In India every state has its own version of roti, the most common one is the wheat roti. An Asian staple with dal and subzi, roti is the most commonly enjoyed meal by everyone. Because giving up roti might be difficult for some, for losing weight here are a few healthier alternatives to wheat roti. If you are gluten intolerant, want to lose weight or even add some more nutrition and fibre to your diet, then multigrain rotis are the option.
Nutritionist Maya Sharma says, “Wheat roti has carbs, iron, niacin, Vitamin B6, thiamine and calcium, while bran is rich in fibre. Mixing the two can help prevent diseases of the large intestine, helpful in treating constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, high cholesterol, diabetes and even high blood pressure. The high content fibre in this type of atta can help you keep fuller for longer and thus stop you from bingeing, which is one of the reasons for those extra kilos.”
There are many options for people who want to move from the traditional wheat flour to multigrain flour for good. Adding some chana flour to the multigrain flour can make it perfect for weight loss.
Chana has a low glycemic index, which speeds up the process of burning calories by slow release of sugar in the body. Adding chana atta in your regular atta or multigrain atta can boost its nutritional quotient.
To prepare a good multi grain atta you can add soya flour, grinded oats, some jowar or even Bajra. Heard of sattu atta? A staple in Bihar and Jharkhand. The best part about the sattu roti is that it’s light as well as healthy.
Sattu is full of protein, which satiates you for long and thus promotes weight loss. We all strive to get more and more protein while trying to lose weight, what can be a better way than having your multigrain roti.
One can make the multigrain atta at home by mixing a variety of grains. It adds to the fibre and makes us feel full and keeps us away from hunger pangs. The millet flour could be as per your taste ; be it Jowar, Bajra or Ragi flour. In different parts of India, different communities also make just millet rotis.
For eg. Kuttu ka atta is famous for usage during Navratri. It belongs to the category of fasting foods and is widely consumed during those nine days. You can prepare kuttu rotis on normal days as well. The flour is rich in fiber and calcium content and thus, contributes to bone strength.
Jowar atta or millet flour is a low calorie, protein-rich alternative for all those who need to avoid wheat. It is a very popular grain especially in Maharashtra and Gujarat.
Bajra flour or millet flour is a brown-grey coloured grain that has a distinct nutty flavour. Bajra is a good source of magnesium, zinc, iron, and calcium, which makes it a very healthy alternative of wheat.
Makki ki roti and sarso ka saag is one of the best possible combinations one can savour in winters. With its roots originally in Punjab, it is now prepared across India.