Have we found the healthiest Indian food in Brisbane?
It happens every time. You get a mad craving for some butter chicken and naan, cave in and grab takeaway on the way home, and next thing you know, you’re lying on the couch regretting everything from the fourth bite onwards. Well, keep calm and curry on because we’ve found an Indian restaurant in Brisbane that not only won’t leave you feeling heavy and bloated, but makes all their curries (and naan!) gluten free, sugar free, lower in oil and cream, and even has organic and vegan options! At It’s Mirchi in Paddington, you’ll find naan of that overly sweet and oily lamb korma, just rich, spicy Indian fare that you’ll want to go back for right away, not three months later when the food baby finally settles. It’s Mirchi’s kitchen is headed by Urvashi, who’s keen interest in healthy eating drew her to creating a menu that is both tasty and healthy, in more ways than one. Not only has she taken out much of the unnecessary cream, oil and sugar that most curries are laden with, but she’s also made sure the menu is packed with nutritious vegetables and vitamin and mineral rich foods. Divided into two sections, the menu features both extra healthy dishes and healthier versions of the classics. Tikka look at the Healthy Indian pages and you’ll find entrees like tandoori prawns or broccoli (vegetarians rejoice!) and free-range chicken and organic lamb in flavoursome curries, as well as vegan dishes like eggplant masala and lentil daal. There’s even a few Indian salads, as well as the best part: gluten-free stuffed naan! It’s so good we’re considering making the switch permanent. Bonus, if you’re watching your calories, each item comes with a handy kilojoule guide, so you can calculate just how many squats you’ll need to do later to work it off. In the ‘healthier’ menu you’ll find all your favourites, like vegetable samosas, onion bhaji, butter chicken, lamb roganjosh, goan fish curry and madras, all blended with traditional herbs and spices but using honey instead of sugar and only as much oil and cream as needed to ensure they are bursting with flavour. Vegetarian? We strongly recommend the butter vegetable – the same delicious taste of butter chicken, only prepared with vegetables instead! It’s second to naan! All the dishes are available to takeaway, with home delivery available to the surrounding area. You can even grab a lunchtime curry with rice for $9.95 the next time you’re craving that butter chicken. Or head in for dinner to see how much healthy Indian fare you can get away with before the food coma sets in. It’s Mirchi is open 7 days for dinner and Thursday to Saturday for lunch. You’ll find them at 284 Given Terrace, Paddington. Words by Ranyhyn Akui
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