While it’s common knowledge that takeaway food is usually not the healthiest choice, Londoners still gravitate towards it and spend up to £110 each month on their takeaway fix. Indian cuisine is second on Britain’s favourite takeaway list, beaten only by Chinese meals and closely followed by traditional Fish and Chips. Laksha Bay, one of London’s top Indian restaurants and takeaways has compared popular Indian dishes with other takeaway food and found that the exotic cuisine has an array of health benefits.
As with all foods, how healthy a meal is depends on the portion size of all items, and the choice of meat and sauce will also drastically affect the calorie and fat content. Laksha Bay’s Head Chef Anayet Hussain believes if diners go easy on heavy starters and sides, Indian cuisine can be at the healthy end of the takeaway spectrum. “Weight conscious diners should always choose steamed rice as this is a healthier option and could slash 280 calories from the meal,” he said. “We also suggest choosing hot curries such as our flavoursome madras, or switch creamy curries for dry tandoori dishes.”
Compared to the average meal consumed from other takeaway vendors, Indian food can be considered one of the healthiest options. For example, a large portion of fish, chips and gravy with bread and butter can contain a staggering 115g of fat – that is well over the recommended daily allowance in just one meal. Similarly, choosing fatty, crispy duck with deep fried starters and prawn crackers from the local Chinese will soon add pounds.
Anayet Hussain added, “Of course, Indian food is incredibly rich and intense, and if some people over-indulge in the delicious cuisine then it may not be the best option. However, the spices used in traditional Indian cooking also have incredible health benefits; from aiding digestion and bloating to even preventing cancer.”
Authentic South Asian spices such as cinnamon, turmeric and cardamom have been medically proven to reduce blood sugar, relieve heartburn and stomach pain and a few ingredients even boast cancer-fighting properties.
Laksha Bay use all of these tantalising spices and many more in their traditional Indian cooking, so diners and takeaway customers alike can reap the health benefits. The Wapping restaurant has led the way for Indian dining in the capital, with its fantastic selection of authentic favourites and appetizing house specials on their restaurant and takeaway menus. Laksha Bay offers a quick and efficient delivery service, supplying the colourful dishes of your choice to the comfort of your own home.
To find out more about the delicious Indian dishes on offer from Laksha Bay’s takeaway menu, or to book a table, visit http://www.lakshabay.co.uk.