Start 2015 With a Health Kick the Indian Way
Posted on 7th January 2015
Christmas has been and gone for another year and for the majority of us we probably over indulged a little more than anticipated. Deciding to get fit and healthy is a popular New Year resolution for a lot of people, but you don't need to stop eating your favourite meal to lose weight.
Indian food is considered to be one of the healthiest cuisines in the world due to the minimal oil that is used in the dishes and the healthy cooking methods that are used to create the rich and satisfying meals we all know and love.
A typical Indian curry may be seen as a heavy meal jam packed with calories but if you use the right ingredients you can still enjoy your favourite Indian dish without having to feel the guilt afterwards.
Here are six ingredients which will banish the perception that Indian cuisine is unhealthy:
- When you cook your chosen curry avoid using cream and swap it for low fat yoghurt or coconut milk
- A lot of people find cardamom pods hiding in their curry or rice dish and when they are caught off guard and eat one it's not an overly pleasant taste; but believe it or not they help burn fat and are one of the best digestive aids around. You might want to think twice before you fish out those secret fat burners and leaving them on the side of your plate!
- If you're a fan of the kick chillies give to a meal then you'll be happy to know that the next time you have an Indian dish those chillies you're eating are burning fat 20 minutes after you've finished your meal - who needs a gym membership anyway?
- Rice is a perfect side kick to a curry but there is a healthier alternative out there. Lentils contain lots of protein and are only 230 calories per 240g so when you mix these into a curry you won't need that rice dish after all.
- Avoid using a lot of oil when cooking and use mustard oil instead. It has a low saturated fat content compared to other cooking oils and contains antioxidants, essential vitamins and reduces cholesterol.
- Ever wondered how your chicken korma is always radiant yellow colour? That would be from the power of turmeric - It has been used in India for thousands of years and has been known to have antiseptic and antioxidant properties.
We hope these ingredients have proved that you can make any 'naughty dish' into a guilt free delicacy whilst reaping the positive health benefits. You can now enjoy the rest of 2015 safe in the knowledge that you don't have to scrap your favourite cuisine and instead create some fabulous low fat Indian dishes for your friends and family.