How You Can Make Your Indian Holiday Dinner Heart-Healthy

Ways to cut fat, not flavor

Healthy Marzipan Recipe

Many Indian families indulge in traditional dishes and sweets during the Holiday season. Although some are healthy and contain lots of vegetables, grains and herbs, others are loaded with ghee (clarified butter), oil, full-fat dairy products and fatty cuts of meat.

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Healthy menu substitutes for traditional Indian recipes

Instead of giving up these traditions, you can make a few tweaks to the preparation and enjoy the taste without the extra calories and fat.

For example:

  • Instead of ghee, use a high-heat cooking oil, like canola or grapeseed.
  • Rather than using full-fat yogurt, try a reduced-fat yogurt.
  • Choose lean cuts of meat and trim off any visible fat; use white meats when you can, and be sure to remove skin from poultry.
  • Indian Biryani

    Mughlai Biryani

    Mughlai Biryani is a traditional Indian dish made with chicken.

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    You can keep this flavorful recipe healthy. Use the least amount of canola oil possible when sautéing, and sticking with low-fat yogurt. Try this recipe

  • marzipan fruit


    Although marzipan may not seem nutritious, this sweet treat is actually a fairly heart-healthy dessert. Marzipan is made from almonds, which are a great source of monounsaturated fat.

    When coloring marzipan, avoid heavily processed food coloring. Use natural food colorings instead. You can find natural colorings in markets featuring organic foods.

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