The most common and important staple in Ramadan is besan pakore. While planning your iftar, pakore is considered as one of the important parts of the menu. How about making pakoras healthy this time around?
Despite the oily appearance, the taste of fried snacks is always the best. There is a belief that pakore is unhealthy as it has excessive oil, and it can affect the skin as well as the body. But, it does have some very important health benefits as well. Surprised? well, we can prove to you how!
Pakora is a type of deep-fried snack whose main ingredients are vegetables and spices. It can be made with some meat like chicken or fish to make it tastier. The vegetables used in pakora are usually onions, potatoes, chilies, coriander leaves, cauliflower, spinach, and other vegetables.
Health benefits of Pakore
Though it is deep-fried, pakore is still healthier than any junk food served in a fast-food restaurant. Before consuming a certain type of food, there must be consideration about whether the food is healthy for you. These are the three health benefits of consuming pakora.
Source of energy
Besan and cornstarch are the main ingredients in pakora and it is very beneficial for giving you energy. One tablespoon serving of cornstarch gives you 8 grams of carbohydrates. It will be beneficial for you to carry a lot of activities. Besan contains soluble fiber, which keeps your heart healthy. The fiber content of the besan flour keeps the cholesterol levels under control.
Vegetables in pakore are very rich in fiber that makes you easily feel full. By feeling full, you will think twice of consuming other snacks. Besides that, this snack is low in calories, so it is safe! Besan helps in faster calorie burn because of the lower levels of the glycemic index. Consuming besan will help you to eat lesser calories in Iftar.
Onion is one of the main ingredients in pakora. Do you know that onions have a lot of health benefits to your body? One of them is an anti-oxidant agent. By consuming onions, the risk of getting cellular damage and diseases, like cancer can be minimized.
You can make a pakora out of any known edible commodity, also try tossing in veggies like broccoli, capsicum, and peas into the pan to make it more healthy. Switch to lighter diets, even if it’s about pakore, you can bake them instead of tossing them in half a liter oil.
Enjoy the healthy Ramadan this year with the delicious pakore and without any hesitation.
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