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Last Updated : Aug 14,2018



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Zinc Rich Foods

Zinc is a trace mineral which is required in small quantities by the body but found in every cell of the body. It is more concentrated in muscles and bones. The semen and prostate gland in men also contain significant amounts of zinc.

10 Reasons to have Zinc in your diet:

1. Immunity : Help in building immunity
2. Good for Skin: It is involved in collagen synthesis and thus helps repair skin. It maintains skin integrity as well as slows the aging process
3. Antioxidant: Acts like an antioxidant and fights the harmful free radicals
4. Fights Cancer: Acts as anti-inflammatory agent and also aids in fighting cancer
5. Hormone Production: Involved in energy metabolism and hormone production including testosterone in males and female sex hormones involved in releasing of egg from the ovaries.
6. Pregnancy : It is essential for rapid growth of cells during pregnancy.
7. Hair : Promotes hair strength.
8. Diabetic Friendly : It helps control diabetes by aiding in blood sugar regulation.
9. Good for Heart : It helps reduce inflammation and thus promote heart health.
10. Good for Eyes: It is essential to treat night blindness. Zinc helps in the activity of an enzyme in our body that helps produce vitamin A, which is useful in treating night blindness.

The main symptoms of zinc deficiency are
• Reduce concentration
• Rough skin
• Hair loss
• Loss of appetite
• Fatigue
• Fragile bones
• Growth retardation

The RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance) for Indians is

Group RDA for zinc (mg/d)
Adult Man 12
Adult Woman
Adult Woman (Pregnant / Lactating)
10
12
Children (1-3 yrs)
(4-6 yrs)
(7-9 yrs)
(10-12 yrs)
(13-15 yrs)
(16-17 yrs)
5
7
8
9
11
12

The major vegetarian sources of zinc are
1. Pumpkin Seeds are extremely high in Zinc and best eaten raw as roasting them can deplete some of the zinc intake. Also Sesame Seeds are high in Zinc. Try Tahini Paste and Tahini Dip
2. Nuts like Almonds, Cashewnuts, Sesame Seeds, Peanuts and Walnuts.
3. Whole grains like Bajra, Barley, Jowar, Ragi (Nachni), whole wheat etc. Refining leads to loss of zinc. So avoid maida and its products.
4. Pulses like Chick Peas (kabuli chana), chawla, Moong, Rajma Soya etc.
5. Dals like Urad Dal, Chana Dal, Toovar Dal, Masoor Dal etc.
However the grains and pulses have phytates in them which hinder zinc absorption. Hence nuts are a better source of zinc in vegan diets.

For a complete list of Zinc rich foods, see High Zinc Veg Food Sources


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Rajma
Recipe# 22784
23 Aug 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
Rajma is one of the most popular dishes in North India. In this Punjabi delicacy, cooked kidney beans is excitingly flavoured with a wide array of ingredients ranging from ginger and green chillies to tomatoes and onions, spices and masala powders too. However, you will be surprised to see that ....
Bajra Onion Muthia, Bajra Onion Kadhai Muthia
Recipe# 33321
14 Aug 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
While muthias can be prepared in varied methods ranging from baking and deep-frying to steaming, you will find that cooking them in a kadhai is not only convenient but also gives them a richer flavour and wonderful texture. Here we show you how to make amazing Bajra Onion Muthias using a non-stick k ....
Ragi Upma (  Iron Rich)
Recipe# 39296
10 Aug 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Ragi Upma is a great breakfast option when you want to have a healthy yet easy breakfast. Red millet flour, so full of fibre and iron, makes this a super-nutritious dish. So, although the colour of this upma is not so appealing, its nutrient quotient is, making it a must-try. Make sure you serve it ....
Nachni Dosa, Ragi Dosa Made with Whole Nachni
Recipe# 22354
12 Jul 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Did you know that fermented items tend to worsen acidity, or even cause it? Hence, idlis, dosas and such items made with a fermented batter are best avoided by those suffering from acidity. This Nachni Dosa is a delicious alternative made with ragi and without rice. The batter is not fermented, ....
Low Salt Green Pea and Basil Soup, Low Salt Recipe
Recipe# 22311
31 May 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
The sweet, earthy flavour of green peas meets the herby accents of basil in this awe-inspiring recipe. We have retained the high fibre content of green peas in this soup by not straining it. This, along with the restricted use of salt, makes this soup good for those with high blood pressure. Alt ....
Parsley Hummus
Recipe# 5554
23 Apr 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Chick peas which are rich in protein, calcium and fibre are blended with vitamin a and e laden parsley to make this healthy dip. Enjoy it with whole wheat pita or simply use it as a sandwich spread to make a quick snack.
Black Raspberry and Gooseberry Oatmeal Recipe
Recipe# 42505
31 May 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Creativity at its peak, this unique breakfast dish combines oatmeal with black raspberry and gooseberry, to get a tasty and abundantly nutritious bowlful! Gooseberries are rich in fibre and ....
Mushroom Soup ( Good Food For Diabetes)
Recipe# 7439
12 Apr 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Who can refuse a cup of creamy Mushroom Soup! And if you were told that it is a healthy version, you would enjoy it all the more. Mushrooms have a low carbohydrate level, and hence a low glycemic index too, which makes it a helpful ingredient for diabetics. Being rich in potassium, mushrooms also ke ....
Homemade Peanut Butter, for Weight Loss and Athletes
Recipe# 41116
25 Jun 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Deliciously luscious peanut butter made at home with unsalted peanuts is a great source of monounsaturated healthy fats. Yes, that means it is actually good for you! Peanut butter is also a good source of protein. Coconut oil, added to the peanut butter to get a nice nutty taste, gives you healthy f ....
How To Cook and Store Steel Cut Oats for 5 Days
Recipe# 42403
31 May 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Steel-cut oats is a variety that’s gaining popularity of late. Here, whole grains of oats are cut into two or three groats. Hence, the name steel-cut. Since it is made from whole grains of oats, it has a mealier mouth-feel. Being rich in fibre , this
Strawberry Steel Cut Oats with Tea Masala
Recipe# 42400
26 Mar 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Chai Masala, with its well-balanced mix of spicy notes, is ideal to flavour many dishes, not just tea! This Strawberry Steel Cut Oats with Tea Masala is an example that proves our point. Here, the oats is perked up with chai masala and a dash of vanilla, sweetened mildly with maple syrup. With t ....
Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats
Recipe# 42401
26 Mar 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
An exquisite breakfast that is unlike anything you have tasted before, the Pumpkin Steel Cut oats combines cooked and blended red pumpkin with steel-cut oats. The recipe gets a flavourful boost from apples, a touch of nutmeg and a sprinkling of roasted sunflower seeds. The luscious texture of th ....
How To Roast Pumpkin Seeds, Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Recipe# 42257
07 Aug 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Experience the goodness of pumpkin seeds in a delectable roasted form! This recipe shows you how to roast pumpkin seeds, which not only enhances their flavour but also makes them easy to use. Now, you can just sprinkle them on your soups ,
Apple Steel Cut Oatmeal with Almond Milk, Healthy Vegan Breakfast
Recipe# 42390
31 May 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Steel-cut oats, which can be bought at well-stocked supermarkets and in specialty/ gourmet food stores, are groats of oats made by chopping whole oats into two or three pieces. It has a nice grainy mouth-feel, which is quite satiating. Just the taste and texture instils a sense of well-being and ....
Steel Cut Oats with Strawberries and Almond Milk, Healthy Vegan Breakfast
Recipe# 42389
09 Jun 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Steel-cut oats is a coarse oatmeal, made by chopping whole oats into two or three pieces. Hence the name ‘steel cut’. It is a gluten-free whole grain that is much healthier than quick cooking rolled oats. It is rich in fibre and lowers cholesterol. Best of all, it has a nice grainy texture that ....
Vegan Oats and Coconut Milk Pudding
Recipe# 42346
22 May 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Coconut Milk is being increasingly recognised for its health benefits. With a creamy, pleasant flavour, it adds not just nutrients but also taste to any dish it is used in. This no-fuss, easy-to-make Vegan Oats and Coconut Milk Pudding is a wonderfully healthy breakfast with a creamy mouth-feel ....
Strawberry Oats Pudding
Recipe# 42347
18 Jul 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Armed with recipes like these, you can ensure a healthy and tasty breakfast without sweating in the kitchen. All you need to do is mix the ingredients together and let them sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning, when the oats, berries and almond milk have become acquainted with each other, ....
Strawberry Almond Milk and Oats Smoothie
Recipe# 42345
22 May 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Top-up your nutrients with this tasty smoothie, on days when you are in a rush and don’t have time for a full-fledged breakfast . Filling, tasty and loaded with nutritious ingredients, this healthful Strawberry, Almond Milk an ....
Masoor Dal and Paneer Soup
Recipe# 4631
27 Mar 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
There is nothing more soothing than a bowl of protein-rich curry soup on a cool day! Masoor dal being an incomplete grain, it is important to combine it with protein-rich ingredients like paneer, to make a complete, nourishing soup. With tangy and flavourful ingredients, the soup also scores high in ....
Buckwheat Groats Porridge, Apple Porridge, Healthy Breakfast
Recipe# 42304
31 Aug 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A satiating, tasty and nutri-dense porridge is the best way to start your day, and we strongly recommend this Buckwheat Groats Porridge. Buckwheat Groats is the tiny triangular hulled seed of the buckwheat plant. It is loaded with nutrients and antioxidants, and brings down cholesterol and blood ....
Almond Milk, Homemade Pure Almond Milk
Recipe# 40984
09 Jun 18

 
 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
Sprouted Kabuli Chana and Palak, Folic Acid Rich Recipe
Recipe# 35071
26 Mar 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A perfect combination of sprouted kabuli chana and palak that will tickle your taste buds, and keep your protein , calcium and iron lev ....
Chana Dal Pancakes ( Gluten Free )
Recipe# 37001
27 Dec 12

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by Tarla Dalal
Chana dal pancakes recipe, makes use of soaked chana dal mixed with vitamin rich vegetables and protein rich curds to enhance its taste. Grated ginger and green chillies add the much-needed spice to the pancakes. Cook these pancakes over a slow flame as the chana dal is coarsely ground and will take ....
Almond Bhakri, Gluten Free Almond Bhakri
Recipe# 41121
09 Jun 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
For many, the aroma of bhakri cooking on the tawa is reminiscent of home-cooked food! Here, we introduce you to a totally off-beat Almond Bhakri. As you will surmise from the name, the Almond Bhakri is quite a rich treat, but it is healthy and gluten-free too, so anybody can go for it. Almonds ....
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