Having diabetes does not mean that you need to give up eating your favourite food or snack. It is about eating in portion and having a balanced diet. Usually in India, we end up having a large serving of rice or chapati along with our meals but what we really need to do is reduce the amount of carbs we are eating and serving a larger portion of vegetable and protein. To help you cook healthier and plan your meals better, here we have a collection of North Indian Dry Sabzi that you can serve for your Main Course and eat along with chapati or phulka or millets and a dal by the side.
Home cooked meals are always healthier and if you are diabetic, then try and avoid eating out as you never know what all goes into a dish. Divide your meals into two snacks and three small meals to lead a healthier lifestyle. There are certain restrictions when you are a diabetic and knowing what to eat and what not to eat is very important to control your diabetes.
Vegetables like potatoes are high in starch and should be avoided. Include green leafy vegetables like spinach, fenugreek leaves, amaranth leaves, radish green and moringa leaves in your diet. Apart from green leafy vegetables, have vegetables like broccoli, bitter gourd, cauliflower, beans, gourds, drumsticks,ladies finger, cabbage, plantain, carrots, capsicum, etc.
Make sabzi with sprouts like the Gujarati Vagharela Mag Recipe to keep you feeling full and help manage your diabetes.
Diabetic people should avoid Sugar, Honey and Jaggery. Some of your recipes like the Methi Dana Sabzi Recipe, Gawar Phali Methi Ki Sabzi Recipe, Karela Masala Sabzi Recipe have either sugar or jaggery added to it. You can completely skip adding these sweeteners in order to manage your diabetes. These sabzis taste just as amazing without them as well.
Amla is another diabetic friendly ingredient, try our Crispy Amla Gawar Phali Sabzi Recipe and Amla Methi Sukhi Sabzi Recipe.
So now you know which vegetables to include in your diet and what to omit. But there are a few other things as well that you need to keep in mind when your cooking vegetables. Use very less oil or try and using healthier oil to cook the vegetables in. Do not overcook the vegetables in order to preserve the nutrients. And most important is serve and enjoy the vegetables with mix millet phulkas or brown rice or whole wheat chapatis.
Do try our North Indian Main Course Sabzi Recipes For Diabetics and let us know how you like them.