23 calories.
Karela, another low calorie food, is rich in many nutrients including vitamins, phosphorous, zinc, folate, magnesium, manganese and potassium. It is rich in iron and calcium, maintaining optimum blood sugar level in your body by not absorbing the extra sugar. Bitter gourd is 85 percent to 90 per cent water and as water has no calories it keeps your calorie intake in check and helps you lose weight.
100 grams of bitter gourd = 34 calories.
There are many other items like – Cinnamon, Almonds, turmeric, Beetroot, Apple, Black Beans, Cucumber, Radish, garlic, Lentils, bananas, tomatoes, olive oil, Eggs, Cabbage etc., which can help you to maintain your perfect shape.
Another important aspect is the herbal and green tea, which has negligible calories but can work wonders for your health. Drink herbal tea regularly to get rid of – obesity, constipation, stress. It also improves your immunity and metabolism.
So eat healthy and don’t despise Indian Food. They can work wonders. So get going, achieve your desired fit easily.