Finding a healthy curry can be a bit of a struggle, and it’s a struggle no one wants to have to suffer through.
Not only does curry taste great, it’s also packed with benefits. Between relieving the pain of arthritis thanks to the curcumin found in turmeric to fighting colon caner, curry is great. It’s also thought to boost your immune system, ease digestion, boost your metabolism, and prevent Alzheimer’s and cancer.
So as long as you’re munching on the right curry, you can indulge in peace, and reap all the benefits. These are the 7 rules to abide by when choosing a curry to make sure you’re eating the best.
1. Choose rice instead of butter or garlic naan.
2. Don’t have anything that says butter in the name, like Balti butter chicken (which contains a combo of butter, cream and yoghurt).
3. Avoid pilaf rices because they are cooked with lots of fat and rich coconut milk.
4. When eating out, opt for dry rubbed dishes, such as kebabs and tandoori chicken instead of the oilier, creamier sauced curries.
5. Generally lamb curries have a high fat content because lamb has lots of fat along its collagen fibres, which gives it such a great flavour. If indulging in a lamb curry, order anything containing saag, meaning spinach or dhal (the collective term for lentils), to lower your glycemic index intake.
6. Cooking a lamb curry at home? When it cools down scoop the layer of fat and oil off the top. Don’t do it while cooking because the lamb won’t break down properly.
7. If cooking a Thai or Southern Indian dish with coconut milk or coconut cream, use light coconut milk instead.