India, the land of spices is widely recognized for its cuisine. Indian cuisine never fails to impress at any cost. However, there arises a question in most minds - is Indian cuisine healthy? Does the usage of oil to cook curries, deep fry vegetables and meat good for the health in the long run? Well, this blog is precisely going to explain how there’s a real meeting between tasty and healthy cooking in the art of Indian Cooking.
To be honest with you, though I recognized and valued the taste of Indian cuisine, a major part of my conscience always considered it extremely unhealthy! This was until I came across a book called “The Great Indian Diet” written by Indian actress, Shilpa Shetty. The book moulded my thoughts completely chiding my interpretation of Indian food as an unhealthy cuisine! Today I completely agree that Indian cooking has a real meeting between tasty and healthy cooking!
Quoting a line from this amazing book -“Why run behind the west when we have the best?”, I am going to take you through on how tasty and healthy cooking can be combined in Indian cuisine.
For over the years, popular Indian chefs like Sanjeev Kapoor, Venkatesh Bhat etc. have been roping in amazing dishes that are a boon to taste. However, the list doesn’t just stop here. For example, some healthy recipes that have been consistently latent in Indian cuisine are:-
- Fenugreek Sprouts Soup - Fenugreek seeds rich in minerals, essential vitamins like Vitamin B6, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin A and C & phytonutrients. In fact, fenugreek seeds have been since vintage in traditional medicines as a remedy for indigestion, cough and bronchitis. This hot and fresh sprout soup can be served for dinner!
- Green Tea with Fresh Ginger - Loaded with antioxidants, green tea has powerful effects on your body. Mix this amazing tea leaf with Ginger, a well-known source for solving digestive problem for an amazing health.
- Baked Corn Vadai - Professionally called lentil vegetable patty, baked corn vadai is a perfect combination of “tasty” and “healthy” form of Indian food. A good source of antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin corn is extremely beneficial for a healthy eye!
- Oats Idli Dosa - Idli and Dosa are obvious entities of a healthy Indian breakfast and adding oats to this makes it all the more healthy! Rich in fibre beta-glucan, oats accounts for one of the most healthiest meal for Indian lifestyle. Combine this healthy food with a tasty “chutney” and experience tasty and healthy Indian cuisine in one go!
Baked Fish - Loaded with protein and omega 3 fatty acids, fishes are a great source of nutrients that’s extremely healthy for the human body!
- Lemon Pepper Chicken - Chickens are a rich source of protein and are extremely helpful for lowering your cholesterol and blood pressure control. Combine this rich source of protein with a tinge of lemon for a healthy and tasty recipe!
- Lentil and Charred Broccoli Chat - Chats are amongst the top favored Indian snack items ever! Although a lot of people account for chat as an unhealthy combination of food, we speak otherwise! Chat can really be tasty and a good source of nutrients too. On top of my mind comes Lentil and charred broccoli chart which is nothing but a convenient mix of lentils, broccoli and “methi” sprouts for your daily dose of nutrition.
- Oats Chat - A healthy alternative and a tasty one for that matter, oats chat tops my list of most tasty and healthy snack of Indian cuisine. Rich in fiber this chart can be mixed with corn and other vegetables too! Mouthwatering isn’t it?
- Fruit Chat - A combination of fruits with some tadka taste is nothing short of exclaiming “yummy!” Fruits are bright, colorful and a good source of nutrients. Alternatively they can also be used as a combination of fruit salad! Two in one - how cool does it sound?!
- Arhar dal - Dal is a staple food of India and is used extensively in different flavors and forms all over the country. Arhar dal is made with beans and has a nutritional source of carbs and proteins!
A myriad of Indian recipes out there can be a combination of taste and health. All you need is to understand the right source of ingredients that must be added for a tasty and healthy dish. Myriad of online marketplaces out there have unique resources that can guide you in cooking a tasty and a healthy dish! On the top of my mind comes Braingroom, an online marketplace and a lifestyle portal that provides extensive opportunities for all age groups who are interested in learning the art of bringing out a healthy and tasty dish for a better health.