Black Lentil and Split Chickpea Dhal
Mahaar Chole di Dhal
Curry seems to have a bit of a bad rap and I think this could well be because of people’s experiences with (low quality) curry houses. We’ve all had that one takeaway where the paper bag is virtually disintegrating from the amount of fatty oil spilling out of the boxes.
When you cook Indian food at home you have more control over what goes in your curry. For example, you can substitute cream for yoghurt in your recipes, or you can make as much rice as you need, rather than feeling you should eat the whole tray just because you know it won’t keep. And of course, you can limit the amount of grease when you cook healthy Indian recipes, helping keep a few inches off your waistline.
The Indian diet is largely vegetarian, and many Indian curry recipes contain an absolute tonne of veg - onions, tomato, chilli, garlic and ginger make up the basis of most. What’s more, the spices used in Indian food have been proven to be good for your health - did you know that turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory? The humble Rogan Josh is basically Ibuprofen in curried form! And Indian rasam soup is the perfect pick-me-up when you're suffering from a cold.
What’s more, although some curries do have red meat (usually in the form of lamb), pretty much any protein in Indian food can be substituted for a healthier, low-fat option without losing out on flavour. For example, both turkey breast and tofu is absolutely lovely in a Biryani! Check below for more healthy Indian recipes.