Indian Street Food can be Healthy too
Street food is often considered unhealthy and unhygienic – a reputation which we think is rather ill-deserved. India has an amazing array of grub on the street and many snacks are both nutritious and delicious. We pick out the healthy options for you that you can enjoy without guilt or the fear of falling sick.
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Whenever you see a vendor with smoking coals, know that sweet potatoes are not far way. This vegetable is roasted and served with starfruit, ber (jujube berries) and a sprinkling of lime and chaat masala. These nutritional powerhouses are packed with complex carbohydrates, fibre and beta carotene.
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Is it healthy if it’s full of sugar? Yes! Anybody who’s had a glass of chilled sugarcane juice on a searing summer day will vouch for its restorative properties. The drink is rich in antioxidants and electrolytes. According to Ayurveda, it strengthens the liver and relieves constipation.
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While chaat is not what one associates with nutrition, there are healthier versions of this dish, such as, chaats made of moong dal sprouts, puffed rice, cucumber and fruits. Hiralal Chaatwala (in Chawri Bazar, Delhi) makes an interesting chaat in which bowl-shaped chunks of seasonal fruit are scooped out and stuffed with a spiced mixture of chickpeas and pomegranate seeds.
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