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Keeping Your Restaurant On Its Toes

Heart Healthy Indian Meals

by Julio Myers

If you love Indian food, but you are concerned about your heart, don't worry. There are plenty of options on the menu that are heart healthy. While many Indian dishes include ghee (clarified butter), paneer (cheese), or fried ingredients, there are alternatives. Below is a list of some of the healthy options on the menu.

Try Naan Or Chapatti Instead Of Poori

Especially at an Indian restaurant, you are going to want bread with your meal. There are three popular breads in Indian cuisine. Two of them are healthy, and one should be avoided. So if you are watching what you eat, you should order naan or chapatti because they are not deep-fried. 

Naan is the healthiest of all of the breads. It is baked in an oven and is thicker than chapatti. It is also a great accompaniment to hearty meals that include potatoes and other vegetables.

Chapatti is cooked in a skillet using a small amount of oil. It is very popular for dal and rice based dishes.

Poori is a delicious deep fried bread, but if you're concerned about your heart health, you should skip this one.

Aloo Gobi (Potatos and Cauliflower)

This is a very popular dish in India, Pakistan and Nepal. It is one of the staples at the dinner table. It is also super healthy since there is no ghee in the preparation. As a bonus, it includes some very healthy spices, such as turmeric.

Potatoes and cauliflower are roasted with garam masala, ginger, garlic, turmeric, and cumin. It is served with basmati rice.

Chana Masala (Chickpeas)

This is a popular dish from northern India. Chickpeas are simmered in a tomato sauce with turmeric, ginger, diced onions, and garam masala, and coriander. Chickpeas are high in protein, so this is a perfect choice if you are also avoiding animal fat.

Chana masala is usually served with bread, though you can order basmati rice as a side.

Spicy Dal Soup (Lentil Soup)

If you're looking for something that is not too heavy but is filling, then check out dal. A dal is a spicy lentil soup. Some restaurants use red lentils, other use green. However, the soup is always heart healthy. The only thing you need to watch out for is coconut milk. Some restaurants will use coconut milk as an ingredient. This will add saturated fat to the soup. They will normally list this on the menu; however, you should ask.

The lentils are cooked separately, and then they are simmered with tomatoes, onions, chili, mustard seeds, paprika, and turmeric.

Whatever option you decide, remember to talk with the waiters and chefs and Indian restaurants. Most professional restaurants, such as Haveli Vegetarian Cuisine, will be able to advise you on good menu options for your specific needs.