Buffet Food

By the way, folks. The food at the Indian buffet is not low-fat, right? I want to think it is but I want to avoid another trip to the ER.


13 thoughts on “Buffet Food”

    1. Yeah, after “Indian buffet”, “low fat” is not the first thing that leaps to mind.

      On the other hand, if this is a place you often go to and they know you then maybe you could ask for help in picking out low fat items?


  1. I’ve heard that Indian restaurants tend to use cream to replace the non-fat yogurt in recipes where it’s traditional used, like Tiki Masala curry, because cream tastes better. But you could definitely ask about it.

    Or you could stick to recipes without curry.

    Restaurants in general tend to add more fat to recipes because it tastes better to most people that way.


  2. I would never go to a buffet if I wanted a chance at controlling fat intake.

    Most Indian restaurants cook Punjabi/Mughlai dishes.

    If you go and order off the menu there’s at least a chance they will make your dish with less oil and less sodium if you request it. But I wouldn’t think of it as low fat or low sodium at all.

    You could get bindi masala(okra) or bhaingan bharta (eggplant) or tadka dal (lentils) or dal mahkni (lentils), and stick to plain naan or chapati or roti.

    I would say get a rice dish but it’s already a carb fest and I suspect you don’t want to nap after lunch.
    Of course, even plain restaurant rice is made with oil (maybe when you go ask them to just boil it fresh with little oil for flavoring? I’ve never done it, but it’s worth asking. We usually end up using more water for the rice than restaurants do.)

    What do you usually end up ordering?


    1. Yes, the cooks are all from Punjab. My favorite is lamb vindaloo – because it has potatoes. And aloo matar. Because it has potatoes. But I also love the dal recipes. Because I can imagine them having potatoes.

      Maybe I should just stay home and have some potatoes. :-)))


    2. “dal mahkni ”

      Haha, I wouldn’t recommend it. Dal makhni literally translates to ‘lentils with butter’.

      North-Indian buffets are a no-go if you want to avoid fat. Clarissa, is there a south indian restaurant close to where you live?


      1. Haha, I wouldn’t recommend it. Dal makhni literally translates to ‘lentils with butter’.

        Never said any of this is low fat, just lower fat than the popular stuff with the sauces.


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