Can Indian food really be healthy?

Can Indian food really be healthy?

The short answer to this questions is yes.

However, with so many misconceptions surrounding Asian cuisine we felt to need to clear a few up, showing our readers just how beautifully nutritious and light Indian food can actually be.

Where the majority of the UK population think of a heavy Friday night curry, rice and chips when talking about Indian food the truth is it is far from that, with those types of dishes created purely for the western taste bud.

This is confirmed by the India Times:

‘The first words that come to mind when one thinks of Indian food are: Hot, spicy, oily, rich, fatty and creamy. Indian food, though hugely popular, is highly misunderstood. In fact, Indian food includes an array of healthy spices, due to which the dishes are cooked in a multitude of ways that help retain their nutrients. Indian food includes carbohydrates, proteins, fats, all the elements to make a balanced diet’.

What Indian food can I eat on a diet?

As mentioned in the India Times Asian food lends itself well to a balanced diet, with the herbs and spices of India ensuring low calorie food does not have to be bland or boring in any way.

Tandoori Chicken

As one of the most popular flavours and cooking styles in Indian tandoori food is also healthy, usually combining dry, punchy herbs to liven up ingredients. Where most popular in chicken recipes tandoori fish, vegetables and red meat also work well, a favourite amongst the health conscious.

Moong dal

Moong dal is a hearty Indian dish made predominantly from mung beans, making for a nutritious part of a weight-loss diet. Mung beans provide a great source of fibre and protein; two satiating nutrients that can help control hunger.

Chickpea and Spinach curry

With the vast majority of Indian people being vegetarian, mostly for religious purposes, meatless vegetarian curries are arguably more authentic. Allowing home-cooks to get creative with vegetables they may not use regularly, with veggie curries being a great way to cut down on calories.

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