Low calorie diet for women in their twenties

If you are in your twenties, you are probably at your healthiest best. You may go through crucial changes in your life on the work and personal fronts.

An advancing career and a marriage may leave you with no time to plan healthy meals for yourself to carry you through to the next decade in the pink of health.

Adequate consumption of nutritious food is required to help you stay fighting fit. We take a look at the nutrients you require at this age.

While fibre, iron and calcium are essential to safeguard reproductive health, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids protect your heart.

Dietary fibre reduces cholesterol and regulates blood sugar. It keeps you feeling full longer so that you eat only at meal times and don`t gain weight.

Fibre-rich methi aloo paratha

2 cups – whole wheat flour
2 cups – fresh fenugreek (methi) leaves
2 tbsp – cooking oil
1/2 tsp – salt
3 – boiled potatoes
2 – green chillies
1/2 tsp – grated ginger
1/2 tsp – red paprika powder
1/3 tsp – whole cumin
1 tsp – dried pomegranate (anardana) powder
1/3 tsp – garam masala


For the dough:

Wash and chop the fenugreek leaves finely.
Take the flour in a bowl, add salt and oil and mix well.
Then add the chopped fenugreek leaves and mix again.
Make a soft dough by adding enough water.
Cover and keep aside.

For the stuffing:

1. Mash the potatoes, and add finely chopped green chillies, ginger, paprika powder, 1/2 tsp of salt, garam masala, cumin, anardana powder and a teaspoon of oil. Mix well.

For the paratha:

Make a small ball from the dough, flatten it a bit and place 2 tbsp of the stuffing on it.
Turn up the edges of the dough so that the stuffing is concealed completely.
Dust the ball with some dry flour and gently roll the ball with a rolling pin, if you press it too hard then the filling may come out.
Make a paratha of medium thickness (about the same thickness as a pancake).
Then dry roast on a griddle/skillet/non stick pan, on medium heat.
Then flip and apply little oil or butter on both the sides, and cook till both sides are golden brown and crisp.

Recipe courtesy: Maayeka

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