From almond kheer to cauliflower biryani: 12 Indian recipes perfect for a low-carb diet – Condé Nast Traveller India

There’s not enough that can be said about the benefits of a low-carb or keto diet. It’s hailed for dropping pounds, reducing hunger, improving blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, managing diabetes and burning more calories. While it may seem like a big sacrifice to cut carbs from your diet completely, there are always ways to substitute ingredients in your favourite dishes with low-carb vegetables. Here are some Indian recipes:

12 Indian recipes low on carbs 

Cauliflower Upma

If you’re running out of low-carb dish ideas for breakfast, this is the perfect option. It substitutes semolina used to prepare upma with cauliflower and is topped with peanuts. Recipe here.

Cauliflower Rice Chicken Biryani 

A low-carb diet does not mean you have to miss out on your favourite chicken biryani. This recipe uses cauliflower instead of basmati rice and takes just 30 minutes to prepare. Recipe here.

Keto Samosas

If healthy samosas sound too good to be true, you might want to check this recipe out. It substitutes maida with almond flour, potatoes with cauliflower and is baked instead of fried. Recipe here. 

Paneer Cutlets 

If you’re vegetarian and trying to get those extra proteins into your diet, follow this healthy and tasty low-carb paneer recipe. 

Moong Sprouts and Spring Onion Tikki 

A perfect tea-time snack on a rainy day, these moong sprout and spring onion tikkis are rich in iron and fibre. To bind the tikki, maida is substituted with oats flour, which is lower in carbs than the former. Recipe here.

Almond Flour Dosa

High-in-carbs rice is replaced with almond flour to make a low-carb dosa. Dip it in some keto coconut chutney and enjoy. Recipe here. 

Flaxseed Paneer Paratha

If you’re looking for something that bears semblance to a roti, this could be it. Prepared with alsi powder and grated paneer, it can be combined with sabzi or even had on its own. Recipe here. 

Cauliflower Pav Bhaji 

Pav bhaji may seem like a sinful dish to indulge in if you’re following a low-carb diet. However, this recipe is completely free of potatoes. Unfortunately, you might have to skip the pav. Recipe here. 

Almond Phirni 

This delicious pudding recipe will satiate all your sweet tooth cravings while keeping the carbs in check. It’s made of almond flour, almond milk and stevia instead of sugar. Recipe here. 

Zucchini Kheer 

Another healthy dessert recipe you can savour on a low-carb diet is zucchini kheer. If you can’t find zucchini, you can replace it with lauki (bottle gourd). Use stevia instead of sugar. Recipe here. 

Karela Tikki 

While karela tikkis may not sound that appetising, we bet this recipe will convert you. Potatoes are replaced with a filling of karela, paneer and carrots, while lemon juice, coriander and green chilli paste neutralise the bitterness of the karela. Recipe here. 

Coconut Cauliflower Rice

Made of grated cauliflower and shredded coconut, this delicious and healthy dish is low-carb, gluten-free, paleo and vegan. What’s more, it just takes 10 minutes to prepare. Recipe here.