Ketogenic diet is a popular weight loss diet that has seen a stellar rise in popularity over the past few years. The diet is basically a low-carb, high-fat diet that claims to have a number of health benefits, including better weight management, reduced hunger pangs, better control over blood sugar levels, improved brain function, among others. The diet is said to work by making the body shift from burning carbohydrates to produce energy and to burning fat as the primary fuel. Ketogenic diet is not easy to follow, but a large number of people have started to follow this extremely low-carb diet that is said to be an effective weight loss strategy. As the diet grows in popularity around the globe, the demand for more and more ‘Keto-friendly’ foods, dishes and products is also growing.
Even in India, a number of celebrities, including Bollywood star Huma Qureshi, Tanmay Bhat, Karan Johar etc., have been known to follow the Ketogenic diet to lose a lot of weight and become fit. The diet reduces the quantity of carbs consumed per day, to less than 50 grams. Ketogenic dieters have to consume around 70 to 80 percent of their daily calories from fats, around 10 to 20 percent from proteins and around 5 to 10 percent from carbs. Ketogenic diet must include meals that are rich in sources of fats like healthy cheeses, coconut oil, ghee, egg yolks, etc. This is why Keto-friendly recipes must have a high fat content and must be moderated to eliminate the amount of carbs in them.
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Indian Ketogenic Diet: Desi Keto-Friendly Dosa Recipe
Indians may find it easy to adapt their meals to the demands of the Ketogenic diet as we regularly use Keto-friendly ingredients like ghee and coconut oil in our meals. South Indian cuisine, in particular, makes use of the coconut oil abundantly. The oil is rich in healthy fats, which are said to improve the level of good cholesterol or high density lipoprotein (HDL) in the blood and reduce the levels of triglycerides and bad cholesterol. Dosa is the favoured breakfast food for South Indians around the world. This Keto-friendly dosa recipe replaces the rice flour for the batter with almond flour and includes fat-rich mozzarella and coconut milk in it. The almond flour also fulfills protein requirements while acting as a viable alternative to carb-rich rice flour.