Weight Loss: 7 Steamed Indian Recipes You Can Eat Guilt-Free

Many of us think of weight loss diets as boring, tasteless, and mostly cooked. These concerns stem from myths that suggest a total reliance on raw vegetables if you want to lose weight. Or that you have to give up everything delicious, especially your favorite foods like pasta and pizza. While it’s wise to limit your intake of fattening or high-carb foods, you don’t have to give up everything you love entirely. In fact, with the right choices and some dietary changes, you can continue to chew on many Indian snacks and dishes while successfully completing your weight loss journey. Steamed dishes like dhokla and idli are some of the first names that spring to mind when we’re striving for a guilt-free treat. To add to that list, here are 5 other steamed dishes from across the country that are healthy, delicious, and might just fit right into your weight loss diet.

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Steamed food can be healthy and tasty.

Weight Loss: 7 Steamed Indian Dishes for Guilt-Free Chewing

1. Idli: (most famous)

Unlike most of our Indian snacks, these idlis are not deep fried in fat or brushed with butter. Since the fat content in the idli is so low, the calorie intake is also relatively low. This makes idli a better alternative than fried pakodas or samosas. In addition, idli is easy to digest because it is fermented. Eating fermented foods allows for better breakdown of minerals and vitamins in our body, which aids in digestion. Click here for the recipe.

2. Dhokla: (Most Recommended)

Dhokla is a steamed snack made from besan dough. Vaping helps you save a lot of calories. Because it’s not fried, it’s also low in cholesterol. The dough for this dhokla is made from chana dal, which is an excellent source of plant-based protein. In addition to chana dal, the dough also contains yogurt, which is also a good source of protein and calcium. Click here for the classic recipe.

muted dhokla

Dhokla is a famous Gujarati steam dish.

3. Dal Farra:

A delicious north Indian dal dumpling that you must try. This Dal Farra can be enjoyed every day for lunch or as a quick snack, or prepared for special occasions. These steamed dumplings have a bold flavor thanks to the delicious dal mix used for the filling. Usually made from chana, urad and matar dal, farra is great for both health and taste quotient. Click here for the recipe.

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4. Uppu Urundai:

Uppu Urundai is a mildly spiced steamed rice ball seasoned with mustard seeds, jeera seeds, chana and urad dal, and curry leaves. Also called Neer Urundai, it’s a no-fuss recipe that can be made in under 30 minutes. You can enjoy Uppu Urundai for breakfast or as an evening snack. Click here for the recipe.

morkali uppu urundai

Uppu urundai is a South Indian steamed delciosu dish.

5. Siddu:

Siddu is a classic himachali steamed bun that traditionally includes maida, yeast, ghee and salt to make the bread dough; However, you can replace the Maida with Atta to make it a bit healthier. Filled with various sweet or savory fillings, Siddu can be enjoyed as a breakfast or evening snack. This hot and steaming comfort bun is best paired with a cup of masala tea. Click here for the recipe.

6. Patholi:

Patholi is a steamed sweet dish prepared during festivals in Mangalore and adjacent areas. Turmeric leaves are a must have in your pantry when attempting to make authentic patholi. And similar to haldi powder, the leaf also adds several health benefits to the recipe. It is made by applying a sweet paste of rice, shredded coconut, jaggery, and cardamom powder to the leaf. Click here for the recipe.

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7. Kudumulu Beans:

Kudumulu are Andhra-style steamed rice cakes similar to modak. These can be made sweet or savory. These bean kudumulu are made with broad beans, rice flour and some simple tempered South Indian spices. These soft steamed cakes are great with coconut chutney or garlic chutney. Andhra-style kudumulu is a quick and healthy finger food loved by kids and adults alike. Here is the recipe.

There you go, 7 delicious Indian steamed snacks you can munch on without the guilt.

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