Food and Indians, are synonymous. They love eating and live to eat. Be it a social, cultural or family event, food has always been of top priority. And taste has to be perfect, they do not compromise there. Indian food is always known to be tasty and spicy. Well it is, but their staple diet consists of numerous food items which are extremely healthy for our system.
Here is a list 8 of top favourite healthy Indian foods
It is a broken wheat cereal which is prepared usually in north India as a breakfast item. This also given to the ailing because of its high nutritional qualities and is good for the stomach due to its high fiber content. Bulgur is a complex carbohydrate, so it takes time in digestion hence keeping the stomach full for a longer period. This property makes it a highly nutritious food item for dieters and people having diabetes. To make it more tasty and fanciful, we can add lentils and vegetables to bulgur while cooking.
This is an Indian bread made of flour. The flour is kneaded into a dough and roundels are made and cooked on the girdle. The flour used mostly is wheat but maize and millet chapattis are also eaten. These are highly nutritious and supply the body with its daily energy and mineral requirements. They are eaten with curries, lentils or yogurt.
Green Mango Juice
The juice of raw mango, ‘aam Panna’ is a hot favourite in the scorching heat of the Indian summers. Raw mangoes are boiled and the juice of the pulp is extracted and sieved. Various seasonings like salt, pepper, are added and it can also be sweetened. This delicious drink has powerful nutrients and is said to protect from the effects of heat. It is a custom in all households in India to prepare the Panna everyday and every member of the family savours it, especially children who are given this drink as soon as they return from their schools in the afternoon.
Lentils and rice are mixed together and boiled to make khichdi. Desired quantity of salt and a pinch of turmeric can be added. Quick to make, light on the stomach, eaten by rich and poppers alike, this dish has high nutritional value too. Spices and vegetables can be added. The sick are given this food to eat as it can be easily digested.
In this dish, yogurt is diluted and smoothened and spices are added. Cucumber, mint, and bottle gourd are some of the common variations and these are had with rice, chapatti or consumed alone.This gives a cooling effect to the stomach, helps in digestion, good for bones, helps in treating diarrhea and dysentery and is also known to strengthen immunity.
This dark coloured, coarse grain is mostly consumed in the villages of India. Packed with loads of nutrition, there are a lot of benefits of eating black millet. Having a high content of magnesium and potassium, it is very healthy for the heart. It can boost energy levels, prevents cancer, good for diabetics, and also aids in digestion. ‘Bajra’ ki chapatti and khichdi are two common recipes of black millet.
The popular Mumbai rava is made by grinding husked wheat and is consumed sumptuously throughout the Indian deccan plateau. It is basically the residue left after the flour is processed and sieved and is used to make idlis, upmas, pancakes, sweets, khichdis etc. The benefits of rawa are immense. It has digestive properties, is rich in calcium and zinc and is a balanced food item. Rava is known to be good for people trying to lose weight and for those who have high blood sugar problems.
Lentils, beans and seeds are germinated to get sprouts. Sprouts usually comprise of various grams and beans and are an essential part of the daily diet of Indians. They should always be sprouted in hygienic conditions, else bacterial growth can take place.Sprouts are a very rich source of vitamins, amino acids, proteins and minerals. The high fiber content helps in digestion and provides strength to the body. It can be cooked or even eaten in the raw form.