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Last Updated : Sep 26,2022

थैलेसीमिया आहार - हिन्दी में पढ़ें (Thalassemia recipes in Hindi)
થેલેસેમિયા ડાયેટ - ગુજરાતી માં વાંચો (Thalassemia recipes in Gujarati)

Indian Recipes for Thalassemia | Thalassemia Indian Diet |

Thalassemia is an inherited genetic disorder of the blood in which the bone marrow makes less haemoglobin which is a part of red blood cells (RBC) of the body.

These low levels of hemoglobin production can make you anaemic and symptoms of paleness, fatigue, tiredness along with weakness sets in. The two main types of thalassemia are ‘alpha’ and ‘beta’. Each of these are further have three types – ‘minor’, ‘moderate’ or ‘major’.

If you are a thalassemia minor, usually no treatment is required. This isn’t life threatening. But for those who are moderate or major thalassemia patients, they need medical assistance and in severe cases blood transfusion throughout their life. Repeated blood transfusions may lead to high dosage of iron in your body, which can damage other body organs. This is life threatening and needs continuous monitoring and treatment.

Dietary Tips and Indian Recipes for Thalassemia

For thalassemia minor, there are not many diet changes to be followed. However moderate thalassemia with non-transfused patients are usually prescribed folate supplementation along with a moderately low-iron diet.

And for thalassemia patients on blood transfusion therapy and chelation therapy (to bind excess iron in the body) are advised to follow a strict low iron diet. This is because blood transfusion often leads to an overdose of iron. Here are a few tips to follow for a low iron diet:

1. Avoid addition of too many green leafy veggies to your diet. Though they are packed with antioxidants, they have high iron content as well. To name a few of them, they are spinach, cauliflower greens, kale etc.

Have a variety of colours in your plate instead. Red-orange fruits and veggies like carrot and tomato, purple by way of brinjal and black grapes etc. Baingan Bharta with Curds is a wise indulgence.

 Baingan Bharta with Curds, Roasted Eggplant with Curds

Baingan Bharta with Curds, Roasted Eggplant with Curds

2. Another healthy option is Carrot Onion Soup. Mildly flavoured with mixed herbs and pepper powder, it is sure to please your palate.

 Carrot Onion Soup

Carrot Onion Soup

3. They are often advised to have a Black Tea after meals to reduce the iron absorption from meals.

 Black Tea, Basic Black Tea

Black Tea, Basic Black Tea

4. Also remember to add enough calcium to your diet as the bones tend to weaken with the progression this disease. Have plenty of dairy products like milk, curd and paneer. Moreover, calcium also hinders iron absorption, so that is to your benefit. If you weight gain issue, prefer low fat milk and its products. A simple Tomato Raita in your daily diet can do wonders for your body. Avoid the addition of coriander in this recipe. Calcium supplementation is recommended if intake is inadequate.

 Tomato Raita

Tomato Raita

5. Do not include much of iron rich grains like bajra and nachni. Instead opt for rice flour in different forms like Rice Panki and Akki Roti minus the coriander.

Quick Rice Panki

Quick Rice Panki

6. Banana are a good source of folic acid. They will help build RBC. Include them in the form of Banana Raita if you don’t enjoy them plain.

 Banana Raita Banana Raita

7. Include natural herbs like tulsi, ginger etc. in your diet. These will help boost your immunity. A small glass of Tulsi Water will help to reduce stress and anxiety.

Tulsi TeaTulsi water

8. Vitamin D is a must to enhance bone strength. All you have to do is have sun bath for at least 10 to 20 minutes in the morning.  

9. Stay well hydrated.

Apart from water, you can include a glass of Buttermilk in your daily diet. Known as ‘God’s nectar’, it is safe for thalassemia.

 How To Make Chaas , Indian Buttermilk Recipe

How To Make Chaas , Indian Buttermilk Recipe

10. Focus on vitamin E to reduce inflammation and ward off free radicals. Have moderate amounts of walnuts, almonds and olive oil.

11. Restrict the intake of pulses like chana, matki, moong as they are good sources of iron.

Talk to your dietitian and doctor for permissible limit.



A Few Don’ts for Thalassemia

  1. Do not cook in iron pots.
  2. Avoid iron fortified ready to eat cereals.
  3. Avoid a vitamin C fruit juice after blood transfusion.
  4. Avoid alcohol.
  5. Strictly no cigarette smoking.
  6. Avoid junk foods.

15 Foods to Avoid in Thalassemia Major

  1. Spinach
  2. Methi
  3. Cauliflower greens
  4. Broccoli
  5. Cabbage
  6. Bajra
  7. Nachni
  8. Watermelon
  9. Pineapple
  10. Prunes
  11. Dates
  12. Raisins
  13. Fortified Cereals
  14. Peanut butter
  15. Non veg foods like meat, beef and pork

Here are a few recipes to help you sail safely through this ailment.

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Tomato Raita
Recipe# 41316
12 Aug 22

 by Tarla Dalal
tomato raita recipe | quick, healthy tomato raita | tamatar ka raita | with amazing 8 images. From North to South, tomato raita is a popular accompaniment all over the country. Two tangy i ....
Dahi Bhindi, Healthy Dahi Bhindi
Recipe# 3568
30 May 23

by Tarla Dalal
dahi bhindi recipe | healthy dahi bhindi recipe | Rajasthani dahi bhindi | okra with yogurt | with amazing 18 images. dahi bhindi recipe is a
Bhindi Onion Stir-fry , Kerala-style Ularthu
Recipe# 41477
14 Apr 23

 by Tarla Dalal
Bhindi coupled with everyday ingredients like onions, green chillies and garlic gives you a tasty and healthy subzi that you can make any day. It is really simple but tastes awesome. Try other healthy subzis like Baingan Methi ki Subzi and
Karela Tikkis, Bitter Gourd Tikki Recipe
Recipe# 22273
08 Mar 23

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 by Tarla Dalal
karela tikki recipe |bottle gourd tikki | healthy Indian tikki | karela tikki with garlic tomato chutney | with 33 amazing images Though unpleasantly bitter, karela tops the list of
Carrot Onion Soup
Recipe# 22228
11 Nov 21

 by Tarla Dalal
carrot onion soup recipe | healthy onion carrot soup | spiced onion carrot soup | Indian onion carrot soup with herbs | with 20 amazing images. Carrot Onion Soup ....
Tulsi Water
Recipe# 41754
04 Dec 23

 by Tarla Dalal
tulsi water | 100% tulsi water | holy basil water | indian tulsi water | with 10 mazing images. Tulsi Water is a popular healthy drink and the Indian palate is ac ....
Apple Sticks ( Tiffin Recipe)
Recipe# 40319
24 Nov 20

by Tarla Dalal
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but sometimes it can be a real challenge making your kids eat up this wonder fruit, especially on school days when you cannot run behind them! Here is how you can serve it up in their snack box. Adding a dash of lemon juice to neatly cut Apple Sticks not only gi ....
Rice Panki ( Non- Fried Snacks )
Recipe# 33279
26 Oct 20

by Tarla Dalal
Rice panki, all things traditional have a charm of their own. This extremely popular, traditional recipe, tastes yummy when served steaming hot. This can be made in many ways – without garlic, with more leafy vegetables etc. Feel free to exercise your will and choose what you like the best. The styl ....
Banana Raita
Recipe# 32995
13 Aug 20

 by Tarla Dalal
banana raita recipe | kele ka raita | with amazing 8 images. A perfect blend of sweet and spice, this banana raita will change your view about the fruit. If you thought banana could be used to make only
Cumin Seeds Cracker, Jeera Biscuit
Recipe# 5546
21 Sep 21

by Tarla Dalal
crunchy cumin seed cracker recipe | healthy Indian cracker | jeera biscuit | with 25 amazing images. crunchy cumin seed cracker recipe | healthy Indian cracker | ....
Chawal ki Roti
Recipe# 3455
11 Feb 21

 by Tarla Dalal
chawal ki roti | rice flour roti | Maharashtrian masala chawal paratha | masala chawal roti | with 20 amazing images. chawal ki roti recipe I often use to have as ....
Rice and Vegetable Chilla, Vegetable Rice Cheela
Recipe# 178
12 Sep 22

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 by Tarla Dalal
rice and vegetable chilla recipe | vegetable cheela made with rice | vegetable chilla with curds | with 34 amazing images. rice and vegetable chilla recipe | vegetable c ....
Honey Banana  Shake
Recipe# 2927
20 Aug 11

 by Tarla Dalal
This duo of bananas and yoghurt will provide for plenty of calcium and energy in your diet which is helpful throughout your 9 months of pregnancy. Be it early morning or mid afternoon, this refresher is sure to lift your spirits up.
Baingan Bharta with Curds, Roasted Eggplant with Curds
Recipe# 41568
01 Aug 22

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 by Tarla Dalal
baingan bharta with curd recipe | Indian style dahi baingan bharta | vangyache bharit | with 41 amazing images. baingan bharta with curd recipe | Indian style dahi baing ....
Akki Roti, Karnataka Rice Flour Roti
Recipe# 41991
14 Oct 22

 by Tarla Dalal
akki roti recipe | masala akki roti | Karnataka akki roti | rice flour roti | with 26 amazing images. akki roti is an all-time favourite snack in traditional Kann ....
Apple Chickoo Salad with Muskmelon Dressing
Recipe# 41743
16 Sep 20

 by Tarla Dalal
An unusual combination of fruits dressed in a pleasant muskmelon dressing makes this a fabulous salad. Apple and chickoo have contrasting flavours and textures, which complement each other beautifully. The dressing combines the soothing flavour and pleasing colour of muskmelon with the josh of r ....
Paneer and Vegetable Paratha
Recipe# 37258
16 Jan 21

by Tarla Dalal
paneer and vegetable paratha recipe | mixed veg paratha with paneer | healthy paneer vegetable paratha | with 23 amazing images. paneer and vegetable paratha is a health ....
Tamatar ki Kadhi
Recipe# 3574
03 May 22

 by Tarla Dalal
Like many other dishes, kadhi differs from region to region. This Sindhi Kadhi is a rather special one as it is made using tomatoes. Tomatoes are very low in calories and provide plenty of vitamin A which required for a glowing skin and healthy vision. I assure you that your family will relish this ....
Low Fat Chaas Recipe , Indian Low Fat Buttermilk
Recipe# 42744
16 Sep 20

 by Tarla Dalal
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low fat chaas recipe | Indian low fat buttermilk |healthy Indian low fat curd drink | with 6 amazing images When you come back home on a hot summer’s afternoon, grab a glass of low fat chaas
How To Make Chaas , Indian Buttermilk Recipe
Recipe# 42745
22 Sep 21

 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
healthy chaas recipe | protein and calcium rich chaas | 2 ingredient chaas recipe | with 7 amazing images. healthy chaas recipe is a protein and calcium rich chaas made of just 2 ingredi ....
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 on 22 Feb 22 04:31 PM

is rice safe in thalassemia
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Tarla Dalal    Yes, rice flour can be opted when iron rich grains like bajra flour and jowar flour are to be avoided.
23 Feb 22 04:52 PM