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Low Calorie Rogan Josh Curry

Common Diwali Dishes You Can Cook At Home

Celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs across the world, today is Diwali – otherwise known as ‘The Festival of Lights’.

In the UK, Diwali has become increasingly popular and far more mainstream. In fact, celebrations are catching up to the level of how it’s celebrated in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.

Despite it’s growing popularity in and around the UK, most people outside of India are unfamiliar with the common dishes served on this occasion, such as the Rogan Josh Curry.

Here at Family Secrets, the team have researched thousands of traditional recipes served during this five-day celebration.

The kids will be pleased to know that sweets are at the very centre of Diwali celebrations. No, we’re not talking Haribos. Instead, we’re talking about Indian sweetmeats. These are known as “mithai”. These sweetmeats are a mix between a snack, dessert and confectionery. This makes them the perfect treat during and indeed after a long day of celebrating.

Amongst the sweet dishes, there are also a few savoury treats you can enjoy. Traditionally, preparing these snacks is a social activity for the women in the family. The older generations will gather with their younger relatives in the kitchen to make savoury snacks. They are made from chickpeas, rice, lentils and other varieties of flours. Once seasoned, the snacks get pummelled into different shapes. You should deep-fry before they are delivered to family and friends in boxes.

This Diwali, we have a few dishes you should try out:

  • Vegetable Pakora – As crispy Indian snack, pakora is made-up of one or two ingredients of your choosing; onions, potatoes, spinach, cauliflower or tomato. When the vegetables are combined, the cooks will dip the pakoras in batter and deep-fried. These are best served with a rich chutney or curry sauce like our low-calorie Rogan Josh curry sauce!
  • Savoury Samosas – Another Indian snack, but this one is packed with spices! Traditionally, spiced potatoes, onions, lentils, minced lamb or beef fill the samosas. Once mixed together, the bakers place the filling in a triangular pastry casing for baking. These snacks often go well with a sweet chilli dipping sauce.
  • Chole Bhature – Otherwise known as chickpea curry. This dish is healthy and filling. Perfect for a weekday dinner! Quick and easy to make. All you need to do is thicken up our low-fat Punjabi Tadka sauce in a pan for a few minutes. Then adding a tin of chickpeas. If you’re looking for a thicker consistency, mash a few of the chickpeas while cooking. Then simmer for 5 minutes. Once it’s ready, serve up with some bread or plain basmati rice.

Fancy cooking some Diwali dishes in your kitchen this week? Why not try our family sauces? Inspired by traditional recipes, Family Secret’s low-fat curry sauces bring flavoursome, filling yet quick and easy meals to the modern-day family. Choose from vegan sauces to gluten free curries!

Customers can purchase our collection of low fat curry sauces on our website, from a low calorie rogan rosh curry to a low calorie moroccan tagine sauce, take a look here.

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Why Our Sauces Are The Perfect Dieting Partner?

As they say ‘summer bodies are made in the winter!’ As we approach the colder months, weight loss and diet talk starts to fill the air. For those looking to shake up their diet, have you ever tried a diet filled with curries?

Now, we don’t mean pigging out at your local Indian every night of the week; indulging in creamy chicken kormas and stodgy sag aloo. Instead, we mean trying out traditional Asian recipes – keeping all the flavour but taking out the fatty elements.

Numerous people have reported losing several stone in weight after eating curries two meals a day. In particular, Suki Burai, a mother of three who lost three stone from creating traditional Indian curries. 

In fact, curry could actually be better for you than just losing weight. Resea have looked at the spices in curries such as turmeric, cumin, allspice, cardamon and ginger

Taking inspiration from this, we’ve designed a range of low fat curry sauces that are perfect for healthy eating.

Low Fat Green Thai Curry Sauce

Regarded as the hotter of the Thai Curry triplets, our Green Thai curry sauce can be enjoyed with some diced chicken.. A thin yet flavoursome sauce, this Family Secret special contains a long list of healthy ingredients including:

  • Fresh green chillies
  • Lemon grass
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Kefir lime leaves
  • Cilantro roots
  • Shrimp paste.

What makes this healthy curry sauce beneficial for those trying to lose weight is it’s lack of fatty, creamy ingredients. Instead, we use a small splash of coconut cream and water to give the sauce some consistency and flavour.

Low Calorie Moroccan Tagine Sauce

Originating from North Africa, our Moroccan Tagine sauce draws from traditional cooking methods in Africa, in particular the technique of slow-cooking savoury stems. Using a crockery pot called a Tagine, the Moroccans would mix together sliced meat, poultry or fish with seasonal vegetables and fruits to create a stew. Then, they add spices, nuts and dried fruit for extra flavour. In later years, the Moroccan Tagine recipe was named after the pot it is cooked in.

Our take on the classic Moroccan Tagine sauce is made using fresh vegetables and spices such as tomatoes, onions, aubergines and paprika – making it low in calories (just 48kcal per 100g).

Healthy Indonesian Rendang Curry Sauce

Our most popular sauces is our Family Secret’s Indonesian Rendang Sauce. In 2017, it picked up a Great Taste Award. 

The Rendang dish was traditionally served at ceremonial occasions and to honour guests, but is most commonly served across Malaysia in the Malay community. We draw inspiration from classic Indonesian recipes, using traditional ingredients such as coconut milk, red chinese chillies, turmeric and milled lemongrass. While coconut milk is high in fats, coconut milk actually contains a ‘healthy kind of saturated fat’ that is not harmful to the body. This is what makes our Rendang sauce so healthy!

To find out how to make a Indonesian Rendang Curry, check out our recipes page for pictures of the dishes we created with all our sauces. 

If you’re looking to buy any of our healthy curry sauce options, take a look at our online store here. You can now take advantage of our FREE delivery service when you buy your favourite Family Secret sauces.

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