Just like in every culture, food in a large quantity or made with high calorie ingredients can be fattening. It is up to each person to control what goes into his/her mouth.
I do believe the Indian food that is served in most restaurants is more fattening than that prepared at home. They have adapted the original recipes their mothers cooked at home so they will be pleasing to American tastes; they have adjusted the amount of oil, fat and other ingredients. Indian restaurants do not have a monopoly on this ‘benefit;’ all restaurants want consumers to love what they serve so they will earn repeat business.
At home, I feel free to modify recipes to suit my dietary needs. I cut oil, cream, butter and cheese, and increase the amount of vegetables and spice all the time. I use reduced fat milk or yogurt instead of cream. I do this with every recipe I make independent of origin.
Since so many Indian recipes are vegetarian, they are made with healthy lentils and vegetables that are not fattening. The non-veg (those with meat) recipes use less meat per serving than in the U.S. since meat is expensive in India and meat dishes are just one of many served at a meal.
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