Enjoy rains with healthy and delicious beetroot tikki by Yasmin Karachiwala
The monsoon season is here, and we can’t get enough of it! After all, the pitter patter of raindrops and the breeze make the weather oh-so-romantic. And how can we forget our favourite foods? There is no greater joy than sipping on a freshly brewed cup of chai with piping hot pakodas. Aren’t you salivating? So, are we! But guess what? It is the unhealthy calories that hold us back from indulging in our favourite fried foods. As always, there’s a solution by none other than celebrity instructor Yasmin Karachiwala, who makes sure to share her treasure trove of healthy recipes with her audience. This time around, it’s the beetroot tikki that’s making us drool and how!
In her recent Instagram post, Yasmin wrote, “Who’s up for beetroot tikki to enjoy this weather? Beat
your evening hunger pangs with this awesome and super delicious snack. It’s full of nutrients and very easy to make.”
Check out the post for yourself:
So without further ado, let’s get to the recipe:
1/2 cup boiled, peeled and grated beetroot
1/4 cup grated carrot
2 tbsp paneer grated
1 tbsp finely chopped coriander (dhania)
1/2 tsp chaat masala
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp dried mango powder (amchur)
1/4 tsp garam masala
1 tbsp rava
salt to taste
1 tsp oil
- Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
- Divide the mixture into equal portions, and roll each portion in a flat round tikki.
- Roll the tikkis in the rava. Heat the oil in a pan. Fry the tikkis till they turn golden brown in colour from all the sides.
- Serve them!
This is one of the easiest ways to consume beetroot. After all, it’s not just healthy, but so delicious.
What makes beetroot so healthy?
There are several reasons why beetroots are considered healthy. To begin with, they are packed with a host of vitamins and minerals, and barely contain any calories. That sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?
1. It helps protect against heart disease
We all know how heart disease has become one of the biggest killers today! Whether it’s heart failure or stroke, there are various heart issues that have become so common today. And the reason for some of these ailments is high blood pressure. But there’s no need to worry when you have beetroots for company – after all, they can lower blood pressure by up to 4-10 mmHg in only a few hours.
2. It could help with inflammation
Inflammation in the body is one of the biggest reasons for several diseases like obesity, heart disease, liver issues and cancer. Beetroots contain pigments called betalains, which are said to have anti-inflammatory properties. However, most of the research has been conducted on rats and not humans.
3. It could aid your digestive health
It is common knowledge that dietary fibre is an important part of a healthy diet. Apart from its many benefits, it is also linked to better digestive health. For the unversed, one cup of beetroot contains 3.4 gms of fibre – now that’s definitely a flex! This can promote digestive health and prevents constipation as well as inflammatory bowel disease.