Eat Indian and lose weight

Chicken Tikka Masala is officially the favourite meal in the UK today and traditional dishes from all regions of the sub-continent are becoming more familiar. Not only on restaurant menus, but on supermarket shelves too.

If Indian food is top of your favourite food list but you want to avoid the calories that go with it, what are the best and the worst choices on the menu? Just follow these tips and enjoy that Ghobi without the guilt!

Appetisers and Starters

Good Choices

  • Poppadum and chutney appetisers which are usually fruit, vegetable or yoghurt-based
  • Lentil, mulligatawny or tomato soups
  • Grilled chicken or vegetable kebabs
  • Beans and pulses with vegetables such as Aloo Papri Chaat
  • Seafood kebabs or in sauce like Prawn Puri

Try to avoid…

  • Deep-fried starters and snacks like Pakora, Samosas or Bhajis
  • Fried cheese (Paneer)
  • Lamb kebabs

Main Meals

Good Choices

  • Yoghurt or tomato based sauces
  • Chicken or prawn dishes
  • Dishes flavoured with ginger, garlic, chilli or coriander
  • Vegetarian dishes such as Aloo Channa, Gobi Aloo, Dal and Bhaingan Bharta
  • Tandoori dishes (baked in a tandoor)

Try to avoid…

  • Sauces made with cream, nuts, coconut or ghee (clarified butter)
  • Lamb dishes

Side dishes

Good Choices

  • Boiled rice
  • Chapati and plain naan bread
  • Raita (yoghurt and cucumber dip) with poppadums
  • Chutneys
  • Onion and chilli salads

Try to avoid…

  • Stuffed or butter naan breads such as Peshawari, Paratha or Lachhedar
  • Pilau or fried rice

Sweets and Desserts

Good Choices

  • Fruit sorbet
  • Kheer (rice pudding with fruit)

Try to avoid…

  • Patisa (pastry with pistachio nuts)
  • Kulfi (milk and pistachio ice-cream)
  • Galab Jamun (deep-fried milk dough with syrup)

So, even if you are dieting, it IS possible to eat out in style without missing your favourite meals!

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