When people think about Indian food, I’m guessing they tend to immediately think ‘Unhealthy’. Whether it’s palak paneer or stuffed aloo parantha, this cuisine is famous for being extremely delicious yet quite unhealthy at the same time. I’m keen to change this misconception, so here’s 3 healthy indian recipes that can help prove that theory wrong.
Like me, many people are die-hard fans of this cuisine due to its exotic Indian spices . Each spice being different from the other in numerous ways.
Having a diverse culture, India is blessed with extreme taste variations in food, which I believe cannot be compared to any other country in the world.
However, in this modern world, people want to eat healthy and organic food in order to avoid health issues and Indian food tends to be something they then avoid or eat less of.
The traditional ways of preparing Indian food is not only something to behold and one of the main reasons I love and admire Indian food so much, it is also the biggest factor when it comes to ensuring the Indian food you eat is healthy.
Well, I have good news for all those who are health-conscious and love Indian cuisine….
To turn Indian recipes into a healthy dish, you only need to make a few small tweaks to the recipe.
So, here are few quick tips on how to make every Indian dish a healthier one:
Made with rich sauces and traditional ingredients, Indian cuisine is made with such strong, unique flavours it offers a very diverse, delicious taste. I make Indian dishes in a very traditional & healthy manner meaning I can enjoy the food I love without having a guilty conscience.
Strangely it’s the mismatch of flavours that ends up being one of Indian foods biggest strengths. Some of the ingredients used are so varied and different it’s hard not to be pretty shocked when you know the extreme combinations. They should not work together BUT just do!
Pace of life, growing stress issues and obesity are making it vitally important to eat a healthy diet. Whilst people know this fact, they do not tend to know the best food items that can help them achieve this goal.
A healthy diet should include consumption of carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, heart-healthy fats, high quality proteins and water.
The nutrients included in food are essential for the support of day-to-day activities. It protects the cells from the environment and even repairs them.
Protein rebuilds injured tissue and promotes a strong immune system, whereas, fats fuel the body.
Vitamins and minerals function throughout the body to support the bodies processes.
In addition to this, calcium and phosphorous are essential to strengthen the body.
So lets take at look at 3 scrummy healthy indian recipes that help you gain many of the above….
Some Indian dishes, tweaked to maximise health benefits:
2 tablespoons of curry powder, 1 teaspoon of gram masala, 1 teaspoon of mustard seeds, 2 tablespoons of canola oil, 2 cloves of garlic (minced), 1 large onion (sliced), 1 teaspoon of grated ginger, 1 15-ounce of chickpeas (can), ¾ teaspoon salt, 15-ounces of diced tomato, 1 1-pound eggplant, (cut into big chunks), 3 cups of cauliflower florets. ½ cup of water (mineral is best)
When it comes to healthy indian recipes this one is one of the most simple, yet tasty to make.
¼ cup of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of canola oil or grape seed oil, ¾ teaspoon of kosher salt, 2 cloves of garlic (sliced), ½ teaspoon of black mustard seeds, 1/3 cup cashew or peanuts, ¼ tablespoon of ground turmeric, ½ teaspoon of cumin seeds, 1 small serrano or green Thai chilli, 3 cups of cooked brown basmati rice.
½ teaspoon of ground coriander, ½ teaspoon of ground cumin, 1 teaspoon of salt, ¼ teaspoon of ground turmeric, 3 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons of paprika, 1 tablespoon of lime juice, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, 2/3 of a cup of nonfat yogurt, 2 14 ounce packs of extra-firm Tofu, 6 tablespoons of sliced scallions, fresh cilantro for garnishing.
Enjoy the taste of authentic indian dishes from the comfort of your own home!
Onions are used in most Indian dishes, however, not many people know about its huge health benefits and how to best preserve it.
Onions are rich in flavours and are high in antioxidants, such as flavonols (builds cellular antioxidant level), quercetin (lowers blood pressure), and diallyl sulfide (a compound that is responsible for promoting a healthy heart and strong immunity level).
Onion also offers Vitamin C which is very important for health. Healthy indian recipes must have onion in!
Buy onions that are firm and do not include cuts, sprouting or bruises. The skin of the onion should be strong and shiny, it must also be tightly closed to the neck.
The smell of an unclosed onion should be mild, as strong odours indicate spoilage.
Onions need to be stored in a cool, dry place and most importantly, well-ventilated. However, most important is that onions must be kept away from sunlight as it makes the onions bitter.
Moisture rots onions, so avoid damp places.
It is not advisable to keep the onions in the refrigerator as the lack of air circulation can spoil onions.
Hopefully by now I have convinced you how healthy Indian can be with the right ingredients and by using more traditional cooking techniques.
And if you have never tried Indian food, you’re missing out! Every dish has something unique about it and it will be a new taste sensation!
Why not start by trying something at an Indian buffet restaurant, explore this cuisine and find the dishes you love the most. If not every dish, I’m sure you will find something you love.
Healthy Indian recipes come in all shapes and sizes and I have only just touched the surface with these 3 ideas.
What healthy Indian recipes do you know and love? Please let us know in the comments below….
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