How to Make Unhealthy Junk Food Recipes Healthy

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Burgers, pizzas, chatt, vada pav … the names of these delicious dishes are enough to fill your mouth with water. Many times, we curb our craving for our favourite food, just because of its dubious nutritional value. Isn’t it? Well, you need not to restrict yourself from having your beloved delicacies. In this article, I have included some recipes that are healthy, as well as mouth-watering. I have just replaced unwholesome ingredients of these recipes with easily available healthy alternatives.

1.Sev Puri


Ingredients Required

  • ¼ tsp black pepper powder
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp chaat masala
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped coriander
  • 1 green chilli (finely chopped)
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 1/3 cup uncooked green moong (soak for 7-8 hours, drain and wrapped in cloth for another 11-12 hours) or 1 cup moong sprouts
  • 25 slices of cucumber
  • 2 cups fresh curd (prepared from toned milk)
  • Salt as per taste

 Method of Preparation

  1. Drain excess water from the curd by hanging it in a muslin cloth.
  2. Add ½ tsp of salt in 300 ml of water. Boil it. Add moong sprouts to it. Remove it from heat. Cover it for 20 minutes. Then, drain the water and allow the moong sprouts to cool.
  3. Transfer the thick curd from the cloth to a bowl.
  4. Add green chilli, fresh coriander, tomato, onion, sprouts, sugar, salt and pepper to the curd.
  5. Take a serving dish. Spread cucumber slices on it. Put the spoonful of curd mixture on the slices. Garnish with fresh coriander, cumin powder, and chaat masala. Serve it.

Value per Serving (5 Pieces)

Fibre: 1 gm

Iron: 1.2 mg

Calcium: 156 mg

Carbs: 14 gm

Fat: 3.5 gm

Protein: 6.5 gm

Calories: 115 kcal

2. Bread Rolls


Ingredients Required:

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 4 tsp butter
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 2-3 green chillies (coarsely chopped)
  • 4 large garlic cloves
  • ½ cup fat-free curd (prepared from 100 ml fat-free milk)
  • ½ cup uncooked chickpeas (soaked for 8 hours)
  • 1½ cups finely sliced cabbage
  • 1½ cups grated carrots
  • 12 slices of white bread

Method of Preparation:

  1. Cook chickpeas in pressure cooker with 3 cups of water and ½ tsp salt, for 7-8 whistles. Strain it. Allow it to cool.
  2. Grind chickpeas along with vinegar, salt, green chillies, garlic, and curd in a blender. Ensure that the consistency of the paste is thick.
  3. Heat oil in a pan. Add cabbage, carrots, and salt. Sauté for 3-4 minutes and put aside.
  4. Cut off the crusts of bread and flatten each slice. On each flattened slice, spread 2 tbsp of the chickpea paste, with the help of knife. Then, sprinkle 2 tbsp of the veggie mixture on it.
  5. Roll each slice tightly. On the exposed sides of the roll, apply some butter.
  6. Roast them in a non-stick pan, till they turn golden brown.
  7. Cut each roll into three pieces. Serve with tomato ketchup and green chutney.

Value per Serving (2 Rolls)

Fibre: 1 gm

Iron: 1mg

Calcium: 136 mg

Carbs: 33 gm

Fat: 7 gm

Protein: 7 gm

Calories: 227 kcal

3. Burger


Ingredients Required

  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp chaat masala
  • 1 tsp amchur powder
  • ½ tsp red chilli powder
  • Finely chopped ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
  • 3 green chillies (finely chopped)
  • 1½ slices white bread
  • 1 large boiled and grated potato
  • 100 grams grated tofu
  • ½ cup green peas
  • ½ cup finely chopped cauliflower
  • ½ cup finely chopped carrots
  • ½ cup finely chopped French beans
  • 5 large burger buns
  • 5 lettuce leaves
  • ¼ cup low-fat mayo
  • 5 slices each of capsicum, tomato, and onion

Method of Preparation

  1. Cook peas, cauliflower, carrots, and French beans in boiling water for about 12-15 minutes. Then, drain the water and allow the veggies to cool.
  2. Prepare breadcrumbs by toasting the bread, until it turns brown. Cool it, and with the help of mixer, grind it to a fine powder.
  3. Pre-heat the oven for 7-10 minutes at 160 degree Celsius.
  4. Heat oil in a pan. Add green chillies, ginger and garlic. Sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Stir in potato, tofu and salt. Cook it for another two minutes. Set it aside to cool. Combine breadcrumbs to it.
  6. Divide it into five equal burger patties.
  7. Pour some oil in a non-stick pan. Roast burger patties in it.
  8. Cut the bun into half. Warm them for 2-3 minutes in the pre-heated oven.
  9. On each of the lower halves of the buns, put 1 patty, 1 tbsp of low-fat mayo, 1 lettuce leaf, and slices of capsicum tomato and onion. Cover with the other half of the bun.
  10. Serve it with tomato ketchup.

Value per Serving (1 Burger)

Fibre: 2 gm

Iron: 1mg

Calcium: 109 mg

Carbs: 49 gm

Fat: 6 gm

Protein: 12 gm

Calories: 295 kcal

4. Banoffee Pie


Ingredients Required

  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 3 whole walnuts (finely chopped)
  • 4 tsp custard powder
  • 300 ml fat-free milk
  • 3 tsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • ½ cup condensed milk
  • 1 large banana
  • 8 Marie biscuits (crushed)

Method of Preparation

  1. Pre-heat oven to 120 degree Celsius.
  2. Grind the crushed biscuits for five seconds in a blender.
  3. Mix walnuts, 1 tbsp water, and melted butter in the grinded biscuits.
  4. Take an ovenproof baking dish. Evenly spread the mixture on this dish.
  5. Bake it for 8-10 minutes. Let it cool completely.
  6. Pour condensed milk over the layer of biscuit. Spread it evenly.
  7. Cut the banana into ¼ inched thick slices. Arrange these slices on the layer of condensed milk.
  8. Dissolve 4 tsp custard powder in 100 ml of milk.
  9. Boil the remaining 200 ml of milk. Add custard mixture to this boiling milk. Continue to boil on low flames. Stir constantly, till the milk gets thickened. Add sugar and stir well. Keep it aside.
  10.  Spread custard on the banana layer. Sprinkle cocoa powder on it. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours. Serve it chill.

Value per Serving (1/6 Pie)

Fibre: 0 gm

Iron: 0 mg

Calcium: 82 mg

Carbs: 26 gm

Fat: 4 gm

Protein: 4 gm

Calories: 160 kcal

5.Strawberry Delight


Ingredients Required

  • 12 medium strawberries
  • 6 tbsp powdered sugar
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 litres toned milk

Method of Preparation

  1. Boil 2 litres of milk. Turn off heat.
  2. Pour lemon juice in the boiled milk.
  3. Stir till it curdles. Cover it for two minutes.
  4. Strain it with the help of muslin cloth.
  5. Churn this paneer in a blender for 2-3 seconds.
  6. Put it in a flat plate. Add powdered sugar to it. Make soft dough by mashing it with your hands.
  7. Refrigerate it for 20 minutes.
  8. Divide the mixture in 12 equal portions. Wrap each portion around one strawberry.
  9. Keep it in refrigerator for 35-40 minutes.
  10.  Use buttered knife to slice each piece. Serve it chill.

Value per Serving (2 Halves)

Fibre: 0 gm

Iron: 1 mg

Calcium: 204 mg

Carbs: 16 gm

Fat: 7 gm

Protein: 5 gm

Calories: 148 kcal

Enjoy the healthy junk food!