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Nutrition Info: Roti Prata

Posted on | February 15, 2011 | 4 Comments

Roti Prata

Roti Prata

Roti Prata is a popular Singaporean breakfast (and also snack). It is a flour based dough that is stretched and flipped to resemble a large pancake and then cooked over a flat grill.

This dish originates from India and is also hugely popular across Malaysia with differing names such as “parata, parotha, roti chanai, roti canai” and each region puts their own personal touch on preparation and fillings.

The dough contains high amounts of ghee (fat) and is also cooked in oil.  It is often served with a dipping plate of curry and can also come filled with either egg, onion, cheese, meats and in more recent times can be found with red bean, chocolate or grains of sugar.

  • Nutrition information for Roti Prata: 1 piece
  • Energy: 212 Calories
  • Protein: 2g
  • Carbs: 26g
  • Fat: 10g

Roti Prata with Egg: 288 Calories per piece

From my experience, most people start with 2 pieces of roti prata and a plate of curry.  So, that’s a minimum of 500 calories for breakfast without factoring in any drinks! That is almost half of the daily calorie allowance.  It’s low in fibre and nutritionand I can confidently say, it will simply fill your stomach but do nothing else.  It is high in fat and carbohydrates.  Remember the daily allowance of fat is only 30g, which you will quickly use up if you choose roti prata for breakfast.  All foods high in fat can lead to increased cholesterol levels.  You will also probably notice that after eating roti prata for breakfast you will feel hungry and lethargic due to the low nutrition, low fibre and high fat and carb content.

My advice is to leave this breakfast choice to special occasions.  You should really not be taking this for breakfast every day.  You are better off taking a higher protein option to feel full longer and consume less fat to help look after your health.

If you can’t give up your prata for breakfast my advice is – please only get 1 plain piece and use little dipping curry.  Try to take a piece of fruit to increase your fibre intake and help make you feel full.

For me, this is such a bad choice of food to begin your day.  See how oily your fingers are after eating it, why would you choose to put all that horrible oil into your stomach and make yourself more tired and hungrier than you should be.

Better breakfast choices would be home-made boiled eggs on toast, fruit, cereal, muesli or bran. Most outside hawker centre breakfast options are far too high in fat and carbs.  Make a better choice for breakfast and reap the rewards all day with improved vitality and concentration.

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4 Responses to “Nutrition Info: Roti Prata”

  1. Shuyi000
    February 16th, 2011 @ 11:47 am

    Xndo should come up with a Roti-Prata substitute…!!

    It has been so long since I last tasted this delicious dish…

  2. Health Guru
    February 16th, 2011 @ 1:39 pm

    it’s probably a good thing that you haven’t tasted this dish for so long!! Delicious but so extremely unhealthy! What do you normally have for breakfast?

  3. Shuyi000
    March 27th, 2011 @ 10:01 am

    My breakfast normally consist of roughly 50% Protein, 50% complex Carbohydrates…
    An example would be [2Eggs + 2WholeWheat Toasted Bread] or [Milk + Cereal]… something like that..

  4. Health Guru
    March 27th, 2011 @ 11:00 am

    Sounds similar to my breakfast – I start every day with 1 hard boiled egg on multigrain bread (no butter) and home brewed coffee with low fat milk (no sugar). I find protein really keeps my feeling full and if I ever get lazy and simply just have toast with spread for breakfast, i’m starving by 10.30am 🙁
    Thanks for you comments and feedback!

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