Crispy, hot and topped with ghee or butter, parathas are a weakness of many. But those suffering from lifestyle diseases such as diabetes might have to skip such treats since excess of ghee, oil or butter might risk their health. Diabetes Mellitus is one of the biggest health challenges that the world is facing today. It is characterised by increased blood sugar levels since the body is not able to produce enough insulin to regulate these levels. But there are quite many ways by which one can still add your favourite foods without worrying about diabetes.
Health experts have charted multiple diet tips by which one can avoid sugar spikes. From eating at regular intervals, starting the day with methi water to including high-protein and high-fibre foods in your diet, experts suggest various diet tips to diabetics to manage diabetes. While heavy aloo ke parathes might be out of bounds but what if one could make the parathas diabetic-friendly? Yes, you read that right! There are many foods that are both healthy and versatile enough to suit the diet and taste buds of diabetics too. Kalonji or black onion seeds, for instance, is a popular ingredient in Indian curries, dals and flatbreads that also boasts of many health benefits including its role in regulating blood sugar levels in diabetics.
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Kalonji can be added to parathas too.
Kalonji is rich in potassium, protein, fibre and many essential vitamins and minerals, as well as healthy fats, amino acids and antioxidants, which have a positive impact in a number of ways on the overall health of diabetics. Black seed oil, in fact, is said to be beneficial for Type-2 diabetics. Many studies have shown that adding kalonji or kalonji oil to the diabetic diet may improve fasting and average levels of blood sugar. The presence of fibre and protein in kalonji also adds up to the satiety value, digests the food slower and avoids any sudden sugar spike in the blood.
Here we have a kalonji or onion seed paratha recipe that is not just diabetic-friendly but also absolutely yummy! All you need is wheat flour, maida, onion seeds, ghee, salt and water to knead the dough and make piping hot parathas with it over butter!
Find the full recipe of kalonji paratha here.
Pair these with your favourite sabzi or just some curd for a wholesome meal.
Include this onion seed paratha in your next meal at home to manage sugar levels and share your experience with us in the comments section below.