Our Indian cuisine is frequently associated with a high concentration of oil/ghee and spices. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, Gujarat to Arunachal Pradesh, we have the most delicious dishes to offer. Our cuisine is indeed the spicier, with little ghee or oil used. However, describing our Indian cuisine solely as spicy and greasy is inaccurate. We have a variety of healthy and delicious dishes that are also low in calories and super easy to prepare.
Most of our Indian dishes are high in nutrients, vitamins, and minerals and can be included in our regular diet. We must figure out what to eat, how to eat it, and how much to eat.
- What to eat is when we decide what we will eat, the most delicious option available, and so on.
- When we decide how to eat, we are deciding how we want to cook our food. For example, deep frying, sautéing, grilling, and so on. It is determined by our weight-loss objectives.
- When we decide how much to consume, we determine our portion size and how we handle it based on our weight and calorie requirements.
These are our favorite picks below 500 calories-
- Idli: Idli is a trendy South Indian fermented breakfast that almost everyone enjoys. Idli is made with a fermented batter made of rice or urad dal. It has a low calorie count, making it one of the best under 500 calorie options. Fermented foods aid digestion, increase nutrient absorption, boost immunity, aid in weight loss, and are beneficial to gut health. You can modify the recipe to your liking by adding oats, vegetables, and so on, without worrying about calorie overload because they are cooked under steam. There are also lighter options, such as ragi or Rava idli. The protein and fibre content of the recipe vary depending on the ingredients used. Idlis are typically served with coconut chutney or sambhar.
- Poha: a light and delicious Maharashtrian dish. The crunchy texture of peanuts adds to their flavour. It's quick and easy to prepare, and it's packed with nutrients. You can change the recipe to your liking by adding peas, potatoes, corn, and so on. Poha is low in calories and aids in weight management.
- Dhokla: A popular Gujarati dish, besan (chickpea flour) is the main ingredient and a good source of protein. The protein content of dhokla keeps us fuller for longer, preventing mindless snacking and assisting in weight maintenance/loss. Dhokla is low in calories because it is prepared by steaming.
- Upma: Another South Indian dish that is eaten in almost every home in India is upma. It has a low calorie count and a good amount of protein. Upma is made with Rava as the main ingredient and other ingredients such as nuts, vegetables, and so on to enhance the flavour.
- Parathas: Yes, Parathas! It can also be a part of your healthy breakfast menu if you like paratha. Simply add some vegetables or multigrain flours from the market and give them your personal touch. Choose seasonal vegetables to reap the benefits of your favourite parathas. Your additional ingredients will change the amount of carbs, protein, fibre, vitamins, and calories. The number of calories consumed is determined by what you eat with them – curd, butter, ghee, and so on. Also, consider the amount of oil you use when cooking. Add them to the total calorie count.Yes, Parathas! It can also be a part of your healthy breakfast menu if you like paratha. Simply add some vegetables or multigrain flours from the market and give them your personal touch. Choose seasonal vegetables to reap the benefits of your favourite parathas. Your additional ingredients will change the amount of carbs, protein, fibre, vitamins, and calories. The number of calories consumed is determined by what you eat with them – curd, butter, ghee, and so on. Also, consider the amount of oil you use when cooking. Add them to the total calorie count.
- Vegetable Sandwich: A vegetable sandwich requires significantly less preparation time and can be eaten on the way to work or school. It will still provide more health benefits than junk food on the market. Take your favourite bread (brown, white, or multigrain) and your favourite vegetables. The nutritional value and calorie content vary depending on your bread and vegetable preferences, as well as your cooking methods.
- Cheela: This tasty dish can be prepared in a variety of ways, and all of them are known for their high protein content. The most common types of cheela are besan (chickpea flour) cheela and moong dal cheela. Indian pulses and lentils are well-known for their high protein and nutrient content. Because of their nutritional value and calorie content, they are an excellent breakfast option. Have a good start by eating them with mint chutney.
- Sprouts: Sprouts are a great breakfast option for salad lovers who want something quick and easy to eat every morning. Sprouts are not only a great addition to salads, but they can also be used in sandwiches or as a side dish with boiled eggs ( for non-vegetarians). You can make sprout sabji with a desi tadka.
- Paneer: Paneer can be incorporated into a variety of breakfast dishes for all paneer enthusiasts. You can sauté it with your favourite vegetables, add it to paratha, or make bhurji with it and serve it with paratha or chapati. Paneer is a high-protein food that can help you feel fuller for longer.
- Dalia: Also known as cracked wheat, it is high in protein and fibre. This nutritious dish can be prepared in a variety of ways. You can cook them with dry fruits in milk. Another option is to chop some vegetables and add some desi tadka to them.
Quick Tips :
- The nutritional values and calorie content of the dishes are determined by how they are prepared.
- What you eat in addition to your main course contributes to your total calorie intake. For example, a sauce or chutney with a sandwich, coconut chutney or sambhar with idli, and so on. Add them in when calculating your total calorie intake.
- There are numerous other options available to you. All of the nutrient contents and calories are determined by the ingredients used and the cooking methods used.