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30 October 2018
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Traditional Indian cuisine is unmistakable well-known for its mix of aromatic spices, grains and legumes giving it a wide variety of wonderful flavours and colours, making this cuisine so unique! Some people get the impression that Indian cuisine is usually very rich – they are not wrong, it is afterall rich in nutritional values! Here are information on some ingredients and how they can benefit you.

  1. Chickpeas

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    Chickpeas, often used in Dhal curries, are a great source of protein, fiber, zinc and folate1. This makes them a healthy factor in an Indian vegetarian diet.

  2. Basmati Rice

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    Cereal grains like Basmati rice, and wheat in Chapathi provide good source of fiber and proteins! When the dish is complemented with Dhal (containing beans and lentils) it becomes a meal that is nutritionally protein-perfect2.

  3. Spinach & Cauliflower

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    Don’t underestimate these superfoods! Spinach and Cauliflower, commonly used in delicious Saag Aloo (spinach with potatoes) and Aloo Ghobi (cauliflower with potatoes), are also known as cancer-fighting superfoods3, containing high levels of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

  4. Chili Peppers

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    What’s Indian food without the heat? Chili peppers, also rich in antioxidants such as beta-carotene and vitamin C, are used in almost every spicy dish! Capsaicin, the active ingredient in chili peppers which gives it its heat (hot & spicy sensation), has been traditionally used as a remedy to improve circulation in the hands and feet4.

  5. Raita

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    Raita, the minty yoghurt dip made from natural yoghurt, cucumber and mint, is a source of calcium and is a low fat alternative5 to sauces such as mayonnaise. Natural set yoghurt is also often used in curry sauces to replace cream or coconut milk.

Reference :

1USDA Nutrient Database (Chickpeas). Available at:
https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/1605.

2Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council. Available at:
https://www.glnc.org.au/legumes/legumes-nutrition/

3American Institute for Cancer Research. Available at:
http://www.aicr.org/foods-that-fight-cancer/foodsthatfightcancer_leafy_vegetables.html

4Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Available at:
https://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/integrative-medicine/herbs/capsaicin

5Nestle Natural Set Yogurt. Available at:
https://www.nestle.com.sg/brands/chilled_dairy/nestle_natural_set_yogurt

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