Peas have a mixed fan-base across the country. The sweet-smelling, mushy and delectable pods are teeming with nutrients such as vitamin C, K, manganese, folate, and iron. They are low in calories and high on fibre, which makes it ideal for digestion and weight loss. Whenever we think of peas we only associate them with indulgent Indian gravies like matar paneer, methi matar malai and matar mushroom. In reality, however, peas are super versatile and can be used in many weight-loss-friendly snacks and dishes. They are rich in proteins, which is an essential weight loss-friendly nutrient. Protein is essential for helping you workout better and may also help you feel full for longer.
Benefits Of Peas:
1. Rich in fibre and protein.
2. Low in calories.
3. Rich in polyphenol antioxidants.
4. Rich in Vitamin A (essential for healthy eyesight) and Vitamin C (essential for immunity).
5 Interesting Ways To Include Peas (Or Matar) In Your Diet:
Pulao is a rice-based dish that is often tempered with spices. Matar pulao is one of the most relished delicacies of all times. The peas cooked al-dente with aromatic rice make a match made in heaven. You can team your matar pulao with raita or any gravy of your choice and be assured of a wholesome eating experience. Try swapping your white rice with brown rice, if you are on a weight loss diet.
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Weight loss: Pulao is a rice-based dish that is often tempered with spices
You can also throw in some peas in your soups and make it a filling deal. Generally, people prefer to put dried peas such as the split peas in their soups, as it offers a nice contrast and texture to your soup. You can make the soup creamy or clear depending upon your choice, you can also add other veggies of your choice such as carrots and arugula leaves.
Gently fry some blanched peas with cumin powder, aamchoor powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder and keep it aside. Now, prepare a spread of hung curd, coriander leaves, salt and pepper. Take two slices of whole wheat breads, apply the spread generously and add your spicy matar-mix on top of it. Grill the sandwiches and have them hot.
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Peas can be a great filling for sandwiches
4. Mashed Potatoes And Peas
Have only peas and potatoes in your pantry? Looking for some something tasty and comforting? We've got you covered. Take some mashed potatoes, mix it with a cup of boiled peas, and season it gently with some olive oil, salt, parsley and black pepper. Your mashed peas and potatoes are ready to be savoured.
5. Healthy Samosas
Samosa fillings are traditionally made of spiced potatoes and peas. You can give your samosas a healthy spin with this Ragi Samosa. Filled with cucumber, peas and cashew nut, this samosa is gluten-free, healthy and delicious. Try the recipe and let us know how you liked it.
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