Indian foods that fight fat
Want to lose weight? Try salads. Even better, stick to a Mediterranean diet for a few months. If these are ideas you dread you’d be surprised to know that certain Indian foods actually hasten weight loss.
Here are 5 foods that improve heart health and check weight gain when cooked with minimal oil.
Chillies have a fat burning component, capsaicin that increases metabolism. So, include all the chilli you want to - red or green - and you can literally sweat your fat away!
Vagaarela Green Chillies: This Gujarati delicacy can be had with rice and kadhi.Ingredients:
Source: Anita Raheja
Curry leaves flush out toxins and improve the functioning of the liver. This prevents fat absorption. Add a sprig to your sambar or add flavour to your soups and buttermilk with the chopped leaves. And, most importantly, get used to chomping away on them if you’d like to see the fat melt away.
Curry leaves rice make a great lunchbox recipe
1 cup - fresh curry leaves
1/2 tsp - oil
1 tbsp - urud dal
1/4 tsp - asafoetida
4 - red chillies
1 tsp - mustard seeds
1/2 tsp - whole pepper
3/4 cup - rice (uncooked)
1. Cook rice and set aside.
2. Heat oil in a pan.
3. Fry all the above ingredients together till curry leaves turn crisp and urud dal turns golden brown.
4. Cool and grind to a coarse powder.
5. Mix with hot rice and ghee. Serve with pappad.
Beans like rajma, moong and channa are high in soluble fibre and protein. The beans satisfy your hunger quickly and keep you feeling full for a long while after you've eaten.
Warning - Sprout them before you cook to prevent flatulence.
Moong sprouts salad - A healthy family favourite!Ingredients:
This low calorie vegetable is high in water content and carbohydrates. It fills you up quickly and helps you lose weight by staving off the hunger pangs.
250g - sweet curd
1 big white radish
10 g - roasted peanuts
1 tsp - red chilli powder
1 tsp - cumin powder
1 cup - coriander leaves
Salt as per taste
A pinch of sugar
1. Grate the white radish.
2. Take a bowl. Add in the sweet curd, grated radish, salt, sugar & red chilli powder and mix well.
3. Garnish with peanuts and coriander leaves.
4. Enjoy with radish paratha
Source: Jyotsna Solanki
A good source of lean protein, buttermilk provides the body with a number of essential vitamins and minerals. Down a glass of buttermilk with your meal and you’ll soon find you are not only eating less but also relishing your meal.
This spicy drink can be refreshing on a warm day
1/4 litre yoghurt
3 glasses water
Few curry leaves
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 inch ginger
Few sprigs of coriander
4 tsp chopped cucumber
1 very small chilli (optional)
Salt to taste
1. Blend together all the spices and leaves till they attain a paste like consistency.
2. To this add the yoghurt and water and blend well.
3. Chill in the refrigerator and serve.
Note: The cumin seeds and ginger help with the indigestion problems. This buttermilk drink is a very healthy summer cooler.