Take a break from potatoes with these low carb alternatives

by Sanjeev Kapoor

Does your heart say this every time that happiness is eating a potato, in any and every form? I know the fact that potatoes are reasonable in price and is very commonly used in all kinds of courses in our daily menus. However, you’d agree on the fact that carbohydrates in potatoes are on the higher side. So, wouldn’t you like to make a gateway towards substituting this staple with some low carb plant-based sources that can help you to give potato a miss for a while? 


Stay tuned as I've got a piece of good news for you. If you tend to believe and still insist saying, I love potatoes, then you might change your mind after reading through these options that are worth giving a shot. Who knows one of these might actually become your personal favourite in no time!  


Sweet potato 

Besides the attractive colour of this tuber, it is highly nutritious too. Also, it is rich in Vitamin A and antioxidants, which makes it capable of fighting cell damage in the body caused by free radicals. It can be used to make mashed/baked versions, lasagna, casseroles, pancakes, fries, chips, toasts, salads and also can be teamed up with marshmallows and can be turned into delightful desserts too. Versatile, isn't it?



If you wish to experience the taste very close to potato then yam is one of the best options. It is relatively more similar to potato in comparison to sweet potato. How can you eat yam? Well, you can use it in vegetable stocks, mashed/pounded/candied forms, fries, porridge, with rice, etc. Wonderful! Don’t you agree?


Cassava or yuca 

Want variety in your menu? Then read on, your requirement will be sorted in no time. Cassava or yuca consists of a subtle flavour and is starchy, used in various dishes and desserts. It takes pride for being known for reducing body's acidic and cholesterol levels. It might win brownie points from you as it contains lesser fats in comparison to potatoes. Need to know what's tempting about it? Well, you can enjoy one of the crunchiest chips made from this root vegetable. Not just this but you can also binge on its fries, mashed/roasted forms, cake, cupcakes, salads, etc. 



It comes from the cabbage family and can fill the gap in your food where potatoes rule. It is a hearty vegetable, which creates flavourful and earthy dishes. Just a caution to have the best pick, always keep in mind that bigger is bitter, not better! Rather be on the lookout for smaller bulbs with a vibrant purple bottom. Soups, stews, pickles, sabzis, salads, fried rice, etc – there’s a lot that you can do with turnips! 



Mild flavour and smooth texture is what you can get from this easily accessible veggie. And I would like to say that anything that can be made of potatoes can be prepared better with cauliflower! Its anti-inflammatory properties make it a star vegetable. It is also loaded with Vitamin C. Do remember it’s especially for you if you are weight watching as in that case it is the best companion you should stick around with.


Want to know a list of yummy recipes with all the above and more? What are you waiting for, just hit on www.sanjeevkapoor.com and get going to your kitchen to whip up some deliciousness! 


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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

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.