Nowadays, protein-rich foods are a topic that is much discussed. This was needed because India is a country with about 68% of the population suffering from protein deficiency. Achieving the daily goal of proteins is not that difficult with the amount of experimenting happening all over the world. There are loads of protein-packed foods gaining popularity and people becoming more conscious about their health, looking to explore more and more options. While there are a lot of readymade foods available which are high in proteins, it’s always recommended to eat fresh, home-made foods over the packaged ones.
Fact: Did you know that everyday dal-rice is one of the best forms of proteins to include in your diet? Dairy products like milk and yogurt or dahi have got more proteins than you think. Eggs, pulses, lentils, seafood, chicken, etc., are some of the best forms of proteins to include in your daily diet.
But, if you think it gets too monotonous sometimes, here are some delicious, healthy and unique ways to bring in a good dose of proteins in your diet. Check them out:
Green moong or the moong bean which is used in many forms in our Indian cuisine is loaded with proteins. 100 grams of this bean is said to have almost 24 grams of protein. So, this Steamed Moong Cheela is already a winner. Because, taste – check; nutrition – check. After trying this cheela, you won't believe if someone says healthy foods are not so good in taste.
Why do you think it’s said, ‘Sunday ho ya Monday, roz khao ande!’ here’s why – eggs are a rich source of vitamins, minerals, iron and high-quality proteins, absolutely essential for the body. This recipe combines it with the goodness of avocados, thus, making it an ‘egg’citing recipe as an add-on reason to include more of eggs in your daily diet
This fusion fish recipe is all-in-one! The ground mixture of tuna and boiled eggs spread on tortillas not only makes it an absolute delight but, if you were also worried about your fussy kid’s daily protein intake, it’s a guarantee that they will gobble this delicious roll in a matter of minutes!
A celebrated superfood, quinoa is one of the most trending ingredients today because it is loaded with vital vitamins, minerals and iron. But, the most important bit is 1 cup of cooked quinoa can provide you around 8 grams of proteins. And, you can’t miss on the point that it's yummy too! So, try this healthy pulao recipe with quinoa and you will keep coming back for more.
Did you know that one of the most loved ingredients of Indian cuisine is an absolute protein house? Yes, we are talking about our very own cottage cheese a.ka. paneer. Incorporating paneer in your diet is the easiest thing to do and the most basic, yet a yummy way to do it is with the good old paneer bhurji. But, here’s another form by us which is a bit fancier; try the Paneer Bhurji in Papad Cones. Not just the paneer, here, the roasted papads will also add to your protein intake. Now that’s what a ‘double whammy’ tastes like!
Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.