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Last Updated : May 19,2020



पौष्टिक लोह युक्त रेसिपी - हिन्दी में पढ़ें (Iron Rich recipes in Hindi)
આયર્ન ભરપૂર રેસિપિ - ગુજરાતી માં વાંચો (Iron Rich recipes in Gujarati)

Iron Rich Veg Recipes, Iron Rich Diet

Why is Iron important?

Iron is an important nutrient in out body. It helps our cells ‘breathe’. Iron (haeme) works with a protein (globin) to make hemoglobin in the red blood cells (RBC). The main function of haemoglobin is to carry oxygen to each and every cell of our body. Think of our blood stream as a highway and iron (present in haemoglobin) as a vehicle that carries oxygen from our lungs to the cells which need oxygen. Thus it is very easy to see why iron is vital for life.

How to increase your Red Blood Cell (RBC) count?

Red Blood Cell (RBC)

How Much Iron do We Need?

The amount of iron we need depends on our age, gender and activity level. While the infants need 9 mg/ day, kids in the age group of 4-6 years need 13 mg/ day and 7 to 9 years require 16 mg/day – for their rapid growth and development. Boys and girls between the age of 10 to 12 years need approx. 21 to 32 mg/ day for maintaining their iron stores and haemoglobin levels.

An adult man’s need of iron is 17 mg/day, while a woman needs a little more i.e. 21 mg/day. This increased need for iron in a women is firstly because of the child bearing age and also to cover the losses from menstruation.

What is Iron Deficiency?

Iron deficiency is a condition where a person has inadequate stores of iron to meet body’s demands. It’s a condition where there is a decrease in the amount of red blood cells in the blood leading to too little iron. This is termed as “anemia’.

Symptoms of Iron Deficiency

Anemia is a silent attacker. Often we are not aware that we are suffering from it. Its main symptoms include…

1.    Constant fatigue

2.   Pale and dull skin

3.   Tongue appears redder than usual

4.   Minor breathlessness

5.    Poor concentration

6.   Loss of appetite

Iron Rich Diet, Tackling Iron Deficiency Anemia with Diet

“If you don’t eat enough leafy vegetables and greens, you will become weak and tired. There won’t be enough blood, and you will look pale and anaemic,” is something we have grown up hearing right from our childhood. Be it mom or be it grandma, they have always painted a very green and leafy picture of iron!

There is no doubt that green leafy veggies, especially spinach, are a great source of iron, but there is much more to it. Cereals like ragi and bajra, dals and pulses, nuts like walnuts and almonds, and oil seeds like garden cress seeds and sesame seeds, are fantastic sources of iron too. Refer to our complete list of 35 Iron Rich Foods.

Spinach Roti, Whole Wheat Palak RotiSpinach Roti, Whole Wheat Palak Roti

Iron Rich Breakfast

Iron rich breakfat. Cooked in interesting ways, these provide variety and many tasty means to building iron stores and raise haemoglobin levels. Begin with a healthy breakfast which provide enough calories, protein and iron. You need not go out of your way to cook exclusive meals. Just use the regular ingredients to make delicacies like Moong Sprouts and Bajra Pessaruttu and Nachni Pancakes.

And when you have time on hand make these unique but enormously rich in iron khakhras  and carry them to work – Quinoa red Chawli leaves Khakhra. 3 khakhras in breakfast will fulfil 6% of your daily requirement.

Moong Sprouts and Bajra PessaruttuMoong Sprouts and Bajra Pessaruttu

Another iron rich ingredient for breakfast is steel cut oats. Do not get mistaken for the rolled oats available in abundance in the supermarket. Check out only for steel cut oats and learn how to cook and store steel cut oats. These abound in fiber so they will satiate you for long hours also. Try our Apple Banana Steel Cut Oats recipe for an Iron rich breakfast

Iron Rich Recipes for Lunch and Dinner

Iron rich recipes for lunch and dinner. We have enough surprises for main meals too. Firstly since the staple includes rotis, parathas and rice, try and stock up your pantry with whole bajra, nachni, jowar, chana dal and their flours.

These will help you build your iron reserves. Use whole bajra to make Bajra, Whole Moong and Green Pea Khichdi and its flour to make a mouth-watering delicacy like Bajra and Cauliflower Roti. Nachni is another grain which is a must to be included in an iron rich diet. While not universally very popular, this grain helps build haemoglobin reserves. Try the Ragi Roti made with a variety of veggies and nachni flour.

Nachni Roti, Ragi Roti, How To Make Ragi RotiNachni Roti, Ragi Roti, How To Make Ragi Roti

Iron Rich Snacks

Snacks are loved by all… hence we have a huge collection for you to dig into and choose the option you would love to indulge into. Mixed Sprouts and Chana Dal Tikki, Ragi Upma, Cauliflower Greens and Besan Muthia, Buckwheat Dhoklas, Moong Dal and Cauliflower Greens Appe and so on…. A variety of sprouts and greens have been used in these recipes. Check out this section for more recipes….

Buckwheat DhoklasBuckwheat Dhoklas

Sip on Halim Water for Enhanced Iron Reserves

Another best way to top up your iron stores is to sip on Halim Water in between meals. Halim, also called as garden cress seeds, is an extremely rich source of iron. All you need to do is just soak the seeds in water for 2 hours, add lemon juice to it and mix it well and enjoy it…

Lemon juice is added as it is a very good source of vitamin  C – a vitamin which helps in the absorption on iron. Remember to add vitamin C just before drinking, as it is a volatile nutrient and some amount is lost on exposure to air.

Halim Recipe, Garden Cress, Best Source Of IronHalim Recipe, Garden Cress, Best Source Of Iron

Junk Foods made Iron Rich

With the recipes in this section you will overcome the notion that all junk foods are devoid of nutrients. We have catered to those who wish to enjoy junk foods in a healthy way.

Yes, you can build iron stores and prevent anemia with delicacies like Whole Wheat Spaghetti in Spinach Sauce and Methi and Moong Sprouts Wrap.  These are truly remarkable and a must try for all those who love variety in their meals.

Methi and Moong Sprouts WrapMethi and Moong Sprouts Wrap

Pump up your iron levels with these wholesome recipes and bubble up with energy all day long!

Enjoy our Iron rich recipes and other Iron rich recipe articles given below. 

Iron Rich Breakfast (49 recipes)
Iron Rich Desserts (12 recipes)
Iron Rich International Recipes (24 recipes)
Iron Rich Juices (15 recipes)
Iron Rich Rice , Pulao & Biryani (24 recipes)
Iron Rich Rotis & Parathas (25 recipes)
Iron Rich Salads (25 recipes)
Iron Rich Soups (10 recipes)
Iron Rich Starters & Snacks (64 recipes)
Iron Rich Subzis & Dals (62 recipes)


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Nachni Sesame Khakhra ( Iron and Calcium Rich Recipe )
Recipe# 35090
Yesterday

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Our bones lose calcium as we age, and therefore a calcium-rich diet is extremely important to help regain the bone strength. Nachni or ragi is rich in calcium and including it as part of the daily diet helps build strong bones. These crisp nachni khakhras are enjoyable to eat and they also help ‘up’ ....
Pineapple Sweet Lime Drink
Recipe# 4687
Yesterday

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
A wise combination of fruits results in a peppy drink that has just the right level of tanginess! The addition of garden cress seeds further enhances the nutrition and flavour of this iron rich breakfast drink. By pooling in a lot more nutrients and fibre, it helps digestion and relieves stress. The ....
Spinach and Mint Juice ( Healthy Juice)
Recipe# 6227
10 Apr 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
palak pudina juice for weight loss recipe | healthy Indian green juice | weight loss drink with spinach | weight loss spinach juice | with 24 amazing images. Palak pudi ....
Til Jowar Puri, Sesame Seeds and White Millets Cracker
Recipe# 32575
17 Jun 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
til and jowar puri | sesame seeds and white millet cracker | with amazing images. Easy to make, Til and Jowar Puri is an iron-rich snack ideal for anytime and anywhere munching. Both the major ingredients of this ....
Warm Lemon Water with Turmeric, Anti Inflammatory and Good for Cold
Recipe# 41926
17 Jun 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
With so much stress, pollution and junk food surrounding our lives, everybody is looking for methods to detox our body. Here is an easy and quick way to detox yourself early in the morning. Have it first thing in the morning and let turmeric and lemon work their magic. Turmeric powder (haldi), w ....
Restaurant Style Palak Paneer, Healthy Palak Paneer
Recipe# 22796
01 Jul 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
restaurant style palak paneer recipe | healthy palak paneer | cottage cheese and spinach curry | with 34 amazing images. Palak Paneer, an evergreen delicacy from North India, is perhaps one ....
Cauliflower Greens Paratha
Recipe# 42719
17 Jun 20

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
cauliflower greens paratha recipe | healthy cauliflower greens paratha | with 17 amazing images. You will enjoy the crunch of the cauliflower greens and onions, the flavour of the stuffing and the texture of this unique cau ....
Almond Milk, Homemade Pure Almond Milk
Recipe# 40984
02 Jun 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Here is how to make pure, soothing and tasty Almond Milk! This pure Almond Milk is rich in protein and iron , and wonderful for
Scrambled Eggs
Recipe# 41165
03 Jun 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Scrambled Eggs is an international favourite, especially at breakfast time. It is easy to make, sumptuous and amazingly tasty, so why not give it a try? This perfect breakfast recipe will be soft and gooey, and not fully coo ....
Palak Chana Dal
Recipe# 22166
30 May 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
A maharashtrian delight, tweaked to boost the health value! while palak adds vitamin a to this dish, chana dal adds nutrients like calcium, iron, folic acid, zinc and fibre. Ensure that you do not overcook chana dal, as it should be separate and not mashed.
Multigrain Roti, Healthy Multigrain Chapati
Recipe# 38746
30 May 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
multigrain roti |mix 5 flour roti | healthy multigrain chapati | with 25 amazing images. Multigrain roti is made with 5 nutritious flours that provide iron, protein, fiber and vitamin b. We ....
Healthy Moong Chaat
Recipe# 36411
25 May 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
Appetizing moong sprouts, onions and tomatoes topped with cooling dahi, this Healthy Moong Chaat is loaded with nutrients like iron, fibre,
Sunny Side Up Eggs, Breakfast Recipe
Recipe# 42311
20 May 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A quick and easy egg-based breakfast that tastes yum and looks good too. Sunny Side Up Eggs as the name suggests looks like a splash of yellow on a white background, so it has a bright and cheery look that invites you to take a bite! The best part is that it can be made very easily and quick ....
Vitamin Khichdi ( Protein Rich Recipe )
Recipe# 35066
28 Apr 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
This dish is one meal but multi-nutrient! it is packed with vitamins and proteins that are found in abundance in paneer, moong sprouts and dalia. The veggies, masala and curd ensure that you have a delicious, and healthy meal.
Masoor Dal with Spinach, Protein Rich Recipes
Recipe# 33249
16 May 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
Masoor dal with spinach, the unbeatable combination of masoor dal with spinach nourishes your body with proteins, iron and folic acid. Tomatoes and amchur powder lend a nice tangy flavour to the dal. Needless to add, this is a super-healthy recipe as protein-rich dals are an indispensable part o ....
Hare Chane Aur Soya ki Tikki
Recipe# 39639
05 May 20

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
A tikki like none you have tasted before, the Hare Chane aur Soya ki Tikki stands out from the crowd because of the unique combination of hare chana and soya granules. Wondrous iron-rich foods, these two fibre-rich ingredients are combined with unusual binding agents like nachni flour and soya granu ....
Nachni Ladoos, Ragi Ladoo, Recipe For Pregnancy
Recipe# 22452
29 Apr 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
We are lucky because the Indian landscape makes available to us a wealth of healthy grains with immeasurable benefits. Most of these grains and their flours are so versatile that they can be used to make everything from khichdis to ladoos. Here is a delicious Nachni Ladoo that proves our point ....
Soya Bhurji ( Soya Granules Recipes)
Recipe# 33478
27 Apr 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
soya bhurji recipe | soya matar bhurji | soya bhurji from soya granules | with 21 amazing images. soya bhurji is soy served in a different style than seen before. This s ....
Aloo Palak
Recipe# 30887
12 Jun 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
aloo palak recipe | Punjabi style aloo palak sabzi | aloo palak sukhi sabzi | with amazing 15 images. aloo palak is a Punjabi style aloo palak sabzi which is a
Baby Spinach and Apple Salad in Curd Lemon Dressing, Healthy
Recipe# 36141
25 Apr 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
Iron-rich baby spinach is teamed with apples for extra crunch and a little sweetness, in this simple but awesome salad. Drowned in a tongue-tickling Curd Lemon Dressing, the duo transforms into an exotic delicacy. The dressing is bursting with tangy and h ....
Chawli Leaves Parota, Healthy Bengali Recipe
Recipe# 42608
25 Apr 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Let's give our favourite Bengali snack an awesomely healthy makeover. Parota is a famous Bengali snack, which is usually made with maida. Here we have made it with whole wheat flour for a guilt free experience, an ....
Jowar Methi Roti
Recipe# 5695
17 Apr 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
The taste and nutrient value of jowar is seldom remembered, but after you try this recipe, it will stay in your memory forever! A perfect combination of jowar and methi, along with flavourful onions, coriander and green chillies, makes this sumptuous Jowar Methi Roti a tasteful way to boost your hae ....
Sprouts Dhokla
Recipe# 39007
14 Apr 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
sprouts dhokla recipe | healthy sprouts dhokla | sprouted moong dhokla | sprouts dhokla with spinach | with 18 amazing images. Sprouts dhokla is a dhokla but no ....
Bulgur Wheat Pancakes
Recipe# 2935
16 Apr 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
Bulgur wheat proves to be a good breakfast food, as it provides an adequate amount of energy (calories) and protein. Since your body requires calcium, the addition of curds improves the calcium content of the recipe. These pancakes are ideal for your second trimester as they are rich in fibre and wi ....
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Iron Rich
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 on 30 Mar 20 12:21 PM


Yes, I tried Genhu Moong Dal Khichadi. It was awesome. Thanks for your collection of recipes.
Iron Rich
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 on 20 Nov 17 05:37 PM


Very good iron rich recipes u will surely try it thanks a lot tarla ji
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Tarla Dalal    Hi, Thank you for your kind words. Do try the recipes and let us know how you enjoyed it..Happy Cooking !!
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21 Nov 17 08:35 AM
Iron Rich
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 on 25 Oct 17 09:41 AM


I was looking for Vegetarian Iron rich recipes and came across your lovely collection of recipes. Just what i needed. Started including Palak Chana Dal and Palak Paneer in my diet regularly.
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Tarla Dalal    Seema, thanks for the feedback.
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16 Apr 18 12:41 PM