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Republic day special — 10 healthy tricolour delicacies for patients on kidney diet

To celebrate the cheer of Republic Day, we usually look forward for celebrations coupled with the tricolour theme. Some celebrate with tricolour clothes, some with mobile accessories while some celebrate with tricolour recipes. Under usual circumstances, in order to make tricolour recipes, food items like carrots/ oranges/ kesar strands/ etc are used to add orange colour to food recipes, while food items like spinach (palak)/ kiwi/ grapes/ etc are used to add the green colour. However; when one is on a kidney diet, one is left with very few food options. Hence, this blog is dedicated to patients with chronic kidney disease who are on a kidney diet and seeking different tricolour recipe options for occasions like Independence day, Republic day, etc.

Little about Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) — CKD mainly refers to a condition wherein kidneys become weak and are unable to perform their functions to the optimal level. Kidneys may become weak due to several reasons, the most common ones are high blood pressure and diabetes. CKD is an irreversible condition and it involves diet therapy as the main supportive treatment. Hence, appropriate dietary guidelines need to be followed when one is diagnosed with CKD. However, CKD should never be considered as an end of life situation. Hence, in order to make life equally cheerful, we herewith present some healthy tricolour delicacies for patients on kidney diet:

    1. Tricolour idiyappam:

Idiappam is a South Indian rice flour-based easy to make and quick recipe. In order to make it tricolour, one can add cooked carrots puree to rice flour while kneading the dough for idiyappam to get the saffron colour. Coriander and mint paste can be added to the dough to get the green colour.

These tricolour idiyappams can be relished with vegetable stew or vegetable kurma curry, without coconut (as coconut is rich in potassium and CKD patients cannot tolerate high potassium foods). Patients with diabetes should limit the quantity of this recipe.

Tricolour Idiyappam

2. Tricolour momos: 

For making momos, cooked masoor dal can be added to the plain flour to impart saffron colour while coriander and capsicum paste can be added to impart green colour to the flour. 

For the inner filling, one can add sauteed vegetables like onion, carrots, cabbage, capsicum, bell peppers, zucchini with less amount of salt. As seasoning, one can add red chilli flakes, mixed herbs, oregano with little salt. 

It is advisable to use iodized salt for patients on a kidney diet. One must strictly avoid low sodium salts for kidney patients.


Tricolour Dosas

3. Tricolour dosas: Rice dosas are safe for non-diabetic CKD patients as they are low in proteins as well as potassium and at the same time they are quick and easy. To make saffron-coloured dosas, one can add carrot puree to the rice batter and in order to make green dosas, one can add coriander paste to the batter.

Alternatively, one can also make green dosas using the whole moong with skin instead of rice. Moong is comparatively higher in proteins so one must check with their Renal Dietitian before adding it to the diet. Point to remember — dosa should not be accompanied with coconut chutney, fresh coriander chutney can be used.


4. Tricolour chapati rolls: To make tricolour chapati rolls, we need grated carrots, coriander and mint chutney and grated paneer filling. Spread coriander chutney on a chapati, add grated paneer and then top it with grated carrots. To make paneer filling, one can add finely chopped onion and cabbage and season it with a pinch of salt and pepper.

5. Tricolour fruit with cream dessert: CKD patients need to opt for fruits that have low potassium content. Hence, to make a tricolour fruit dessert, they can select papaya, guava and/or pear.

To make a dessert, one can use a short glass, add chopped pear and/ or guava, then add freshly beaten cream and then on top add chopped papaya. Non-diabetic patients can add sugar to the cream while diabetic patients can add artificial sweetener.

Tricolour Paneer Barbeque

6. Tricolour paneer barbeque: Paneer cubes can be marinated in curd containing turmeric and red chilli powder for giving an orange colour while it can be marinated in green coriander, mint and green chillies paste for giving it the green colour.

Paneer is high in proteins and phosphorus too, hence its use should be limited in patients who are on a kidney diet. When it is used in place of other protein sources like dals/ pulses/ eggs/ curd, it can be relished happily.

7. Tricolour idli: For patients on a kidney diet, rawa idli is a better option as compared to idli with rice and urad dal. To impart tricolour, one can add grated carrots to add saffron colour to idli and coriander and curry leaves to add green colour to the idlis.

CKD patients can prefer plain coriander chutney/ coriander and mint chutney/ onion tomato chutney/ coriander and garlic chutney instead of coconut chutney.


Tricolour Sandwich

8. Tricolour sandwich: One of the simplest recipes amongst all tricolour recipes is a sandwich. This sandwich requires 3 slices of white bread. To add saffron colour, one can apply a puree of cooked carrot with tomato and to add green colour, one can add coriander and mint chutney. CKD patients with diabetes can prefer whole wheat bread instead of white bread.

To get such interesting breakfast/ snacks options for patients with diabetes, click here.


9. Tricolour rice: Tricolour biryani is an excellent tricolour delicacy and can be made using carrots and bell peppers for saffron colour, french beans and capsicum for the green colour and plain white rice for white colour.

Patients with diabetes and on antidiabetic medicines can prefer it in less quantity i.e. 1 small bowl, while those on insulin should rather prefer making tricolour dalia (broken wheat) instead of tricolour rice.

10. Tricolour stir fry vegetables: In order to make stir fry vegetables, patients with CKD can opt for vegetables like carrots and bell peppers for imparting saffron colour, french beans for green colour and cabbage for white colour. All these vegetables can be chopped and sauteed in oil and can be seasoned with a pinch of salt and pepper. This recipe can be had by all patients including ones having diabetes.


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