Secret Weapon Revealed: Low-Calorie Desi Hacks for Your Favorite Summer Dishes

by Pratyush Anand

Skip the greasy fried chicken. Marinate chicken in yoghurt, lemon, and spices. Thread onto skewers and grill for a smoky, flavorful, and protein-packed summer dinner. You can pair it with a side salad for a complete meal. 

1. Tandoori Twist Skewered Chicken 

2. Spicy Surprise Masoor Dal Soup

This hearty lentil soup is packed with protein and fibre, keeping you feeling full without the extra calories. Spice it up with your favourite seasonings for a warm and satisfying summer meal.

Try chicken or tofu satay skewers with a homemade peanut butter made with low-fat yogurt, peanut butter, and a touch of lime juice. A healthy and flavorful twist on a classic summer dish.

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Take advantage of summer's bounty. Light and flaky grilled fish for a tropical twist with a fresh mango salsa. This vibrant dish is a delicious and healthy way to enjoy seafood during the hot weather.  

4. Mango Mania Grilled Fish with Salsa 

Ditch the white rice. Swap it for fibre-rich brown rice in your classic Dal Tadka. This simple change adds nutrients without sacrificing the comforting flavours you love. Top it with chopped coriander for a refreshing touch.

5. Brown Rice Revolution Dal Tadka Twist

Cubes of marinated paneer are grilled to perfection and tossed with a bed of fresh greens, chopped vegetables, and a light yoghurt dressing. This protein-rich salad is a satisfying and healthy summer dinner option.

6. Paneer Tikka Salad 

Quinoa Pulao combines fluffy quinoa with colourful vegetables and fragrant spices for a light yet flavorful summer dish. Top it with a dollop of low-fat yoghurt for a creamy finish.

7. Bowl Quinoa Pulao 

A vibrant summer vegetable curry with zucchini, bell peppers, tomatoes, and green beans simmered in a light tomato or yoghurt-based sauce is a low-calorie and delicious way to enjoy your veggies. Serve it with steamed brown rice or quinoa.

8. Summer Vegetable Curry

Canned chickpeas are a pantry staple that's perfect for summer. Toss them with fresh spinach, chopped vegetables, and a tangy lemon dressing for a protein-packed and budget-friendly salad.

9. Chickpea Chic Spinach &Salad 

10. Healthy Frozen Yogurt 

Who says dessert is off-limits? Whip up a batch of healthy frozen yoghurt using low-fat yoghurt, fresh fruit, and a hint of honey for a guilt-free and refreshing summer treat. Top it with chopped nuts for added crunch.

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