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 World Hypertension Day

  Last Updated : Oct 26,2018

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World Hypertension Day Recipes, Indian

Beat BP Blues with the Right Foods

May 17th is World Hypertension Day – and that’s not a day that reminds you of your health condition but a day to get together and figure out ways to beat the BP blues and stay as fit and happy as ever! Any health condition is manageable if you make positive changes in your diet and lifestyle. Hypertension is no different. Just keep the salt down and keep your confidence high!

As far as High Blood Pressure, Low Salt (hypertension) is concerned, the main restriction is on salt. But, many people think that food tastes bland without salt. That’s not so! And, these recipes will demonstrate the fact to you. When you bring down the salt levels, you just need to compensate by adding a few other seasonings or garnishes to boost the flavour and aroma.

This year on World Hypertension Day, we have decided to serve a selection of delectable recipes to your inbox. We have picked all-time favourite traditional recipes from across India and made them suitable for hypertensives by restricting the salt and modifying the ingredients accordingly. Right from North Indian subzis and parathas to South Indian Mixed Vegetable Thoran, from Nourishing Khichdi and Sprouts Kadhi in the West to snacks like Oats Nimki from the East, we have picked a range of traditional treats and modified them to fit comfortably into a hypertensive person’s diet. By trying these recipes you will get an idea about how to modify the recipes that you regularly cook at home. You can gradually create customised versions of all your favourite recipes. You will also find loads more recipes on our website and app.

Before we sign off, here are a few smart dietary tips that will help cut down on salt and sodium in your diet:
1) Swipe that salt shaker off the table!
2) Say no to MSG (Ajinomoto).
3) Avoid using baking powder and baking soda.
4) Stay away from salt-preserved foods like pickles, canned foods, cheese, peanut butter, salted butter etc.
5) Resist from munching on bakery products like biscuits, breads, cakes and pastries, which are made with refined flour.
6) Strictly keep away from ready-to-eat products like chips, wafers, deep-fried snacks etc.
Trust us, you will not miss the missing salt! A dash of pepper or a sprinkling of jeera powder will more than compensate for it. Just stay focused on the happiness and good health that lies ahead!

top 10 low salt recipes

oats vegetable khichdi recipe | oats vegetable dal khichdi | healthy oats vegetable khichdi for weight loss | with 25 amazing images. oats vegetable khichdi recipe | oats vegetable dal khichdi | healthy oats vegetable khichdi for weight loss is a one dish meal with a true energizing feel. Learn how to make oats vegetable dal khichdi. To make oats vegetable khichdi, clean, wash and soak the moong dal for 30 minutes. Drain well and keep aside. Heat the oil in a pressure cooker, add the cumin seeds and asafoetida and sauté for a few seconds. Add the onions and green chillies and sauté on medium flame for 1 minute. Add the garlic paste, chilli powder, turmeric powder and 1 tbsp of water and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds. Add the oats, moong dal, carrots and french beans, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Add 2¾ cups of hot water and salt, mix well and pressure cook for 3 whistles. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. Serve immediately. To many, the phrase comfort food is synonymous with khichdi, a nourishing and homely food that never fails to satiate. In this recipe, we have combined high fibre oats with yellow moong dal to make an oats vegetable dal khichdi with a difference. Veggies add a welcome crunch to this oats vegetable khichdi, while also bringing in their share of fibre and antioxidants. Perfectly spiced with just a mild touch of salt, this dish makes a healthy treat when served with a bowl of low-fat curds. With just 127 calories per serving, this healthy oats vegetable khichdi for weight loss is a perfect satiating meal. The beta-glucan in the oats also helps prevent a quick surge in blood sugar levels, thus making this khichdi diabetic-friendly. Some recent research shows that this beta-glucan is also beneficial in reducing blood cholesterol levels and thus can be recommended to heart patients too. Tips for oats vegetable khichdi. 1. Garlic paste can be replaced with finely chopped garlic if you like its mouthfeel. 2. Similarly, chilli powder can be replaced with finely chopped green chillies. 3. You can also use any other vegetable like green peas or small cauliflower florets. 4. If you are suffering from high blood pressure, use 1/4 tsp salt. Enjoy oats vegetable khichdi recipe | oats vegetable dal khichdi | healthy oats vegetable khichdi for weight loss | with step by step photos.
The moment somebody hears the word ‘makhani’, it reminds them of a rich and buttery gravy and they immediately strike it off their diet-friendly list! However, this innovative recipe shows that you can recreate the same buttery experience using apt ingredients and cooking methods, in a pretty much diet-friendly way. This is indeed a makhani gravy but we have not even used a spot of high-saturated, fat-laden butter, but used a little bit of oil instead. The koftas are also unusual, made using iron-rich nachni for binding, instead of corn flour. Putting our heads together to make the Cabbage Nachni Koftas in Makhani Gravy as healthy as possible, we decided to steam the koftas instead of deep-frying them. This makes the dish healthier, without compromising on flavour. This low-salt recipe is sure to be a healthy treat for those with high blood pressure. You can also try other low-salt subzis like the Mili Jhuli Subzi and Bengali Mixed Vegetable Dry Sabzi .
 by Tarla Dalal
poha nachni handvo recipe | nachni handvo | snacks for hypertension | Indian snack for high blood pressure | with step by step images. poha nachni handvo is a nourishing and satiating snack. Learn how to make Indian snack for high blood pressure. Super-healthy nachni handvo made of poha and nachni flour, and super-tasty too? Yes, we are not kidding you. Try this for taste, and you will believe us. So, we have used a batter of curds, poha and nachni flour, perked up with a traditional tempering and spice powders, not to forget a basketful of tasty and nutritious fiber rich veggies to make this tasty nachni handvo. To make poha nachni handvo, combine the curds and 1½ cups of water in a deep bowl and whisk well. Add the poha, mix well and keep aside for 20 minutes. Add the bottle gourd, carrot, green peas, ginger-green chilli paste, sugar, turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt and mix well. Keep aside. Heat the oil in a small non-stick pan, add the mustard seeds, sesame seeds and asafoetida and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds. Add this tempering to the poha- curd-vegetable mixture and mix well. Add the nachni flour and mix well. Divide the batter into 6 equal portions. Heat a 100 mm. (4”) diameter non-stick pan and grease it with ¼ tsp of oil. Pour a portion of the batter on it and spread it evenly, cover with a lid and cook on a medium flame for 10 to 12 minutes or till both the sides turn golden brown in colour. Cut the handvo into 4 equal portions and serve poha nachni handvo immediately. Made with just the right amount of salt, this recipe is ideal for those with high blood pressure. Heart patients too can indulge in this snack. Being cooked with minimal oil, it has a restricted amount of fat. One handvo with 125 calories are perfect wholesome snack for hypertension as well as Pregnant women who have high blood pressure. The use of nachni in this Indian snack for high blood pressure, is also adds in a dose of calcium which helps in bone strengthening. Serve it with green chutney and relish its flavours. Tips for poha nachni handvo. 1. Do not prepare the batter too much in advance as it will release water and make it difficult to make the handvo. 2. Also, remember that the Poha Nachni Handvo takes time to cook, but you must be patient and cook it on a medium flame. 3. Serve immediately as it is made with less oil. You can also try other recipes like Healthy Stuffed Luchi and Grilled Sweet Potato. Enjoy poha nachni handvo recipe | nachni handvo | snacks for hypertension | Indian snack for high blood pressure | with step by step photos below.
Thoran is an all-time favourite Keralite vegetable preparation. It is a simple but flavour-packed method of tempering veggies with red chillies and garlic, and seasoning it with crushed cumin seeds. A dash of red chilli powder adds a touch of spice to this peppy dish. Do not miss out on the garlic, because it not only adds flavour to the Mixed Vegetable Thoran but also helps control your blood pressure. The combination of ingredients in the tempering gives the Thoran such a rich aroma and flavour that you do not feel the reduction in salt. Enjoy this South Indian delicacy with whole wheat rotis .
jowar pyaz ki roti recipe | healthy sorghum onion Indian bread | iron rich roti | with 18 amazing images. jowar pyaz ki roti recipe is a healthy roti made from simple ingredients like jowar, onions, green chillies and peanut oil. Have healthy sorghum onion Indian bread for breakfast with a bowl of homemade curd to complete a healthy Indian breakfast. Fibre, calcium, protein and loads of energy come together in a tasty jowar pyaz ki roti flavoured with spring onions and green chillies! Jowar pyaz ki roti is a gluten-free, cholesterol -free recipe that you can prepare even every day. You just need a spot of practice in rolling these jowar flour rotis. Preferably use peanut oil while cooking these rotis as it has more MUFA and is thus healthy. Notes on jowar pyaz ki roti. 1. Use spring onions whites and greens both for a good crunch. 2. Add the green chillies. These perk up the flavour of bland jowar flour. 3. Mix batter well. Use your hands for mixing rather than a spoon as this helps in uniform mixing. Keep aside. 4. Carefully pour the hot water in the bowl of jowar flour mixture. Hot water is added to provide softness to the rotis. 5. If the dough seems to be sticky, add more jowar flour and if the dough seems to be a little stiff, then add some more hot water. Enjoy how to jowar pyaz ki roti recipe | healthy sorghum onion Indian bread | iron rich roti | with detailed step by step photos below.
 by Tarla Dalal
cabbage and dal parathas recipe | Low Sodium recipes to lower blood pressure | healthy cabbage dal paratha | with 30 amazing images. cabbage and dal parathas recipe is a healthy breakfast paratha. Learn how to make healthy cabbage dal paratha. This one dish meal is a great combination of cereals, pulses and vegetables. A horde of other ingredients like mint leaves, fennel seeds, amchur, ginger and finely chopped onions enhance the taste of these cabbage and dal parathas. Cabbage being low in sodium and potassium is quite beneficial for those with high blood pressure. Just measure the amount of salt as mentioned in the cabbage and dal parathas recipe and they are ready to enjoy a hearty meal. One cabbage and dal paratha can be enjoyed by diabetics with a bowl of low-fat curds, to add a wee-bit of protein and set off the carb content. To make cabbage and dal parathas more nutritious, you can use 1/2 cup of wheat flour and 1/4 cup of oats flour instead of using only wheat flour. Try other healthy recipes like Healthy Oats Dosa and Low Salt Mooli Roti. Enjoy how to make cabbage and dal parathas recipe | Low Sodium recipes to lower blood pressure | healthy cabbage dal paratha | with detailed step by step photos and video below.
Apt use of spices can effectively cover up the inadequacy of salt, ensuring that a dish still tastes fabulous! This Mili Jhuli Subzi is a perfect examples. A tempting collection of colourful and juicy veggies is cooked with tomatoes and a paste of onions, spices and seeds. This paste also includes poha, which helps to thicken the gravy. We have restricted the salt to suit those with high blood pressure, but that hardly constrains the bursting flavour of this mildly-spicy gravy. Relish the Mili Jhuli Subzi with hot phulkas to experience its irresistible charm!
 by Tarla Dalal
Caraway flavoured brown rice, layered with an assortment of colourful vegetables cooked in a subtly spiced gravy, the White Gravy Biryani is a mouth-watering and sumptuous dish – almost a one-pot meal! It has lots of garlic and ginger, which help to counterbalance the effects of sodium and make this dish suitable for those with hypertension. The use of brown rice instead of polished varieties adds to the fibre content of this dish, making it all the more heart-friendly.
 by Tarla Dalal
Give your regular kadhi a nutrient boost by adding sprouts to it. A traditional tempering gives the Sprouts Kadhi an appetising aroma, while ingredients like green chilli paste and spice powders give it an irresistible flavour. The sprouts not only contribute immense nutrients and fibre but also a variety of textures, which makes the kadhi more toothsome. A perfect addition to lunch or dinner, this Sprouts Kadhi is quite flavourful without using too much salt, making it ideal for those with high blood pressure. Serve with rotis and rice .
 by Tarla Dalal
Nimki is a crunchy, diamond-shaped savoury Bengali snack. It is characterised by its crispness and appetizing flavour of cumin and pepper. It can be enjoyed plain, or with tongue-tickling green chutney green chutney. In this recipe, we have combined whole wheat flour with oats to make a heart-healthy Oats Nimki. Spices like pepper and jeera make up for the reduction in salt, ensuring that this healthy version tastes just as good as the traditional one.
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World Hypertension Day
 on 21 Jun 18 11:50 AM

Firstly thanks to Tarla ji for all good information given to eat low salt or avoid salt from your diet. I have gone through whole section few days back and found it is really beneficial and informative. We have made Khichdi, sprout throan, sprout kadhi,Cabbage Nachni Koftas in Makhani Gravy at home on different days. All turns good. They are simply great recipes and does not realize that it has low salt.