Healthy Indian Meal Plan to Lose Weight (Vegan / Vegetarian) | Joanna Soh
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Joanna Soh is a certified Personal Trainer (ACE), Women’s Fitness Specialist (NASM) and Nutrition Coach (VN).
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BREAKFAST – INDIAN PANCAKES
Ingredients (serves 6)
1. 1 cup Rice Flour – 578Cals
2. 1/3 cup Red Onion, diced – 22Cals
3. 1/3 cup Carrot, grated – 35Cals
4. 1 Red Chilli, finely chopped – 18Cals
5. 3 tbsp. Coriander, finely chopped – 1Cals
6. ½ tbsp. Vegetable Oil – 62Cals
7. Approx 1/3 cup Warm Water
8. A pinch of Salt to season.
120Cals per pancake
1) In a bowl, mix the rice flour, carrots, onions, chillis and coriander. Combine well.
2) Then add dd in the water, little by little to make the dough.
3) Grease a non-stick pan with oil over medium-low heat.
4) Pour the batter equally onto the pan to cook the pancakes. This should make about 6 pancakes. Don’t worry if the pancakes do not look perfect.
5) Cook for about 3 – 4 mins on one side until it’s lightly browned. Flip over and cook until the pancake is done. Serve warm.
Instead of the typical sugar loaded sweet pancakes, this recipe is packed with vegetables! Have 3 – 4 pancakes for breakfast!
LUNCH – RICE NOODLES UPMA
Ingredients (serves 2)
1. 3oz / 85g Rice Noodles – 309Cals
2. 1 Small Onion, diced – 7Cals
3. 1 Red Chilli, finely chopped – 18Cals
4. 1 sprig of Curry Leaves – 1Cals
5. 1 tbsp. Vegetable Oil – 124Cals
6. 1 tbsp. Channa Dal / Urad Dal – 16Cals
7. ½ tsp. Cumin – 4Cals
8. ¼ tsp. Black Mustard Seeds – 12Cals
9. ¾ cup Mixed Carrot, Corn & Peas – 90Cals
10. ¼ cup Cashew Nut, halved – 160Cals
11. A pinch of Salt to season
12. 2 sprigs Coriander, chopped – 2Cals
370.5Cals per serving
1. Soak noodles in boiling water for about 5 minutes or until soft. Drain and set aside.
2. In a non-stick pan, heat oil over medium-high heat.
3. Add in cumin, black mustard seeds and dal. Fry for about 3 – 4 minutes until dal turns lightly golden and fragrant.
4. Then stir in the onions, curry leaves, chilli, cashew nuts and mixed vegetables. Sautee very quickly for 2 – 3 minutes until cashews are slightly roasted.
5. Don’t forget to season with salt.
6. Mix in the noodles and stir until all the ingredients are evenly distributed. Go head and taste your dish, add more salt if needed.
7. Garnish with coriander and serve warm.
Feel free to add a different variety of vegetables. You can even mix protein into the recipe such as tempeh, tofu, egg or meat. Bring this out to work or school!
DINNER – CHICKPEAS SWEET POTATO GREENS IN COCONUT MILK
Ingredients (serves 4)
1. 1 medium Onion, diced – 44Cals
2. 1 Garlic Clove, peeled – 4Cals
3. 1 Ginger piece, thumb-sized, peeled & sliced – 6Cals
4. 1 Red Chilli, finely sliced -18Cals
5. ½ tbsp. Vegetable Oil – 62Cals
6. ½ tsp. Turmeric Powder – 4Cals
7. 1 tsp. Ground Cumin – 8Cals
8. 1 tsp. Garam Masala – 7Cals
9. 2 cups Pumpkin, peeled & diced – 60Cals
10. 1 can Chickpeas, rinsed & drained – 360Cals
11. 150g Sweet Potato Greens – 53Cals
12. 1 cup Coconut Milk – 410Cals
13. 1 cup Vegetable Stock – 31Cals
14. A pinch of salt
267Cals per serving
Total Cals with Rice: 471
Total Cals with 2 Chapati: 487
1. In a food processor, add in the onion, garlic, ginger and chilli. Blend very quickly until it becomes a paste.
2. In a large non-stick pan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Fry the paste for 1-2 minutes until fragrant and then add in the spices – turmeric, cumin and masala. Continue to fry very quickly for another minute.
3. Add pumpkin and chickpeas. Stir and mix well.
4. Add the coconut milk and stock. Bring to a simmer and allow all the ingredients to cook for about 20 – 30 minutes until the pumpkin softens and the sauce thickens. Don’t forget to stir occasionally.
5. Once the pumpkin has soften, add in the sweet potato greens and cook until wilted. Season with salt. Serve warm.
Chickpeas are a great source of protein for vegetarians. You can serve this with a cup of rice or 1 – 2 chappati.