Indian take away’s are a personal favourite and with such a vast selection of different dishes I particularly enjoy a family Indian take out.
1. Avoid creamy or deep fried dishes such as onion bhajis, Sag Paneer, Poppadoms
2. Opt for tomato based dishes and pick your meat or vegetables out of the sauce rather than pouring over your rice. Tandoori and madras dishes are favourite.
3. Plain or steamed rice rather than fried is best.
4. Chapatti’s cooked on a hot skillet or better for you than nan bread or poppadom.
5. Vegetable side dishes are good as are lentil side dishes known as dhal.
6. Avoid korma, passanda, masala, pilau rice and pakoras.
7. Portion control is also a great way to manage fat and calorie intake.
8. A dish of mixed meats from the tandoori oven with salad is delicious.
9. Go easy on the calorie laden mango chutney and other dips.
Kebab and burgers
1. Be aware of what is what. Donor kebabs are large cuts of formed meat from the skewer. These are high in fat.
2. A healthier option, is shish kebab, which is a skewer with whole cuts of meat or fish and usually grilled.
3. If you choose to have a burger avoid breaded or battered chicken, fish, vegetable patties. These are usually deep fried.
4. Select a chicken burger which is grilled where possible.
5. Avoid extra cheese, mayonnaise, bacon strips.
6. Don’t “Go Large!” single patty burgers with extra salad is best.
7. Best option is a Chicken shish kebab with pitta bread, salad and no coleslaw or mint yoghurt.
Ask for extra salad to fill you up. Portions are generally huge with a family of 3 easily sharing a large Chicken shish kebab.
Most importantly, enjoy what your eating and consider it a lovely treat that you’ve earned with combining exercise. Be sensible with portion control and honest with yourself. If your guests choose to eat a small horse in their burgers good for them. You are accountable and responsible for yourself and only you.