Gujaratis have a vibrant food culture and snacks do play a significant role in Gujarati cuisine, from farsan (salty snacks) to sweet treats like magaj (made using chickpea flour, ghee, sugar), to deeply-fried ganthiya and farsi puri, Gujaratis absolutely love their snacks, particularly during tea time. Gujaratis, known for their busy lifestyles, appreciate the availability of snacks that can be enjoyed as a quick energy boost during work breaks, travel, or leisure activities. Gujarati cuisine has gained popularity across India because the dishes require minimum ingredients, are easier to make, and taste mouthwatering too. Gujarati snacks in particular are lighter on the stomach and most of them are weight loss friendly because they are made out of healthy ingredients like gram flour, lentils, spices, etc., being relatively low in calories. No, we are not talking about farsan and other deeply-fried snacks that are offered with steaming cups of tea in the evening. In this article, we list out 5 snacks that you can enjoy while shedding pounds.
1. Moong Dal Dhokla: It’s a high-protein snack that can be made within a short period of time and the best thing is that minimum ingredients plus steam cooking is involved. Just yummy! It’s not just moong dal dhokla – chana dal/rice dhokla is fermented snack that is great for your gut. Khaman dhokla, made from split chickpeas, is a high-protein snack. Likewise, you can experiment with dhokla – sprouts dhokla, spinach dhokla, mixed dal dhokla, carrot dhokla, green peas dhokla, corn dhokla, and even oats spinach dhokla – the options are just endless. Also read: “5 Popular Maharashtrian Snacks That Wouldn’t Hamper Weight Loss Goals.”
2. Khandvi: Another extremely popular Gujarati snack, made without deep frying, and rolled out using besan, curd, and other easily available ingredients, it’s filling, rich in flavour and taste.
3. Cucumber Chilla/Kaakdi Na Pudha: You might have heard about besan chilla, moong dal chilla, but Gujarati cuisine has cucumber chilla, also known as kaakdi na pudha made with grated cucumber and besan, and other spices. Minimal oil is required to roll out these chillas.
4. Baked Khakra: Probably the most famous Gujarati snack the world over – available in different varieties such as jeera, methi, bajra, ragi, whole wheat, they are a perfect low-calorie accompaniment for evening chai. Also read: “10 Evening Snacks For Weight Loss.”
5. Doodhi Muthiya: A steamed snack made from grated bottle gourd, onions, wheat flour, it’s a low-calorie delight for the tastebuds. Traditional muthiya involves sauteeing the steamed muthiya in a bit of oil, but you can completely skip that step and serve it up with green chutney.
Not to forget thepla, which can either be had as a meal or a snack, is made by kneading whole wheat flour, besan, fenugreek leaves, yogurt, oil, ginger paste, green chili paste, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, and salt and then made the usual way chapati is, can be your breakfast, lunch, dinner or tea-time snack.
Summing up, Gujarati snacks are popular for their unique blend of spices, tangy flavors, and delightful combinations, apt for people leading busy lifestyles and want to eat healthy as well, these snacks are a great option. Most importantly, nourish your body and support your weight loss goals with wholesome snacks that satisfy your cravings without derailing your progress and the diet plans on the Rati Beauty diet help you achieve your goals with the right strategies as well. Download the Rati Beauty app to access our diet plans.