Thursday, January 12, 2012

Samosas and raita and naan, oh my!


photo by Andrew Currie
When some people need comfort food, they reach for a bowl of chicken noodle soup or a plate of mac & cheese. While I certainly enjoy those meals, some of my favorite hearty food is a little more, well, exotic. I heart me some Indian cuisine on a stressful day! Earlier this week, I joined a gal pal for dinner at an Indian restaurant and was thrilled to discover they had a delicious (and cheap!) vegetable thali platter. That means I stuffed my face with samosa, palak paneer, vegetable korma, chana masala, basmati rice, raita, naan bread and mango yogurt. Deelish! Yeah, yeah...I'm sure it wasn't the lowest-calorie meal out there, but I wasn't trying to trim the fat that night. However, when it comes to making Indian food at home, there are a number of ways you can slim down the calories, such as reducing the amount of oil or modifying the way you prepare it. Thanks to the power of Google, I've found an array of low-cal, sugar-free Indian dish recipes in recent years and have enjoyed making them from the comfort of my own kitchen. For example, this Splenda-sweetened Mango Lassi has become one of my favorite go-to recipes when I'm craving a little something sweet. And this low-cal Meatless Kheema Muttar proved a big hit at my friend's potluck dinner party. By the way, popular India spices like turmeric, ginger, cardamom and green chillies have various health benefits and medicinal qualities. And for those who don't like meat, there are also a number of vegetarian-friendly meals to choose from. Comfort food, indeed!

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