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Indian cuisine and the energy content of foods 

energy content of foods

An underlying principle of every county of India is to feed the person’s full stomach. Every state has its exceptional dish about which you will hear at first when you land there. Contemplating these facts, we find it important to share the energy content of foods of the famous Indian dishes and balanced diet plan.

No matter which country or state you belong to, calorie intake varies with your age, gender, and physical activity you perform in a day.

A calorie is a unit to measure the energy. Regardless of the place you reside, within a healthy, balanced diet a man and woman need approximately 2,500kcal and 2,000kcal respectively.

The intake of food gets converted into energy. The assessment of how well the available food supplies or diets of populations (or even of individuals) satisfy these requirements require knowledge of the amounts of available energy in individual foods.

In general, the energy content of foods is calculated in the following way;

  1. The basic components of food (protein, fat, carbohydrate,etc.)
  2. Their quantity required to be converted to energy
  3. Nutritional energy value: The total energy content of foods adding all components

Calculating the energy content of foods

Now as the world is increasingly becoming aware of healthy food habits and its impact on our daily lives, it becomes important to know how a particular food item has an impact on our body by thoroughly noting down the number of calories it imparts.

Which is your favorite Indian cuisine? Do you know about its calorie content? The following list of popular regional food items along with their calorie count will help you in doing so. Let us look at the customized intake across the regions.

Maharashtrian Diet
Breakfast MenuMeasurementsEnergy

(Kcal)

Carbs

(gms)

Protein

(gms)

Fat

(gms)

Fiber

(gms)

Upma1 Plate20028585.1
Vadapav1 pc290416105
Sabudana Wada4 pcs420547184
Poha1 Plate280328144.4

Main course MenuHousehold MeasurementsEnergy

(Kcal)

Carbs

(gms)

Protein

(gms)

Fat

(gms)

Fiber

(gms)

Masala Bhat½ Bowl12317462
Patal Bhaji1 Katori175161084.3
Jhunka1 Katori234238135.5
Bhakri45 gms raw150314.50.25.4
Koshimbir½ Katori20211
Total7028927.527.518.2
Special MenuMeasurementsEnergy

(Kcal)

Carbs

(gms)

Protein

(gms)

Fat

(gms)

Fiber

(gms)

Puran Poli2 pc3505710106
Thalipeeth1 Serving138234.52.54
Gujarati Diet
Menu

Macronutrients

Household MeasuresEnergy

(Kcal)

Protein

(gms)

CHO

(gms)

Fat

(gms)

Fiber

(gms)

Khandvi5-6 pc4002050105.3
Methi Muthiya4 pc45040552210
Khakhra2 smalls10032153
Khaman Dhokla5-6 pc5002270106
MenuHousehold MeasuresEnergy

(Kcal)

Carbs

(Kcal)

Protein

(gms)

Fat

(gms)

Fiber

(gms)

Khatti Mitthi Dal1 Katori2002510104
Kadhi1 Katori10025852
Udhiyu½ Katori225153154
Methi Puri2 pc180525105
Khichadi1 Katori14719562
Shrikhand1 Katori22570762
Total1077206355229
Punjabi Diet
MenuHousehold MeasuresEnergy

(Kcal)

Carbs

(gms)

Protein

(gms)

Fat

(gms)

Fiber

(gms)

Aloo Paratha

Curd

2 pc

1 Katori

6507015352
Missi Roti2 pc270205300.5
Butter Milk200 ml5011
Chola1 Katori238267102
Bhatura2 pc420671020
MenuHousehold MeasuresEnergy

(Kcal)

Carbs

(Kcal)

Protein

(gms)

Fat

(gms)

Fiber

(gms)

Rajma1 Katori233279102
Laccha Paratha1 pc16014461
Dal Makhani1 Katori2902611141.5
Paneer Butter Masala½ Katori190156132
Jeera Rice½ Katori751122.50.3
Lassi1 Glass150137140.3
Salad1 Bowl30611.2
Total113011240609
South Indian Diet
MenuHousehold MeasuresEnergy

(Kcal)

Carbs

(gms)

Protein

(gms)

Fat

(gms)

Fiber

(gms)

Idli2 pc1232750.63
Uttapam1 Katori18334764
Masala Dosa1 pc20934973
Wada2 pc4163312333
Sambar1 Katori17437 Kcal1225
MenuHousehold MeasuresEnergy

(Kcal)

Carbs

(gms)

Protein

(gms)

Fat

(gms)

Fiber

(gms)

Curd Rice1 Serving20932794
Rice Payasam1 Serving6311469304

In the nutshell

The energy balance is achieved when the input (or dietary energy intake) is equal to the output (or energy expenditure). The energy content of foods and the approximate calories you should eat should be based on your height, weight, activity level, metabolic health, age, and gender.

All calorie values are approximate and may vary considerably from preparations to preparations, depending on the ingredients included. Use these figures as a guideline only when choosing a balanced diet plan and the energy requirement.