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Calories In Indian Food

Weight-watchers and people who are already obese need to count the calories they consume. Many Indian dishes are high calorie foods that will add on to the waist line. Even though many Indian dishes contain healthy ingredients like lentils, vegetables and herbs, it is the cooking method that makes it unhealthy. Many dishes become high in calorie content because of the addition of cream, butter, ‘ghee’ and sugar. In order to eat a healthy diet and watch out for unwanted calories, there are certain Indian foods that should be avoided. Eating high calorie food items is not recommended for your daily meal, but you can always relish them once a month or so. If you get lured into trying greasy foods, which you know contain loads of fats, then you can consume it once in a while, but in moderate quantities. But then after that you have to gear up for doing a vigorous workout, so as to shed off those extra calories that are stored in your body. Read on to learn more interesting facts about calorie content in Indian food.

Calorie Chart Of Indian Food

Item Quantity Calories
Yogurt One bowl 100
Butter milk One cup 30
Khoya 100 grams 421
Tender coconut water One glass 24
Rice 1 cup 222
Khichidi 1 cup 430
Pulao 2 bowls 358
Vegetable briyani 1 cup 290
Non-veg briyani 1 cup 320
Parathas 2 297
Chapatti 2 170
Poori 3 240
Bhature 1 154
Bengal gram dal 1 bowl 124
Sambar 1 bowl 81
Potato curry 3/4th bowl 131
Peas panner curry 1 bowl 191
Poha 1 bowl 298
Dahi vada 2 343
Fish cutlet 2 190
Idli 3 229
Masala Dosa 1 192
Samosa 1 207
Fried fish 2 bowl 218
Mutton curry 1bowl 237
Prawn curry 3/4th bowl 206
Chicken with gravy 1 bowl 257
Coconut chutney 2 tbsp 125

It is a known fact that Indian food is high in calorie content. Many of the Indian foods like ‘parathas’ are made with oil and again topped with oodles of butter. The sweets are fried in oil and then dropped in heavily concentrated sugar syrup. People tend to consume more sweets especially during the wedding season and other festive occasions. It is best to avoid foods that contain high saturated fats, like deep fried ‘pooris’, ‘samosas’, chips and French fries.

The first thought that comes to the mind, when you think of Indian food is—spicy, oily and fatty. Though it is true to a certain extent, Indian food is highly misunderstood. Making a few changes to cooking methods can go a long way, for example avoid adding ghee or cream to dishes. Instead, one could add a bit of soy milk or butter milk to make it creamier. Try to consume skimmed milk and skimmed curd. Reduce the consumption of oil, add less oil while cooking. It is also advisable to choose healthy oils like olive oil.

n the contrary, there are many Indian foods that are very healthy if cooked in a healthy manner. Dishes like ‘biryani’, cooked with less oil, loaded with nutritious vegetables and healthy spices can be a very wholesome and healthy meal. A cup of biryani contains 290 calories.

‘Phulkas’ made without oil are one of the healthiest Indian breads. Dishes like ‘upma’, ‘idli’, ‘broken wheat kichdi’ are also low in calories and high in nutritive values.

If you wish to lead a healthy lifestyle, it is essential to eat nutrition rich food and exercise regularly. What you eat directly affects your body fitness, so it becomes all the more necessary to be aware about the number of calories in Indian food and the nutritional value of the food you are eating. It is advisable to consult a dietician and gather knowledge about the Indian food calories and then decide your meal.

In order to watch calorie intake, it is all about striking a balance and you will never put on weight. If you have eaten more, compensate by eating light food in the next meal, while making sure you also stick to your workout plan. Keeping fit is in your hands, but all that is required is a sincere effort and then nothing can stop you from achieving success. As it is vital to eat healthy foods that are low in calories, it is equally important to use the right cooking method. You should avoid items that require deep-frying, because then that would involve extensive usage of butter and oil, which will definitely increase your calorie intake, making you feel a lot fuller.