Some tips to eating healthy in an Indian restaurant.
It is just a delight
to eat in many Indian restaurants. With their moist and wonderful curries and naans,
paranthas and more. It is definitely tempting and irresistible. But after the
meal, for me, guilt sets in and I have to fight the sleepy and slightly drugged feeling I
get. I wish I could go back in time and avoid the buffet and go a la carte sharing
my portions with my partner. Visions of me on the treadmill flash before me and I
know I will be paying for the meal in more ways than one.
I have come up with some suggestions for myself.
never go to a restaurant when I am very hungry as I will surely end up in the buffet line
and help myself to everything.
~ I remember the wonderful meals I have enjoyed in India
that were low fat, well balanced, fresh tasting and just mesmerized my senses. I
take cues from those meals and put 2 small portions of a high fat items on my plate.
Then I try to go for the steamed vegetables avoiding any oil and lifting just the
vegetable on my plate. I then pile on the great tasting accompaniments which are low
fat but add dimension to the meal like the salad, yogurt salad or raita, green chutney,
sweet chutney and I let my waiter know to roast my papad instead of frying it in oil.
~ I try to remember that Malai
means cream and Makhani is made in butter and avoid those items
completely. Instead, I go for grilled dishes like tandoori jhinga or paneer
~ In the south Indian restaurant I have more idlis than
dosas and ask them to make the dosa with as little oil as possible or I may be returning
my dosa if I see it having excess oil. I also fill up on rasam before the meal which
naturally does not leave much room for the tempting goodies
~ After my meal I steel myself to go for the masala chai or
filter coffee instead of a sweet, cream filled kulfi-faluda or the gulab jamun.
At times when the craving for gulab jamun hits me I will go to restaurant to only
have the sweet dish.
~ I love the whole wheat tandoori roti over naan and
I ask them not to butter them. Naans have so much oil and white flour that I avoid
them altogether - this is not a biggie for me as I genuinely relish the taste of a whole
wheat roti. If I am in a mood of a parantha then I just order parantha and one
dal/garbanzo dish (they are lower fat dishes) with a raita and salad just like we do in
Of course there are
times I go to pig out and am good and ready to deal with the consequences and have decided
to go all out that meal.
So, if you are worried about your weight but still can't resist the lure of eating
out just get to this article before you venture out to an Indian restaurant - a reminder
to eat well while taking some precautions.