South Indian food options are often high in Glycemic Index, as most are have rice as their base. However, when eaten in controlled portions at a restaurant is not so hard to choose from for a Diabetes Patient. Here is our take on it.
All food items in this South Indian menu guide are chosen on the basis of being:
- Comparatively lower in calories & fat than other food items in the menu
- Low GI foods ( Glycemic Index)
- Cooked through healthy methods.
- High in fiber and protein
Make sure you control your portions and personalize your plate, as per the needs by asking at the restaurant.
- Vegetable Upma (Rava /Suji based)
- Rasam drink
- Chaach/ Buttermilk
High GI foods can be enjoyed once in a while, if eaten in small portions
- Small plain dosa – Without butter and without filling
- Small Paneer dosa
- An Idli with sambar
- Mixed vegetable or onion tomato Utthappam, preferably Rava / Suji based.
Easy BeatO tips:
- Avoid fried options such as vadas
- Avoid the potato filling in Dosas
- Choose more vegetable based options
- Choose alternative such as Suji/ Ragi/ Chana bases if available at the restaurant.
Navratri Special Recipe
Here we have provided a special recipe for fasting during Navratri. Do try this simple recipe at home.
Navratri Idlis – Low on GI
- 200 grams of Samak rice
- 100 grams of sour curd
- Green chillies
- Baking powder
Serves 4-5 people
- Take 200 grams of Samak rice and soak it for 2-3 hours
- Then grind them in mixer and add 100 grams of sour curd
- Add little water and make it like idli dough
- Then add coriander leaves, green chillies and salt to taste.
- When you’re ready to steam the idlis add ½ tea spoon of baking powder.
- Then steam them for 5-7 minutes.
- Idlis are ready to eat
- People who eat vegetables during their fasts can add carrot, cabbage etcetera
- The idlis can be eaten with mint sauce