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Top 3 North Indian Veg Recipes for Pregnant Ladies and Kids

India is a diverse country and follows different food practices in different regions to fulfil the nourishment of the mother and her child. The reason is nutrition plays a vital role in their health. The health of the baby depends totally on the nutrition provided to the mother during her gestation and lactation period. 

In North India, there are certain beliefs and food practices which still exist and help in providing proper nutrition to the mother and baby. It leads to better health for their child in the long run. North Indian foods are also called functional foods due to the presence of various important components such as probiotics, body-healing chemicals, antioxidants and many dietary fibres. 

Let’s discuss different food options from the major 5 food groups which promote a healthy pregnancy, better lactation and growth & development of the child.

FOOD GROUPS

PREGNANCY

LACTATION

CHILD HEALTH

CEREALS & MILLETS

Wheat, maize, white rice, brown rice, broken wheat, jaun, jowar, oats, multigrain &brown bread

Bajra, kuttu, jowar, jaun,  broken wheat, white rice, brown rice, oats, multigrain &brown bread

Wheat,rice, jowar, broken wheat, oats, multigrain &brown bread

FRUITS & VEGETABLES

Peas, all gourds vegetables, beans, green leafy vegetables, carrots, raddish, spices such as jeera, corainder, tulsi, mint

Peas, all gourds vegetables, beans, green leafy vegetables, carrots, raddish, spices such as methi, ajwain , garlic, ginger, cinnmon, jeera, corainder, mint, tulsi

All gourds vegetables, beans, green leafy vegetables, carrots, raddish

PROTEIN SOURCE

Veg – all pulses and legumes, besan, peanuts

Non veg – Eggs, Lean meat & chicken

Veg – all pulses and legumes, besan, groundnut

Non veg – Eggs, Lean meat & chicken

Veg - All splits pulses

Non veg – Shredded Chicken, egg yolks

DAIRY PRODUCTS

Low fat milk , yoghurt, curd, lassi, paneer

Low fat milk , yoghurt, curd, lassi, paneer

Low fat milk , yoghurt, curd, lassi, paneer

OILS, FATS & SUGARS

Dry Fruits, Homemade ghee, mustard oil for cooking, jaggery, kesar

Dry Fruits, Homemade ghee, mustard oil for cooking, jaggery

 Homemade ghee & jaggery

Book an appointment with Priyanka Sharma for Nutrition advices and Diet plans.

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Note: Homemade Ladoos & Panjiri are the two most ancient food practices that still exist and are followed in many areas of North India. These are considered to be important, but these require little change in their ingredients and preparation. Moong dal, besan, jowar, or bajra can be added instead of wheat. Ghee and dry fruits should be added in less amounts and white sugar can be replaced by jaggery or stevia.

Recipe for Pregnancy :

Buckwheat Jumble

Benefits – Buckwheat has miraculous benefits and nutrition properties. It is rich in iron, magnesium, calcium and dietary fibre. It helps prevent fatigue, anaemia and constipation during pregnancy.

Ingredients :

  • 1 cup Uncooked Buckwheat
  • 1 cup Chopped Coriander
  • 1 cup Chopped Mint
  • 1 Finely Chopped Onions
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Oil
  • 1 tbsp Jeera Powder
  • 2 Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Diced Cucumber
  • Lemon Juice
  • 1 Chopped Apple

Book an appointment with Dimpy Khurana for Nutrition advices and Diet plans.

Method-

  • Cook buckwheat in a vessel with ½ litre of water. Rinse it well with cold water when cooked and keep aside.
  • In a large bowl, add onions, tomatoes, apples, coriander, mint and buckwheat. Keep it aside.
  • For the dressing, blend oil, jeera powder, salt, pepper and lemon juice and give it a whisk to blend well.
  • Pour the dressing on the salad and give a good mix and serve.

Recipe for lactation :

Healthy fenugreek ladoo

Benefits - Ajwain and methi ladoo are healthy options for lactation mothers. They are also called galactagogues as they help in the enhancement of breastfeed. They lower cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of heart disease, control blood sugar and help in digestion.

Ingredients :

  • 60 gms homemade desi ghee
  • 1 cup chana or besan atta
  • 1 tbsp methi (fenugreek seeds)
  • 1 tbsp ajwain
  • ¾ gur (jaggery)

Method-

  • Add 30 g of homemade ghee to a pan and add either chana or besan flour.
  • Stir the ingredients continuously for 30 minutes until it appears thick and pasty.
  • Turn off the heat and leave the mixture for 20-25 minutes to cool. Make sure it cools down completely, otherwise it would not mix properly with other ingredients.
  • In another pan, dry roast methi and ajwain. Grind them well.
  • When the atta mixture is completely cooled, add jaggery and ajwain methi mixture and mix by kneading it with your open palm against the base of the bowl.
  • Make round and firm ladoos by pressing them at every stage. Repeat the pressing process until the surface becomes smooth.
  • Decorate each ladoo with one almond.
  • Store in airtight containers.

Book an appointment with Harpreet Kaur for Nutrition advices and Diet plans.

Recipe for kids :

Soya Chana Kabab

Benefits Soya Chana Kabab is a high-protein snack for kids. It helps in better growth and development as it is rich in protein, soluble fibre, magnesium, iron and folate.

Ingredients :

  • ½ cup Soaked and Boiled Hara Chana
  • ½ cup Soya Granules
  • ½ cup Chopped Onions
  • ½ cup Chopped Mint Leaves
  • ¼ cup Chopped Coriander 
  • 1 tsp Chopped Ginger 
  • 1 tbsp Chopped Green Chillies
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala 
  • 2 tsp Lemon Juice 
  • 4 tbsp Besan 
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for cooking

Method-

  • Soak the soya granules for 5 minutes in hot water.
  • After 5 minutes drain and squeeze all the water from the soya granules.
  • With the help of potato masher, mash the hara chana and add all the other ingredients.
  • Divide it into equal portions and make the cutlet/ tikki of it.
  • Heat a non- stick tawa and grease it with some oil and cook it from both the sides.
  • Serve hot with green chutney.


Book an appointment with Gurpreet Kaur for Nutrition advices and Diet plans.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      




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  7. Top Nutritionists/Dietitians in Noida
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
  Written By :

  Priyanka Sharma, Noida

  Dimpy Khurana, East Delhi

  Harpreet Kaur, Panchkula 

  Gurpreet Kaur, Chandigarh 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                                                                       

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