Why idli is healthy?

Idli and sambar is one of the most nutritious breakfasts one can have. Made of fermented black lentils and rice, the nutrient quotient in idli is so high that it has been recommended by several organizations across the world, including the World Health Organization (WHO).

Made from urad dal and rice, this soft puff of rice is a healthy treat due to its lightness and its nutritional content. Idli is said to be light as it contains no fats, saturated fats or cholesterol.

Further, it has merely 39 calories per piece, which seems measly to the 2,000-calorie daily requirement. This means idli is one of the best foods for your diet plan.

For the small-scale wonder, idli packs a good punch of protein, fibre and carbohydrates. In a single idli, you would consume 2 grams of protein, 2 grams of dietary fibre and 8 grams of carbohydrates.As some variations of idli also consist of black lentils, there is also a decent amount of iron, about 1 milligram per idli, where a few pieces can come close to fulfilling your daily iron requirement of 8 milligrams for men and 18 milligrams for women.

Few more strong reasons to include idli in yours breakfast regime:

  • The fermentation process increases the bio-availability of proteins and enhances the vitamin B content of the food.

  • As it is steamed, fat content is low and it is easily digestible.

  • Use of dal and rice in idli is a good combination as the amino acids in them complement each other.

  • Idli is nutritious as it is a rich source of carbohydrates, fibres and proteins.

  • It is serene in its appearance and taste and is filling.

  • Made with rice and dal (lentils). This is not something that you have to visit the supermarket specially for. It is available easily in all kitchens (at least, Indian kitchens).

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