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HEMAMALINI100 Posts: 3,099
8/28/14 3:13 P

Baingan Bharta

PAULALALALA Posts: 24,580
8/27/14 10:05 P

I like to make up a curry with lots of spices, brown rice, chicken, frozen peas, ginger and light coconut milk.

HEMAMALINI100 Posts: 3,099
8/26/14 9:28 P

Mango Lassi and Rasmalai

ACHANSO Posts: 1,074
8/22/14 3:24 P

I actually got Indian food this week-yay!
I had chicken chula (chickpea curry) with raita, some flatbread, and rice.

HEMAMALINI100 Posts: 3,099
8/19/14 11:06 P

Saag paneer

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,456
8/18/14 9:04 P

I have never acquired a taste for Indian Food...even though I essentially eat lots of bean dishes and I love veggies. It must be the spices I dislike and I don't like fried foods

ELENGIL Posts: 957
8/18/14 6:28 P

Oh man... How do I narrow it down!? Pakora, samosa, baingan bharta, saag aloo, chicken tikka masala, naan...

ALGEBRAGIRL Posts: 1,925
8/18/14 9:48 A

simple dal and lentils.

ADREAMA Posts: 298
8/18/14 7:20 A

Butter Chicken and Chicken Saagwala...
I make versions at home all the time which are much healthier and (almost) as nice as the restaurant versions. The Butter-less Chicken has no butter, cream or oils - using 98% FF evaporated milk for the creaminess, and careful mix of spices, and the Chicken Saag - well thats just pureed spinach, onion, tomatoes spices and chicken, and I dont add oil.

HEMAMALINI100 Posts: 3,099
8/14/14 5:09 P

Tandoori chicken and naan

BALDRICK28681 SparkPoints: (30,557)
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8/13/14 5:50 P

Chicken curry and chicken vindaloo -❤️

HEMAMALINI100 Posts: 3,099
8/13/14 5:46 P

Indo Chinese

HEMAMALINI100 Posts: 3,099
7/30/14 4:38 P

Paneer tikka

ACHANSO Posts: 1,074
7/30/14 12:13 P

I love paneer, specifically one with spinach in it!

It's all good though

7/30/14 8:42 A

Chicken Korma & Shahi Baingan

HEMAMALINI100 Posts: 3,099
7/29/14 9:31 P

yes dal tadka is my favorite too

KFOX2003 SparkPoints: (1,567)
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7/29/14 7:06 P

I love vegetable pakoras, samosas, dal tadka, and chana masala.

HEMAMALINI100 Posts: 3,099
7/29/14 8:41 A

Palak paneer

SHOTOKIDO SparkPoints: (101,572)
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7/28/14 10:07 P

Chicken Tika

HEMAMALINI100 Posts: 3,099
7/28/14 9:49 P

Tandoori chicken

HEMAMALINI100 Posts: 3,099
5/9/14 8:44 P


5/4/14 1:11 A

Fish curries, especially the ones that are steamed, cooked in yogurt or with mustard.

HEMAMALINI100 Posts: 3,099
5/3/14 11:44 A

This thread started as favorite Indian food and moved on to healthful food. I like kofta curry very much but not many Indian restaurants serve it here or don't make it right.So I end up making them at home.

HEMAMALINI100 Posts: 3,099
5/3/14 11:40 A

I eat chicken or fish once in a while but mostly vegetarian. My in laws are strict vegetarians. All there life all they have been eating is lentils and veggies along with chapatis and rice to go with lentils. Both of them are not heavy at all and have no health problems. It surprises me because they eat a quite a bit of starch. One thing I did notice that they eat very small portions and eat 5 times a day. Two main meals lunch is bigger and dinner smaller and snacks in between . Snacks can be anything fruit or something home made.
I believe there health secret (even though they quite a bit of starch)- small portions and not eating out. THEY DON'T EAT OUT AT ALL. They just don't like eating out. So there comfort food is low in grease, low in sugar and salt. I have lot of other people like this in my family from both sides. And then a lot of those who love to eat out and heavy in size and have health issues including myself. More and more I think about it , I feel eating out is a cause for lot of issues. I cook a lot and make almost anything at which you can buy outside and some of my friends think I am nuts!

HEMAMALINI100 Posts: 3,099
5/3/14 8:36 A

Restaurant food is not good, not only Indian but any other kind It is always loaded with some kind of fat since people like that greasy creamy taste and call it comfort.
Home made indian food is different story since you can make it any way you like. I have switched to brown rice from white and I soak and cook a whole grain every single day. It can be beans of any type, legume or lentils . I also like steamed or cooked veggies more than salad. I am a big fan of South Indian food but when I eat it I cut down amount of rice to go with it.i love avial so quite often eat it bowl ful by itself. Also eat rasam as a soup since I like that too. I really like the sharp taste of that food. Also at home I don't cook with ghee and use the oil as little as possible. The way Indian food is made you will have to use some oil to do the baghar to season the dish but if you make it in big amount the oil portion is the same. That way oil can be cut down and it works for some dishes. I am not big fan of idlis but my hubby likes it.
It is fun to play with food and figure out a way to make a dish much healthier than a restaurant .
I appreciate you all to be part of this conversation , we learn a lot this way and it is fun too to hear from others.

RENATARUNS SparkPoints: (4,367)
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5/2/14 9:30 P

I've only visited India twice for a total of about three weeks (mostly in Chennai, in Tamil Nadu), but my in-laws have spent probably three years living with us over the last 7 since my son was born, and my mother-in-law does almost all the cooking when they're here.

The main issue I have with the cuisine as she would like to present it is the sheer volume. I cannot believe how much that family eats. Even when I was heavy and used to eating more at meals than I do now I couldn't come close to finishing a traditional Tamil midday meal. Sambar (lentil/vegetable stew) rice with vegetable sides. Rasam (a thinner soupy dish) rice. And then curd (yogurt) rice to finish it all off. Oy. Breakfast and dinner were admittedly often much, much smaller, often idli (steamed lentil/rice "cakes", not sweet though) or a few little deep-fried snacks such as vada or pakora that (besides the frying oil) consist of chickpea flour and often vegetables. They don't use much ghee; they switched to oil a while back. But my mother in law does love to make fried stuff (like murrakku, which is just chickpea batter fried crunchy) a lot. For everybody BUT her to eat, naturally.

My father in law is actually quite trim. My mother in law and all her family tend to the heavy side, but all over, not just in the belly.

I completely love the cuisine -- even if after six months of my in-laws being here (they leave tomorrow!) I'm more than ready for a change. I just tweak it a little for my own preferences and needs. I'm not a fan of curd rice, so don't eat it. If I have rasam, I have it solo as a soup. For sambar and vegetables I increase the lentil stew and vegetables part of the equation and decrease the rice, and the portion is smaller than my inlaws would eat.

When my husband and I are doing the cooking and decide to make South Indian food (which is about half the time probably) we probably double or triple the number of vegetable dishes we make compared to what my mother-in-law does, so we're much less dependent on salads and raw vegetable snacks to get enough. Which is good because I'm currently sick of salads again. :)

The point I'm making is just that I can't really think of any cuisine that has to be written off as "not diet friendly" simply because it includes high-fat dishes or uses a lot of rice, or whatever else. If you enjoy the flavors, then with portion control and some minor modifications where needed -- and assuming you can eat the major components at all -- you can eat and be successful with just about any cuisine.

FAITH2FLY Posts: 195
5/2/14 4:53 P

What I experienced was most meals were simply rice and dal with maybe some chapatti or roti and every few days a fish, chicken, or lamb curry(well, they said it was lamb but I'm positive it was goat as we never say any sheep but plenty of goats around- not that it mattered, it was still tasty) Everything was extremely spicy. A lot of things were fried. Ghee is a staple for - almost everything was made with ghee. Piles and piles of rice. I observed plenty of guys would have the main dish, then another plate of rice with salt and "curd" (basically homemade yogurt) mixed in after. Not many veggies other than some cucumbers, tomato and carrot as a side dish. Hardly ever any sweets though - unless you count the chai we had multiple times a day. We heard a lot about how heart disease is a serious problem in India. A person with any extra weight was very rare, but when we saw them all of the weight was right in the middle with still very skinny arms and legs. I lived there for about 5 months

ACHANSO Posts: 1,074
5/2/14 3:27 P

You're exactly right.
Kinda of like with Chinese food--people who eat large portions of just the fried entrees like Sesame Chicken, sweet n sour chicken, General Tsos, fried crab rangoon, etc, would probably say 'Chinese food" is very unhealthy. But- that's not really how true Chinese people eat in the native way, or so I'm told.
Instead they have mostly plain rice, vegetables, egg drop soup, and small portions of the meat entrees.
So yes, it's our American and the restaurant interpretation of the Indian dishes that make them so unhealthy as well as the portion sizes!

RENATARUNS SparkPoints: (4,367)
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5/2/14 3:19 P

I do have to smile at all the comments about Indian food being not diet friendly. It's true the South Indian stuff I'm used to might be a teensy bit less calorie-ific than the stereotypical North Indian stuff you find in most restaurants, as it does not tend to use heavy cream sauces or cheeses (or any meat in what I eat, for that matter). But it is regardless way heavy on the oil/ghee, many dishes have shredded coconut, deep frying is far from unheard of, it uses just as much white rice as the northerners use wheat flour ... Now I think again it might not actually be too different!

If there's any issue with it at all it's that restaurant food -- any restaurant food -- will often have more calories than it needs to. But I tend to reject the idea that this cuisine or really any cuisine is diet unfriendly. Pile up the veggies and go light on portions otherwise. That's all I did. It worked fine.

RIVETPA Posts: 1,177
5/2/14 2:38 P

Always been a big fan of Indian food, and I'm fortunate to have a bunch of very good Indian restaurants in my city.

My favorites are Biryani (any kind) Masala (Tikki and Garam) and of course, a hot Vindaloo!

I luvs the Vindaloo....

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5/2/14 2:11 P

Wow glad to know so many people like Indian food, my family hates it. I love it all but if I had to choose a favorite it would be Bariyani with lamb, beef and chicken.

ACHANSO Posts: 1,074
5/2/14 12:30 P

I like pretty much all Indian food that I have tried.
Saag Paneer is probably my favorite, but as others have said, not diet friendly.

FAITH2FLY Posts: 195
5/1/14 8:21 P

biryani! both chicken and lamb versions are lovely. butter chicken and fish curry are also favorites sadly none of them are diet friendly emoticon

HEMAMALINI100 Posts: 3,099
5/1/14 4:50 P

Tikka masala and lassi yum! South Indian food is yum too with lots of fresh coconut

BITTERQUILL Posts: 1,639
5/1/14 4:04 P

When I make Indian food at home, I usually stick with curries or tikka masala, because I have good recipes that are relatively healthy. I also do lassis fairly often for the same reason, and because they are really easy.

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5/1/14 3:36 P

Blackened shrimp and steamed cabbage.

5/1/14 2:41 P

All of it! I don't know the names of very many Indian dishes, but I've never had Indian food I didn't like. (Hopefully they go easy on the ghee.)

VEG_GIRL04 Posts: 2,644
5/1/14 1:53 P

Saag Paneer...not at all diet friendly - but MMMmmm!!

HEMAMALINI100 Posts: 3,099
5/1/14 1:45 P

I heaven't had Indian pizza , what is it?

5/1/14 1:25 P

ALL OF IT. I try to find places with a buffet so I can get a bit of everything, and I always get a side of raita so my tummy can handle the wonderful spicy. Yum! emoticon

Oh, and Indian pizza. If you haven't had it, it's amazing, but not very diet friendly.

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5/1/14 1:10 P

Chapatis are nice; puris (which are deep fried ;) ) are manna from heaven. Heh.

My favorites are mostly southern dishes since that's what I eat so much of. Avial, masala dosa, sambar with sweet potato (to die for), and almost all vegetable sabjis. Green beans, cabbage, carrot, those little baby gourds (tindora in the north?) ... Oh, and stuffed baby eggplant. Yum.

HEMAMALINI100 Posts: 3,099
5/1/14 12:48 P

I love both things you mentioned and totally agree. I choose not to eat naan since it made out of plain flour. I go for chapati which is much lighter and has about 100 cal per piece

JAMIRBLAZE Posts: 1,805
5/1/14 12:27 P

Love Indian food. Bhindi masala is one of my favorites, and without tons of oil, it's not too bad for you. Naan is so good, but a little goes a long way on the tracker.

HEMAMALINI100 Posts: 3,099
5/1/14 12:21 P

What is your favorite Indian food

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