The task of filtering out JUST 7 Indian dishes that you didn’t know were Keto was a hard one. Indian cuisine is a colourful one, packed with a punch. In India, we’ve all grown up eating a variety of cuisines. We have a different type of cuisine for each region of the country, be it north, east, west or south. The common factor in each being the rich and strong flavours of the various spices we use.
The presumption of Indian food being too rich, oily and flavourful might make you question its relevance as diet food. However, the herbs and spices that we use extensively are not only flavourful but also contain low amounts of carbs. Therefore, with discipline and moderation, you can easily incorporate your favourite cuisine into your Keto diet.
Following the growing trend of a society becoming more health-conscious by the day, below are 7 dishes you can incorporate into your Keto diet which will help you lose weight without the need to sacrifice your favourite Indian dishes:
Here’s A Peek Into 7 Indian Dishes You Didn’t Know Were Keto
Sarso ka Saag
Hailing from the northern region of the Indian Subcontinent, sarso ka saag is an Indian delicacy made from mustard greens cooked in an array of spices. Found extensively during the winter, Sarso is extremely low in carbs and therefore, is very Keto-friendly.
GO ahead and add a spoonful of Ghee, this will not only make it tastier than it already is but will also add good fats, making it “Keto-friendlier”.
If you love spicy food, then there’s no way you’ve not heard of chicken vindaloo. Based on the Portuguese dish ‘Carne De Vinha D’alhos’, vindaloo is a spicy Indian curry from Goa. However, there’s not much you need to change to make this fiery classic Keto-friendly. Just be sure to the eliminate the potatoes and you’re good to go.
Palak (Spinach) is one of the most commonly consumed superfoods on a Keto diet. It is low in carbs and high in fiber.
A 100g of uncooked spinach contains merely 3.8g of carbs. Pureed and paired with cottage cheese, Palak Paneer is not only extremely delicious but also a combination of ingredients with a very low carb composition making it a perfect addition to your Keto plan.
Butter chicken is the most popular Indian dish in the global community. A rich and creamy combination of tender chicken pieces cooked in tomatoes and a succulent yoghurt marinade. Bottom line, everyone loves butter chicken! and lucky for us that butter chicken paired with cauliflower rice makes a perfect low carb Keto-friendly meal.
Baigan (Eggplant or Aubergine) is a highly nutritious low carb vegetable and is the key element of “Baigan Ka Bharta”. Bharta is basically a Hindi term used to define a mashed form. Baigan Ka Bharta is made by roasting an eggplant on an open flame or charcoal and then mashing/mincing and cooking it in Indian spices. A 100g portion of eggplant contains an approximate of merely 6g of carbs (As per USDA) which makes it a great Keto meal option.
South Indian Curry with Egg
Boiled eggs and a simple home cooked gravy made from coconut oil, mustard seeds, cinnamon, cardamom, peppercorns, green chillies, and a variety of spices, nothing can go wrong when it comes to this dish. Rich in protein and low in carbs, you can pair this dish with Keto flour naan or roti to make a perfect Keto-friendly meal.
Coconut Shrimp Curry
One for the seafood lovers! This is a low carb, protein rich thick coconut curry that’ll take less than 30 mins to cook. A 100g of coconut milk contains merely 6 g of carbs making it a frequently used ingredient in a Keto diet. This curry is extremely rich and flavourful and can be paired effortlessly with Cauliflower rice. A perfect meal for all the sea-food lovers out there giving the Keto diet a try.
If done correctly, the Keto-diet is very effective in accelerating weight loss. However, being on a diet should not result in you sacrificing your favourite Indian dishes. The dishes listed above will assure that you do not lose your zest for rich and flavourful Indian food even after adopting a Keto diet.
These are of course just 7 Indian dishes that you didn’t know were Keto from a long list. So please don’t let the limited listings worry you! There are several other Indian favourites of yours that you can prepare and incorporate into your Keto diet without any difficulties.