Cabbage and Soya Parathas: A Healthy Version of Your Favorite Food

Effective weight management is difficult short-term measures. It demands a overhaul of one’s lifestyle.

In order to stick with the long-term dietary changes, it is important to innovate to make healthier versions of your favourite foods, rather than sacrificing them all together.

In this recipe, soy flour is incorporated in the all-time universal favourite paratha to give it a nutritional boost. Soy foods can be an excellent addition to your diet plan. It contains isoflavones which are effective in bringing down blood sugar and improving heart health.

Besides being extremely nutritious, the addition of cabbage makes the paratha softer and more palatable and the addition of spices and condiments ensures that the flavour of this delicious treat is not compromised.


1 cups wholewheat flour

½ cup soya flour

2 teaspoons oil

½ cup grated cabbage

½ tablespoon grated ginger

Red chilli powder, to taste

1 teaspoon Dhania-jeera powder

1 green chilli, chopped fine (optional)

1 tablespoon coriander leaves, chopped fine

Salt, to taste

Oil, to cook (optional)


Add 1 teaspoon salt to the cabbage and keep aside. After 10-15 minutes press the grated cabbage in the fist to squeeze out as much water as possible.

Combine all the ingredients and knead into a soft dough using water as required. Let the dough rest for 30 mins.

Divide the dough into equal balls and roll them into parathas.

On a tava, cook the paratha, flipping it to ensure it is cooked well on both sides.

Serve with low-fat yoghurt and vegetable / chicken curry for a complete meal.

Variation: Substitute cabbage with grated radish or chopped methi leaves for a different flavour.

Bon Appetit!

About Dr Abhay Agrawal:

Dr Abhay Agrawal is a world-class expert in all types of Bariatric and Diabetes surgeries: Mini Gastric Bypass, Roux-en- y Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy and Ileal Transposition (Diabetes Surgery). He is highly skilled with vast experience in advanced laparoscopic surgery. One of the few in India to offer 3D laparoscopic Surgery.

Dr Agrawal is among World’s first and few to be certified as International Surgeon of Excellence from the non-profit accreditation organisation from USA, Surgical Review Corporation (SRC).

He has treated more than 4000 patients with Bariatric and Diabetes Surgeries. His Bariatric and Diabetes Surgery program is well known for consistent and high quality results in long term weight loss and permanent cure for Type 2 Diabetes.  He personally treats every patient with out delegating it to juniors.

Dr Agrawal is available for consultations and surgeries at his own Center for Obesity and Diabetes Control (CODC) Malad East; SevenHills Hospital Andheri East; Apollo Spectra Hospital Tardeo, at Mumbai; and once a month at Kalda Hospital Raipur, India.

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Bariatric Surgery in Adolescents with Type 2 Diabetes Brings Positive Outcomes Says Study by Joslin Diabetes Center

Over the last 30 years, number of obese adolescents suffering from type 2 diabetes has dramatically increased globally as well as in India- which has earned a sordid reputation as Diabetes Capital of the World.

Half of this cohort who are severely obese end up needing insulin injections within a year of diagnosis, says Dr Lori Laffel, MD, MPH, Chief Pediatric, Adolescent and Young Adult Section at Joslin Diabetes Center who is a coauthor of the study published in March 2018 issue of Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA).

This study shows how Bariatric surgery could be a potential option for very obese adolescents with type 2 diabetes in lowering blood glucose levels, improving weight loss and returning cholesterol and blood pressure levels to normal.

The study compared 30 severly obese teenagers treated with type 2 diabetes medication with 63 teenagers who underwent Bariatric Surgery.

In those who underwent surgery, HBAIc dropped from 6.8 to 5.5 in two years. Whereas in those who received only medication, HBA1c increased from 6.4 to 7.8 in the same period of two years.

In addition, those who underwent surgery weighed 30% less in two years and those who were only on medication weighed 3.7% more.

Also significant improvement in blood pressure, cholesterol levels and kidney function is seen in surgically treated teenagers in this study group but not in those treated with medication.

If you have any questions on this study or type 2 diabetes problem with an adolescent at home, please feel free to schedule a telephonic consultation with us. Text us on +91 98210 32169 for 15 minutes of free telephonic appointment with Dr Abhay Agrawal.


Get Moving: Role of Exercise After Bariatric Surgery

First two years after Bariatric surgery are a dream-come-true phase where weight loss is almost automatic irrespective of whether you exercise or not.

Many patients get carried away in this magical phase and fall back on their old habits of overeating and not exercising.

Sure, damage is much less with Bariatric patients compared to those who haven’t undergone surgery with respect to weight regain.

Yet, there is a chance of 10-20% excess weight regain if healthy habits are not learnt after surgery i.e. mild to moderate daily exercise along with 6 small and healthy meals everyday.

Most patients are able to start off with moderate amount of exercise within two to four weeks of having undergone surgery. Make sure you consult your Bariatric Team to build the quantity and intensity of your workout based on your individual needs and condition.

Exercising ensures that not only do you continue to lose weight after surgery but also that you lose it the right way.

Most importantly, its much more fun exercising after surgery than before because results can be experienced much quicker and are more long-lasting.

Start slow, like a gentle 10-minute stroll and gradually build up the intensity to the point where you are left a little out of breath at the end of the exercise.

Low impact aerobic exercises like brisk walking, yoga, cycling, swimming, etc are a great way target the fat stores in the body. Also, include strength training in your workout plan to preserve and build the body’s muscle mass.

Exercising regularly ensures conditioning of the cardiovascular system and healthier joints. It also keeps the rate of metabolism up which helps sustain weight loss.

Exercising is also great for mental health. It infuses positivity and prevents stress and anxiety from bothering your mind.

Make sure that you listen to your body. Stop if it hurts. And, once your body gets used to the intensity, slowly up the ante and introduce new challenges in your workout.

So, strap on those boots and get moving!