Four Tasty Indian Recipes to Make a Whole Meal

Last week, while looking for foil-wrapped recipes, we saw a delicious Indian option that caught our attention but didn’t fit our criteria. We immediately knew that this week’s recipes would be Indian-inspired.

Indian food is scrumptious. It has deep flavors and is so filling. It can be spicy, and it’s perfect for this time of year as it might be too hot for some people in the summer months! Indian food can be high in carbs, calories and fat. But these four recipes are healthy and will help you stick to your New Year’s resolution. To mix it up, we’re steering clear of curry. We have shared curries in the past, and there are so many options for Indian food. We’re sharing two main dishes, a side and a dessert, so you can have a complete Indian meal this week!

Keto Chicken Biryani


If you don’t think of curry when thinking of Indian food, you probably think of a biryani. A Biryani is a delicious one-pot meal made with rice and meat. It takes an awfully long time to cook, but it’s delicious. This version is quick. It’s also extremely low in carbs. Because of all the spices and vegetables in the dish, this tastes like a normal biryani. But it takes only a half hour and is much healthier for you. A serving has 215 calories, six grams of carbs, two grams of fiber and 12 grams of fat. Get the recipe.

Low-fat Carrot Halwa


Carrot pudding is heavenly. It’s also high in carbs and fat. However, this version uses low-fat milk instead of cream to get the dairy flavor without the fat. And it uses dates for sweetness so that the sugar is paired with fiber. This is easy and fast to make and creates a different take on a rice pudding. A serving has 48 calories, 9.4 grams of carbs, 2.4 grams of fiber and 0.2 grams of fat. Get the recipe.  

Cabbage Rice


We were so excited when we saw this dish. It’s so novel to us! We have seen plenty of cabbage side dishes. We have seen them used in place of noodles. But, never, in all our years of writing low-carb recipes, have we seen them in the place of rice. Having something suggested that isn’t cauliflower is thrilling! And this dish, seasoned with Indian spices, is delicious and will pair well with a curry — or the last recipe on today’s list. Or have it with your favorite main dish! A serving has 47 calories, 10 grams of carbs, four grams of fiber and zero grams of fat. Get the recipe.

Easy Healthy Cashew Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner


This is a curry-flavored meal with tons of veggies and tasty, nut-coated chicken. The nut coating removes the carbs a flour crust would have while still adding a crunch to the chicken. The only thing we don’t like about this meal is that the name is a little misleading — you cook the chicken on a rack above the vegetables. It’s important to cook the meat on a rack so the bottom can crisp, but it’s not the “one-pan” dish it claims to be. It is, however, yummy and easy to make. A serving has 364 calories, 18.6 grams of carbs, 4.7 grams of fiber and 18.1 grams of fat. Get the recipe.

We hope these four recipes will help you decide what you are having for dinner this week and help you stay warm and full!

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