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The most common questions a nutritionist or a dietician is asked is related to weight loss. I remember the time when I finished my post-graduation and started the internship, most of the clients had a problem with their weight. Either they were not able to lose the weight or they had no clue what to do or where to start from.

As I always say, it’s not only about food, it’s about multiple other factors which can lead to weight gain. Just going on a diet or skipping meals is not going to help you in any way. It can actually cause more harm than anything else.

Here are the most common questions which people ask about weight loss and the answers-

  • What is the first step to reducing weight?

First of all, you should know the BMI (Body Mass Index) and how much weight actually you should reduce. There is a healthy weight and a non-healthy weight. So, it’s important to know your healthy weight. Find that out with the help of a professional and start the journey.

  • How many calories are required to maintain weight or reduce little bit?

Calorie requirement per person is different. So, the first thing I tell people to never copy others or never compare your weight loss journey with others. The number of daily calories you need is dependent on many factors, including your weight, height, age, activity level and another important point is – your metabolism.

  • I eat healthily but I am not able to lose weight. Why?

Only healthy eating is not enough for weight loss. It also depends on how much you are eating and not only on what you are eating. Portion control is very important if you are trying to lose weight. Eat sensibly but also control your portions. Try to change normally recipes to a healthier one.

Sometimes, with a little change here and there, a recipe can be turned into a healthy one. The trick is to skip or replace the things with high calories to food items with fewer calories without reducing its nutritional value.

I am sharing one such recipe today which is everyone’s favourite too. Just a small change and you won’t feel much change in its taste or otherwise. The best part is we are incorporating some proteins in the dish.

Pav bhaji in itself is a very healthy recipe as it includes a lot of vegetables. One vegetable which is commonly used in the recipe is a potato. We are going to replace it with moong dal. Surprised?

Well, don’t be! It tastes yummy and is healthy too.


My daughter’s favourite after-school snacks

Pav bhaji Recipe with a twist
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 2
Pav bhaji is an all-time favorite dish with everyone. My kids love it and I try to make few changes to make it completely healthy. Just a small twist and I hope you like it.
  • 2 large Onions
  • 3 big sized tomatoes
  • 1 medium-sized Capsicum/bell pepper
  • ½ cup peas
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 100 gms Cauliflower
  • Few beans
  • 1 tsp pav bhaji masala
  • 1 cup boiled yellow moong dal
  • 20 gm butter
  • 8 – Pav or dinner rolls
  • Salt to taste
  1. First of all, boil all the vegetables and mash them nicely.
  2. Boil moong dal, mash it nicely and keep aside.
  3. Chop onions nicely in a chopper. Fry them until golden brown. Add ginger garlic paste and tomato puree.
  4. Now add some water and cook it for some time. Add salt and pav bhaji masala. Cook for 5- 10 minutes.
  5. Add the vegetable mixture and moong dal into above mixture.
  6. Mix it nicely. Add some water if thick.
  7. Let it simmer for some time.
  8. Sprinkle some chopped coriander and serve hot with buttered and cooked pavs.
Bhaji (Vegetable mixture) is a very healthy combination of vegetables but white bread pav is one thing which can be replaced with whole wheat pav. If you are cooking it for kids, you can retain the potato as it’s healthy for them.

In Nutrition niche, I not only share recipes with a healthy twist but also some tips as a dietitian mom. See previous week’s recipes- 

Mango Mania for kids

Yummy and healthy burritos

Oats dosa with coconut chutney 

Bread Rolls

Paneer rolls

Pizza Sandwich

Red Sauce Pasta

Chicken Quesadilla

Oats pancakes

White sauce pasta

Healthy poha

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