How to Select Healthy Indian Food at Indian Restaurants
Indian restaurants in the U.S. have given Indian food a bad reputation. Their recipes have been adapted to please the American palate for high levels of salt, sugar, oil and cream. I know it tastes delicious but unfortunately, all of the “bad” ingredients and poor portion control cause one’s waistline to expand. (I know this firsthand.) At home Indians do not cook or eat food similar to what is served in restaurants.
Here are my guidelines that I follow when eating at Indian restaurants:
tandoori chicken which is marinated in plain yogurt then baked and served without curry (sauce)
vegetarian dishes with or without curries made from vegetables
whole grain breads
Items I avoid:
deep fried samosas and bhajia
cream based dishes like Malai Kofta, Chicken Tikka Masala
dishes with paneer (homemade cheese which is full of fat)
oily, fried breads like pooris and parathas
limit the amount of meat
avoid the buffet or ensure you make only one trip through the line
alcohol and soda (most Indians drink water with their meals)
rice and bread
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