Crisp and flavourful tikkis are the quintessential desi snack. Whether you prefer them plain, with chutneys and sauces, or mixed with chaat – tikkis are always a delight. There are so many mouth-watering varieties: aloo tikki, soya tikki, paneer tikki and others. Now, tikkis are often considered an indulgence. But what if we told you that they can be enjoyed even while dieting? We have a special recipe for a high-protein tikki that you need to try: Chana Dal And Cabbage Tikki. This nutritious snack can easily be prepared at home with just a handful of ingredients. First, check out how it can be good for you:
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Why Is Chana Dal And Cabbage Tikki Healthy?
1. It is high in protein
Chanal dal is a great source of vegetarian protein. It can curb your hunger pangs and keep you well-nourished. The addition of besan further enhances the protein content of this snack.
2. It is rich in vitamins and minerals
Along with chana dal, this tikki also contains the goodness of cabbage, carrots, ginger and coriander. These ingredients are packed with many vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, essential for your overall health.
3. It requires less oil
This tikki requires only a small amount of oil, as it is pan-fried, not deep-fried. You may also choose to bake it. Thus, you can rest assured that you are not eating a snack that is too high in calories.
4. It may aid in weight loss and blood sugar control
Since this tikki is high in fibre and protein, it promotes satiety and may help manage blood sugar levels too. This makes it a good snacking option for those wanting to lose weight and/or those suffering from diabetes. The main ingredients – chana dal, cabbage, carrots, coriander and besan – are all considered to be diet-friendly.
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Note that chaat masala is the main spice mix used to flavour these chana dal tikkis. Packaged chaat masalas may contain too much salt and/or artificial additives. Hence, to derive maximum benefits, make chaat masala at home and store it for future use as well. Click here for an easy recipe. Now let’s dive into the preparation of the tikki itself:
How To Make Chana Dal Cabbage Tikki | Easy Recipe For Healthy Dal Tikki
Wash and soak chana dal for a few hours. Later, drain the water and grind the dal until you get a thick paste. Transfer this paste to a large bowl. Then add chopped cabbage, carrot, green chillies and coriander leaves to it. Also add spice powders, chaat masala and salt to taste. Now, in a small pan or vessel for tadka, heat oil and temper cumin seeds and chopped ginger. Mix this tadka with the chanal dal mixture in the bowl. Finally, combine everything well with roasted besan.
Break off small pieces of the mixture and flatten them into circular shapes. Pan-fry the tikkis until both sides turn golden brown. Enjoy them hot with fresh mint (pudina) chutney.
Click here for the detailed recipe for Chana Dal And Cabbage Tikki
If you’re looking for a wholesome and flavourful snack, this chana dal tikki will not let you down.
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