Rasam is a South Indian dish served commonly with white rice. The term “rasam” literally means soup or juice in Tamil, while in Sanskrit it means “the essential products of digestion”. An authentic rasam would have a sour base prepared using tamarind. I may include lentils and vegetables. Often wise home cooks use the excess water from cooked dal. Cooked dal is used for dal or sambar. Flavorful, nutritious The spices of rasam blend in smoothly to create a flavorsome and aromatic spicy soup. This light savory papaya rasam fits appropriately as a low carb meal with brown rice or quinoa.
The zesty raw mango chutney is one of the most loved mouth-watering sides enjoyed by Indians during the summer season. When the raw mangoes blend with fresh celery, the mushy green chutney brings joy to the taste-buds. The fresh & sour flavors combined with salty, sweet and spicy ingredients to create flavourful dip called “Celery, Raw Mango Chutney”. This vegetarian chutney fits amazingly into a low carb Indian diet.
Ingredients: Names and Nutrition
Raw mango or the unripe green mangoes are a tropical fruit also known as Kairi (in the Bengali language), maamidi kaya (in Telugu) and Kacha Aam (in Hindi). Celery is a green leafy plant which looks similar to coriander leaves.
Raw mangoes and celery are extremely good for health. Raw mangoes contain a great amount of pectin, starch, vitamin B and Vitamin C. They are great for energizing the body, maintaining a strong heart, liver, and intestine. Celery leaves have an immense amount of low-calorie dietary fiber which helps in losing weight. Consumption of celery can aid in relieving from exhaustion, cure joint pain, heal headaches and solve appetite-loss problems.
Choosing To Prepare Fresh Home-Made Cuisines
It is a known fact that fruits and herbs should always be fresh. Purchasing raw mangoes and celery from the market as frozen ingredients are of no use as they contain zero-nutrition. The keto Indian food has to be prepared with fresh ingredients and had right away.
This Chutney is prepared fresh with natural ingredients. I recommend consuming soon while most nutrients are active. That is why having chutney in restaurants or fast food stalls can be risky. Often in food joints, the chutneys are prepared at the start of the day in large portions to be served to customers along with snacks through the day. As the chutney sits for longer duration it becomes unsuitable for consumption.
The soft vada soaked in creamy white dahi (curd) and topped with aromatic spices and chutney is a delight to the plate. I have given the recipe a healthy twist by using whole grain urad dal to make the vadas for added fiber. Furthermore, this is one of the most excellent low carb, no preservative recipes as I prefer to use unsweetened homemade yogurt. My favorite vegetarian, protein-packed, gluten-free snack. It is a snack in Indian cuisine, yet it fully qualifies as a light, healthy meal. Make a choice depending on your mood and how hungry you are for vadas. This is dahi vada is not only packed with protein, but it also has high calcium, fiber, vitamins, and active probiotics as well. Though vadas are fried, since they are dipped in water, some of the oil is separated. If you still want to make it an ultimate power nutrition meal, fry vadas in one of – coconut oil, peanut oil, sunflower oil, canola oil, vegetable oil. These oils have a high smoke point around 500f. Which means the oil doesn’t break down chemically and produce harmful radicals till it reaches that temperature.
I wonder many times that ancient Indian cooks have come up with such awesome homemade recipes without using any artificial flavors or stock. I feel responsible to preserve such recipes and pass on to next generations. If you agree with me, follow me, make as many recipes for our children and they will repeat.
Dahi Vada: Names & Nutrition
Dahi vada is known by various names across India such as- Dahi Vada (in Gujarati); Dahi Bhalla (in Punjabi); Doi Bora (in Bengali); Dahi bara (in Odiya); Dahi bada (in Rajasthan) and Thayir vadai (in South India).
Dahi vadas are packed with protein and calcium. They serve as a refreshingly savory energy booster during hot summer days. This is one of the low-fat Indian keto recipes which when had as an appetizer can save from over-eating. The recipe uses a lot of dahi, also called curd or yogurt. The curd is extremely beneficial for weight loss. Moreover, curd helps in digestion, enhances immunity, makes skin glow and aids in maintaining healthy bones & teeth. The vadas are made up of whole grains, and the dietary fiber present in whole grains help maintain good health.
Around the world, almost 10% folks relish a wide assortment of Colocasia as a staple food. The leaves of this plant are quite popular while Colacasia stems are enjoyed by a very limited group of people. So please go ahead and relish this low carb, highly nutritious delicacy. This vegan Colacasia Stem Saute is a gluten-free recipe. It is a delicious Keto Indian curry benefiting the body tremendously for being highly fibrous and packed with nutrition.
Colocasia: How to Recognize it by Form and Name?
Colocasia plants also known as Elephant-ear plants because of their large leaves shaped like those of elephant’s ears. Unlike Alocasia, Colocasia leaves droop downwards.
Colocasia is called by a host of names in different Indian languages such as Taro, Arvi (Hindi name); Kachu (Bengali); Aaloo (Marathi); Sempu (Tamil); Chempu (Malayalam); Kesavedantu (Kannada); Pan (Manipuri) etc.