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Breakfast & Snacks Recipes for Vegetarians for Low Carb Diet

The objective of this post is for forum members to post their Breakfast & Snacks recipes. Request only Veg Recipes, as Non-veg Users ( I am one of them ) have lots of options for Low Carb Diet Breakfasts.

Am not including Lunch or Dinner Recipes, since there are a lot of options with vegetables.

Pls note : Unless mentioned specifically by a poster, that it is his / her own recipe, it is assumed, that the source could be from anywhere & is not really important.


As a starter :

1) Besan ka cheela or gram flour based salty pancakes ( Source - WWW )

Preparation Time: 15 mins

Cooking Time: 30 mins

Makes 6 to 8 cheelas


2 cups besan (bengal gram flour)

1/2 cup chopped onions

1 tsp chopped green chillies

1/2 cup chopped coriander (dhania)

1 tsp cardamom seeds (ajwain)

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper powder

1/2 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp chaat masala

1 tsp coriander (dhania) powder

salt to taste

oil for cooking

Method Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and gradually add (approx 1 1/2 cup) water to get smooth and dropping consistency batter.

Heat a non-stick tava on a high flame then turn the flame to medium.

Add little oil and spread it evenly, pour a spoonfull of batter and rotate the pan clock wise to spread the batter evenly in the pan.

Cover it with the lid and allow to cook for 4 to 5 minutes on a medium flame or till it turns to brown in colour and crisp.

Open the lid, drizzle some oil and turn it upside down and cook the other side till it turns to brown in colour and crispy.

Repeat the same process with the remaining batter.

Serve hot with green chutney or tomato sauce.


2) 51 Dosa Recipes ( Source : Email )

For all those Dosa lovers out there, the link below gives recipes for 51 Dosas ( Not tested for effect on Blood Sugar ). Try them out & see which of them spikes your sugar the least.

Would request any one trying them out, to post the effect on their Blood Sugar for that particular Dosa, whether it is good or bad. Would be helpful to all of us.



Edit : The item need not be Low Carb specifically, if a user has found that the food item ( breakfast or snack ), though not Low Carb, does not spike his / her sugar level beyond 30 - 40 after 2 hours.


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Adding here is a recipe made from 4-5 types of dals-a modified version of the 'adai', a south Indian breakfast.

Take 2 tablespoons each of split moong (with skin) , masood dal and chana dal + 1 tablespoon of arhar dal+ 1 teaspoon of urad dal + quarter spoon each of methi dana + black pepper. Soak for 2-3 hours, grind it coarse and get a consistency looser that Idli but thicker than dosa mix. Add 1 katori of 'moringa' leaves (drumstick tree), grated ginger, 2-4 shallots chopped, salt and 2-4 red chillies. Can add dhania leaves or kadipatha too. Make thicker dosas and cook for 5-8 minutes in butter. Can be eaten with full creme curd. Pls try with palak, methi leaves etc and let us all know too.

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Thanks for posting.

Pls pardon my ignorance. Does above have to be mixed with the dosa batter or is it standalone, by itself ?



Sorry for being not so clear! This recipe is a standalone recipe for thick dal dosas roasted crisp on a tawa.



Not your mistake, it is my ignorance.

Now for the tough part, the implementation. :-D

And Thanks for giving the alternatives to Moringa Leaves.




Thanks for the link.

I know Moringa ( Drumstick ). In fact, it is almost a part of regular diet in my native place. I still remember the tree, in front of my Grandmother's house. I was just wondering, where I could get the leaves in Mumbai. As it is, getting drumsticks in Mumbai, itself is difficult in Mumbai.



I agree Recyan! But, when u get few, u cud store it for almost a month. For the first week u cud just keep it folded in a tissue paper (in the refrigerator) and then remove leaves and keep in a container in the refrigerator.



Was not aware of being able to store in the refrigerator. Thanks for the info.



Idlis with a twist ( Let us know ): ( Source : recipe2cook.com/idli.html )

1) Masala Idli Recipe ( Has anyone found any difference in spikes between eating normal idlis & the Masala Idli Fry )

Masala Idli Fry is usually cooked with Leftover idlis. You may not need to add any vegetable in it, as the mixture of multiple Indian Masalas gives it a nice flavour.

Ingredients for Masala Leftover Idli :

8 leftover Idlis

1 Onion, Slicely chopped

2 small tomatoes, chopped

6-8 cloves Garlic, sliced (Lasun)

6-8 Green Chillies, sliced from center (Hari Mirch)

1 t-spoon mustard seeds

1/2 t-spoon Haldi Powder (Turmeric Powder)

1/2 t-spoon red chilli powder

1 t-spoon coriander powder

10-12 Curry leaves (Kadhi patta)

10-15 Coriander leaves, chopped

3 table-spoon cooking oil

Salt to taste

How to make Masala Idli Fry :

Cut all the idlis into cubes of equal sizes.

Take a large pan and heat 3 table-spoon oil in it.

Splutter mustard seeds in it. Add curry leaves and garlic, fry for a minute on medium flame.

Add sliced onions & green chilies to it and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add Tomatoes and mix well.

Now, add idli cubes to the pan, mix properly and cover it with a lid.

After 2 minutes, add red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and salt.

Mix properly and cook on medium-low flame for 5 minutes or so.

Garnish Masala Idli with coriander leaves and serve hot with green chutney or Tomato Sauce.


2) Oats Idli Recipe

Ingredients for Oats Idli :

1 cup Oats

1/2 cup Rava (Sooji) ( Instead of Rava, use Wheat Dahlia, as suggested by @shrisamarth below )

1/2 cup Yogurt (Curd / Dahi)

1/4 t-spoon Turmeric Powder (Haldi)

10-15 Coriander Leaves (Dhaniya Patti)

2 pinches Baking Soda

salt to taste

For Tempering :

2 Green Chillies, finely chopped

1/2 t-spoon ginger, grated

1/2 t-spoon Urad dal (Split Black Gram Dal / Minappapu)

1/2 t-spoon Mustard seeds

a pinch of Asafoetida (Hing)

15-20 Curry Leaves (Kadhi Patta)

2 table-spoon Cooking Oil

How to make Oats idli :

To Make Idly Batter :

Roast the Oats on medium flame for 2-3 minutes. Powder them finely.

Dry Roast Rava for 2 minutes on medium flame by continuously stirring it.

In a thick bottom vessel, heat 2 table-spoon oil. Splutter mustard seeds in it.

Add all the remaining ingredients of tempering in this pan and Stir well, turn off the flame after 2 minutes.

Mix this tempering in Rava and Oats mixture. Add Yogurt, turmeric powder, Baking soda, Coriander Leaves and salt to this mixture.

Add water in sufficient quantity to reach the idli batter consistency. Add Baking soda to this batter.

Mix the batter properly and keep it for 30 minutes before cooking.

To Cook Idlis :

Take an idli Mould (Idly Holder) and grease it with little oil.

Fill the mould up to its 3/4th with Oats Idli batter.

Steam cook them for 8-10 minutes on medium flame.

Remove them immeditely and serve with Chutney.


3) Ragi Idli Recipe

Ingredients for Ragi Idli :

2 cup Ragi Flour

1 cup Idli Rice

1/2 cup Dhuli Urad Dal (split black lentils without skin)

1 teaspoon Fenugreek seeds

salt to taste

How to make Ragi idli :

To Prepare Idli Batter :

Soak Rice, Fenugreek and Urad dal for 5-6 hours.

Grind them to a fine paste.

Add Ragi Flour and mix properly. Pour water to achieve desired consistent batter.

Let the batter ferment for 6-8 hours before cooking.

To make Ragi Idli :

Take a idli Maker and grease it with little oil.

Fill the mould up to its 3/4th with fermented batter and steam cook it for 8-10 minutes or until idli gets properly cooked from inside.

Remove them from mould and serve Healthy Ragi Idli with Coriander (Dhaniya) Chutney.



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One modification in oats idli. Instead of regular rava if wheat dalia is used then it will be more tasty and more healthy (personal experience). Idli made from Raggi and rice is not for diabetics. :)



Thanks for the further twist to the twisted Oats Idlis. :-D

Ragi : I too was under the same impression & practically it must be for most as you say so. In my mother's case, almost every alternate day, some where around 10.30 am to 11.00 am she has a glass of Ragi boiled in water, as an in-between snack. Her last HbA1c - 5.8. 4 months back it was 7.2 Perhaps, for some it has a different kind of effect.



Raggi, rice, millets all are NO for me and would suggest for all diabetics the same. Oats will depend on individual but I avoid it. There is misconception in some people's mind that raggi and millets are good for diabetics.



I will definitely ask her to have a re-look at the impact of ragi. Unfortunately, she just loves it.

Might end up further reducing her oral drugs, if the impact is high.



Independent testing for raggi after eating will show its impact on BS.



I will do that. Will ask her to test FBS & then have only ragi for her breakfast & test the FBS & 1 & 2 hours Post readings.



Effects of some food items are not that much universal. Some may benefit some have nil effect it is hard to establish anything.




Totally agree with you.

As rightly said, "One man's feast could be another man's fast". :-D


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Thanks for giving vegetarian recipe.




Please do post, if you have some veg breakfast or snacks recipe, which spikes the sugar low. The objective is to generate minimum 7 - 14 breakfast recipes, from which people could use whatever is beneficial to them & develop a weekly breakfast menu.



Mixed Veg cutlet: ( Source : @meenaraju - healthunlocked.com/diabetes... )

Finley chop the following vegetables:

1. Half Capsicum,

2. 2 mushrooms,

3. 4 florets of cauliflower,

4. half handful of chopped cabbage,

5. 6 beans

6. half carrot

7. I small piece of pumpkin

8. Little ginger

9. Half onion

10. 2 green chilies

11. Dhania leaves

Coarsely grind:

1. 1 handful of green peas

2. Half handful of peanuts


8-10 black pepper



1. A quarter potato for binding (cheating!)

2. A small piece of raw banana


All vegetables listed 1-8: Cook for a minute or two in steam and then sauté along with onion in little butter.

Add green chilies, Dhania leaves and a pinch of garam masala and remove from heat.

Let it cool.

Mash- in the banana and potato.

Add the coarsely ground green peas and peanuts.

Add salt and pepper powder-mix well.

Make tikkis and shallow fry in butter or coconut oil.

Eat along with Green chutney (grind together: I small piece of coconut, 2 green chilies, 2 pods of garlic, salt, I katori curd and I bunch of dhania leaves. Season with mustard seeds and add half spoon of lemon juice.)

Try this out and let me know if you liked it ?, could substitute potato with something better.

Try Almond flour/Almond meal for binder and see if it works.

That adds more fat and less carbs to the whole thing.




The above link is opening to a newsfeed page at my end.

Could you pls check.

Edit :

Did a search, based on the address your link was showing in the status bar. Ended up finding the source for Veg Cutlet ( @meenaraju), which I had saved in Notepad. :-)



A couple of Fruits ( Mango & Pomegranate ) as Snacks ( Pls don't go overboard with the quantity ). Only for those, who monitor with glucometer :



Feedback from those who experiment with the above is very much welcome.



Recipes to experiment ( link given in post ).


Credit : @MRA13




More Recipes for experimenting ( link given in post ).


Credit : @Joshua99




Besan ka cheela increases blood glucose level as it is rich in carbs, so what it is less than other flours. I would suggest to check if diabetic


Hi, I read the Besan article but Besan is very high in Carb so can we take that?

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Please read this

Www.mendonsa. Com/chana dal.html


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