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Old 09-24-2005, 12:13 PM   #1
Alexander Karatis
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A new super cool Indian restaurant opened up in the neighbourhood and it's gonna feature heavily on my non-cooking days. I'm just a sucker for good ethnic food so I was wondering what all you zone/paleo guys and girls do when you go Indian...

I really have no idea what they put in the stuff so why don't list your what you know is in the sauces...

Do they use butter? Sugar?

What's curry sauce really?
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Old 09-24-2005, 03:07 PM   #2
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As you probably know, Indian consits of meals with white rice or bread. So that would be something to watch when creating your 'blocks' on the zone as only 3 1/3 tsp of white rice = one block!

Indian is fairly fatty for all of the meals that i know of. As far as i'm aware they use a lot of gee (fat from butter without milk solids). In the butter chicken meal they use a lot of gee and in the desert gulab-jamun (sp?) they also use a lot of gee.

When i go to Indian (which hasn't been for a long time now) i could always see the oil rising to the top on everyones meals. If you decide to go to Indian i would recomend getting a meat dish (protien), the fat will be included in that and just limit the intake of rice/bread.

Hope this helps.
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Old 09-24-2005, 08:58 PM   #3
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I don't eat Indian food.

You see a lot of Indian guys with huge pot bellies.

White refined rice.

They use a lot of clarified butter (ghee) in their cooking too.

Once I went to an Indian restaurant with a friend of mine who's Indian.

I ordered an ate a whole fish.

After we finished the main meal the waiters bought out some of these little Indian sweets.

My friend said to me:

"Have some of these sweets. They speed up your metabolism which helps keep the weight off"

I said:

"How does it do that?"

He said: "Its the glucose. The glucose is like kindling wood which you add to the fire of your digestion system. Once you eat the glucose it causes everything else to get burn and get digested faster."

My friend is a little overweight.
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Old 09-25-2005, 08:55 AM   #4
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Hone, I figured the creamyness of the sauces must be butter or creme fresh...

Nikki, thanks. I obviously skipped the bread and rice but I was astounded to find no vegetables at all. All they had was a dish of lentils which I ordered. I guess I'll stick with more eastern food for variety!

Cool picture BTW...:wink:
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Old 09-25-2005, 10:56 AM   #5
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Yeah, a lot of the sauces are heavy on the ghee or cream, which is what makes them taste so good. There are healthier options like tandoori chicken or chicken vindaloo. Also, a good Indian restaurant should have a fair amount of vegetable dishes, although it's often hard to tell what's in the sauce.

For me, the problem with Indian food isn't so much the ingredients, it's that there's no way I can keep myself anywhere close to a 5 block meal when I'm at a good lunch buffet.
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Old 09-25-2005, 11:04 AM   #6
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You can make some good choices wiht the Indian food by simply avoiding the Nan-bread and rice. It may be a bit fat heavy but not a terrible option and darn tasty!
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Old 09-25-2005, 12:05 PM   #7
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Glad to see this discussion....I'm supposed to be visiting a nice Indian place Tuesday evening.
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Old 09-25-2005, 02:40 PM   #8
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Sag Ghost is what I ordered today.

Excellent chicken with puree-like spinach and Indian spices. Chicken Madras, Chicken Dopaza and Chicken Jalferezi also look good.
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Old 09-25-2005, 03:07 PM   #9
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You can make some good choices wiht the Indian food by simply avoiding the Nan-bread and rice.
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Old 09-25-2005, 04:21 PM   #10
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Oh god, Saag is amazing. I've tried a bunch of recipes but can't seem to replicate what I get at a restaurant. Has anyone been successful making this? With all that spinach and/or mustard greens it seems like it should be a good Zone meal.
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