Nutritional Facts of Cucumber Pancakes, Calories in Cucumber Pancakes

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How many calories does one Cucumber Pancakes have?

One Cucumber Pancakes gives 32 calories. Out of which carbohydrates comprise 20 calories, proteins account for 2 calories and remaining calories come from fat which is 10 calories. One Cucumber Pancakes provides about 2 percent of the total daily calorie requirement of a standard adult diet of 2,000 calories.

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cucumber pancakes is an Indian snack served on table in 15 minutes. Learn how to make savoury cucumber pancakes.

This innovative rice flour pancake with lovely specks of cucumber and spinach in the form of cucumber thalipeeth is sure to become one of your favourite breakfast options, thanks to its sheer simplicity and ease of preparation.

To make cucumber pancakes, combine the cucumber and salt in a plate, mix well and keep aside for 10 minutes. Squeeze out the water from the cucumber and combine all the remaining ingredients in a bowl. Add enough water (approx. ¾ cup) and mix well to make a smooth batter. Heat a non-stick mini uttapa pan and grease it lightly using ½ tsp of oil. Pour a spoonful of the batter into each uttapa mould and cook them on both the sides using ½ tsp of oil. Repeat with the remaining batter to make more pancakes in 1 more batch. Serve the cucumber pancakes immediately with green chutney.

These cucumber chilla taste delightful with green chutney, and since they are so easy to prepare you need not restrict the option to breakfast – you can prepare it anytime you see a hungry face entering home from work or play!

Not cooked with too much oil, savoury cucumber pancakes are light and nourishing too. To make a complete health boost, replace rice flour with jowar flour.

Tips for cucumber pancakes. 1. Remember to squeeze the water out of the cucumber completely, to make sure that your pancakes do not get soggy. 2. These are best cooked on a slow to medium flame. 3. While cooking, keep a close watch as they tend to burn easily.

You can also try your hand at other pancakes like Mini Rava Vegetable Pancakes and Zucchini and Carrot Pancake.

Is Cucumber Pancakes healthy?

No, this is not healthy. Let's see why.

Let's understand the Ingredients.

What's good.

1. Cucumber (Kakdi) : With that high water content, cucumber act as a broom for our system to sweep out harmful toxins from our body. The sterols from cucumber aid in managing blood cholesterol levels well and is diabetic friendly. Low sodium and fair amounts of potassium will help to control blood pressure.  Cucumber forms a healthy snack as it's alkaline and a great acidity snack reliever. So you can have it as a snack at work. Better to have it peeled to remove the effects of pesticides. See detailed benefits of cucumber

2. Spinach (Palak) : Spinach is one of the richest plant sources of Iron and it should be part of a healthy diet for everyone.  Raw spinach has 25% having soluble fiber and 75% insoluble fibre. Spinach is good for the heartdiabetics and eyes. Read this on the 17 benefits of spinach and why you should eat it. 

3. Curd + Low fat Curds :  Curds help in digestion as it has very good bacteria. Probiotics in curds acts as a mild laxative but, in case of diarrhoea and dysentery, it is a boon, if curd is used with rice. Curd is one of the richest source of proteincalcium and minerals. They help in weight reduction, good for your heart and build immunity. Being low in sodium, it is safe to be eaten by individuals with high blood pressure. The only difference between curds and low fat curds is the fat level. Read the benefits of curds to include in your daily diet. 

4. Kashmiri chilli: Like red chillies, Kashmiri chillies also have vitamin C, though in smaller quantites than the fresh red chillies. This helps to boost immunity and improve skin health. They also have minute amounts of copper, potassium, manganese, magnesium and iron along with B vitamins. Small amounts of Kashmiri chilli powder can aid digestion, but more quantity can affect the lining of the digestive tract.

5. Turmeric Powder (Haldi) : Turmeric helps in digestion of food thus helping to overcome indigestion. Haldi may help in reducing the growth of fat cells in the body. Turmeric, being rich in iron, is highly valuable in the treatment of anaemia and both the root as well as the powder should be a regular part of an anaemic diet. One of the health benefits of turmeric is it’s anti-inflammatory property due to the active compound, Curcumin, which helps to relieve inflammation of the joints and thus is a ladder to relieve pain related to arthritis. The curcumin in haldi also helps to ward of the bacteria’s causing cold, cough and throat irritation.  Turmeric benefits in diabetes management by lowering blood glucose levels. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects are useful in the treatment of diabetes patients.  It is known to be a good brain food and keep diseases like Alzheimer’s at bay. See here for detailed turmeric benefits


What's the problem?

1. Rice flour (chawal ka atta) Rice flour is high in carbohydrates, not a good source of protein. Since it is made from polished rice it has no vitamins and minerals. Consumption of rice flour can cause inflammtion in your body and not good for heart patients and diabetics. See full details on is rice flour bad for you

2. Vegetable Oils : To some vegetable oil is only soyabean oil, while some promote it as a mix of oils like soyabean, canola, sunflower, corn and other omega-6 rich oils. These are often cheaper options than many oils, but they are highly processed oils. They are undoubtedly not to be reached out for, whether you are looking for salad dressings, sautéing or cooking.  The 5 best oils used in cooking are olive oil (low temperature short time cooking), avocado oilcanola oilcoconut oil and peanut oil. You must read the super article to find the facts of  which oil is the healthiest avoid vegetable oil

Note : 1 cup = 200 ml (standard cup available in the market). The weight in grams varies for each ingredient.

Can diabetics, heart patients and overweight individuals have Cucumber Pancakes?

No, this recipe is not good for diabetics, heart and weight loss.  Foods like rice are high in Glycemic index are not suitable for weight loss, heart patients,  diabetics as they affect the blood sugar control levels.

Can healthy individuals have Cucumber Pancakes?

Yes.

Here are some Healthy Indian snack options.

You can have Baked Samosa with mixed sproutsMatarsutir Kachori,  Oats Moong Dal TikkiBaked methi muthia recipe,  Zunka recipemoong dal dhokla recipe bajra carrot onion uttapam recipe , baked palak jowar murukkumini jowar pancakesoats upmabaked sev , baked whole wheat purispaneer pudina tikki or buckwheat pancake as one healthy recipe option.

Mini Jowar Pancakes

Mini Jowar Pancakes

Healthy Chutney to have with the Cucumber Pancakes

Have this with nutritious green chutney recipe which has ZERO sugar used in it made with mint leaves, onions and coriander, lehsun ka chutneygreen garlic chutney or green chutney recipe.  Coconut based options are healthy coconut chutney made from coconut and coriander and coconut coriander green chutney for idlis dosa uttapam vada.

Nutritious Green Chutney

Nutritious Green Chutney

8 Pointers to get healthy on a Indian diet

1. Eat healthy and say yes to good home cooked food. Prefer whole grains like oatmeal, quinoa, buckwheat, barley and healthy flours like bajra flour, jowar flour, quinoa flour, wheat flour etc. rather than refined ones like maida. Have healthy Indian fats like ghee, coconut, coconut oil in your diet. 

2. Opt out of junk food, packaged food, deep fried foods. Prefer steamed snacks and other non-fried snacks. Check out some Healthy Indian Snacks. Remember to eat small frequent meals through the day as that will keep you always full and prevent your blood sugar from dropping. By starving your body through some diet, will not help you one bit. In fact, dieting will make you binge on 2 to 3 meals which is not good. 

Skip having Indian junk foods like pav bhaji, bata vada, pakoras, gulab jamun as they cause your body to have insulance resistance. The resultant is your body will store more carbohydrates as fats, causing storage of fat in the stomach causing a paunch and slowing down of our fat burning process. So its a bad cyle which causes you more more hunger and fatigue every time you eat junk food. 

3. Have 4 to 5 servings of vegetables and 2 to 3 servings of fruit is a must. Follow the logic of a vegetable in each main meal of the day and a fruit in-between meals. Check out a few Healthy Indian Soups and Healthy Indian Salads  recipes using this food group.           

4. Cut down on sugar and salt in your diet and pick honey ( very small amounts) or dates to sweeten your food. Slowly cut the sugar habit as this is not going to happen over night. Sugar  is also called white poison. It is a simple carbohydrate with zero nutritional value. On intake, sugar will cause inflammation of the body which will last for many hours. It will spike your blood sugar level and shut down the fat burning process. This also causes high blood sugar levels in your body. The development of prediabetes comes from uncontrolled eating sugar and refined food products for many years and the classic symptom is if you have excess belly fat. This leads to diabetes and further onwards to heart attack, high blood pressure, strokes, impotence and kidney damage. 

Salt and blood pressure. Apart from stress and obesity, one of the main reasons for high blood pressure is excessive sodium and salt intake. Most people find it difficult to limit the amount of salt in their cooking, thinking it will affect the taste of their favourite dishes. 

This is not true. Bajra and jowar are rich in potassium and critical for those with High Blood Pressure as it lessens the impact of sodium. Eating more Potassium Rich Foods will remove more sodium from your body through urine. So include the basic bajra roti and jowar roti in your daily diet to have with Lower Blood Pressure Subzis Recipes

5. Befriend a few healthy seeds and nuts like chia seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds, walnuts and almonds. Stress. The easiest way to kill your immune system is chronic stress. 

6.  Sprouts are called ‘living food’. They are high is most nutrients and easy to digest as well. Let them feature in your meals at least thrice a week. Also Read : All Benefits about Sprouts

7.  Exercise 45 minutes every day. No excuse. You can walk fast, run, do weights, play your favourite sport or go to the gym. No activity reduces muscle tissue which will lead to muscke loss and all kinds of problems with that. Workout builds immunity and keeps virus or bugs away. 

8.  Sleep early and get up early. Get your body into rhythm and it will function best. Sleep helps your body to recover and makes you look much younger. Also getting good sleep prevent muscle loss, builds immunity and keeps virus or bugs away.

One Cucumber Pancakes is high in

Note : a recipe is deemed high in a Vitamin or mineral if it meets 20% and above the recommended daily allowance based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

How to burn 32 calories that come from one Cucumber Pancakes?

Walking (6 kmph) =     10      mins
Running (11 kmph) =      3      mins
Cycling (30 kmph) =     4      mins
Swimming (2 kmph) =      5      mins

Note: These values are approximate and calorie burning differs in each individual.

Value per pancake% Daily Values
Energy32 cal2%
Protein0.5 g1%
Carbohydrates4.8 g2%
Fiber0.3 g1%
Fat1.1 g2%
Cholesterol0.4 mg0%
VITAMINS
Vitamin A40.3 mcg1%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)0 mg0%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)0 mg0%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)0.2 mg2%
Vitamin C0.5 mg1%
Vitamin E0 mg0%
Folic Acid (Vitamin B9)1.6 mcg1%
MINERALS
Calcium6.7 mg1%
Iron0.1 mg0%
Magnesium3.3 mg1%
Phosphorus9.9 mg2%
Sodium1.2 mg0%
Potassium9.6 mg0%
Zinc0.1 mg1%
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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