Indian cuisine is essentially made up of nourishing and wholesome food. Distinctive spices include turmeric, ginger, red chillies and garam masala – these are not only delicious, they also have health benefits. Turmeric has been shown to help fight Alzheimer’s and also contains the powerful cancer-fighting polyphenol Curcumin. Ginger is another spice widely considered to be one of the world’s healthiest foods. It contains potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols and can soothe the digestion system, as well as reducing symptoms of nausea and vomiting.
There are some simple ways you can make healthier choices when eating Indian cuisine – here are our top tips:
1) Avoid dishes made with Paneer, Ghee or Malai and steer clear of anything fried.
Paneer is a full-fat, curd-like cheese that doesn’t melt, Ghee is a clarified butter that is commonly used in sauces or brushed on Naan and Malai is a high-fat and high-calorie cream that is used to make sauces. The worst calorie culprits for the health conscious are korma, passanda and masala dishes, together with fried appetisers such as samosas and onion bhajis.
2) Order lean meats, fish and vegetables in a tomato-based sauce.
Having a starter or a main course that is made up of meat, fish or vegetables will help you feel fuller for longer. The healthiest meat or fish dishes are grilled or cooked Tandoori style; they are typically lean and marinated with fresh spices and yoghurt. Ordering vegetables is always a sensible choice as they are low in calories and fat, but high in fibre and nutrients. Dishes that are creamy mean a large amount of calories, so choose dishes with sauces that are tomato-based instead (order madras over masala, for example).
3) Opt for lentils or chickpea-based dishes.
Dishes with lentils and chickpeas are high in fibre and protein, meaning you will be less likely to reach for the calorific appetisers or side dishes. Daal dishes, such as Tarka Daal and Saag Daal, are made with lentils and are typically low in butter and oils.
Our varied menu includes tandoori tawa – a selection of tandoori dishes that are cooked over charcoal in a clay oven and there are a number of healthy options to choose from, including chicken tikka, king prawn tikka and sea bass. If you would like to try our delicious healthy Indian food, you can get in touch with us to arrange a booking, or call us on 0131 332 3362. You can also check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.