Indian food is my absolute favourite cuisine, especially the butter chicken. When you’re on a weight loss journey Indian food can sometimes feel out of bounds but I wanted to share some “healthier” options that you can choose next time you have an Indian takeaway or go out for a meal with your family or friends. In fact, you could cut 1500 calories from your meal with these healthy indian food swaps.
Some basic rules when eating Indian food is to avoid cream and coconut based dishes like butter chicken or beef korma. You also want to avoid foods that have been deep fried like onion bahjis and samosas.
Okay lets start of with the starters. If your anything like me, you’d be tempted by the veggie samosas but by swapping 2 samosas for a pappadum with some raita you could save yourself 235 calories.
For the mains, by swapping a korma dish for a tandoori chicken dish you could save yourself a huge 570 calories.
Even in the rice department you can save a pretty good chunk of calories. Pilau rice generally tends to have extreme oil added to it, so by having plain steamed rice instead you could save 280 calories per serve.
Naan bread is my absolute favourite, I could live off naan bread if I had too but I was so surprised by the amount of calories per serving. So for a 160g serve of naan bread it can have up to 538 calories. Usually when I get naan bread it weighs a lot more than 160g so I don’t even want to think about the amount of calories it has. Don’t be to disheartened, there is a healthier option for all you bread lovers. Roti bread, for one serving it only has 90 calories, which puts a smile on my face.
If you look at the chart below you can see the total calorie savings from just swapping a few dishes.
disclaimer: All the calories mentioned are just examples, they will vary as chefs all have different recipes and use different ingredients. This is just so you get a general idea of the calories in each item and to help you making healthier choices next time you go to a Indian restaurant.