Healthy Indian Food – Making Your Delicacy Healthy

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What is Healthy Indian Food? With spices and cooking styles coming and going in and out of favor over the decades, Indian cuisine has at times been at the receiving end of criticism. But while much of it has been overstated, much of it has been on the mark. The varied, often overlooked, climate of this region, from sultry alpine to tropical, has led to a wide spectrum of culinary ingredients being readily available while in other instances food has simply become indicative of regional identity and taste, with different taboos and customs dictating which preferred ingredients. Yet for all the talk of wrong foods and wrong ways, healthy Indian food is slowly gaining ground and making its way into kitchens, restaurant halls and even pantries across the country.

Indian Spices For Indian Food

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What’s Indian Cooking? It’s not just about the spices but the techniques too. Spices like coriander, red chillies, black cardamom, cumin, coriander, fennel, turmeric and garam masala are all integral for a healthy Indian cuisine. These versatile spices are ground and roasted into fine powder, then added to water to make a thick curd known as khichdi.

And then there’s the fire! Indians have long been advised to eat more fibrous food to give their bodies energy and keep them healthy, and the same goes for their diets. Rice is one of the best sources of fibre and to eat a healthy Indian meal, especially one consisting of rice, is practically a necessity. One cup of cooked rice has about 55 calories and just the fibre content (not including the oil used for frying) has more than half of that. Add onions, garlic, spices and coconut oil to the rice to make a complete protein-rich Indian diet.

The Spice List For Indian Cooking

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The spice list for Indian cooking also includes black pepper, cloves, cinnamon, cumin, cardamom, fennel, turmeric, ginger, paprika, chilies, tomatoes, potato and onion. The list is almost endless; it’s up to you how much spice you want in your dishes and how spicy you want them. There are many recipes for delicious Indian curries and dishes – from starters, main course dishes, and special side dishes with lots of flavour, made by using these same ingredients.

Healthy Indian Meals Are Not Spicy

Healthy Indian meals don’t have to be very spicy – with some exceptions. One thing you can do to keep your calorie count down is to leave out the chili if you are not really into hot flavours. This will keep your calorie count down without sacrificing on the taste. You can still have all the tasty ingredients you love in your curries – just limit the amount of spice they contain. Some people add very little to their curry powders to give their dishes a smoother consistency and make them more healthy.


The best way to start preparing healthy Indian cuisine is by keeping some simple rules. For example, the ingredients needed for a healthy, balanced Indian meal are; beans, lentils, tomatoes, onions, coriander, cumin, turmeric, garlic, dry mint, asafetida, tamarind, asafetida, mint, cumin, cashew nuts, chilies, green chillies, fried onions, pickles and lemon. These are a few ingredients and will give you a wide variety to choose from. This way you are not forced to eat the same things over again in your daily routine. It will be a healthy choice for everyone to eat as much as they want in their meals, as long as it is healthy and the right variety.

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