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Last Updated : Apr 05,2021



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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Aloo Palak
Recipe# 30887
15 Apr 21

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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
Warm Honey Lemon Water with Turmeric
Recipe# 41925
13 Apr 21

 
 by Tarla Dalal
warm honey lemon water with turmeric | anti-inflammatory recipe for cold | anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal cold remedy with turmeric | ant-inflammatory homey lemon water | with 6 amazing images ....
Warm Lemon Water with Turmeric, Anti Inflammatory and Good for Cold
Recipe# 41926
09 Apr 21

 
 by Tarla Dalal
warm lemon water with turmeric recipe | morning turmeric detox drink | anti inflammatory turmeric water | benefits of drinking turmeric water | with 5 amazing images. wa ....
Palak Toovar Dal
Recipe# 3885
01 Apr 21

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Toovar dal has a knack of combining well with greens, providing the right mushiness without becoming gooey. Here, palak and toovar dal come together, smartly pressure-cooked and hand-blended to the right consistency. A couple of whole spices added as a tempering impart a fresh aroma and irresistible ....
Masoor Dal and Vegetable Khichdi
Recipe# 5713
13 Apr 21

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by Tarla Dalal
masoor dal and vegetable khichdi recipe | tadkewali masoor dal khichdi | Bengali masoor dal khichuri | healthy masoor dal khichdi | with 33 amazing images. masoor dal an ....
Masoor Dal with Spinach, Protein Rich Recipes
Recipe# 33249
30 Mar 21

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 by Tarla Dalal
masoor dal with spinach recipe | protein rich dal | dal palak | with 18 amazing images. masoor dal recipe is a versatile Indian food which can find a place in every household. Learn how to ....
Halim Drink Recipe, Best Source Of Iron
Recipe# 42357
18 Apr 21

 
 by Tarla Dalal
halim drink recipe | garden cress seed with lemon juice recipe | iron rich garden cress seed | how to make halim drink recipe | with 6 amazing images. Halim drink recip ....
Spinach Dosa
Recipe# 41017
29 Mar 21

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 by Tarla Dalal
spinach dosa recipe | palak dosa | keerai dosai | spinach dosa for pregnancy and kids | with step by step images. spinach dosa is a unique snack idea to make up f ....
Jowar Palak Appe
Recipe# 42675
11 Mar 21

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Irresistibly tempting, the Jowar Palak Appe is a real treat to the palate, while also being a nourishing snack for your body. Rich in iron , fibre and other nutrients, this appe is quite easy to make and super tast ....
Moong Sprouts Pesarattu
Recipe# 31075
11 Mar 21

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by Tarla Dalal
Moong is a blessing from Mother Nature, and this powerhouse of nutrients only gets more potent when sprouted! Here, we have prepared a traditional snack of Andhra Pradesh, the Pesarattu Dosa, using sprouted moong with a little besan for binding, instead of the usual batter of moong dal and rice. Sp ....
Moong Sprouts and Bajra Pessaruttu
Recipe# 42538
08 Mar 21

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Pesarattu is a South Indian specialty, especially famous in Andhra Pradesh. While it is traditionally made of moong and rice, we have made an awesome version with two iron-rich ingredients –
Scrambled Eggs
Recipe# 41165
04 Mar 21

 
 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 ....
Moong Dal and Spinach Idli
Recipe# 38991
27 Feb 21

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by Tarla Dalal
Eliminating rice reduces the calorie count of these spinach idlis, making them suitable for diabetics as well. The same moong dal batter can also be used to make healthy pankis and pancakes.
Oat and Raisin Cookies ( Healthy Heart and Low Cholesterol Recipe)
Recipe# 5548
27 Feb 21

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 by Tarla Dalal
Oats are a great substitute for low-fibre maida and raisins are the least fat containing dry fruits, making these cookies healthy and tasty. Raisins also lend their sweetness to the cookies, reducing the required sugar content. These cookies can be enjoyed by people with heart related diseases in mo ....
Whole Masoor and Chawli Soup
Recipe# 39373
27 Feb 21

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Tired of making run-of-the-mill soups with dal and vegetables? Here is an off-beat option prepared with Iron rich wholemasoor and chawli. Chawli is an extremely healthy iron rich green leafy vegetable but most people wonder how to prepare it such that it appeals to the whole family. This is a good w ....
Brinjal Rice (  Zero Oil Recipe )
Recipe# 22144
24 Feb 21

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Brinjal has a unique flavour that is enhanced by the masala used in this dish. Grind the masala fresh every time, for that tantalizing aroma! Brinjal is rich in both calcium and folic acid, making this dish a nutritional treat too! The Brinjal cook fast, so cook it for just one whistle to avoid over ....
Carrot Methi Subzi ( Delicious Diabetic Recipe)
Recipe# 3503
24 Feb 21

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gajar methi sabzi recipe | sabzi for diabetes | carrot and fenugreek vegetable Indian style | healthy carrot methi sabzi | with 14 amazing images. gajar methi sabzi rec ....
Bajra and Cauliflower Roti
Recipe# 22219
10 Feb 21

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Don't settle for bland bajra rotis! Feast on these delicious Bajra and Cauliflower Rotis instead. The grated garlic and spring onions really rev up the flavour of these rotis. Ensure that you roll the rotis immediately once the dough is kneaded; else it may turn soft and pose a problem while rol ....
Multigrain Roti, Healthy Multigrain Chapati
Recipe# 38746
04 Feb 21

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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 ....
Multiseed Mukhwas ( Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Fibre Rich Recipe )
Recipe# 35094
02 Feb 21

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 by Tarla Dalal
multiseed mukhwas | multi seed mukhwas | 4 seed healthy mukhwas | how to make multiseed mukhwas | with 13 amazing images. Multiseed mukhwas is a mouth-freshener w ....
Cream Of Spinach Soup, Palak Soup
Recipe# 36684
02 Feb 21

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by Tarla Dalal
cream of spinach soup recipe | cream of palak soup | Indian style cream of spinach soup | with 20 amazing images The nutty flavour and rustic aroma of spinach are the highlights of this cream of s ....
Pineapple, Apple and Cucumber Juice
Recipe# 4682
01 Feb 21

 
 by Tarla Dalal
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, they say. Team it with pineapple and you have a winning combo chock-full of energy, iron and vitamin C! Cucumber not only adds to the fluid content, but also balances the flavour well. All in all, the Pineapple, Apple and Cucumber juice is a great fruit-veg drin ....
Anjeer and Mixed Nut Barfi
Recipe# 5716
01 Feb 21

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by Tarla Dalal
A barfi in one minute, and that too a super-healthy one? Here you go! The Anjeer and Mix Nut Barfi, as the name suggests combines iron-rich and flavourful ingredients like figs, nuts and sesame seeds. A teaspoon of ghee together with saffron and cardamom imparts a rich and magical aroma to this quic ....
Mexican Pita Pockets
Recipe# 3466
22 Jan 21

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Soft pita breads made with whole wheat flour and filled with a spicy Mexican bean filling that will help to keep the blood sugar levels in check. Served with salad and a delicious mint dressing which add a bouquet of tantalising flavours to this dish.
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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