Why the South Indian Dosa is a Healthy Option
Dosas are thin, crepe-like pancakes which are native to India. Relished by people all over the country and even all over the world, these rice crepes are one of the most versatile preparations. They can be had for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even as a quick snack in the evenings. Delicious, crispy and eaten with a variety of side dishes, the dosa is one food which never fails to disappoint.
Dosas are different from Western pancakes in the fact that they are made from lentils and rice batter rather than wheat flour, which ups its nutritional value. It has long been considered a healthy dish due to its simple ingredients and the way it is made. Let us see below a few reasons why the dosa is a healthy option and so that we can further appreciate its delicate simplicity!
1. Low in Calories
Dosas are relatively low in calories. Extremely appetizing and light, they still are capable of satisfying your hunger. A healthy choice for people wanting to overcome obesity.
2. Easily Digestible
A dosa is a fermented pancake. As it is made out of a combination of black lentils and rice batter, it is very easy to assimilate and digest in your body.
3. Rich Source of Carbohydrates
Dosas are a healthy source of carbohydrates and give you the energy needed to carry out various body functions. It is the best choice for people on a weight-loss diet.
4. High Protein
The dosa is moderately high in proteins which are essential body nutrients required to make your muscles and bones stronger. They help you build muscle and slim down, especially when you are on a reduced-calorie diet.
5. Rich in Minerals
Dosa contains several minerals like iron and calcium. Iron helps in making hemoglobin and myoglobin, which carry oxygen to your cells while calcium helps to maintain healthy bones.
6. Provides Vitamins
Dosa is a source of vitamin C, which is an essential nutrient which is required by the body for development and maintenance of blood vessels, cartilage and scar tissues.
7. Low in Fat
Foods high in saturated fat can increase the risk of heart disease. By comparison, dosas are low in saturated fat and healthy for your body.
The fermenting process of making the dosa increases the bioavailability of nutrients like folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, thiamine, biotin and Vitamin K as well as some antibiotic & anti-carcinogenic substances. They replenish the microflora of the digestive tract.
9. Contain Beneficial Bacteria
The lactic acid bacteria present in fermented foods like the dosa not only aid in digestion but also help alter the pH balance in the intestines, which is associated with long life and good health. They also create omega-3 fatty acids which are essential for the immune system. Improved digestion can lead to a variety of benefits including regular bowel movement, healthy hair and skin, loss of excess weight and stable blood pressure controls.
The dosa is crisp, tasty, is served fresh and tastes amazing with chutneys like tomato, onion, coconut or dals like sambar. You can even have it with pickles. It also is very easy to make with minimal effort.
Want some ideas to make your own? Try this recipe to make Quinoa Dosa with Tomato Chutney.
WHAT IF I AM ON A CARB-CONTROLLED DIET?
Due to their carbohydrate content, these delicious South Indian crepes tend to be less than ideal for those who are suffering from diabetes or conditions that require them to keep a strict check on their blood sugar levels. But no fear, there are variants you can turn to which lets you enjoy these treats without spiking your blood sugar levels!
Try the Bamboo Seed Dosa Mix, made with protein-rich bamboo seeds and arrowroot. It contains isolated pea protein and split black gram, for added vegetarian protein and is also fortified with curcumin, which has potent anti-inflammatory properties. This dosa mix is excellent for diabetics as it slowly releases carbs over a period of time, and does not spike blood sugar levels. It is also stellar for weight-management. Try it!
- Abhisarika Das