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What is dahi chiwda?
January 20, 2019: The Times of India
What makes Dahi-Chiwda so healthy?
In the present time, when people love to relish English breakfast of pancakes and sausages, there is a section of society that is still breakfasting on traditional Dahi and Chiwda. This porridge-like combo is often topped with sugar, salt or jaggery and in some parts of the country, it is considered so pious, that it is used as a religious offering as well. Here’s the story and benefits of the sinful bowl of dahi-chiwda- the healthiest desi breakfast ever!
How to eat it?
In Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh, this gluten-free dish is consumed as a filling breakfast. This no-cook dish requires the flattened rice to be washed in running water, then curd and sugar/jaggery is added to it. In some region of Bihar ripe banana is also added to it, which makes it quite heavy as a meal.
On the occasion of Makar Sankranti in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, this dish is considered to bring good fortune. Dahi-Chiwda is the first dish that is consumed on this auspicious day along with black sesame seeds.
Easy to digest
Flattened rice is filling but at the same time easy to digest. When consumed with curd as the first meal of the day, it not only keeps you full for longer but also makes it easier for the digestive tract to process it, and it also gives to an instant spurt of energy.
Rich in fibre
Non-processed flattened rice is rich in fibre content that further smoothens the digestion process and also keeps the gut healthy.
Low in calories
For those who want high energy but low calories in their breakfast, this health option will definitely fit the bill. According to experts, one bowl of flattened rice along with curd has just 300 calories along with other essential nutrients.
Rich in iron
It is suggested that pregnant women should eat the combo as the rich iron content reduces the high risk of gestational anaemia.
Recovers upset stomach
It helps in recovering from an upset stomach: In Bihar and UP, this dish is often the first meal given to control loose motions. Light and easy to digest, it is a must have dish that soothes the digestive track and cools the gut.