Aloo paratha also known in some parts of India as Aloo Roti or Aloo chapati is a type of recipe that is basically introduced in meals especially in the northern parts of India. The consumption rate of Aloo Paratha is less in southern parts compared to that of northern parts.
Aloo and roti are two of the most famous edible food items preferred in India and Aloo paratha is basically made by combining both. Aloo paratha is actually very delicious, spicy and keeps you full for a longer time.
But today we are going to determine whether the recipe “Aloo paratha” is good for our health or not if consumed on a regular basis. We will be doing a deep analysis of the nutritional information and ingredients used in Aloo paratha to determine if it is actually good for our health or if people trying to lose weight can consume it or not. So, let’s begin.
Nutritional breakdown of ingredients for making Aloo paratha
Before analyzing the complete nutritional facts of Aloo Paratha let’s first check the ingredients present in Aloo Paratha.
Ingredients ( for 1 Aloo paratha )
- Whole wheat Peda ( 60g approx)
- Mashed potatoes ( 50g approx )
- Oil ( 1-2 tsp)
- Tea ( sometimes preferred after paratha )
Analyzing ingredients used in making Aloo Paratha
1. Whole Wheat Peda
Whole wheat atta is converted into Pedas for preparing Aloo paratha. Approximately 60g of whole wheat Peda is required for the preparation of 1 Aloo paratha. 1 Peda consists of 4g protein, 28g carbohydrates, 4g fat and 164 calories.
2. Mashed potatoes
50g Potatoes are boiled and then mashed for the preparation of 1 Aloo Paratha. Various spices and green chilies are added to the mashed potatoes to enhance the taste. It is then added to the wheat Peda. 50g mashed potatoes consist of 0.5g protein, 10g carbohydrates, 2g fat and 60 calories.
After the whole wheat peda and mashed potatoes are combined, it is then put on a Tawa. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil/refined oil is added on top of it and then flipped. Another 1 tablespoon of oil is added on the other side which makes it 2 tablespoons of oil. 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil consists of 0g protein, 0g carbohydrates, 28g fat and 252 calories.
After the paratha is prepared 1 spoon of butter is added to it to further enhance the taste and flavor. But we generally use extra size butter to make the paratha creamy and tastier. 1 spoonful Extra size butter contains 0g protein, 0g carbohydrates, 20g fat and 180 calories.
2/3 rd cup of Dahi is used as a dipping for the Aloo paratha. The added curd further enhances the paratha and ensures proper digestion. This curd contains about 13g protein, 17g carbohydrates, 12g fat and 228 calories.
Tea is used as the finisher after having the Aloo paratha. Tea is not preferred by all after having paratha but is consumed in the northern parts. 1 cup of tea with 1 tablespoon sugar contains 0g protein, 25g carbohydrates, 1g fat and 109 calories.
Nutritional information of 1 Aloo Paratha
After analyzing and combining all the nutritional information of all the ingredients we can easily find out the total nutritional information of 1 Aloo paratha.
|Wheat Peda (60g)||4g||28g||4g||164Kcal|
|Mashed potato (50g)||0.5g||10g||2g||60Kcal|
|Butter (1 extra size spoon)||0g||0g||12g||108Kcal|
|Dahi (2/3 cup)||13g||17g||12g||228Kcal|
Now it is very rare for people to consume 1 paratha, rather they go for 2 parathas. So by doubling the values we get 35g protein, 160g carbohydrates, 134g fat, 1800 calories (approx). Now you yourself realize how much fat and calories you are taking up in the name of Aloo Paratha.
Why Aloo paratha is actually bad for your health?
With this combination, you are getting up to 1800 calories and gaining 134g fat which is not at all acceptable if you have serious weight loss goals. And if you are eating Aloo paratha on a regular basis you definitely got to watch. Your health is in serious danger. You are gaining too much-saturated fat in one meal.
1 slice of pizza contains 300calories and a whole pizza contains about 2000 calories. So, where is the difference? It’s the same junk food. Consuming this type of Aloo parathas on a regular basis will definitely lead to heart problems, high cholesterol and your weight will gradually go up. You are never going to lose weight by cheating your weight loss diet will Aloo paratha.
How to eat Aloo paratha and still be fit?
If you are an Aloo paratha lover and cannot think of a week without Aloo Paratha then there is a way you can still consume it and stay fit at the same time. You need to take out some ingredients from the Aloo paratha and prepare them at home.
- Don’t add oil in Aloo paratha as even without oil Aloo paratha tastes yummy.
- Butter is an addon and contains fat as well as high calories. So removing the butter is a better choice.
- Tea is optional always
- Low-fat dahi/curd is preferred more
- Always consume homemade Aloo paratha
By following these methods you can enjoy Aloo paratha twice a week and achieve a good amount of protein, carbohydrates and at the same time get low calories and fat. We, at HealthAndHealthier always recommend the best foods for anyone’s health and food with so much fat and calories is never approved by us.