Love it or hate it, you cannot ignore Fast food. With nuclear family setup working couples and singles in the city depend a lot on fast food as it becomes a convenient and cheap option. Excuses notwithstanding, fast food is sinfully tasty and tempting.
No matter whether it is imported fast food like pizza, burger, fried chicken, fries or hot dog or Indian counterparts like Samosa, frankies, cutlet, pav bhaji, vada pav, paani puri or bhel puri all of them are mouth watering and loaded with calories. Still, thinking from the health point of view and the growing waistline, we can have a few healthy versions of the same fast food without spoiling the taste and the fun.
Top 5 Healthy Fast Food Meals
Chicken Frankies Or Roll
Chicken frankies or rolls are popular choice for roadside treat.
• 4 chapattis made from whole wheat.
• One cup grilled chicken chunks
• Julienne cut carrots, capsicum, tomatoes, onion rings, and chopped green chilli
• A dressing of salt pepper and olive oil and tomato ketchup
Make a salad with all the cut vegetables and toss well with the dressing. Place the chapattis on a tray. Roll up the chapattis with the chicken and salad. Wrap it up with a kitchen tissue. Microwave the rolls for 15 seconds. Your healthy chicken franky is ready. Vegetarian can substitute grilled chicken with paneer tikkas.
• 1 cup minced and boiled chicken seasoned with salt and pepper
• 4 slices of whole wheat bread
For The Filling
• 1 cup boiled chickpeas
• 1 tablespoon lemon juice
• 1 clove minced garlic
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• ½ dry red chilli soaked in water
• ½ cup chopped coriander
• ¼cup grated low-fat cheese
Combine all the ingredients of the filling in a blender. You will get a smooth chickpea paste which is called hummus. Now spread the hummus on one side of two slices of bread. Spread the chicken and the torn lettuce leaves on top. Cover with the other slice and cut into triangles. Now toast the sandwiches till brown and crispy.
One of the innocent looking Indian fast food, bhel puri is laden with calories. For the healthier option try the following:
• 1 medium bowl puffed rice heated on a hot tawa with a pinch of turmeric
• ½ cup sev
• 1 teaspoon chat masala
• ½ teaspoon black salt
• 1 cup of chopped cucumber, tomatoes, raw mango and coriander
• 3 tablespoon pomegranate seeds
• 3 tablespoon moong sprouts
• 2 tablespoon lemon juice
• 1 tablespoon tomato ketchup (optional)
Toss up all the ingredients except puffed rice and sev. Now, mix with the puffed rice and sev. Garnish with chopped coriander and serve immediately to retain the crispness.
The sinful, cheesy and juicy burger can be made healthier with a few changes here and there:
• 4 whole wheat buns
For the vegetable patty
• ½ cup rolled oats and soya mince
• ½ cup minced low fat paneer
• 2 tablespoons grated carrot
• 2 tablespoons chopped onion
• Two tablespoons wheat flour
• 1 teaspoon soya sauce
• Salt and pepper
• 1 teaspoon oil
For The Toppings
• Sliced onion, tomato, capsicum
• Tomato and mustard sauce
• Low fat hung curd, finely chopped coriander, minced garlic, chopped pickled jalapeno and cucumber, a pinch of salt and sugar whisked together into a paste.
Soak the oats and soya mince in hot water for 15 minutes. Drain and wash with cold water. Squeeze and mix with all the other ingredients to prepare dough. Shape into patties and fry on a non-stick tawa with little oil till brown and crisp.
Cut the buns diagonally and toast on a tawa greased with little oil. Spread tomato sauce, mustard sauce and the curd dressing. Place the patties and add the vegetable toppings. Cover with the remaining slices and serve.
• 2 large potatoes cut into fingers and boiled in hot water.
• Salt and 1 teaspoon corn flour.
Drain the potatoes and wash under running water. Season the fingers with salt and dust with corn flour. Cook the fingers in a non-stick pan with one tablespoon oil over low flame till crisp. Serve with tomato ketchup. Now, indulge in these yummy savouries without guilt.