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Old 10-26-2013, 07:41 AM   #1
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I am utterly unfamiliar with Indian cuisine - that is the one total blindspot for me when it comes to dining out low-carb. I would love some tips. If you're a fan of Indian food, what do you typically order?
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Old 10-26-2013, 08:23 AM   #2
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Most Indian restaurants have North Indian style foods.And most have some type of buffets going on.This consists of curries with gravy and spices,tandoori(food cooked in a tandoori oven-meats,veggies marinated with special tandoori mixes) and several rice,lentil,and potato dishes.
Your best bet if they only have a buffet is to go for tandoori dishes.they are mostly grilled with spices only,but some add yogurt too.then munch on the fresh salads where you can actually see the ingredients.
If ordering from a menu,go for grilled stuff,skewers etc.You may have to explain you preferences to them.
Many curries contain coconut milk ,however,they use thickening agents like corn,rice,cashews and worst of all,thickened condensed milk!
Stir fry veggies are a good choice if you eat maintenance like the fried green beans,okra etc.
Now some indian restuarants are South Indian vegetarian.This goes by the brand name of Woodlands,Uduppi etc.I have never had any luck with them.they have several rice dishes,rice crepes,rice desserts and presweetened masala chai.very tasty but super high carb.And you get no meat there,not even eggs.Paneer ,and Indian cottage cheese ,is found in recipes,but you never know what else they add there.grilled paneer is good though.
the nonveg South Indian restuarants are rare in USA,but if u find them,they actually have better choices of meat,like fish fry,beef fry,lamb roast,egg roast without milk added.If I happen to find myself in an unfamiliar buffet,I just pick the eggs out of gravy and eat a piece of tandoori chicken,then sip away on ice water.:-)
Remember most Indian menus have rice as their MAIN dish,all vegs and nonveg curries and stir-fries are side dishes.
At home,though,I cook my curries with coconut milk and coconut oil and just the spices.Hope this helps.I also pan fry fish or bake them.I make dishes with fresh grated coconut.these however don't appear on restaurant menus.

If you know which restaurant you plan to go,and if they have an online menu,I can help out.
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I second the tandoori... I don't believe I have ever been to an Indian restaurant which didn't serve tandoori chicken. It is low carb. It is usually legs/drums, so if you like those, I would go for that. Curry might "seem" like it might be low carb, like "butter chicken", but that doesn't mean it is.

Adding that I am not a huge fan of Indian food, but when others want to go out for Indian food, tandoori chicken it is.
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Korma (cauliflower, pulling out some of the potato) and Vindaloo are typically safe choices. I make those at home, too!
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What a great summary of Indian cuisine, lowcarbella and who knew they used sweetened condensed milk--yikes. I LOVE Indian food and will use the suggestions posted here too. Thanks!

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Roasted eggplant and chicken korma should work -- most kormas are just meat/poultry in a tomato cream sauced. You can also have a spiced creamed spinach dish too.
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Roasted eggplant and chicken korma should work -- most kormas are just meat/poultry in a tomato cream sauced. You can also have a spiced creamed spinach dish too.
Oh ya I forgot about that, my sister in law's mother (they are Indian) makes a spiced creamed spinach with goat cheese chunks in it. That seems pretty low carb. When she cooks Indian food and I am visiting she makes that, tandoori chicken (not very spicy for "white taste buds" lol SHE says that not me!) and a cauliflower dish.
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Chicken tikka masala is pretty safe too -- just spicy chicken in a tomato cream sauce. It is delicious and low carb. Good luck Sugar Free Sheila! Maryposa, you are so lucky to have Indian relatives who are great cooks!
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Eggplant or spinach sides are what I pick. Maybe a nice yogurt sauce with - - - forget the name for that. Tandoor Chef makes two nice frozen entrees that are low carb -- Chicken tandoori with spinach and Palek Paneer (spinach with cottage like cheese). Both are tasty, to my buds anyway. I keep some in the freezer for when hunger strikes and I want an acceptable indulgence.

I would love a good vindaloo recipe . . . my coop makes a great sauce but I've been unable to duplicate it and they aren't sharing. So far none none of the store bottled sauces are quite right either.
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Thank you for all of these responses, wow! I am going to write all of your tips down & keep a little card of ideas in my wallet. I know I can do Indian food! Time to suggest a neighborhood place to a friend of mine. Thank you so much again.
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Hardest part of low carbing for me, being English. There's no way to do British-Indian cuisine low carb, imo...
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What's your favorite British-Indian dish?
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All of them lol
I know not all, but most are tomato based, with onions, which are too high carb for me, especially pre chopped, tinned toms. And if I made one, is then want the rice, and poppadoms, and naan bread, and then its game over! lol
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Saag Paneer or Palak Paneer (spinach with cheese curd)
Eggplant, they usually cook it in oil and spices, really good
Butter chicken
Chicken tikka marsala
Anything tandoori
Chicken vindaloo
lamb rogan josh...

I could go on for ages, LOL!
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aloo is potatoes ,so anything with aloo in it has potatoes.
and potatoes are soft when cooked and some may dissolve in gravy .
something to keep in mind for the carb-sensitive.

vindaloo is made with potatoes and yogurt/coconut milk with some vinegar
kormas are usually made with yogurt sauce.
pappadams are made with rice and lentils
sambar is a vegetable stew with potatoes and lentils among other veggies

Chili chicken and chili gobi are Indo-chinese dishes and are breaded and fried.there is one place in my town that makes this without breading.

mixed veg curries are usually safe if they have no potatoes or carrots.
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