Want to cook better Indian food? Well, you've come to the right book.
About the "Healthy Indian Diet"
Click the photo of any dish above to see the recipe.
About the Authors
"The Healthy Indian Diet" was written by Niraj "Raj" Patel, M.D., who grew up in South California and is now a physician in Texas interested in health and diet, and includes tasty recipes from Hetal Jannu and Anuja Balasubramanian of ShowMeTheCurry.com.
Published in summer 2011, the book has since become one of the top-selling Indian cookbooks on Amazon and was featured in the Houston Chronicle and Kirkus Reviews, the world's largest independent book reviewer. You can learn more about the Healthy Indian Diet concept by watching this YouTube video.
In the Media
Read this Feb. 2012 Houston Chronicle article, where reporter Zain Shauk explains why today's Indian food is bad for us and how it can be made healthier by eating it in the traditional "whole foods" way. a
Look at the outstanding Kirkus Reviews review of "The Healthy Indian Diet!"
See this YouTube video where the authors explain what's inside "The Healthy Indian Diet."
About the Book
By reading "The Healthy Indian Diet" you'll learn:
About the Authors
Niraj "Raj" Patel, M.D.
Raj is a physician in Houston interested in the prevention of chronic disease. His researching the medical literature on diet and health was the genesis behind "The Healthy Indian Diet." He can be contacted at rajrpatelmd at gmail dot com.
Hetal Jannu & Anuja Balasubramanian
Hetal and Anuja, co-founders of ShowMeTheCurry.com, use their step-by-step cooking videos to guide viewers to create delicious and healthy Indian cuisine at home. They provide a modern and practical approach to traditional Indian cooking.
What is the Healthy Indian Diet?
The Healthy Indian Diet is a traditional pattern of nutrition-rich foods inspired by the cuisines of South Asia. This isn't a crash diet, but a lifelong guide on what to eat to stay well and prevent chronic disease. Thus, it's similar to the Mediterranean Diet.
You probably know the Mediterranean Diet is good for you. Pioneers in nutrition research observed how a great number of Italians and Greeks who were eating their local traditional diets had low rates of heart disease, a finding later confirmed by more rigorous scientific studies. I began to wonder: Can the Mediterranean Diet be the only traditional combinations of foods that's good for people?
My conclusion is no, actually. By reviewing the scientific literature over several months, I came to understand that elements of traditional Indian diets can be healthy too. In fact many well-trained experts have come to the same conclusion.
Dr. David Servan-Schrieber, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller "AntiCancer" and himself a cancer survivor, explains that the Indian diet can help prevent cancer. Dr. Dean Ornish, who showed how people can reverse coronary heart disease by lifestyle changes, describes how Indian dishes made in the traditional manner can be heart-healthy, being mostly plants. Dr. Oz explains that Indians have a low rate of Alzheimer's dementia because they use turmeric powder in everyday cooking.
Articles written by Dr. Raj R. Patel
Why We Were Wrong About Ghee in India West (California) on November 2011
What Makes the “Healthy Indian Diet” Healthy? in Indo American News (Texas) July 2011
Prescriptions For Healthy Living: Say It With Vegetables in Little India (NY) on March 2010
Disclaimer: The facts, advice and opinion on www.healthyindiandiet.com are based on scientific evidence published in journals. However, no content should be construed as medical advice. You should seek the counsel of your physician before making changes based on the content, especially if you have a medical condition.