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For us Indians, food is an integral part of our lives. Whether we eat to live or live to eat is still a question. Well, most of us would agree on the latter! We surely love our chatpata chats, ghee wale laddoos, scrumptious dosas and garam garam parathas.  Now it’s time to sit down and contemplate about the good and bad eating habits we have been practicing all these years. A few cheat meals here and there are fine, but make sure you now adapt to a healthy eating routine. The current lifestyle of excessive eating has made this change necessary. Also Read - Easy Vegetable Pasta Recipe: With These Easy Steps, You Can Make This Mouth Watering Dish at Home

An increasing number of people are being diagnosed with diabetes and high blood pressure. Research suggests that among Asian Americans, Indian Americans have the highest prevalence of Type 2 diabetes compared to other Asian groups. People have also gotten busier than ever–full-fledged nutritious meals have been replaced with quick bites on-the-go. You have probably heard the tagline “Taste bhi, health bhi” many times and wondered how this can be possible. Cooking healthy and tasty meals is not that complicated. We have some great recipes to share! Also Read - Crispy Fried Chicken Recipe: Check Out The Easy Steps on How to Make This Crunchy Non-Vegetarian Dish

  1. Oats Pongal: Oats has the capacity to lower bad cholesterol as well as reduce and control blood pressure. Pongal is a beloved South Indian dish and is a vital part of festival recipes as well. It is easily part of daily diet. Replacing rice with oats adds to the taste and the health element in pongal. The method of preparation is the same except that oats need to be washed twice and cooked until they become mushy. This adds great taste to the recipe!

  1. Ragi (Finger Millet) Dosa: Ragi, also known as finger millet, has many arrows in its arsenal when it comes to health benefits. This cereal plant is known to be rich in calcium, aids in weight reduction, acts as a natural relaxant and also helps diabetics. Dosa is a popular South Indian dish. Similarly to pongal, many people have made this recipe a part of their daily diet. Although dosa constitutes of dals, it also contains a good amount of rice. Adding 2-3 cups of ragi to your dosa batter before spreading it on the hot tawa will add a great health product to your meal.

  1. Replace Red Meat with Fake Meat: As per WebMD, red meats are high in saturated fat, which raises blood cholesterol. High levels of LDL cholesterol increase the risk of heart disease. To provide healthy eating-out options, many vegan restaurant have sprung up that replace red meat with fake meat. Fake meat is plant-based meat substitute. These faux meats come in a variety of options. They are mostly made of soy or wheat protein. Some popular ones are tofu, tempeh, and seitan.

  1. Moong Dal Cutlets: Cutlets and chai –this is probably a favorite high tea recipe! Moong dal cutlets are extremely nutritious and tasty. Combine cooked green grams (don’t overcook dal), 1-2 boiled potatoes, 6-7 tsps of coriander leaves, 2-3 spoons of garam masala, salt as per your taste and 2 finely chopped green chillies. Make cutlets out of this dough and shallow fry. Tasty cutlets are ready! Serve them hot with a cup of masala chai.

  1. Tofu Paratha: Choose fresh water-packed tofu (always refrigerated). Grate tofu, combine it with coriander leaves, green chillies, ginger, turmeric and salt as per your taste. Make balls out of this dough, place them in between the usual wheat flour chapati dough balls and roll them into parathas. Tofu parathas can be a great breakfast dish. Tasty and healthy!

  1. Walnuts and Dates Ladoo: Laddoos are prepared during festivals, given at the time of pregnancy and in many Indian households kids love to eat laddoos almost every day! Let’s make these ladoos healthy by adding a delicious nutty twist. One-quarter cup of walnuts, for instance, provides more than 100% of the daily recommended value of plant-based Omega-3 fats, along with high amounts of copper and manganese. Dates are chewy and flavorfully packed with vitamins, nutrients and minerals required for all-around development. By combining these two yummy ingredients, you can make mouth-watering laddoos.Take 100 grams of quick oats, 200 grams of dates crushed, 1/2 cup walnuts, 1 tbsp of ghee and enough milk to make laddoos. Dry roast oats for 2-3 minutes and grind them to powder, roast walnuts in ghee, combine oats and walnuts with dates and milk and make laddoos.

  1. Bake Your Koftas: Indians have had a constant love affair with kofta dishes. It’s time to turn them into something healthy as well. Koftas can be easily baked not only in the traditional oven, but also in the microwave. This makes it a healthy oil-free dish! It may come as a pleasant surprise to you, but the element of taste is not compromised with this way of cooking.

Are you hungry yet? Then it’s time to try out these lip-smacking and healthy-licious recipes!