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Diabetic Recipes

Diabetes is a condition in which there is high sugar (glucose) level in the blood. The glucose comes from the food we eat. A hormone insulin produced by the pancreas is responsible for absorbing the glucose into our body cells. Diabetes can be caused by the pancreas not producing enough insulin (Type I) or due to insulin resistance (Type II) i.e. the body cells do not respond to the insulin produced.Diabetes causes frequent urination and increased hunger. A diabetic diet must include food with low glycemic index (GI). GI is an indication of how much the blood sugar level will rise when we eat something. Foods with low GI include fruits, vegetables,beans, oats and other whole grains. These are food which are high in vitamins and fibre content.

If you have diabetes, try to restrict your diet to 1500-1800 calories in a day. Moderation is the key - eat everything in moderate quantities. Try to include lots of vegetables into your meal in order to increase the fiber content. For eg :- Try to use whole grain noodles or pastas, use brown rice to make all variety rice dishes and try to include lots of millets in your diet. In addition, try to include as many vegetables or sprouts as possible in the dish to increase the fiber content. Fruits are high in fibre too. However some fruits like mango, banana, grapes etc contain high sugar level. So consume these fruits in small portions.

Our Indian diet is dominated by carbohydrates. As much as possible try to include more protein into your diet and reduce the carbohydrate intake. Also, try to expose your body to sunlight everyday and drink plenty of water. The Vitamin D that you get from sunlight is essential for a healthy life. Water helps in reducing the risk of many of the ailments related to diabetes. I have shared some recipes that can be substituted for the regular rice or roti meals. 

There is no cure for diabetes. If you take care of your diet and keep your sugar under control, you could lead a normal healthy life. Below are the Top 15 food for diabetes that can help keep your sugar level in control. Try to include these in your diet as often as possible.

  1. Bitter gourd
  2. Fenugreek seeds
  3. Indian Gooseberry (Amla)
  4. Jamun (Indian blackberry) seeds
  5. Aloe vera
  6. Curry leaves
  7. Neem Leaves and tender shoots of neem
  8. Guava and guava leaves
  9. Flax seeds
  10. Water
  11. Drumstick Leaves
  12. Green tea
  13. Basil Leaves (Thulsi)
  14. Cinnamon
  15. Tender Mango Leaves

High Fiber recipes (Recipes with whole grains like Millets, Oats, Brown rice, Quinoa, Wheat etc)

Whole grain Adai Oats Soup Ragi Idli/ Dosa Oats Idli/Dosa
Chappatti/ Phulka/ Roti Ragi Idiyappam Pesarattu Indian Style Pasta
Grits/Rava Kichadi Rava Idli Kambu Choru Bajra Bhakri
Kambu Koozh Quinoa Pilaf
Oats Bisi Bele Bath
Oats Kozhukattai

Low Carb Recipes (Protein diet,Salads etc)

Whole Roasted Chicken Whole Roasted Chicken Chicken Noodles Soup Chicken Noodles Soup
Chicken Manchow Soup
Scallion Chicken
Chicken Bartha Lemon Pepper Chicken Italian Baked Chicken
Pan Fried Chicken
Fish Cutlet Baked Fish Chinese Flavoured Fish Roast Banana Stem Soup
Chicken And Vegetable Saute Chicken And Vegetable Saute Microwave Garlic Broccoli Microwave Garlic Broccoli Steamed Broccoli Steamed Broccoli Broccoli Mezhukkupuratti Broccoli Mezhukkupuratti

Tasty diabetic friendly curries and sidedishes

Methi Guava Curry Bittergourd Fry Stuffed Bittergourd Flaxseed Gun Powder
Idli Podi Curry Leaf Powder Kothamalli Podi

Home remedies for controlling blood sugar

Neem Flower Powder Gooseberry Sharbat Herbal Juice

Diabetic friendly Desserts (Sugar free desserts)

Tricolour Halwa Diabetic Pumpkin Halwa

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Comments (23)

Nisha Rana   (March 13, 2015)
Hi.. Type 2 diabetic patient can eat read meat mutton (lamb meat) ?
Nisha Rana   (March 13, 2015)
Diabetic patient type 2 can eat lamb meat mutton?
Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (March 14, 2015)
Yes you can eat once in a while... It is better to avoid red meat as it has high fat content... Eat more lean meat like chicken breast and turkey. Also include lot of fish in your diet.
pranav   (March 12, 2015)
"Great information thank you for sharing..
My cousin is also a type 1 diabetes patient, now his diabetes level got controlled a bit after consulting a specialist at,I feel this diet recipes will differently help him in improving his health."
Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (March 13, 2015)
Yes Pranav. Maintaining a strict diet as part of the lifestyle will surely improve ones health. Prayers and good wishes for your cousin.
Mrs.Abdur Rahman   (February 23, 2015)
Thank u. Simpleindian recipes. Its very useful for me. 15 foods with recipes also. Once again thanks.
Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (March 2, 2015)
You are most welcome...
Dendy   (January 27, 2015)
It helpful thanks a lot.
Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (January 28, 2015)
You are welcome!!
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Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (January 26, 2015)
arpita pal   (September 1, 2014)
thnks u for helping us......
Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (September 2, 2014)
Its my pleasure...
tandra   (July 26, 2014)
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Tandra   (July 26, 2014)
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Jigna soni   (July 16, 2014)
Really very nice and varaties in recepie good site...
Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (July 17, 2014)
Thank you Jigna...
Sherrie L   (June 19, 2014)
I just found your site & I'm excited to try out many of your recipes. I'm just learning to cook Indian style food.
I noticed that all of your diabetic recipes are pastas, oats, rice or other kinds of heavy carbohydrate foods. This is, actually, the wrong kind of food for a diabetic. I have been a type 1 diabetic for 25 years, and the best foods for diabetics are low carb & high protein foods. I'm glad to see you don't have sugar in any of the recipes, though. That's a great start. So, you might want to consider some different recipes for this section. I'm enjoying the rest of the site, though, and love all the variety that you have with great pictures! Thanks. :)
Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (June 23, 2014)
Hi Sherrie, Thank you so much for taking your time to share your comments. I will take your suggestions and add more high protein recipes.

In india our diet is mainly carbohydrate. Most of the population is vegetarian. It is very difficult to have a diet with more protein and less carbs in India. Most of the population is used to rice, roti and some veg curry. So doctors recommend diabetic people to include more fibre rich carbohydrate in their diet as a substitute for the traditional rice. Hence these days millets, oats etc are becoming popular.

Do go through and enjoy the site.
Sherrie L   (June 24, 2014)
That's interesting. I can understand your choices better now. I would recommend experimenting with quinoa, since it's similar to rice but has a higher protein, lower carb ratio. And it's got a nice nutty flavor that I think would go well with curries and other delicious sauces.

I have just bought all the ingredients to make Chicken Tikka Masala from your recipe sometime this week. I'm very excited! I will try to come back and let you know how it turns out. :)
Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (June 27, 2014)
Yes. People are starting to use quinoa too. Its not very easily available here.

Do try the recipes and give your comments.
mamta maya   (April 20, 2012)
thank you your cooking super good food reicipe are easy to prepare thank you.
Dahlia (S.I.R. Author)   (April 20, 2012)
Thanks. I'm glad it is helpful to you.

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