Apart from tingling our taste buds, South Indian cuisine for a long time, have ruled our palates and cuisine, given their simple yet exotic taste and of course health benefits.
This regional cuisine has truly taught us the meaning of winning with simplicity given its national and global reach where people start craving for South Indian delicacies, at least I do!
We all know that nothing beats waking up to the aroma of crackling curry leaves and the sound of sputtering mustard seeds.
From kids to adults, the South Indian cuisine is an all time favourite ranging from the humble upma to Kerala’s popular appam served with a delicious vegetable stew, not to mention all time favourites idli and dosa.
South Indian cuisine is not only tasty but healthy too. You can happily kick start your day with some steamed idlis spruced up with coconut chutney and a bowl of piping hot sambar – simple, healthy and timeless. Time to consider the health benefits of some of the most popular South Indian Dishes.
At Possible, you will find some really interesting and health friendly South Indian meal options for a healthy and fit mind and body, curated by our expert Possible Nutritionist, especially for you!
Sambar is made of pulses which is a good source of vegetarian protein. Proteins are required for muscle growth and repair, and weight loss too.
Apart from proteins, pulses used in sambar are high on fibers too. The sambar includes a variety of vegetables, which are rich in fibers and anti-oxidants.
Traditional sambar preparations have veggies like drumsticks, pumpkin, brinjal, okra, tomatoes and various other fibre-rich seasonal vegetables. Fibre takes the longest to digest. High fiber foods are also good for heart and cholesterol.
The dal based stew is high on vitamins and minerals iron, zinc, folate and magnesium. In addition to the pulses and vegetables, the eclectic mix of herbs and spices add to the many health benefits of sambar.
Tamarind extract, turmeric, curry leaves, red pepper and mustard seeds have a number of health benefits, ranging from good digestion, weight loss and high immunity.
Due to the presence of water and fibre, sambar is one of the best foods for smooth digestion. Fibre acts bulk to the tool, whereas the rich water content of sambar facilitates passing of stool through the intestinal walls easily.
Since the stew is rich in proteins, fibers and is easily digestible, and sambar makes for a delicious weight loss friendly food.
Dosas are thin, crepe-like pancakes native to India. Dosas are made from lentil and rice batter rather than wheat flour. Dosas are rich in carbohydrates like traditional pancakes but are also high in fat.
Uttapam is healthy as well as easy to cook. Uttapam has a high content of fat due to the oil. Homemade uttapam is an ideal meal option for those who are looking for a low-fat breakfast.
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