Nutritional Facts of Idli

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How many calories does one Idli have?

One Idli gives 33 calories. Out of which carbohydrates comprise 29 calories, proteins account for 4 calories and remaining calories come from fat which is 1 calories.  One Idli provides about 2 percent of the total daily calorie requirement of a standard adult diet of 2,000 calories.

See Idli recipe. Fluffy as cotton balls, white as the moon’ - every South Indian remembers those fond descriptions of Idli that mom used to convince them to eat breakfast when they were kids. 

Indeed, that is how the perfect Idli must be too. Grinding of batter and the preparation of Idli is an almost daily affair in South Indian homes. Being a safe, tasty and wholesome breakfast, it is preferred by people all over the world now. 

Choose good quality par-boiled rice (ask for idli rice, which is small and stout) and urad for making idlis, as the colour and softness of the end product depends on it. 

The amount of water to be added when grinding the urad changes according to the quality of the dal, so keep adding little by little till the batter is soft and fluffy, and do not make it watery. 

Is Idli healthy?

One Idli has only 33 calories. Great for weight loss, and an ideal fermetned food. Forms a perfect low calorie breakfast recipe and a snack enjoyed all over the country. So you are better off snacking on an idli than eating any form of processed foods. 

Idli is made from urad dal, par boiled rice, methi seeds and thick beaten rice. 

Let's understand the Ingredients.

What's good.

Urad Dal : 1 cup of cooked urad dal gives 69.30% of folic acid of your daily requirement of folate.  The folic acid in urad dal helps your body to produce and maintain new cells, especially red blood cells. Being rich in Phosphorus it works with Calcium to build our bones. See here for 10 super benefits of urad dal

What's the problem?

Parboiled Rice : Parboiled rice is also known as ukda chawal. The parboiled rice is made with the rice grain soaked, steamed and dried with the hull and finally the hull is removed. In the process of steaming water soluble B Vitamins like thiamine, riboflavin and niacin from the bran integrate into the grain, thus making parboiled rice superior to white rice.  

Can healthy individuals have idli?

Yes, but don't eat too many as they are high in carbs. Read on to understand. Idli is a perfect combination of urad dal and par boiled rice which make it a complete protein. A cereal pulse combo like in the case of Idli ( par boiled rice and urad dal) would serve as a complete protein comprising of all the 9 essential amino acids,

It additionally is without gluten, so if you need to go gluten free, Idli would be the best option for you. It is also a low calorie recipe, thus making it a good option for people on weight loss. Parboiled rice has more fiber than white rice making  you feel fuller and this is a better choice than junk food or fried food.When you eat idli for breakfast or lunch, make sure your remaining meals in the day contain fibre and low in carbs.  Note that idli is high in carbs so don't eat too many of them. 

Is idli safe for Diabetics?

Idli is a moderate Glycemic Index (GI) recipe and since it is fermented it is pre digested by micro organisms, thus prove not a very happy food for diabetics. But we have a idli recipe which does not use par boiled rice and safe for diabetics. Try the green moog dal and vegetable idli.

 

Green Moong Dal and Vegetable Idli

Green Moong Dal and Vegetable Idli

What is a healthy accompaniment to Idli?

To idli, we recommend a nice piping hot bowl of sambar.

idli is good for

1. Healthy Lifestyle (have some veggies with your meal)

2. Weight Gain

3. Diabetics (limited quantity)

4. Heart Patients

5. Kids

 

How to burn 33 calories that come from one Idli?

Walking (6 kmph)     =         10  mins
Running (11 kmph)     =            3  mins
Cycling (30 kmph)     =           4  mins
Swimming (2 kmph)     =           6  mins

Note: These values are approximate and calorie burning differs in each individual.

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Value per per idli% Daily Values
Energy33 cal2%
Protein1 g2%
Carbohydrates7.2 g2%
Fiber0.3 g1%
Fat0.1 g0%
Cholesterol0 mg0%
VITAMINS
Vitamin A0.8 mcg0%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)0 mg0%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)0 mg0%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)0.3 mg3%
Vitamin C0 mg0%
Vitamin E0 mg0%
Folic Acid (Vitamin B9)3.6 mcg2%
MINERALS
Calcium4 mg1%
Iron0.2 mg1%
Magnesium7.5 mg2%
Phosphorus19.2 mg3%
Sodium1.1 mg0%
Potassium30.8 mg1%
Zinc0.2 mg2%
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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Reviews

Idli
 on 28 Dec 18 02:15 PM
5

Loved your explanation and the alternate green moong dal and vegetable idli recipe given.
Tarla Dalal
28 Dec 18 02:25 PM
   Glad you liked the explanation.