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    my husband's birthday dinner is this saturday night, and all he wanted was to have dinner at the nice indian place with all of our friends in town.
    don't get me wrong... i love indian. when i make it at home, it is amazing and full of chicken and fat and yummy spices. but we all know about the thick, sweet sauces and rice and potatoes at restaurants.
    what can i order that comes most close to a primal diet? soooo many beans at indian restaurants. -i am ok with making chickpeas my 20% for the week, but it would be nice if that wasn't my whole meal.
    any ideas?

  • #2
    very good question - I'm looking forward to reading the replies!!

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    • #3
      Maybe some kind of lamb kebab. Or lamb in a potato stew (hey, who said potatoes aren't primal??). You're going to have to accept that the meat will probably be cooked in some kind of nasty vegetable oil though.

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      • #4
        Ask for your sauce on the side (that way, you are still in control of your 20% )
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        • #5
          I eat tandoori shrimp and chicken. It's just protein/veggies in some kind of oil, no sugary sauces.

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          • #6
            I might be getting my directions mixed up, but only the southern parts of India are vegetarian and the former British occupied areas serve up plenty of lamb. Lamb is as primal as beef and you'll probably be able to find chicken on the menu as well. Yes they'll probably be in some sweet sauce but at least it's probably tomato based in most cases. If it's a choice between the beans and meat covered in a sweet sauce go with the sauce and maybe you can find a way to burn off some of those excessive carbs later that night... with your husband... it is his birthday...
            "You can demonstrate the purpose and limits of human digestion with a simple experiment: eat a steak with some whole corn kernels, and see what comes out the other end. It won’t be the steak."
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            • #7
              yeah, i can deal with a little veggie oil. it is the rice with floury sauces or potatoe fritter battered and fried i can't handle (though it is sooooo tasty).
              i'm truthfully more concerned about the carbs than oils. typically, i eat pretty purely. but this is my "special" night, where i will tolerate crappy oils and such. i just don't want to destroy a week's worth of keeping eye on carbs in one meal.

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              • #8
                you're right, alex. i will let him know that i'll eat a few extra carbs to energize my birthday gift to him! like carb loading for a marathon..

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                • #9
                  easy! any kebab, tandoori chicken or lamb, and any curried or broiled meats. Ask for your dishes without the rice, and avoid fruit chutney. I find that most Indian cooking sauces really aren't "bad," it's the thick and sweet dipping sauces that get you into trouble. My local indian joint has a delicious yogurt cucumber sauce that is awesome and definitely primal. enjoy your meal out!
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                  • #10
                    I love tandoori chicken. Unfortunately, it usually comes with a boatload of steamed rice swimming in shelf-stable veggie oil. If you can get a side of low glycemic veggies or a salad instead, you should be fine .

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                    • #11
                      Really? When I get rice at an indian restaurant it is plain rice.....no veggie oil at all unless you get the biryiani.

                      Tandoori chicken and shrimp. Raita if you do dairy.

                      Many of the sauces are not horrendous (I guess except for the appetizer I have never experienced "sweet" sauces). There may be some veggie oil and possibly a bit of corn starch, but most of the restaurants around here use primarily ghee and spices in the sauce. As long as you avoid dal, channa or aloo you probably wont end up with a carb heavy dish .
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                      • #12
                        anything from the tandoori grill, e.g. tandoori chicken. it's just meat marinated in yogurt and spices and then grilled. don't go for the curries, because they usually come with those heavy sauces and are typically eaten with a grain like naan or rice.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by imasin View Post
                          anything from the tandoori grill, e.g. tandoori chicken. it's just meat marinated in yogurt and spices and then grilled. don't go for the curries, because they usually come with those heavy sauces and are typically eaten with a grain like naan or rice.
                          Just because the curries are typically eaten with a grain or rice doesn't mean you have to!

                          As others have said, I typically get tandoori or a curry with meat (usually lamb because I loves me some lamb), or butter chicken. Sure, I'm not 100% sure what's in the sauces, but at most places, the curries aren't sweet at all.
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                          • #14
                            I love butter chicken (chicken makhani). It is worth asking about because the place near me the sauce ingredients are completely primal. cream, butter, spices.
                            Yes, just because they come with rice or naan doesnt mean you have to eat them. The sauces are heavy...with fat.
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                            • #15
                              Yeah you don't have to eat the rice or naan but I'm a food purist... if I'm going to eat something I want the whole experience, and it would be difficult to not put rice on my plate if it's brought to the table.

                              Chicken makhani, chicken tikka masala, etc. often have added-sugar tomato puree... it's definitely worth asking what the ingredients are.

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