Adding A Healthy Twist To Street Food
Whether it is an evening indulgence or a theme party, Indian street food is a delight in every scenario. While we eat street food, most of us are worried about hygiene levels of the establishment and number of calories in the food. Both of these worries can be addressed by picking up an apron and whipping up your favorite street food item at home. Another added advantage of making street food items at home is that you can make them healthier, customize them to your family’s taste, and replace the unhealthy ingredients with healthier ones.
Want to indulge in some street food snacks at home? Here’s a menu that you can try out or take inspiration from while you begin your planning.
If you have taken a stroll down Mumbai’s many beaches, chances are you must have spotted a chanawala selling boiled brown chana chaat with chopped onions, tomatoes, potatoes and even raw mango, sprinkled with many spices such as chili powder, chaat masala, rock salt, etc., with a generous amount of lemon juice that adds a finishing touch to this chaat. This chaat item is not only delicious but also healthy. From a nutritional point of view, chana is a rich source of vitamins, minerals and fiber. It may also offer health benefits such as improving digestion, aiding weight management and reducing the risk of several diseases. Chana is also a good source of protein from vegetarians. And making this at home is a breeze with the right ingredients and masala.
Roasted or Boiled Corn
The yellow corn, also known as the American corn, has gained immense popularity lately. Even by itself, corn is a great appetizer and an exciting item on a menu. With its slightly sweet taste, the right kind of toppings and spices can turn this singular ingredient into a complete dish. If you are roasting corn, along with the usual lemon and salt rub, you can try adding chaat masala, red chili powder, and rock salt for a different taste. If you want to try something new, you can try coating roasted corn with butter and dried or fresh herbs such as oregano and basil leaves along with black pepper. Boiled corn can be turn into a chaat like chana easily!
This dish gets a bad rap due to the high amount of butter that is added to it while it is prepared on street food stalls or in a restaurant. Making it at home gives you the liberty to adjust the amount of butter in the dish and use a variety of vegetables to increase the nutritional value of the bhaji. Pav bhaji usually features vegetables such as potatoes, tomatoes, cauliflower, peas, capsicum etc. You can add your favorites to this list without a doubt. Use an authentic pav bhaji masala such as Tata Sampann Pav Bhaji Masala, crafted by celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor, to add the perfect taste to your dish. To make your home-made pav bhaji taste irresistible, this masala has the spice dagad phool, also known as stone flower, to add an extra zing. You can also serve the pav bhaji with brown bread or whole wheat pavs to make it healthier.
A street food dish popular in North India, dahi vadas or dahi bhalles are fritters (vadas) topped with cold yogurt. Made out of urad dal, the vadas in this dish add protein to your daily diet. Additionally, dahi has high amount of calcium, zinc, B vitamins and probiotics. It is a good source of protein, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin B-12. Regular consumption of curd has been associated with reduced weight gain and a lower incidence of type 2 diabetes.
While making dahi vadas at home, you can also try baking the vadas instead of deep-frying them to avoid the additional calories. Topped with dahi and a variety of spices, dahi vada is delicious to the very last morsel.
This article is authored by Bonny Shah
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