If you’re on a weight loss diet and trying to slim down your belly fast, you would want to opt for these low-calorie Indian chutney recipes that can be served with breakfast or snacks.
New Delhi: We can’t deny the fact that there are a few things that hinder our progress when we try to lose or maintain weight. Some of them being dressings, sauces, pickles, chutneys, etc, that we have with our sandwiches, wraps, dosa, paratha, or chapatti. Considering that they are high in salt and oil, eating these foods on a regular basis can lead to water retention, and hence, less or no weight loss. At the same time, these food items are irresistible, they make food interesting and spicy!
Chutneys are an essential side dish in Indian cuisine. They not only provide a pleasant jolt to your taste buds but also act as an appetizer as well as help support digestion. They can be prepared using a variety of ingredients like herbs, vegetables, spices, and fruits. With different flavours, ranging from sweet or sour, spicy or mild, or any combination of these, chutneys scores big with almost all types of snacks and meals. If you’re on a weight loss diet and trying to slim down your belly fast, you would want to opt for these low-calorie chutney recipes that can be served with breakfast and snacks. Dr Parul Patni, Nutritionist- Lifestyle and Weight Management Expert, shares some easy and healthy Indian chutneys, dip, and pickle to compliment a variety of foods.
- Chili Garlic Chutney: Take some fresh red chili (commonly available in winter season), garlic and vinegar. Churn them together into a paste. Add salt to taste. The combination of chilli and garlic gives an oriental flavour to the chutney. Both chillies and garlic have been linked to increased fat-burning and weight loss. It may be added to a salad or sandwich as a dressing.
- Salsa Dip: Blanch or roast tomatoes to remove skin and chop. Add finely chopped onion, coriander, salt, and green chili. Have it with cheela, idli, dosa or sandwich.
- Amla Chili Pickle: Boil Indian gooseberry or Amla and deseed. Take 1 teaspoon mustard oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and turmeric powder. Let the seeds crackle. Add split green chilli, sauté for a minute. Add Amla and salt to taste. Let it cook for 3-4 minutes. Fresh and healthy weight loss-friendly pickle is ready. You can replace it with a pickle.
- Methi ki Chutney: Soak Methi seeds (fenugreek seeds) and Amchoor ( raw mango powder) for 5-6 hours. Pressure cook them for 15-20 minutes with salt, red chili powder, and turmeric. After releasing the pressure, add chopped red or green chillies. This very spicy chutney goes very well with paratha, snacks, and gravies.
- Tomato Garlic Chutney: Take 1 teaspoon of oil in a pan. Put mustard seeds and let them crackle. Add garlic cloves and let it cook for 1 minute, then add tomato. Once done, let it cool and grind it into a paste. Your low-fat, low-salt delicious chutney is ready.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.