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Why South Indians Swear by Curd Rice

Ms. Nisha Singh, Dietitian/Nutritionist
The fire-extinguisherFreshly made curd is loaded with good bacteria that help your body absorb more nutrients and aid digestion. Curd helps you digest spicy food without the burning sensation. No wonder you were given curd rice to eat whenever you had a stomach upset as a kid! The edible cosmeticCurd makes for the most delicious midnight snack or a diet breakfast. Treat it like an alternative to junk food and have it with fruits or cornflakes. Curd’s low calorie count keeps your metabolism healthy and keeps you feeling full for long. It also has anti-aging and slimming properties. Now isn’t that a double bonus?The Versatile HeroFresh curd is bland in taste making it the most versatile base for sweet or savoury dishes. So whether you are making paneer or cucumber raita, make sure you add a dollop of curd.Beat the heat this summer with sweet lassi or salty chaas!The Bone BuilderCurd has one of the largest quantities of calcium and vitamin D amongst vegetarian foods. So if you want to keep your bones strong even after you’re on the other side of thirty,having curd daily is a must.  The Coolest Side DishEver wondered why we Indians consume curd with fried or greasy food like aloo parathas, jalebis and murrukus? The reason behind this is that curd helps the body to clear the greasy food down your throat and reduces the effect of cholesterol-increasing foods on your body.Having curd however is not always beneficial for all*. If you have Asthma, or respiratory problems,you must avoid having chilled curd. If you have acidity issues then make sure the curd is fresh and not sour.Now does it surprise you to know why a typical South Indian meal is incomplete without ‘curd rice’? Keep in mind these hidden benefits and begin your journey towards fitness with that spoonful of creamy goodness!*Consult your dietician to know how much curd you can include in your diet based on your health.

Healthy South Indian Snacks

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
South Indian foods are known for their simple preparation methods and high nutritional value. These foods are usually made from simple and healthy ingredients. A lot of rice and lentil is involved in the preparation of these dishes and we already know that rice and lentils are super healthy foods. The flavouring includes but is not limited to coconut and curry leaves which leave a tantalizing taste in our palates. The cooking methods involved are more towards the healthy side as they usually use steaming, sautéing, stewing or pan-grilling for most of their preparations. A recent study conducted by the researchers of college of home science, Nirmala Niketan, Mumbai have found that out of the four metro cities, Chennai was found to be the most nutritionally balanced when it comes to traditional breakfast habits.The thing to be wary of when watching calories is the addition of coconut in the form of oil, milk or grated plain coconut, adding ghee, peanuts or using deep-fried preparation methods can increase the fat content and overall calories of the dishes.Now, let’s look at some of the healthy south Indian snack foods and analyse their nutritional facts.1.Idli These are steamed cakes made from seasoned rice-lentil batter. As these are steamed, and the overall use of oil is minimal, they are low on calories and high on nutrition. It packs a good blend of carbohydrates and proteins. Adding sprouts or vegetables to batter can increase the nutritional value. Avoid coconut chutney; instead have mint or tomato chutney. These are perfect for breakfast with sambar or as an evening snack with chutney.- 1 medium Idli has 39 calories, 2 gm protein, 8 gm fiber, zero saturated fat and zero cholesterol.2.Upma It is one of the common and staple breakfast options. It is made by dry roasting semolina and cooking with sautéed vegetables. It is light on the bowel and is quite filling as well. Semolina is a refined grain but adding vegetables adds fiber and makes it a wholesome meal. - 1 cup home-made vegetable upma contains about 280 calories, 11 gm protein, 59 gm carbohydrates, 6 gm fat, and zero cholesterol.3.Adai This is a popular south Indian snack. Batter is made with rice and a mix of 2-3 whole pulses with vegetables, curry leaves and spices. This mixture is then cooked on a non-stick pan just like pancakes. Nutritionally it serves as a balanced source of carbohydrates, proteins and fiber. - 1 medium Adai pancake has 165 calories, 2.5 gm fat, 15 gm carbohydrates and 1 gm protein.4.Rasam It is a light, moderately spicy soup prepared by making a base of tomato, tamarind pulp, black pepper, spices and adding steamed vegetables and lentils as per choice. It is best for winters and monsoons and is also beneficial in cold, cough and fever. It is good for bowel health and aids in digestion. This can also be consumed with steamed rice as a spicy curry. - 1 cup of Rasam can contain 45-60 calories, 2-3gms fat, 4-6gms carbohydrates, and 1-2 gms protein depending upon the vegetables or lentils added.5.Sundal This is an easy to prepare, healthy and nutritious snack. The dish is prepared by lightly sautéing pre-boiled legumes with green chilies, mustard seeds, and coriander in 1 tsp oil. Grated coconut is also a part of this preparation, which is high in calories, so, it is advisable to skip the same to keep the calorific value to a healthy range. Sundal is a good source of soluble fiber and lean protein. It is a filling snack and can be included as a mid-afternoon or evening meal. - 1 cup of chickpea sundal contains 280 calories with 4gms fat, 49gms carbohydrates and 15gms protein.

Act Now to Save the Hearts of Those You Love : Dr Siddhant Jain

Dr. Siddhant Jain, Cardiologist
Love makes the world go round Act now to save the hearts of those you love Claiming 17.3 million lives per year, cardiovascular disease, which comprises of heart disease and stroke, is the number one killer worldwide. It claims more than the total deaths (3.86 million deaths per year) due to malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis put together. In fact, the risk for heart disease is found to be higher in Indians than that in U.S. and Western Europe. In India too, cardiovascular disease is the largest cause of mortality, leading to 1.7-2.0 million deaths annually. It has been pointed out that born with thinner arteries and at genetic risk for cardiac diseases, Indians are worsening their risk for heart diseases with poor physical activity, a high-fat diet and by steadily shunning fruits and vegetables. It can not be more emphasized that in today’s stressful world, it has become crucial that each one of us takes some constructive steps to save the heart of our loved ones before it is too late, especially since prevention is easy and can substantially reduce cardiac risk. I will utilize this opportunity to address certain myths associated with heart diseases.  “It is a myth that cardiovascular disease mostly affects males. In fact, heart disease is the reason for 1 in 3 female deaths each year. It’s my urge to all Indian females that in their daily rush when they are being ideal wives and mothers, please take at least a moment for yourself and listen to your own heart. After all, health of the entire family depends on you. It is important that you should be healthy enough so that you can extend your care to your family members.”  “In fact not only adults, in today’s world, our children are also at increased risk of heart disease. So there is no age or gender bar to develop cardiovascular disease.“India is being known as the coronary and diabetes capital of the world. It is sad that we are losing so many young lives,” . “But the solution is simple. We just need to make some small changes in our lifestyle and if you have some heart problem, follow the instructions given by your doctor rather than following Google.” The Indian Heart Watch study, spanning 11 cities as well as mid-sized towns and covering 6,000 men and women, was the first to offer insights on risk factors for heart diseases in India. According to the study report, around 79% of men and 83% of women (who participated in the study) were physically inactive, while 51% men and 48% women had high-fat diets. About 60% men and 57% women had a low intake of fruit and vegetables, while 12% men and 0.5% women smoked. Around 41% of men and 45% of women were overweight or obese while high blood pressure was reported in 33% men and 30% women, and high cholesterol was found in one-quarter of all men and women. Diabetes was also reported in 34% men and 37% women. After the elaborate discussion on the prevalence of various risk factors in India, Let me highlight that these risk factors especially high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity substantially increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. “But the good news is that these risk factors are modifiable and can be kept under our control,”To best combat heart disease in India, there needs to be a comprehensive approach, which will require improvements in basic amenities, healthcare facilities and, perhaps most importantly, education that will enable people to take responsibility for their own actions. “For tuberculosis you have TB clinics. For malaria, you have the malaria control programme. For cardiovascular diseases especially in rural areas, we have nothing so far.So I take this  initiative educate people on cardiovascular diseases and which emphasizes that if you want to save your loved ones from this killer it is important that you make some small changes in your and your loved one’s lives. Truly, it is important for us to understand that Heart makes the world go round, let’s step up and start caring.”Do’s Don’ts Eat a healthy, well balanced diet, rich in whole grains, vegetables and fruits. Do not consume fried foods or foods rich in saturated fats (e.g. cakes, cookies, red meat, egg yolk etc) or high-salt foods (e.g. papads, pickle, chutneys etc.)Keep your body weight, blood pressure, diabetes and blood cholesterol under control. Visit your doctor at regular intervals. Do not smoke or consume excess alcohol. Walk or exercise for at least 30 minutes, for a minimum of 5 days in a week, with your doctor’s adviceDo not get emotionally upset or stress (physically or mentally).Take the medicines prescribed for high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol or diabetes as per your doctor’s advice. Do not take any medicines without consulting your doctor.

Suvarna Prsahan Sanskar :

Dr. Shailesh Phalle, Ayurveda
SuvarnaprashanThe process in which Swarna bhasma (ash of gold) with other herbal extracts taken in the form of semi liquid and given to the children through their mouth is called as Suvarnaprashan.It’s a unique method of immunization which helps the children to boost up the intellectual power and produces non specific immunity in body to fight against general disorders.It is also helpful even to the Special children with Autism, Learning Difficulties, Attention Deficit, Hyper Activity, Delayed Milestone etc.For what period it should be doneDaily dose of Swarna bindu prashana should be given for minimum of 1 month to maximum of 3-6 months.ORMonthly once for minimum of 30 Months to maximum of 90 months on the day of Pushya nakshatra ( Pushya Nakshatra day comes once in 27 days )Time and duration to give Suvarna Prashan :Every day Morning in the empty stomach or On the day of Pushya Nakshatra. The drops should be given by the parents to the baby in empty stomach.Dosage of Suvarna prashan drops:Birth to 1 Year – 2 Drops1 to 16 Years – 4 DropsAge of Children who can take Suvarna Prashan:From birth up to the age of 16 years.Ingredients of Suvarna Prashan :Ash of Gold, Vacha, Shankha Pushpi, Brahmi, Guduchi satva, Yashti madhu, Ashwagandha, Ghee and Honey.Benefits of Suvarna Prashan :-1. Immune System towards diseases becomes stronger.2. Increases Physical strength.and growth of the baby.3. Grasping power, Analysis power and Recall memory becomes sharper.4. Improves Digestive power.5. Tones up Skin colour and Texture.6. Protects the baby from different kinds of Allergies.Importance of Suvarna prashan :-An Ancient Indian Pediatrician, Maharshi Kashyapa has described the benefits of Suvarnaprashana in his Book Kashyapa Samhita in Sanskrit language as follows:” Suvarnaprashana hi etath medhagnibalavardhanamm |Aayushyam mangalam punyam vrushyam grahapaham ||Maasat paramamedhave vyaadhirbhirnn cha dhrushyate |Shadbhirmaasai shrutdhar Suvarnaprashanad bhaveth || “( Sutrasthanam, Kashyapa Samhita )Maharshi Kashyapa says Suvarna prashana improves Intelligence, Digestive fire and Physical power.It gives long, spiritual, holy and saintly life. It gives rejuvenative effects and tone ups the skin.It improves immunity in a way so that the child is prevented from bacterial and viral infections.Regular use of Suvarnaprashana helps in such a way that, the child gets best immunity to defeat diseases.Regular use of Suvarnaprashana make child very intelligent and he can remember all heard by him.Mode of Action of Suvarna Prashan drops:Gold is considered as very precious in Ayurveda .When Swarna is converted into Swarna bhasma as explained in Ayurveda, it would possesses following properties1.Swarna bhasma has moisturizing & unctuous effect on body.2.It is Madhura, Rejuvinative and immunity booster.3.Improves complexion and growth of the body.4.Does Detoxification of the body.5.Has ability to treat different fevers like Vishajwara, Aantra jwara and general Weakness.It has been proved that Swarna bhasma possesses Anti oxidants, Anti depressants, Anti cancerous, Antibacterial & Anti rheumatoid property.It also acts as Nervine stimulant. As we know a human brain grows rapidly in 1 to 16 years of life.Swarna Bhasma accelerate the growth of brain and boost up its utilization capacity if swarna prashana is done during this phase. Other drugs in it help to build Immunity of the babyHow to store the drops:Drops should be kept in room temperature and should not be exposed to direct sunlight. Note that it should not be stored in refrigerator. Swarna prashana drops can be used for 3 years when stored in shade and in room temperature.Doses will be administered with prior registration. For registration contact 020 – 65609371, 9011609371.

Health Benefits of Indian Spices

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
As Indians, we ensure that spices form the base of any dish. We are not satisfied with a dash of salt and a squeeze of sour lime, we need spices. If spices are consumed in moderation you can derive health benefits, but an overdose of any spice can lead to indigestion or even ulcers. Media portals are flooded with the health benefits of turmeric or haldi, but today we list out other Indian spices that are healthy and are kept under wraps. Let’s have a quick overview of Indian spices, their uses and benefits.Chilli (Lal Mirch) :It is the main component of Indian spices and is used for adding hot flavor to the food. The antioxidants present in chilli help to cope with cholesterol. It also helps in burning calories.Garlic (Lassan) :It is used for cooking as well as for the medicinal purpose. It is useful for coping with cough and cold. It also has antibiotic properties.Ginger (Adrak) :It is used for giving a specific flavor to food and has many medicinal uses. Helps to avoid digestive problems. It is beneficial for coping with cough and cold.Clove (Laung) :It is used as a cooking ingredient mainly for seasoning or preparing Masalas. Clove oil is beneficial for coping with tooth ache and sore gums. It is also beneficial remedy for chest pains, fever, digestive problems, cough and cold.Turmeric (Haldi) :It is used in cooking and skin care products. It has wide range medicinal uses. It helps in dealing with skin problems. Turmeric powder can be used for healing cuts and wounds. It also makes coping with diabetes easier.Cinnamon (Dalchini) :It is used mainly for seasoning food and preparing masalas. It has medicinal uses too. It supports natural production of insulin and reduces blood cholesterol.Coriander (Dhaniya) :Coriander leaves as well as coriander seeds are used in cooking. It also has some medicinal uses. It can be used externally on aching joints and rheumatism. It is also good for coping with sore throat, allergies, digestion problems, hay fever etc.Cardamom (Elaichi) :It is used in most of the Indian and other sweet dishes to give a good flavor and fragrance. It is also used widely in pharmaceutical sector. Helps to control bad breath and digestive disorder. A whole cardamom chewed is good for coping with diabetes.Cumin (Zeera) :It is used for cooking and it also possesses medicinal properties. It is a good source of iron and keeps immune system healthy. Water boiled with cumin seeds is good for coping with dysentery.Mustard (Rye) :It is used for seasoning. The use of mustard oil is extensive in India. Mustard oil is good for body massage and even for getting good hair. It consists of omega-3 fatty acids. It is an excellent source of iron, zinc, manganese, calcium, protein etc.Fenugreek (Methi) :It is mainly used as a green leafy vegetable and seeds are used for seasoning and preparing Masalas. It also has medicinal uses. Fenugreek seed tea or sweet fudge is good for increasing breast milk. It also helpful for treating diabetes and lowering cholesterol.Pepper (Kaali Mirch) :It is extensively used in cooking, especially for garnishing. It is has many medicinal uses too. It helps coping with cold, cough, infections etc. It helps to deal with muscle pains and digestive problems.Bay leaf (Tez Patta) :It is used in cooking to add a specific flavor to food. It also has some medicinal properties. Bay leaf oil possesses anti-fungal and anti bacterial.Saffron (Zaffran/Kesar) :It is one of the highly expensive Indian Spices. It is used for cooking as well as in beauty products. It is mainly used in sweet dishes. It has good medicinal properties. It helps to cope with skin diseases. It is a good remedy for cough, cold and asthma.

Are Indian Pickles Healthy?

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Indian food is incomplete without pickles. The little pieces of lime and mango marinated with oil, salt and other spices are served at all meals. Pickles have always been a favourite for Indians and are even mentioned in our Vedic Texts! The sweet & sour taste of pickles makes them a favourite. Being so popular, pickles are used in India’s staple diet but the tangy lime pickles can be quite harmful to the body. Surprised? Read more to know why pickles are not healthy for us:Pickles have low nutritional valuePickles have low nutritional value because of the pickling process. During the process of pickling, fruits or vegetables are diced or chopped and then dried out. During the drying out process they are coated in salt and left out to dry in the sunlight. This is to ensure that no water content is left in the fruit or vegetables. But the negative point of this process is that drying in sunlight leads to further loss of nutrients.Read to know why fruits and vegetables are not fattening?Indian pickles have high sodium contentIn Indian pickles, a high amount of salt is added for seasoning and preparation. Excessive use of salt in pickles increases the sodium content in our diet which leads to ill health effects like water retention, abdominal bloating, high blood pressure and an increase in the work load for our kidneys. A high salt diet also reduces the calcium absorption which leads to low bone density.Get to know more about how to reduce water weight.Indian pickles contain lot of oilOil is used in pickles to preserve them. Basically oil acts as a barrier to prevent the contact of moisture with pickles which prevents pickles from being invaded by fungus, mold and bacteria. The oils used in pickles have trans fats. Trans fats gets added to the oil during hydrogenation (passage of hydrogen gas to the oil). Trans fats increases the shelf life of the pickle. Trans fats even increases the LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and reduce the HDL cholesterol(good cholesterol).Read to know more about 7 cholesterol lowering foods to stay healthy. They also increase the level of triglycerides. So, it is always advisable to moderate your consumption of Indian pickles.

Making It Through Shaadi Season Without Losing Your Sanity!

Ms. Tehzeeb, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Well, okay, so if you’ve been a regular reader of our series, then you probably already know what’s coming up (water, minimalism, sleep, workouts blah blah). Fine, it’s all old news but a little reaffirmation didn’t hurt anyone now, did it? So here you have it…7 simple strategies to walk out of this month looking as good as you did when you walked in:Drink up, seriously. No, not alcohol silly but water. All that excess salt isn’t going to clear itselfYou think you’re such a smarty pants eating only a salad and a dessert and skipping everything in between. You think you’re being healthy here? Really? We suggest you skip both and have some good ol’ daal rice or sabzi naan. To steal a popular tagline from a commercial, that’s your actual ‘Taste bhi, health bhi!’This month is essentially a lot of night outs. You know that already so just go easy on scheduling brunches and lunches. Your body deserves at least one home-cooked, nutrient rich mealDon’t grab a plate. I repeat, DO NOT grab a plate until you have walked through and thoroughly scanned the buffet. 2-3 scanning rounds are recommended. Think of it as though you’re having an audition for all the food.Round 1: you have shortlisted to 7 items you likeRound 2: you’ve narrowed it down to 4 or maybe 5 itemsFinal round: you select a winner (2-3 items) and schedule the other food items for future events!Of course don’t try to chalk in workouts if you have a headache from being extra hungover or if you are feeling very fatigued. However, a light 30-minute session would be a worthy time investment—it will effectively remove all the toxins from your body and have you feeling lighter and nicerOverdid it at the chaat counter?—it’s fine. Desserts looked way yum and your self-restraint went out the window? No problem. Learn to forgive yourself. That guilt isn’t helping anyone and you know that alreadyFinally, find a way to get your sleep despite the late nights and certainly easier said than done, but as much as possible, don’t let the night outs, socializing and traffic woes get to you. Anger, frustration and stress isn’t hurting anyone else reallyIf you’re the one getting married, congratulations! You can see some custom-made guidelines for you  here:https://scalebeyondscale.wordpress.com/2014/11/28/wedding-season-prequel/

Why Running Doesn’t Help You Lose Weight

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Running is good for health. But it might not be enough if you are using it lose weight. While you have to watch what you eat to lose weight, you need to be equally conscious about the right kind of exercise that will help you achieve your health goal. To get results you need to mix things up.Here are three reasons why your favourite exercise routine might be your biggest weight loss enemy.  You burn fewer calories with running Weight loss is simple science of burning more calories. But your repetitive routine of cardio at the same intensity level is making you burn fewer calories per hour as compared to high intensity workouts. Running to your body is what brushing to your mind. Because you have been doing it for so long that it starts to feel effortless and your metabolism doesn’t rev up as much and therefore limiting the number of calories being burnt with the same exercise output.That’s why you need to spice things up with moderate to high intensity of resistance training if you want to lose fat. Using weights or even your own body weight to exercise impacts your metabolism as you engage different muscle groups at the same time, versus running where you are engaging the same muscle group all through. Resistance training also helps rev up your metabolism so that you continue to burn calories upto 48 hours after your workout Cardio is more than just running Now that you know that engaging different muscle groups is important to your overall weight-loss goals, it only makes sense that you would want to also do the type of training that helps this happen in the least amount of time. While walking, running is essentially lower intensity activities they actually impair strength and muscle growth. Helping build muscles promotes faster weight loss.Doing short intervals of different forms of cardio like strength training can help you get better results in lesser amount of time. Some of the most popular cardio strength training exercises are: jumping jack, plank, squats, mountain climber, and push ups. These exercises help you burn more calories per minute than low intensity running. Too much of anything doesn’t have the same results Too much running can also make you fat. Exercising releases hormones in the body. While these hormones are good for regular functioning of the body too much of these can impact your ability to lose fat.In this case of running for more than an hour a day is pushing your body to release extra hormones in your system that slow down your metabolism and increase your insulin resistance.If you’re doing about 30 minutes of cardio per day, that’s more than enough for fat loss. If you start running for more than an hour per day and aren’t losing weight (or maybe evening gaining), you might benefit more if you reduced your frequency and added some resistance training, and see what happens. You can even mix up your cardio weekly routine with assigning few days to high intensity interval training and see your performance also improve.All forms of exercise are good for the body. We are not saying that running is not good. The point that we are making is that if you are looking to lose weight then you need to do more than just running. Lastly giving your body adequate nutrition, while you exercise, also plays a very important part in keeping the body in optimum health.

Every Day Is Bonus Love Eat Sex Sensibly(e D I B L E S) Says Dr Vaibhav Lunkad

Dr. Vaibhav Lunkad, Sexologist
Every day is bonus love eat sex sensibly(E d i b l e s) says Dr vaibhav LunkadEveryday is bonus-What matters is the letter A means attitude of activeness ,approachability, action, appreciative of all small and big things,asking,allowing to be as one is,animating feelings and thus by attitude "treat everyday as last and  a bonus for all of you especially both. Then naturally ease romance forgiving pleasuring starts and easy to maintain without daily sameness where boredom sets in and love and sex dries up.Love as if you got to do it all for the last and best time daily like a child and try and give your all without hesitation,procrastination,pride or prejudice and  no matter what is preoccupying your energy or attention.So take a cold water shower and give each other with cheer a glass of cow milk with ghee or your favorite drink and make up all the daily breakup or worn-outness in bed .Remember always that love making is the best exercise for all parts of the body and mind and need not always or must end in sex as cuddling and massaging also serves all the purposes a sexual intercourse gives and becomes less performance demanding which can be bothersome and cause of absence of romance in life.So just be the best childhood friends in bed and you will never play psychological games which destroy the very essence of understanding in marriage.Eat or drink very light and healthy foods as it is excess of unnecessary "filling in"  which is the root cause of obesity and dullness in life.Just fill in the emptiness of life or of each other by humor,laughter,jokes,songs,music,dance ,exercise,just holding each other closely ,hugging,patting etc.Eat away the ego and drink to be blessed to have this day in your life.Have SEX sensibly without hurting each other by small things like mouth or body smells,gases,pressures,stubbornness and you can do all things in a new funny friendly fully enjoyable way every day.Every day is bonus love eat sex sensibly(E d i b l e s) says Dr vaibhav Lunkad

Are Idli and Dosa Healthy?

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Idli and dosa are probably the most popular South Indian dishes. But how healthy are they? Idli: Idli is a steamed cake made from fermented batter of rice and black lentils. It is made in a specialized mold and served with different types of chutney made from tomato, tamarind, coconut and Sambhar, which is made by adding vegetable to red gram dal. Each plain idli has approximately 39 calories, 2 grams protein, 2 grams dietary fiber, 8 grams carbohydrates and no fat. Dosa: Dosa is a kind of a flat pancake made from fermented batter of rice and black lentils. It is made on a hot griddle (tava) greased with oil. It is also served with different types of chutney made from tomato, tamarind, coconut and sambhar, which is made by adding vegetable to red gram dal. Each plain dosa contains approximately 120 calories, 2 grams protein, 1 gram dietary fiber, 17 grams carbohydrates and 3 grams fat. Idli and Dosa are not unhealthy, but the problem is that no one restricts themselves to 1 or 2 servings. People tend to overeat idlis and dosas. Also, different varieties like masala dosa, butter idlis, fried idlis, etc are higher in calories because of higher oil content and overeating will obviously pile up the calories. They are served with different varieties of chutney, some of which are high in calories like coconut chutney. I piece of coconut (approximately 45 grams) contains 159 calories and 15 grams of fat. However there are nutritional benefits of coconut and you need to keep a check on the amount you are consuming to minimize calorie intake.