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Who said diet food had to be boring? Here fitness expert and dietician Samreedhi Goel shares a variety of yummy recipes for every meal, all under 500 calories!
Onion poha (150 calories)
~ Chop the onions and green chilli and set aside. Wash poha with water and allow the excess water to drain.
~ Heat oil in a kadai (wok) add the rye, green chilli, onions and turmeric powder cook on low flame till onions become slightly transparent
~ Add poha and sprinkle salt and lime juice.
~ Serve hot.
French toast (230 calories)
~ Whisk the whites of two eggs together with salt and pepper
~ Dip the slices of bread in this mix till soaked
~ Heat 1 tsp oil on a non stick pan and place bread slices on the pan. Cook till crisp.
~ Serve with tomato ketchup.
Cereal & milk (200 calories)
This is the easiest breakfast for when you are on the run!
~ Add bran flakes to chilled milk top with a fruit and serve!
Dahi idlis (175 calories)
This dish is the perfect summer cooler. If you plan to carry this with you it would be a good idea to use very thick curds or drain the water from the curds for an hour or two.
~ Cut each idli into 4 pieces
~ Add a little water and salt to curds, beat well and pour on the idlis
~ Heat oil, add to it rye and kadipatta and pour this over the dahi idlis
~ Serve chilled.
Paneer Frankie (275 calories) **
~ Put coriander chutney on the rotis and sprinkle chaat masala
~ Chops onions, set aside 2 tsps onion and sprinkle lime juice on them keep aside for 10 minutes then put these onions on the rotis.
~ Heat oil, add chopped onions, chopped tomato, ketchup, salt and paneer pieces
~ Once this mixture is ready, add to rotis and a little more sprinkle chaat masala
~ Roll up & serve like a frankie
Chatpata Chicken sandwich**
~ Chop onion, tomato and capsicum finely.
~ Cut chicken into small cubes
~ Heat oil and add all sauces then the vegetables and the chicken, allowing it all to blend well as it cooks on a low flame.
~ Stuff in sandwich and serve or you can even grill the sandwich after stuffing.
**To add fibre to this meal accompany it with a salad made with tomato, lettuce leaves, cucumber and carrot = 125 calories (You may also drizzle 1 tsp of French dressing)
Bhel (125 calories)
~ Mix all the ingredients and it's ready to serve.
Green Pulao with Vegetable raita (485 calories)
~ Grind these to a paste
~ Heat oil in a large bowl or pan
~ To this add chopped onion and cook till brown
~ Add ginger garlic paste, masalas and chopped tomato, cook on low flame till tomatoes are soft.
~ Then add the green paste and cook for 3-5 minutes
~ Add the rice to the mix and cook till rice grains separate
~ Add two glasses water and allow it to cook on low flame till rice is done
~ Beat the curds with salt and jeera powder and add the grated cucumber
~ Serve chilled
Misal pav (450 calories)
~ Pressure cook the vatana by giving 1-2 whistles then keep aside
~ Heat oil, add 1 chopped onion and cook till slightly transparent
~ To this add ginger garlic paste and cook on low flame
~ Add all masalas and the cooked vatana
~ Top with lime juice, corriander and onions
~ You can add 1 tsp of tamarind chutney if you like
~ Serve with two pav
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