This dish, besides being low in calories and fat, is loaded with antioxidants.
It also has a high fibre content of 8.4g, or about 30 per cent of our daily fibre requirement.
Brinjals are low in calories yet high in fibre. They contain the phytochemical, anthocyanins.
Studies have shown that these phytochemicals can potentially help to reduce one's risk of cancer and inflammation.
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per serving)
Total fat: 6.5g
Saturated fat: 1.7g
Dietary fibre: 8.4g
Plants in the "nightshade family", including brinjal, tomatoes, potatoes and bell peppers, produce a natural pesticide called solanine.
The content of solanine in a brinjal is 11mg and the toxicity limit is about 120mg for a person weighing 60kg. In short, it is safe to consume, and toxic only when eaten in large quantities (about 10 to 12 brinjals).
Dried tiny shrimps are a good source of protein and are very low in fat. They are rich in minerals such as calcium, which is essential for our bone health, and magnesium, which is essential for normal heart rhythm and muscle contraction.
This recipe can be made healthier by using a homemade sambal chilli paste or a chilli paste product with a lower sodium content.
Principal dietitian, Raffles Diabetes & Endocrine Centre