Being generally low in fat, high in vegetables, legumes and whole grains, fruit, and lean meats, Indian food has many health benefits. It is noted for its inclusion of many spices and vegetarian, vegan and non-vegetarian options, as well as its variety of flavors and colors.
So, what makes an Indian diet healthy? In answer to this, let’s take a look at the typical components of an Indian diet:
- High in a wide variety of vegetables and fruit (spinach, carrots, eggplant, mango, etc.)
- High in a variety of spices and herbs, such as ginger, garlic, and coriander
- Low in saturated fat
- Widely vegetarian
- High in fiber, vitamins, and minerals
There are specific components of an Indian diet that have a range of health benefits.
Chickpeas, for example, which is often used in vegetarian curries, are a great source of fiber, zinc, folate, and protein, which makes them a healthy factor in a vegetarian Indian diet. Spinach and tomatoes, which are widely used in Indian cuisine, are also known superfoods, containing high levels of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
Many Indian sauces and accompaniments are vegetable-based, such as Sag aloo (spinach) and Gobhi Aloo (cauliflower with potatoes) making them a healthy choice as the majority do not use cream or cheese.
The minty yogurt dip raita, made from natural yogurt, cucumber, and mint, is a source of calcium and is a low-fat alternative to sauces such as mayonnaise.
Garlic features greatly in Indian cooking, which is said to be good for the heart, as do chili peppers, which are good for the immune system and metabolism.
Indian dishes often use vegetable, sesame, and coconut oil rather than butter, which keeps them lower in saturated fat.
Finally, as Indian dishes have such an impacting taste often just a small portion can satisfy taste buds, helping you to consume fewer calories. Indian cuisine’s variety and vibrancy keep it interesting, which is a healthy component to any cuisine as the variety can prevent boredom and overeating.
At Sula Indian Restaurant we strive to create an authentic Indian dining experience that brings joy and happiness to our customers. We use the finest ingredients and the best spices to create flavourful and delicious dishes that are inspired by a holistic approach to food and health.