Include Sooji In Your Diet To Reap Its Health Benefits

It has a rich taste and is also quite light on your stomach

Aindrisha Mitra Updated: Sep 29, 2020 15:16:21 IST
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From upma and halwa to delicacies like rava dosa, semolina or sooji is one of those wonder ingredients that can be used prepare a wide range of Indian dishes.

Made from rough, coarsely ground whole wheat, sooji is healthier than more refined products such as flour. Its light texture ensures easy digestion—the reason why it makes for a great mid-meal snack. 

With low fat content and zero cholesterol, sooji can help regulate your weight and even contribute to weight-loss. 

Benefits of sooji

The grain is rich in iron and can, therefore, improve blood circulation and reduce the mineral’s deficiency in the body. The high calcium content is good for bone health, while the presence of minerals such as magnesium, zinc and phosphorus can enable you to maintain a healthy nervous system.

However, sooji can trigger allergic reactions, especially in people with wheat allergy, ranging from nausea to stomach cramps and diarrhoea and even asthma. People with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity are also advised to steer clear of sooji, as it may cause bloating, constipation and even damage the intestine.

Diverse uses of sooji

As a foodgrain, semolina is extremely versatile. Apart from halwa and dosas, you can use it for baking cakes, and in pancakes, pastas and porridge. You can also make cookies, biscuits and rusk from it. Try substituting besan with sooji while making laddus for a guilt-free dessert.

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