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    Eating Indian Food and staying Primal

    What are the best Indian dishes for Primal? And what about for low-carb Primal?

    Right now my favorites are Butter Chicken and Chicken Korma. It always comes with Basmati rice. If I eat a small portion of the rice, and I'm in a ketogenic state, will it throw me out of the ketosis?

    Obviously naan is out of the question.

    Thanks!

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    That depends on what other carbs you're eating, and on how many carbs total, or better, on what % carbs in your total diet.

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    It probably would throw you out of ketosis if it is more than a little mouthful or so.

    But if you think you need your starch, white rice is an ok choice for it. Mark has even given it sort-of approval, despite being a grain.

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    I could always eat the dishes without the rice, that's not a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chanda View Post
    I could always eat the dishes without the rice, that's not a problem.
    Sure you could.

    If you're not making the dishes yourself though, you don't know if they are using anything like cornstarch or flour as thickening substances in the sauces. And that might be all it takes to bump you out of ketosis.

    And let's not mention the crappy oils you might encounter.

    Or are you talking about making your own here? I gather not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drumroll View Post
    If you're not making the dishes yourself though, you don't know if they are using anything like cornstarch or flour as thickening substances in the sauces.
    And let's not mention the crappy oils you might encounter.
    This. Making it yourself with some cauliflower rice is a good alternative.

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    No, I was talking about when eating at an Indian restaurant. I don't go very often as it's far away, maybe 4 - 6 times a year, honestly.

    I could learn to make it myself, is it pretty complicated?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chanda View Post
    No, I was talking about when eating at an Indian restaurant. I don't go very often as it's far away, maybe 4 - 6 times a year, honestly.
    Four to six times a year - take your best shot, enjoy, don't sweat it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chanda View Post
    I could learn to make it myself, is it pretty complicated?
    It's easy. Go to an Asian grocery store. They will have all these spice pastes in jars or small plastic packages. They will usually have soybean oil as an ingredient but they are also quite concentrated and you'll be using about a teaspoon of soybean oil for a dinner of 4 servings or more, so don't sweat it. Follow the instructions on the label. It's usually something like cooking some meat and vegetables in a pan, adding ghee and spice paste or coconut milk and spice paste and simmering for a little while. We had butter chicken last night made at home with lots of ghee. Very delicious!

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    lamb curry!

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