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Which Is Healthier, Bhel Puri Or Pani Puri ??

Discussion in 'Indian Diet & Nutrition' started by sunkan, Sep 24, 2007.

  1. sunkan

    sunkan Gold IL'ite

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    Fast food comprises snacks that are eaten once in a while. However, most of us have made these foods a staple part of our diet.

    No matter how many news items we come across about the unhygienic conditions under which some of them are made, our palates don't seem to allow us to cut down on our intake.

    This week we bring you the calorie count and nutritional content of two popular snacks.

    Pani Puri
    1 plate (6 pieces, 475 calories) (12.5 gm fat) = Gardening for 84 minutes.

    Most people are surprised to know that Pani Puri can be a source of high fat calories, after all the main ingredient is just "meetha/ teekha pani"?

    Pani Puri is usually made with a mixture of boiled and mashed potato, boondi, boiled moong or chana, a spicy/ tangy chutney and a sweet chutney usually made of tamarind and jaggery and, of course, the puris. No points for guessing that the puris are deepfried and so is the boondi, the main contributors to the high fat content of this meal.

    Apart from this, the other main ingredients are primarily starchy. Only the moong and the chana contribute to some amount of protein, though we do not really end up eating them in sufficient quantities to contribute to enough protein intake.

    What's more, this is not a food of high satiety value; you generally tend to overeat, without realising you may end up consuming 1,000 calories and still not feel full!

    Bhel Puri
    1 plate (320 calories, 6 gm fat) = Gardening for 57 minutes.

    Another 'light' snack that seems harmless enough until you look at the above figures!

    It usually is made of kurmura or puffed rice, sev, puri and two kinds of chutneys -- spicy and sweet.

    The main culprit that contributes to the calories is the sev that is mixed into the bhel and generously sprinkled as garnishing and the fried puri. Sev absorbs a lot of oil while being made; the oil that is used for frying it may also be the kind that is not too heart-friendly ie saturated fat. Some restaurants also make it a practice to add peanuts to bhel, which will further add to the fat calories.

    Health tips

    If you are one of the fitness-minded people who really think before eating high fat food, here are some alterations you could make to include your favourite fast food in your diet once in a while without going overboard with the calories:

    ~ For Pani Puri, skip the boondi and potato and take more of the boiled moong and chana instead.

    ~ Take the above in a bowl and add the sweet and spicy chutney to it in measured quantities.

    ~ Crush one or two puris and add to this mixture and have it.

    ~ If you are having bhel outside or even making it at home, skip the sev completely and make the bhel with just kurmura and chutneys. Add one or two broken puris to this mix for crispness. Believe me, you won't even notice there is no sev once the chutneys are added.

    Homemade bhel can be made interesting and healthy by using boiled or sprouted moong as the main ingredient and adding the same chutneys and a little kurmura.

    If you do not like making these alterations, indulge yourself once in a while but keep exercising regularly and see that your diet is a balanced one on five to six days out of seven.

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  2. latamurali

    latamurali Gold IL'ite

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    Hello mam

    Thank You so much, this is very very useful to me , since, both the items are my favourites , and i also used to think for a while before eating, that, this has lot of calories jus bcos of puris and all other items, but still i will have that

    But while preparing those items in home , i used to add lot of onions, tomatoes,grated carrots & mango and also lot of crispy puffed rice(though it get softened ) with all the sweet and sour sauces it will give good taste as if it is typically prepared with orginal ingredients

    But now, u have given best tips to make it nutritious and Calorie content in that item, since many ofu us dont knw about those details till this date , so special thanks for that

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