Omapudi or Sev has become ubiquitous in street food today. Sev is a one-size-fits-all topping for all chaats and many other dishes!
The problem with fried food is, well, they are fried. First, we extract oil from a nut or seed, losing out on most of the nut’s nutrition. Then, we heat the oil to a high temperature, destroying what little nutrition remains in the oil. Then, we fry something in it. Have you ever tried burning a couple of banana chips? If you haven’t, do try it today. Be sure to hold the chips with a pair of tongs – and place a sheet of paper underneath to catch all the oil that drips from it!
How to make them healthier? Use an oven instead of a frying pan. And, replace oils with whole nuts. That’ll amp up the nutrient quotient significantly.
However, foods like omapudi or sev , even when baked, are cooked at a high temperature and are very dry. Try eating them mindfully, you will find that you do not enjoy them as much as fresh food like fruits or vegetables – or even fresh nuts! Here’s a recipe that takes you closer to health. If you want to go all the way, enjoy a cup of fresh fruits and nuts instead! 🙂
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