A few weeks ago, during my consulting session, I came across a person who ate aloo (potato) as a vegetable accompaniment almost everyday in his meal. When asked why, he said that he had no idea what other vegetables he could eat and his cook didn’t know to prepare any other vegetable dish. It seemed to me that he had never seen a vegetable market in his life! When I mentioned about the need for using other vegetables in his daily diet, he said “But I’m not fat, so why can’t I eat aloo everyday? I love it.”
Hmmm. After some explanation, he agreed to try out other vegetables. But the idea that aloo needs to be eaten only if you’re slim is so not true. Aloo has gained a bad name because potato chips, French fries, aloo bonda and aloo bhajia are deep fried and are loaded with fat & calories. But the humble aloo when eaten boiled, steamed or in the form of a sabji, sambar, raita, contains very little fat unless you douse it with butter / oil. Aloo can be eaten by slim as well as not so slim people provided it’s cooked in a healthy manner.