Principles of Eating out – North Indian Cuisine

Being on a Low Carb or a Ketogenic diet does not mean you need to shun social occassions, or break your diet on those occassions. With a little bit of planning and some smart moves, its possible to have a very normal course of lunch / dinner when eating out, even as a vegetarian!

Below are the principles we have put together. These are generic guidelines, and are illustrated with a sample menu.

Happy bingeing!

 

Overall approach

Overall, It’s all rather simple.

  • Identify foods that are mainly carb based. Eliminate them.
  • For the others, remove the parts that contain carbs, and enjoy the rest!
  • Pair well, and pair many.

 

Lets get into the details.

Soups

Dos

  1. Clear soups work well (Veg and Non-Veg).
  2. For regular soups like Tomato etc, ask for Shorbas.
  3. Top your Soup with extra butter / cream.

Dont’s

  1. Cream (thick) soups usually have added corn starch. Avoid, even for non-vegetarian soups.
  2. Skip the bread crumbs / croutons along with the soup.

Illustration:

Lets see what we could order from the sample menu before, using these principles:

Indian Soups

 

 

 

 

  1. Palak Cheese aur tamatar kaa Shorba
  2. Bhuni Simla Mirch aur Hara pyaaz kaa shorba
  3. Badam aur Murg kaa shorba
  4. Paya aur ande ka shorba
  5. Jheena crabmeat shorba

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starters (Veg + Non Veg)

Dos

  1. Prefer tandoori starters over fried starters (due to non-standard vegetable oils)
  2. Have the vegetables in the accompaniments.
  3. Check if the chef can cook in Ghee / Butter.

Dont’s

  1. Avoid starters that are batter fried (both veg and non-veg).
  2. Skip Veg kebabs (seekh / hara bhara) if they are made using Potato. Check with Chef.
  3. Avoid chaats.
  4. Keep the consumption of sweet vegetables to a minimum (Carrots, Peas, Beetroot)

Illustration:

Lets see what we could order from the sample menu before, using these principles:

 

 

 

 

  1. Dahi Bhalla Chaat (1 small piece with more yogurt)
  2. Tandoori Gobi Sarsonwali
  3. Broccoli Malai Cheezi
  4. Hara Bhara Sarson Kebab (1 or 2 pieces)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Sultan Tandoori Murg
  2. Murg Dahi Malai Kebab
  3. Amritsari Bharwa Taange
  4. Murg Angaar Tikka
  5. Murg Taftaan
  6. Murg Tulsi Khaas

 

 

 

 

 

 

Main course (Veg + Non Veg)

Dos

  1. Paneer dishes go well for main course for vegetarians.
  2. Have the vegetables in the accompaniments.
  3. Oily gravies are probably cooked in vegetable oil. Check if the chef can cook in Ghee / Butter.

Dont’s

  1. Avoid Potato / Corn / Babycorn based food.
  2. Avoid dishes that are batter fried.
  3. Keep the consumption of sweet vegetables to a minimum (Carrots, Peas, Beetroot)

Illustration:

Lets see what we could order from the sample menu before, using these principles: