Ordering at an Indian restaurant can be perplexing. It is important to go into it knowing that your meal will most likely involve a flatbread of some sort and rice. Anything you can do to make the accompanying dish healthier is a bonus!
Pick It: Roti
Skip It: Naan
Naan is the popular, and delicious, choice for starting an Indian meal off the right way. But, naan is made with white flour while roti is a whole-wheat bread-automatically giving it an advantage health-wise.
Pick It: Chicken Tikka
Skip It: Chicken Curry
Chicken Tikka is a healthy option because it is marinated in yogurt or spices and doesn’t have the creamy consistency of a curry. It is high in protein and about 260 calories per serving. Chicken curry served with rice can be closer to 550 calories per serving.
Pick It: Mango Ice Cream
Skip It: Kheer
Indian rice pudding, or kheer, has much higher sodium and calories. Mango ice cream is not only cool and refreshing, but also only around 100 calories per serving. Not bad for a dessert!