Most people think that you can eat food on slang, if you are on a slimming diet. If you always eat Indian food in restaurants, this is a fair statement, as many traditional Indian dishes use either deep fry or ghee (clarified butter). However, if you cook Indian food at home, it can easily become part of the weight loss regime, just like any other food. You just need to follow some common general rules.
– Avoid dishes that include deep frying altogether.
– If you need to seal the meat before cooking it for the curry, use a good non-stick pan and a spray bottle with sunflower or vegetable oil in it. Lightly spray the surface of your pan with oil and should be enough to prevent the meat from turning brown.
– If a recipe includes cream or coconut cream instead of coconut, substitute plain yogurt and another flavor.
Tandoori recipes are great as part of a low calorie or low carbohydrate diet. Low fat plain yogurt, powdered turmeric, ground coriander, powdered cumin, powdered garlic, grated root ginger and a little chili powder (or to taste) for at least an hour. If you are using conical meat, thread on the skewer. Grill or barbecue is done with a medium heat. Serve with lemon mixed salad and wedges. If your diet is not very serious, you can also eat gall bread, cooked potatoes or some boiled rice with it.
Curry dishes are also fine (preferably fish or chicken). If you use a recipe that has just a spice and a water base or a tomato base, it certainly won’t harm your calorie intake in any way but to fry onions, spices or whatever you want to roast Make sure to use that oil completely.
For vegetarians or for those trying to cut meat due to its relatively high calorie content, Indian cooking is ideal. There are so many recipes for vegetables and pulses that are really tasty that you won’t even know on the diet!
Don’t forget paneer (Indian paneer), which can be cooked according to the Tandoori idea above or in a spicy sauce. If you don’t get cheese, try substituting tofu.