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Protein-rich Indian street food

Dr. Shweta U. Shah

Dr. Shweta U. Shah
24 February 2020

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah. A practicing homeopath, she follows a patient-centred perspective, emphasizing the benefits of natural remedies and herbs, homeopathy and whole food nutrition.

We Love Street Food

Most of us absolutely love street food. Eating street food is all about lip-smacking great taste on a shoe-string budget. To assist you on your food quest, we’ve rounded up some of the most iconic street foods in India. We’ve enlisted those dishes that are rich in protein and nutrition. These street foods incorporate protein in the form of legumes and lentils and help boost your protein intake whilst keeping the yummy street-food factor intact!

To ensure that these dishes are hygienically prepared and healthy, you can also try these dishes at home and experiment with the recipes and ingredients in your own kitchen.

Top 5 favourite street foods

  • Chhole tikki: Very flavourful and extremely colourful, chhole tikki is a much-loved street food. Hot, spicy and super tasty, this chaat is a rollercoaster of flavours, topped with chutneys, onions, tomatoes, beets and sev, making it delicious treat. The chhole is made from chickpeas which is a good source of quality proteins. Crispy, golden potatoes make the tikki, while the mint chutney gives it piquancy and vibrancy. The meethi (sweet) chutney is made from dates, tamarind, and jaggery, giving the dish a sweet and tangy flavour. It is garnished with yogurt – another rich source of protein.
  • Paneer kathi roll: This roll is perfect for hungry people on the go! A spicy-sweet marinade creates a taste sensation! Protein-packed cottage cheese spiced with cumin, ajwain, coriander, garlic, ginger and onion, and generous amounts of yogurt and cheese is wrapped in a roti. This street snack is wholesome and filling.
  • Dahi bhalle: A relatively indulgent treat, dahi bhalle are urad dal fritters dunked in sweet yogurt and topped with chutney and sev. The dals as well as the yogurt are contain quality protein. Garnished with various chutneys or spices, this is an exceedingly nutritious dish which should not be missed! 
  • Dosa: This is a quintessential street food! Dosa batter is made from urad dal which has high amount of proteins; so does the toor dal sambar. Dosas are ideal as any meal. What’s more, scores of innovative dosa are popular these days – cheese dosa, paalak (spinach) dosa, paneer dosa, noodle dosa, etc. so there’s a lot to choose from!
  • Vegetable shammi kebab: A quick and filling snack, this is one of the most versatile street foods. Consisting of grated vegetables, mashed chana dal and piquant seasoning, these kebabs are served with a range of accompaniments – chutney, yogurt and dip. It is a guilt-free snack because it uses very little oil.

These foods can help you feel full and satiated, and incorporating them in to your routine need not be guilt-ridden. If you are making these at home, always use unpolished pulses in your recipes to imbibe the maximum goodness. Use Tata Sampann dals, they are unpolished and carefully packaged to retain their nutritional value. 

Eating street food is an easy and a somewhat inexpensive way to fill your stomach. When you treat yourself to these indulgences, you only need to make the smart choice to stay healthy. Additionally, making these at home also opens the door to a complete world of absolute scrumptiousness tailored to your taste.

Source:

  • Encyclopaedia of Healing Foods, Dr. Michael Murray and Dr. Pizzorno.


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