If you are planning to cook tricolour food for Republic day, artificial food colours must be on the top of your shopping list. You probably don't know about the side effects of adding colours to your food. These artificial food colours usually contain heavy metals which can damage your kidneys and lead to other harmful effects, if used in excess. That's why you need to use natural food colours to make tricolour food. Here are natural food colourants you can try.
Saffron--Saffron is an excellent spice to give your food a saffron tinge. You need to mix a few saffron strands in a small bowl of warm milk and add to your dish. Use it to colour sweets and desserts. You can also use it if you are planning to cook a tricolour pulao or biriyani.
Turmeric--Turmeric might not give you a saffron tinge but it's healthier than using artificial saffron colour. Use it to colour rice and other savoury food you want to cook.
Carrots--Orange carrots are in season and can give you the perfect saffron colour you need. Use grated carrots to make tricolour uttapams, parathas, sandwiches, salads, pizzas, omelettes and more!
Bananas-- Fruits are great for colours too. If you are planning to start your day with a smoothie for breakfast on Independence Day, make a tricolour one. Blend bananas with milk for the white layer in your drink. Fruit salads are also an excellent idea, slice bananas for the white part of your tricolour food.
Eggs--What better than egg whites to add the white colour to your tricolour food? Make a tricolour sandwich with a boiled egg white filling.
Curd--Replace mayonnaise and cheese sauces with curd or low-fat yoghurt while making a tricolour salad or raita.
Mint and coriander--Use it as a garnish or make the classic green chutney to use in tricolour sandwiches and wraps! Use coriander and mint to colour your tricolour pulao and give it a fresh minty taste.
Green bell peppers--Want to make a stuffing for a sandwich or topping on a tricolour pizza? Use green bell peppers.
Spinach--Nothing better than spinach to add green colour to your tricolour food. Use it in parathas, sandwiches, salads and pulaos.