|White Rice (should be Brown Basmati if available), Okra cooked in oil (should be sauteed without oil), Chapati (no ghee), Urad Dahl (no oil)|
Below are my suggestions on how Northern Indian food can be made healthy:
- Oil and ghee are not necessary and are used in too great of quantities. Meals can be cooked with minimal or no oil without sacrificing flavor.
- Meals are oversalted. While in India I request that food is not salted until after our family has taken their serving.
- Brown rice should be substituted for white rice at least two or three times a week.
- Breakfast, not pictured here, is typically tea and a small bowl of beans served with white bread toasted. My father-in-law would sometimes eat a banana before breakfast but the nutrition could be greatly improved if two to three pieces of fruit were consumed before the beans, and wheat bread substituted for the white.
- Too much cooked food is consumed, making the Standard North Indian diet low in nutrients, phytochemicals and antioxidants. In a country where pollution is abundant, more raw fruits and vegetables need to be consumed.
- Salad is usually a small plate shared among everyone that features sliced cucumber, tomatoes, cabbage and carrots. Salad should be more than two or three small pieces of sliced cucumbers and tomatoes! Invest money on a large salad twice a day and watch as health and energy improves...or spend money later at the doctor's office :)
|"Shumshu's Orange Cabbage Salad"|