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Senior Citizens Diabetes recipes
Last Updated : Jun 13,2018
The risk for diabetes increases as we age and the only way to control it is maintaining a healthy and balanced diet. Uncontrolled sugar levels may lead to complications like heart disease, nerve damage and kidney problems.
It is tough to choose the right diabetic-friendly foods as we age, thus we thought of creating a section purely for senior citizens with quick and easy day to day recipes. These can be easily prepared within the comfort of your home and use locally sourced ingredients.
Foods that can be easily included are listed below:
Include whole grains such as ragi, bajra, barley, oats, broken wheat, brown rice as these are high in fiber and will help maintain blood sugar levels. Try Bajra Khichdi and Nourishing Barley Soup.
High fiber legumes such as beans, peas and lentils can be included in soups, dals, and snacks or a subzi. Try Moong Sprouts and Spring Onion Tikki and Moong Dal Sultani
· Include brightly coloured vegetables such as capsicum, tomatoes, spinach, which are full of fiber and antioxidants. Try Gavarfali ki Sukhi Subzi and Grated Cauliflower with Peas
Make use of oils such as olive oil, flaxseed oil, rice bran oil instead of butter, margarine and ghee. Keep a tab on the oil used daily. Restrict it to not more than 3 to 4 teaspoons a day.
Consume whole fruits instead of fruit juices such as pears, apples, jamun, muskmelon, orange etc.
Get variety in your meals to avoid temptation to eat calorie laden snacks… Try a snack like Moong Dal and Cauliflower Greens Appe
A few handy hints to avoid fluctuations in blood sugar levels:
Aerated drinks and beverages such as sodas, soft drinks, contain lot of added sugar and are high in calories. Turn to them occasionally.
Restrict starchy food such as sweet potato, potato, purple yam and yam as they can easily increase blood sugar.
Maida, cornstarch are completely refined and with no fiber which can cause weight gain and can be converted to fat if not burnt. They tend to raise blood sugar levels instantly.
Avoid fruits such as banana, grapes, custard apple, chickoo and mangoes as they are high in GI.
Bajra, Whole Moong and Green Pea Khichdi by Tarla Dalal
You must have heard of Bajra Khichdi, a famous Rajasthani delicacy. While that is a wholesome dish, here is something even more nourishing, fortified with more healthy stuff like whole moong, green peas and tomatoes. These not only add more crunch and tang to the khichdi, but also add more fibre, ir ....
Masala Karela by Tarla Dalal
You will be amazed by how effectively grated cauliflower masks the bitterness of karela, making it a delicacy that even kids would not mind eating. Perked up with onion, coriander and spice powders, Masala Karela is a treat to the taste buds, and a wonder food for your body too, as karela contains a ....
Moong Sprouts and Spring Onion Tikki by Tarla Dalal
Everybody yearns for a treat once in a while! Here is a perfectly enjoyable snack, made keeping diabetic norms in mind. These scrumptious Moong Sprouts and Spring Onion Tikkis are made with fibre and iron-rich moong sprouts bound together by oats flour, which contains betaglucan, a unique type of so ....
Methi Toovar Dal, Healthy Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Add more punch to the everyday toovar dal by teaming it up with tongue-tickling fenugreek leaves. Methi leaves have a very attractive flavour and aroma – its unique bitterness is actually pleasing to the palate and quite addictive!
Here, it perks up the flavour of toovar dal, along with other ev ....
Chana Dal Pancakes by Tarla Dalal
It has been recently discovered that chana dal is a very beneficial pulse for diabetics as it helps in the utilization of sugar effectively causing a slow rise in blood sugar levels because of its low glycemic index. This recipe makes use of soaked chana dal mixed with vitamin rich vegetables and ....
20 Aug 11
Nourishing Barley Soup by Tarla Dalal
Barley is a cereal that is not usually used in everyday cooking. It is however a great source of protein, iron and fibre and tastes good too, if cooked with flavourful ingredients as I have done in this broth. The combination of masoor dal along with barley i.e. a pulse with a cereal makes this soup ....
Paneer Kheer ( Diabetic Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
Satisfy your sweet tooth with this cardamom-flavoured low-fat Paneer Kheer. By replacing traditional sweeteners with sugar substitute, and by doing away with unhealthy thickeners, we ward off those unnecessary carbohydrates and calories too. So, you can enjoy the rich texture and wonderful flavour o ....
Fenugreek and Mushroom Brown Rice by Tarla Dalal
Rice is usually a no-no for diabetics because it causes a quick rise in blood sugar levels. To counter the effect of high glycemic index white rice, replace it with high fibre brown rice and toss in some fibre-rich vegetables along with diabetic-friendly ingredients like garlic and fenugreek to crea ....
Low Calorie Green Chutney, Hari Chutney – Diabetic Friendly by Tarla Dalal
Chutneys are a favourite accompaniment for snacks as well for main meals. This low calorie chutney uses roasted chana dal (daria) instead of fat laden ingredients like coconut and peanuts. Curds and lemon jucie have been used to retain the fresh green colour of this chutney. It can be stored refrige ....
Fatless Maa ki Dal by Tarla Dalal
Think dal and the first thing that comes to mind is mother’s cooking.
While moms are generally fond of pampering their children with oodles of ghee and butter, we must learn to tone down on these fatty ingredients as we grow up! So, here a fatless version of Maa ki Dal, which not only retains the s ....
Oats and Vegetable Broth by Tarla Dalal
A toothsome broth of sautéed vegetables and oats cooked simply with water, and seasoned with salt and pepper. Comforting and sumptuous, this Oats and Vegetable Broth is very nutritious too. The vegetables provide an abundant supply of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that reduces free-radical damag ....
Bajra Khichdi ( Protein and Iron Rich Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
This is a traditional Rajasthani recipe that we discovered is an excellent source of protein, iron, folic acid and fibre. Its creamy consistency and mild flavours make it a good recipe to have especially in the preconception period and first trimester. But I’m sure you will enjoy it all through your ....
Gavarfali ki Sukhi Subzi by Tarla Dalal
Gavarfali ki Sukhi Subzi is a lip-smacking dry subzi that combines beautifully with phulkas fresh off the tava! The benefits of fibre-rich cluster beans are enhanced by the introduction of flavour-imparting garlic, which also keeps blood sugar and cholesterol levels under control.
Chatpata Chawli and Fruit Salad by Tarla Dalal
This salad is an all-rounder, with ample nutrients and a balanced blend of flavours and textures too. Chawli and fruits bring in a good dose of fibre, while the wheat germ garnish further adds to the fibre quotient. Fibre is very essential to the body as it helps clean the system, aids weight loss a ....
12 Apr 15
Diabetic Puranpoli by Tarla Dalal
Can you imagine festivals or weddings without Puranpoli? This classic sweet is a favourite across the country, called by different names and made with minor variations. If a month goes by without any special occasions, then people even go ahead and make it as a no-reason Sunday treat! For those of y ....
Moong Dal Sultani by Tarla Dalal
Even commonly consumed dals rock when combined intelligently with the right ingredients! Garlic and tomatoes add tang and taste to this versatile dal, which goes well with rice as well as with phulkas. Folic acid content of moong dal is an added benefit to this dal.
08 Aug 18
Jowar and Vegetable Porridge by Tarla Dalal
If you're bored of the regular breakfast dishes, try this new healthy recipe made using jowar. Jowar is a nutritious cereal with plenty of protein, iron and fibre. The vegetables improve its vitamin A, fibre, folic acid and iron. This vegetable porridge accompanied by a fruit is sure to keep you sat ....
Turai Aur Moong ki Dal by Tarla Dalal
Turai is disliked by many of us due to its unusual appearance. It is actually one of those vegetables that absorbs other flavours beautifully and has been made more delicious and nutritious by addition it to moong dal. Moong dal is one of the easiest dals to digest and also provides plenty of prot ....
Broccoli, Mushrooms and Bean Sprouts Stir Fry by Tarla Dalal
A snappy stir-fry that you can set on the table in a matter of minutes! Bean sprouts are chock-full of nutrients like fibre, which helps to improve the functioning of insulin, by utilising glucose. Hand-in-hand with colourful and crunchy veggies that are rich in vitamins A and C, they make a tasty a ....
Grated Cauliflower with Peas ( Diabetic Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
Cooked with minimal oil, this irresistibly tasty dish easily classifies as healthy too! A combination of low-carb cauliflower and succulent, juicy green peas is perked up with aromatic spices, tangy tomatoes and peppy garam masala to make a mouth-watering subzi that you can enjoy with whole wheat
01 Aug 16
Jamun Smoothie by Tarla Dalal
Diabetes-friendly jamun blends with low-fat curds to make a delectable smoothie. Jambolene, the enzyme found in jamun, helps to utilize the glucose in the body thereby inhibiting the unwanted rise in the blood glucose levels.
Try to include as much jamun in your diet as possible, when in season ....
Green Tomato Salsa, Diabetic Friendly by Tarla Dalal
Green tomatoes are blended with spring onions and garlic to provide the necessary flavours to make this healthy dip that is sure to be a hit when you're entertaining.
The addition of coriander adds further to its taste while providing
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