Eating out - any luck with Indian food?

Any experience eating Indian food at a restaurant? I have no idea how many carbs are in a standard dish (say chicken korma or chicken tikka masala), so I’m looking to employ some very precise guesswork. Any ideas? Or do you know a good place to look for information? I think I’ll be right if I don’t eat too much and go easy on rice and naan.

Random nutrition information searches on chicken korma have returned results from 17 carbs to 66.

Anyway, has anyone had luck with Indian food?

Indian food has about the same effect on my BG as Chinese. I generally have to take quite a bit of insulin due to whatever carbs are in the sauces and the naan which I love. I wish I could give you a formula, but it’s something I just guesstimate and generally end up having to check and make corrections later. I won’t specifically go for lower carb choices - I just eat what I like and try not to over indulge, although I could just eat bowls of some of the sauces with naan if I was a real pig. Try not to get extra sauce, and eat the carby stuff in moderation if you’re feeling conservative about it. Try to get a sense of how it impacts your BG’s, and next time you have it you’ll have a better sense of how to manage it. I think it’s a trial and error thing that some people decide to hone for themselves so they can enjoy the more challenging foods they like - or some people skip altogether because it’s a pain.

does the calorie king book or website have a list of indian food, I have no idea, so it a place to look maybe ???

Indian is similar to Chinese or pizza in that it varies so much from the way one person to the next prepares it. There’s just no quality control as far as nutritional analysis goes. There is some info on Calorie King, and I reckon it gives a number on which you can at least start to make a guesstimate, but that’s all it will be - a guesstimate.

Like Sam said he did a search for chicken korma, and found results from 17-66g carbs. Calorie King says there’s only 6g carbs in a serving. So is it 6g or is it 66g? It depends on the restaurant/chef.

Keep in mind, that the sauces contain a very high amount of fat.

wait 2 hrs

Just to be safe from the hypo-monster.

As far as i have understood the workings of it, fatty acids are prioritized by the liver, and therefore broken down before the chains of carbs.

Like lee-ann said, same as pizza :slight_smile:

I love Indian food and I’m actually really surprised that my BG doesn’t spike as much as I would have assumed. I have only one serving of rice, skip the Nan, and I have the Tandoori chicken and Palik Paneer.

Just skip all the potatoes, bread and rice and you should be ok.

Even a small amount of basmati rice will send me over the wall. So, actually I do better with the potatos or naan (in limited amounts). Also, there are several good recipe books available on Indian food and you could make you own and then you’d know exactly what the contents were.

Well, I just got back from lunch… I went to an Indian buffet. I decided to be cautious, I just ate meat and vegetables, very light on rice and naan. I wasn’t too low to start with, so I covered for about 33 carbs. I thought this was all pretty prudent; last time I had Indian food the sauce killed me, I spiked to around 200.

Result? Within an hour I had a low, I was down to 57. Guess I was too worried about carbs lurking in the sauce. WHOOPS! Next time I’ll stick with the meat and veg, but I guess if you don’t eat too much sauce there just aren’t that many carbs.

I love to have Indian buffet about once a week. I’ve found that if you stay within your own tolerances on bread, rice, and potatoes the only thing you really have to worry about is hidden sugar in the sauces. I’ve even had staff at some restaurants who would tell you which dishes have sugar in the sauce. You might even be fortunate enough to have a chef make something tasty without sugar!

Given the growing epidemic of diabetes in India, if you find a restaurant with staff that is from India you are fairly likely to find people who are familiar with concerns for diabetics.