Chaat can be best described as salty, sweet and tangy savory snack. Chaat can be delicious and healthy if deep-fried items are avoided. Adding small amounts of fried stuff is ok, but consuming all fried items mean bloating yourself with calories. Though there are tons of varieties of chaats, every dish has a unique, most cherishing taste. Chaats are a great way to socialize and entertain. The road side carts in India and other countries serving chaats are favorite time pass spots to many families, friends, lovers, flirts. Chaats are excellent to entertain your guests with a side of cocktail or lemonade.
Dal with rice or roti is a staple food in every Indian household. My childhood was no different and I’m carrying on the tradition with my family. Lentils are a tasty, nutritious item on a vegetarian dinner plate. Low in calories, and high in protein, calcium, fiber, lentils are versatile food to your diet. Many ways to transform lentils – dal, salads, spreads. Lentils cook much quicker than dried beans and do not need soaking before cooking. You will love this simple, easy, homespun weekday meal. Boost your dal by adding any greens or veggies to make it heart friendly, diabetic friendly. Lentils are a hassle-free addition to any meal with nutty and earthy in flavor. Lentils are available with or without the husk. The husk contains the highest amount of dietary fiber. Consuming lentils with husk adds taste and highest amount of dietary fiber content to your diet.
Malabar spinach or Indian spinach is not spinach at all. It doesn’t look or taste like spinach at all. Malabar spinach leaves are thick, fleshy. They cook very fast. Other than making lentils, you can saute, make soups out of Malabar spinach. This dish called bachali kura pappu in Telugu.
Vegetarian, Vegan, Paleo, all-natural, Atkins, South-beach, weight-watchers… What are these diets? What’s the difference?
Vegetarian diet doesn’t include meat, poultry or seafood.
Vegan diet is total vegetarian which does not include meat, poultry, fish, or any products derived from animals, including eggs, dairy products, honey and gelatin.
The paleo diet is eating natural food with little or no processing. In other words, the paleo diet focuses on eating foods nature gave us to eat. This diet typically includes vegetables, fruits, nuts, roots, meat, and organ meats. Foods such as dairy products, grains, sugar, legumes, processed oils, salt, alcohol, coffee, pasta, cereal, candy etc are not included.
All-natural diet is eating all-natural aka unprocessed ingredients. It is similar to Paleo but includes legumes, grains, coffee.
The Atkins diet is a low-carbohydrate diet, eat as much protein and fat as you want. It is usually recommended for weight loss.
South Beach Diet is about choosing the right carbs and the right fats. There are 3 phases in South beach diet. Phase 1 restricts carbohydrates, phase 2 introduces a few restricted foods are introduced. Phase 3 is maintenance to keep weight-loss last long.
Weight watchers diet – The Weight Watchers eat foods which have assigned points and calculate points of food they eat every day. Points System is the key to lose or control weight.
So…where does Indian Cuisine fit?
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