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Low-calorie South Indian recipes for weight loss

Try these low-calorie South Indian recipes which are prepared with less oil and contain very little fat.

Written by Tania Tarafdar |Published : January 12, 2015 3:25 PM IST

Most South Indian delicacies like sambhar and dosa are either fried or seasoned with oil which can interfere with your weight loss goals. However, if you do not want to give up on your food habits and want to lose weight at the same time, you can try preparing these low-calorie South Indian dishes.

Udipi neer dosa: This soft and thin dosa is prepared using a batter of rice and fresh coconut. The dosa is not only delicious, but it is highly nutritious with good amounts of vitamin, protein, starch and minerals, making it an excellent and wholesome dish. This low-calorie pancake can be a very good option for breakfast. Find the recipe here.

Vegetable upma: The vegetable upma not only keeps you full for a longer time but is also highly nutritious. The split black gram is a rich source of calcium, magnesium, potassium, beta-carotene, iron, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin K. Savour this dish for breakfast or evening snack. Find the recipe here.

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Bread dosa: This exciting and delicious variation of the much-loved South Indian delicacy dosa is prepared with black gram dal. This dal is low in glycemic index and can be a very healthy for people who are suffering from diabetes or are watching their weight. The vitamin-rich vegetables and the protein-rich yogurt are added to this dish to enhance its taste. Find the recipe here.

Appam with stew: Appam can be a good choice for people who are watching their weight. It is cooked without using oil in any form and is thus, healthy for your heart. This stew is low in calories and rich in fibre and protein. It also contains good amounts of essential minerals like potassium and manganese. Find the recipe here.

Rava idli: Rava idli is extremely healthy and a very good source of protein. It is low in fat and calorie and makes a great option to begin your day on a healthy note. The idli also has a rich taste due to the herbs and spices added to it. Find the recipe here.

Moong-dal idli: The moong dal idli can be a welcome addition to calorie controlled diets as it is extremely low in calories. This idli is also low fat, easily digestible and a great source of protein. Find the recipe here.

Poha idli: This healthy South Indian dish can be prepared in a jiffy and can be a great option for breakfast or a snack too. Black gram added to the recipe makes the idlis rich in fibre, keeping you full for a longer time, helping you beat hunger pangs. Consuming poha is also a great way to add dietary iron to your diet. Find the recipe here.

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