5. Hawker Foods Good for You: Dosa
A fermented crepe made from rice flour and ground lentils, dosa is considered a healthier Indian food option. “It is very much lower in fat compared to Indian rojak or mee goreng and roti prata,” says Jaclyn. Dosa comes in many variations, such as egg, cheese or masala (stuffed with spiced potatoes). It is typically served with sambar (a vegetable-based dip) and chutney.
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Which dosa to order? “It may be low in fat and calories, but I wouldn’t recommend eating just plain dosa for a meal, as it’s lacking in protein. I’d take an egg dosa which has more protein, plus a serving of chana masala (chickpea curry) for extra protein and fibre. If you’re ordering masala dosa instead of egg dosa, have just half a standard portion as the potato filling makes it carb-heavy.”
How to make it healthier? “If the stall offers other veggies besides chickpeas, order a portion to increase your fibre intake and keep you full for longer. If not, have a small apple or wedge of papaya after the meal. Skip the coconut-based sambar as it is usually high in fat and salt.”