Diabetic Indian Snack Recipes
Diabetic Indian Snack Recipes
Keep healthy snacks handy! If you are diagnosed with diabetes, you must choose your snacks wisely. We will discuss some healthy snacks for diabetics people

Diabetic Indian Snack Recipes

According to several authorities, "a healthy lifestyle with appropriate eating habits can play a significant part in playing a role in both preventing and controlling diabetes."


To our good fortune, the traditional diet of the United States has a wide variety of foods that may be beneficial in the control of diabetes, and these items may be found in Indian cuisine. Therefore, to make things easier, here are a few nutritious dishes you can immediately start making.

Diabetes-Friendly Recipes

Not only will they satisfy your cravings, but they will also help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

1. Karela Tikki

It is a good snack for diabetics. Moreover, both the juice and the skin of the karela plant have a high concentration of vitamins, minerals, and free radical-fighting antioxidants. 


  • BIttergourd - 2 medium size 

  • Grated Carrot - ½ Cup 

  • Boiled and Peeled potatoes - 2 medium 

  • Boiled green peas - 2 tbsp 

  • Whole wheat bread - 2 slices 

  • Coriander powder - 1 tsp 

  • Red chilli powder - ¼ tsp 

  • Chopped coriander leaves - 1 tbsp 

  • Oil - 2 tbsp 

  • Salt, as per taste 

How To Prepare

1. First, clean the bitter gourd and cut it in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds. Grate it into a bowl.

2. Sprinkle the grated bitter gourd with salt and set it aside for five minutes before proceeding.

3. Put the shredded carrot and the mashed potatoes into a large mixing dish.

4. After 5 minutes, squeeze out the water from the grated bitter gourd and add that to the mixing bowl. 


5. Add green peas, coriander powder, red chilli powder, and salt and mix well. 

6. Crumble the whole wheat bread slices and add the coriander leaves to the mixture.

7. After thoroughly mixing, roll the mixture into balls and place them on a plate.

8. Preheat oil on a medium flame in a frying pan and cook the tikkis by turning them over on both sides.

9. Accompany them with a chutney made from green bell peppers.

Nutritional Value 

A karela tikki contains

  • Calories - 75 kcal 

  • Carbohydrates - 11.5 g 

  • Protein - 3.6 g 

  • Fat - 2.4 g 

  • Fibre - 2.4 g 

2. Moong Dal Idli

Moong dal idli is a protein-packed alternative to classic rice-based idli. It is suitable for people who are gluten-free and looking for options for breakfast meals that are based on rice.


  • Moong dal - ⅓  Cup 

  • Urad dal - ⅓  Cup 

  • Ginger - ½ inch 

  • Green chilli - 1 small 

  • Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp 

  • Hing - A pinch 

How to Prepare

1. Wash both dals thoroughly and soak them in plenty of water for two to three hours.

2. Pour out the water and blend the dal with ginger and green chilli to make a smooth paste.

3. Add hing, turmeric powder and salt to taste and keep it covered to ferment for 4 hours. 

4. Fill an idli steamer. Grease the idli moulds with oil and add a dollop of batter.

5. Continue to steam for 12 to 13 minutes, do not remove the idlis from the moulds until it is cool.

6. Serve with chutney and sambhar. 

Nutritional Value

One idli contains 

  • Calories - 41 kcal 

  • Carbohydrates - 8g 

  • Protein - 2g 

  • Fat - 0.1 g 

  • Fibre - 0.8 g 

4. Makhanas Roasted

Makhanas have a lower glycemic index than rice, bread, and other carbohydrate-rich foods. Makhanas are also a fantastic option for diabetes and weight management due to their low salt content and high magnesium and calcium content.


  • Makhanas - 2 Cups 

  • Red chilli powder - ½ tsp 

  • Turmeric powder - ⅛ tsp 

  • Chat masala - ¼ tsp 

  • Roasted jeera powder - ¼ tsp 

  • Ghee - 2 tsp 

  • Salt, as per taste

How To Prepare 

1. Dry roast the makhanas over a low flame for at least 6-10 minutes. 

2. Turn off the flame and put it in a bowl.

3. Pour oil and ghee over it.

4. Add salt, garam masala, red chilli powder, roasted jeera powder and roasted makhana right after.

6. Keep them in a sealed container.

Nutritional Value 

30 g of makhanas contain

  • Calories - 90 kcal 

  • Carbohydrates - 1 g 

  • Protein - 1 g 

  • Fat - 10 g 

  • Saturated Fat - 6 g 

  • Polyunsaturated fat - 1 g 

  • Monosaturated fat - 3 g 

  • Calcium - 3 mg 

5. Spinach Dhokla With Sprouts

Sprouted moong dal is abundant in antioxidants, protein, and fibre. So it keeps you full and minimises glucose surges. 


  • Sprouted moong - ½ Cup 

  • Spinach - ½ Cup (blacked and chopped) 

  • Green chillies - 2 medium 

  • Besan - 1 ½ tsp

  • Fruit salt - ½ tsp 

  • Hing - ½ tsp 

  • Curry leaves - 3 leaves 

  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp 

  • Oil for greasing 

  • Salt, as per taste 

How to Prepare

1. Blend sprouted moong, spinach and chillies with some water.

2. Add salt and besan to batter in a bowl.

3. Mix fruit salt in.

4. Pour batter into a greased pan and spread evenly.

5. Steam it for around 10-12 minutes and cut it into small pieces.


Nutritional Value 

A piece of spinach dhokla contains

  • Calories- 40 kcal 

  • Protein- 1.9 g 

  • Carbohydrates- 4.6 g

  • Fibre- 1.4 g 

  • Fat- 1.6 g 


Dietitian’s Recommendation

Mix up your snacks and plan your snacks for seven days. This will assist with snack selection. Try diabetic Indian foods instead. Stay healthy and happy.

-Dietitian Vajeda Rehman

The Final Say 

Prioritise good snacks! When Reduce serving size and nibble on homemade food! Be sure to eat snacks on time and limit them.


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