If you are North Indian and love on vegetarian then Butter chicken might just be in your top 10 must-have list. It is rich and heavy but extremely scrumptious when prepared the right way. But it is not all that sinful if someone asks you. Not many but it does have some goodness it. Here are some reasons that will give you a good backup answer if someone asks you "itna fattening khaana"?!
Your choice of ingredients matters a lot when it comes to the calorie count on butter chicken. Each serving of butter chicken generally has 12 grams of saturated fat and. This much is totally fine as it is said that the average daily intake of fat should be below 22 grams.
Now yes the butter and cream are not waistline-friendly but it does get a little lighter if you have boneless chicken in it and preferably chicken breast. Not just that, a single serving of chicken breast with the gravy of 140 grams is around 438 calories only which can still be shed easily by going for a jog the next day or simply doing other physical activities, whatever suits your schedule.
This meal is very high on proteins. It is said that the proteins in our meals should be a part of 10 to 35% of total calorie intake daily. Now this means we can have upto 175 grams of protein a day. One serving of the beloved butter chicken has 30 grams of protein so one serving of it makes up for more than half of the daily requirement of protein.
Fiber & Carbs
One serving of butter chicken has 3 grams of fiber and almost 14 grams of carbohydrates. From carbs we get energy for some activities and they also make up most of our calories. Fiber helps in regulating our bowel movement and takes care of our digestive health. So the presence of both in butter chicken is not all bad for our health.
These being the positives, a major negative is that butter chicken =can be very high on sodium if the tomatoes used are processed and out of the cans or tetra packs. In restaurants and sometimes even at family parties, this can be an issue. Therefore do not go crazy over any dish. Have everything in a moderate amount. Too much cream can anyway ruin your stomach so go easy.
Stay tuned to HerZindagi for more on the goodness of dishes you thought had nothing good in them. However, it is best to consult your doctor or nutritionist before you make anything a regular part of your diet.