Suji or semolina is a popular Indian grain that is consumed during the fasting season. However, the grain is not just restricted to only fasting days and can be used in preparing a number of other dishes, primarily South Indian preparations. Suji makes for an amazing breakfast, as it is energy-dense and helps keep you going throughout the day. Moreover, it is easily digested, light on the tummy and can be turned into yummy delights that will make your mornings interesting. Suji or semolina is made from rough and coarsely ground whole wheat, making it healthier than most processed grains or maida breads for breakfast. Suji or rava may help in weight loss in a healthy way.
Suji For Weight Loss | How Semolina May Help Assist Your Diet
Suji or rava contains no cholesterol, but it is calorie-dense. A 100 gm unenriched semolina contains 360 calories (as per data by United States Department of Agriculture). However, people who wish to lose weight may use this to their advantage by consuming suji in their breakfast meals. This is because suji is rich in important nutrients and makes for a filling and calorie-dense meal, which can help you sail through work mornings with ease, without feeling hungry. When your energy levels are sufficiently up, you won't need to snack more often. Pair your suji dishes with protein or fibre-rich fruits and vegetables to boost its weight loss benefits.
Additionally, make sure you only pick up semolina flour made from whole wheat that is rich in fibre. There are many ways in which you can use semolina to prepare a gamut of dishes. Sweet or savoury, semolina-based dishes always tend to rule any spread. Suji ka halwa is one of the most popular kinds of halwa known to Indians, but you would be surprised to know of the number of healthy and guilt-free preparations you can churn out of semolina. Semolina is a desi superfood that could do wonders for your diet. Wondering how to include it in your diet? Step this way! If you thought weight-loss was a bland and boring affair, these recipes would cheer you up instantly.
Here Are 4 Delicious And Weight Loss-Friendly Suji Recipes By Mumbai-Based YouTube Chef Alpa Modi:
1. Suji (Rava) Utthapam
This South Indian favourite can be made healthier by switching rice flour with rava or suji. Enriched with the nutrition from delightful low-calorie vegetables like carrots, green beans etc., this recipe will be a great addition to your weight loss diet. The utthapam is ready with minimal oil and can be prepared in no time, if you prepare the batter in advance. This rava utthapam will make your weight loss journey healthy and happy.
Rava Utthapam recipe from Something's Cooking By Alpa:
2. Suji (Rava) Dosa
Another South Indian favourite that you're going to be making again and again, this suji dosa is prepared using semolina, rice flour and even maida. All three types of flours are mixed together with salt, chopped onions and chopped green chillies and then made into a batter by adding water. If you are following a diet that completely eliminates processed grains, then you can skip out on the maida. Dosais a filling dish that can be eaten at any time of the day, but is typically consumed during breakfast.
Rava Dosa recipe from Something's Cooking By Alpa:
3. Suji (Rava) Dhokla
The popular Gujarati dish dhokla has long been considered a healthy snack, due to the method of preparation that doesn't require any oil. Now you can prepare the dhokla with semolina and consume it either as breakfast or as a healthy evening snack, to help you along in your weight loss journey. This recipe will be a nice break from your usual healthy breakfast oatmeal.
Suji Dhokla recipe from Something's Cooking By Alpa:
4. Suji (Rava) Appe
Appam or appe is a fluffy or flat pancake made usually with fermented rice batter and served with chutney or sambhar. No, you can replace the carb-dense rice batter with a suji batter and have your breakfast with a little less guilt. It is fluffy, spongy and a hit with children too. This is an incredibly easy recipe that is sure to become your favourite. It is super quick and hassle-free to make too!
Suji Appe recipe from Something's Cooking By Alpa:
Suji flour or semolina flour makes for a great healthy alternative for wheat flour and maida. But make sure you always practice moderation and eat suji or rava only in regulated amounts. Excess intake of anything may lead to weight-gain no matter how healthy it is. Suji is diet-friendly only if it is prepared in a certain way. Deep-fried and sugary treats made with suji are delectable to bite into, but not necessarily, diet-friendly. Steaming, shallow-frying, boiling the food help save many calories.
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