Bread Pakoda vs Besan Chilla: Which Should You Choose? | Food-wine news

Mohini Dongre, Chief Dietitian, Narayana Superspeciality Hospital Gurugram said, “Emphasize portion control and mindful eating

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Bread Pakoda and besan chilla is made from besan or roasted gram flour but there is a considerable difference in their calorie and nutrient content. So if you are someone who likes to keep variety in your breakfast and snack choices, you must be tempted to reach for some of these on any given day. So which is a good choice? We decided to ask our in-house nutritionists to help us make a better choice.

Bread Pakoda, being fried, tends to be high in calories, saturated and trans fats. On the other hand, besan chilla can become a nutritious option as it contains lots of vegetables and paneer and is prepared with less oil,” said Suvidhi Jain, lifestyle, exercise and nutrition coach and founder of LEAN by Suvidhi.

“Besan chilla is not only filling, but when served hot with green chutney, it also satisfies monsoon cravings. If you want to make your pakoda bread healthier, you can fry them in a pan with a little spray oil and then bake or air fry them to get a crispiness while reducing their calorie count,” said Jain.

While it’s okay to indulge in fried food pakodas at times, it is important to avoid frequent consumption, Jain urged. “Establish a diet rich in protein and vegetables and maintain regular exercise to stay on track with your health goals. Remember, if you’re consistent with your diet and exercise 80 percent of the time, it’s okay to indulge 20 percent of the time as long as you balance your meals,” Jain said.

Mohini Dongre, Chief Dietitian, Narayana Superspeciality Hospital Gurugram said, “Emphasize portion control and mindful eating. By making these healthier choices, you will nourish your body, maintain your weight and promote overall well-being,” said Dongre.

Here’s how to prepare kiss squeakcourtesy of Dongre.

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To prepare it, mix besan with water, add vegetables and cook in a non-stick pan with minimal oil, said Dongre.

“This tasty and low calorie option it provides sustained energy and aids digestion,” said Dongre, adding that it should be combined with fresh cucumber or mint chutney for added nutrients.

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First published on: 24-08-2023 at 10:00 AM IST

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