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On a Diet? 5 Healthy Dishes you can Order at an Indian Restaurant

Indian food has officially become one of the fastest growing segments of the culinary world.

More Americans have had some sort of exposure to the cuisine known for its diverse range of ingredients; tongue tickling flavors, and health benefits.

If you are new to the world of Indian cuisine, looking at an Indian menu at your local Indian curry house could seem a bit overwhelming & confusing.

Though known to be packed with loads of health benefits, several staple Indian dishes can often be heavy on butter, bread, cream, rice, and deep fried.

From London to Dubai, Bangkok to Brunswick, you can find an Indian restaurant just about anywhere these days. Bombay Mahal in Brunswick, Maine has been cooking up some of India's most famous dishes for its customers for over 30 years.

Here are 5 Indian menu items you can opt for if you are trying to keep things lean and trying to keep your calorie intake wise:

1. Chicken Tikka

Tandoori cookery is a style of regional cooking in India which is known to be big on taste while remaining super lean. A tandoor is a clay oven where grills of meat such as chicken tikka are marinated in yogurt and spices overnight are chargrilled allowing for any fat to slide off producing exceptional cuts of tasty lean protein.

2. Chana Masala

A traditional dish which is naturally vegan, gluten free, and high in plant protein, chana masala is a staple for a largely vegetarian India with its staple use of chickpeas & potatoes in a robot tomato sauce base.

3. Dal Makhani

Lentils are an excellent source of protein and a large part of an Indian diet. A majority of India eats lentils as part of their daily diet making them a staple and healthy option. Ask your waiter to opt out of using creme or butter if possible when ordering.

4. Papadam

A fantastic alternative to ordering heavy Indian breads, papadam are a light and crispy Indian lentil wafer which are gluten free and a light & alternative way to amplify your Indian meal.

5. Aloo Gobi

Cauliflower and potatoes may not sound exciting, but it's a different story when they are cooked in fragrant and healthful turmeric, ginger, cumin, garlic, and paprika. Aloo Gobi is the perfect entree to order if you need something filling yet healthy all while remaining vegetarian.

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