If you’re someone who’s conscious of your calorie intake (but still can’t resist a delicious Indian curry!), we’ve put together a list of some of the healthiest options out there. For those of you who are watching your waistline – you’re welcome 🙂

1. Dhal

Also known as lentil curry, Daal is a popular low calorie Indian takeaway option for several reasons. Firstly, its main ingredients is lentils, which are a good source of plant-based protein, fiber, and essential nutrients, while being relatively low in calories. Secondly, daal is typically cooked with minimal oil or ghee, reducing the overall calorie content.

On an average, a bowl (200 g) of general arhar dal, also known as pigeon peas, contains about 220 calories. So go ahead – tuck in!

2. Fish Tikka Masala 

One of the healthiest, and most mouth-watering curries in existence, this delicious, warming dish comes in at just 119 calories. Just make sure what you’re ordering is the traditional Fish Tikka Masala recipe and not the anglicised one.

3. Chicken Jalfrezi 

As one of the most popular Indian dishes out there, this option might surprise you…

Coming in at around 163 calories, Chicken Jalfrezi is made made in a tomato-based sauce, which is healthier than cream-based sauces. To put that in perspective, an average portion of Chicken Tikka Masala has a whopping 1,249 calories.

Even served with a side of pilau or basmati rice (which works out at about 250 calories) Chicken Jalfrezi is still ideal for anyone watching their weight. Jalfrezis are packed with healthy goodness – low calorie peppers and chillies which provide a spicy kick without any of the guilt. 

4. Madras 

If you can take the heat this spicy tomato based curry is a great option for health conscious individuals who still love to indulge in an Indian.

Coming in at around 247 calories, each ingredient that make up Madras Curry has its ‘own magical healing powers’ according to www.lafayettespices.com

“Coriander is rich in immune boosting antioxidants and may help lower blood sugar. It may benefit heart and brain health and it can even help fight infections.” 

Amazing stuff!