A typical yummy vegetarian Indian lunch would be chapathi with chana masala. But who has time to brown onions and simmer sauces? Try this easy chana masala taco instead – It is quick, it is healthy and most importantly, it is finger-licking delicious!!
My inspiration – I looovvveee Mexican tacos with pinto beans. This is my Indian-Mexican spin using chickpeas and our very own, kick-ass Indian spice – chana masala.
Forget all the onion cutting, crying and sauteing :). All you need is to flavor the chickpeas are ginger-garlic paste, Indian spices and herbs.
You would have chopped tomatoes anyway for chana masala. But instead of a simmering sauce, we will make a fresh salsa with the tomatoes instead.
The rest of the time you would have spent on chopping, browning onions etc, you can use it to build a choice of nice veggie garnishes that is healthy and fresh and crunchy.
Make a taco bar with various veggies and I promise you your kids will go crazy for it. Kids love fresh veggies, more than you care to admit.
I know what you are thinking….Chapathi-chana is quite healthy already.
Ummm, Why do you need a health upgrade section?
Well, the traditional combination of having just chapathis with chana is quite carb heavy.
Ok, let’s review the numbers:
- Whole grain, wheat flour (for chapathi) – Carbs -80%, fats – 5%, protein – 15%
- Chickpeas – Carbs – 68%, Fats – 13%, protein -19%
We vegetarians are very proud of stating chickpeas as a high protein source. And, yes, that’s true…. buuuttt, it still has plenty of carbs. Compare that to a side dish made with fish or meat -> and the carbohydrate level drops almost to zero. So, a meal solely of 3 chapathis and a bowl of chana has quite a bit of carbs.
For normal kids and adults, that’s a totally healthy meal. However, if you are diabetic or pre-diabetic, how can you modify the meal to make it low-glycemic? Increasing the proportion of of veggies, especially in raw form, will bump up the fiber levels of the meal. This will slow down the rate of absorption and help avoid sugar spikes after the meal.
Add Ginger Garlic paste to a hot pan with oil
Add spices to oil
Add 1 can of chickpeas and smash roughly with a potato masher
Garnish with chopped coriander
Now assemble the chapathi/ tacos with variety of assortments
Assemble your fillings on a chapathi or store bought tortilla
Or if your mom or grandmom is simply aghast at the idea of stuffing a taco in her mouth, you always have the traditional option 🙂
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