How to Make Your Curry Healthier
Indian food has an unfair reputation for being unhealthy and calorie packed. This isn't the fault of the food itself, but is rather the result of the way that it has been prepared and presented. Indian cuisine has been consumed by most people in restaurants, as a treat, and therefore we associate it with lamb, ghee, delicious parathas, and deep fried pakoras... Mmmm.
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Indian food is more than just meat, sauce and carbs. A typical Indian meal will be rich with vegetables - often without any meat included at all - and with a variety of salads, dhals, and rice on offer. Filling, protein rich, and very low in fat, you really couldn't ask for anything better for you!
So here are our six Top Tips for enjoying a Spicebox Curry Pack with all of the amazing flavour, but with fewer calories:
- Ask for your Curry Pack to be made without onions; and then fry your own onion in Frylight, or some other calorie controlled oil.
- Avoid Curry Packs that contain either ground almond or desiccated coconut.
- Substitute Creamed Coconut for Fat Free Natural Yoghurt (stick to the same quantities as per the recipe for the Creamed Coconut then add more yoghurt if required).
- The type of ingredients that you use makes a huge difference: meat should always be lean and skinless, particularly chicken. Fish is delicious in curry and practically fat free. Vegetables, dhal, and legumes, are all filling and spectacularly good for you.
- Portion sizes are also a vital part of a healthy diet. We recommend a portion size of between 190 and 200g.
- Eat your meal with either plain rice or chappatis.