Does Cancer Mean Boring Food ?

Does Cancer Mean Boring Food ?


If you are reading this, you or any beloved of yours is suffering from cancer. Now the dilemma is that the patient doesn’t feel like eating but the doctors say “the patient needs to stay healthy”.

Therefore, to help you get out of this tight spot here are some healthy and interesting recipes for cancer patients. Mostly ingredients mentioned are would be accessible.

Leave us a comment if you are not able to find any ingredient, the alternate will be suggested thereafter. Let’s delve into the problem now.

What is cancer? Cancer is just the abnormal growth of a cell in the body. The immunity is compromised here hencepatient needs a diet high in calories, proteins and antioxidants.

Every bite should be packed with nutrients since loss of appetite is a common symptom among cancer patients.

Coming to the recipes,these can be given pre, during or post the cancer treatment whether radiotherapy or chemo, etc. Recipes would be given separately for patients having swallowing issues.

Also Read: Top 30 Amazing Tips to Prevent Cancer - Based on Latest Research

1. Quinoa khakhra

Ingredients for 10 khakhras

  • ½ cup quinoa flour
  • ½ cup oats flour
  • ¼ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • ½ tsp garlic paste
  • ½ tsp green chili paste
  • 3 tsp oil – any refined oil
  • Salt


  1. Combine all ingredients, and knead into semi-soft dough
  2. Divide into 10 equal portions
  3. Roll each ball into thin circles using extra whole wheat flour for rolling
  4. Put the rolled khakhra on hot tava, and apply ¼ tsp oil when it starts turning pink
  5. Press with a folded muslin cloth till it becomes golden brown on both sides
  6. Can be served hot or kept in air-tight containers as a snack and served later

2. Sprouts tikki

Ingredients for 6 tikkis

  • 1 cup sprouted moong dal
  • 3 tbsp chopped coriander, mint leaves each
  • 1 tbsp besan
  • Salt, hing (asafetida) – pinch
  • 1 tbsp each - chopped coriander and mint leaves for rolling
  • Oil – any refined oil


  1. Blend sprouted moong with little water to make a paste
  2. Add coriander, mint, besan, salt and hing and mix well
  3. Divide into 6 equal portions and roll out tikkis from it
  4. Roll the tikkis with mint and coriander leaves
  5. In a non-stick pan, cook with 1/4th tsp oil – each tikki till they turn golden brown. Use medium flame
  6. Serve immediately

3. High protein dosa

Ingredients for 4 medium dosas

For dosa:

  • 1 cup sprouted moong
  • 4 tbsp rice flour
  • Salt

For stuffing

  • ½ cup boiled, peeled and mashed potatoes
  • 2 tbsp grated carrot, grated beetroot, grated cabbage, chopped onion
  • ¼ cup chopped tomatoes
  • Oil
  • ¼ tsp mustard seeds
  • 2-3 curry leaves
  • Pinch of turmeric and hing
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped coriander
  • ½ tsp chaat masala
  • Salt


For the batter:

  1. Combine sprouts with ¾ cup water and blend in a mixer till smooth paste
  2. Transfer into a bowl, add rice flour and mix without lump formation – let it stand for 15 minutes
  3. Add ¼ cup water to make batter of dropping consistency and keep aside

For filling:

  1. Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan – add mustard seeds
  2. When they crackle, add curry leaves, turmeric and hing and saute on medium flame for 30 sec
  3. Add the veggies, coriander, chaat masala, salt and cook on medium flame for 1 minute
  4. Divide the filling into 4 equal portions

For the dosa:

  1. Heat and grease non-stick tava using ¼ tsp oil
  2. Pour ladleful of batter and spread evenly in circular motion
  3. Drizzle ¼ tsp oil along the sides and cook till dosa is brown
  4. Place filling on one half of center and fold into semi-circle
  5. Repeat for the rest 3 dosas and serve hot


4. Vegan lunch salad

Ingredients for one serving

For the salad:

  • ½ cup colored capsicum cubes
  • ¼ cup zucchini cubes, unpeeled
  • ¼ cup mushroom cubes
  • 2 tsp oil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup deseeded tomato cubes
  • ¼ cup cucumber cubes
  • ½ cup lettuce, torn into pieces
  • ¼ cup paneer cubes
  • 1 tbsp roasted pumpkin seeds for topping – very important

For dressing:

  • 2 tsp virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Heat olive oil in a pan, add capsicum, zucchini, mushrooms, salt and better and sauté for 2-3 mins on medium flame
  2. Transfer to a bowl, let them cool and mix all other ingredients – not the dressing’s ingredients
  3. Just before eating – mix the dressing’s ingredients, toss well, pumpkin seeds and serve immediately

PS – salads can be made with variety of ingredients. Immunity is low hence veggies should be washed and preferably steamed/cooked even for salads. Also, always add a high protein ingredient like boiled sprouts, any boiled lentil or paneer or boiled egg white

5. Strawberry banana smoothie

For mouth sores –


  • ½ cup chopped strawberries
  • ½ cup chopped bananas
  • 1 and 1/2 cups milk – please avoid yoghurt or curd for cancer patients
  • 1 tbsp honey


  1. Blend strawberries, banana, honey and milk in a blender till frothy
  2. Add immediately
  3. Ice cubes can be added if wished

PS – such homemade shakes and smoothies without artificial syrups can be a filling food and relief to cancer patients with mouth sores.

As mentioned above, cancer patients have low immunity, hence hygiene should be the top most priority. Any little infection can create havoc in their body. Rest these patients can eat anything that they can ingest, is hygienic and home-made.



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