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High calorie Indian dishes

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Some Indian dishes contain healthy ingredients like vegetables, whole grains and other routine ingredients such as pulses, lentils and legumes.

However, depending on the regional cooking style or how the dish is cooked, it may be high in calories. In fact, often times, some dishes are extremely high in calories because of additions like cream, ghee, butter and sugar. If you are looking to adopt a heart healthy diet or just trying to watch your waistline, there are certain high calorie Indian foods that are best avoided. Let's have a look.

Chicken korma curry

It's a mild creamy-style chicken dish, popularly served in most of households. Main ingredients include chicken, ginger- garlic paste, Butter or ghee.

Calorie intake: Approxi-mately 800-870kcal.


Fried pastry with a savory filling such as spiced potatoes, onions, or peas. They are a popular snack especially in the evenings. Main ingredients include potato-stuffing, chicken (rare), vegetable, oil and salt.

Calorie intake: Approxi-mately 260k cal for 2pcs (vegetarian samosas) and 320kcal for 2pcs (non-vegetarian samosas).

Tandoori chicken

Tandoori chicken is a popular Indian dish consisting of roasted chicken prepared with yogurt and spices.

Calorie intake: Approxi-mately 264-300kcal for one entire leg of chicken.

Chicken madras

It's a spicy curry that can be made with chicken, pork, beef and even mince beef or lamb as a Keema Madras.

Calorie intake: Approxi-mately 450-500kcal per 100-200gms

Pilau rice

A dish consisting of rice           flavored with spices and cooked in stock, to which meat, poultry, vegetables or fish may be added.

Calorie intake: Approxi-mately 449kcal per serving.

Onion bhaji

This is a spicy Indian snack that consists of a core, similar to potato fritters, with several variants. It is usually used as a topping on various Indian meals but has become popular to eat alone as a snack

Calorie intake:  190 kcal per 2-3 pcs (depending on size).

Chicken tikka masala

Chicken tikka masala is a dish of roasted chicken chunks in a spicy sauce. The sauce is usually creamy, spiced and orange-coloured. Interestingly, this isn't a traditional Indian dish. It got its name from the resemblance in spices to chicken tikkas, a popular starter in mughlai cuisine. However, it has become very popular in India and abroad.

Calorie intake: Approxi-mately 438- 557 kcal per small bowl (depending on amount of butter used)

Chicken curry

Chicken curry is a common delicacy in India. The main ingredients in this dish are chicken and curry. The curry powder along with an array of other spices including masala powder, saffron, ginger and so on, are mixed to form a sauce to blend in with the chicken.

Calorie intake: Approxi-mately 583 kcal per serving.

Lamb rogan josh

Rogan josh is an aromatic lamb dish, which is one of the signature recipes of Kashmiri cuisine. Rogan josh is cooked in oil at intense heat.

Calorie intake: Approxi-mately 589 kcal per serving.

Lamb kheema

Ground lamb cooked with curry spices and baby green peas.

Calorie intake: Approxi-mately 502-562 kcal per serving.

Naan bread

Naan is a leavened, oven-baked flatbread.

Calorie intake: Approxi-mately 317 kcal per naan.


Barfi is an Indian dessert, usually in the form of lozenge. Barfi is often, but not always, made by thickening milk with sugar and other ingredients (dry fruits and mild spices). It is then spread in a flat, shallow dish and cut into bite-sized pieces. These pieces are sometimes decorated with edible silver foil.

Calorie intake:  Approxi-mately 103 kcal per piece.


Halwa refers to many types of dense, sweet confections. Served in India, Halwa may also include numerous other ingredients, including sunflower seeds, various nuts, beans, lentils, and vegetables such as carrots, pumpkins, yams, and squashes.

Calorie intake: Approximately 570 kcal per serving.


Jalebi is a popular sweet in India. It is made by deep-frying a wheat-flour batter in pretzel or circular shapes, which are then soaked in sugar syrup. The sweets are served warm or cold. They have a somewhat chewy texture with a crystallized sugary exterior coating.

Calorie intake:  Approxi-mately 459 kcal per serving.

Ras Mallai

Ras Malai is a sweet dessert popular in India. Ras, which means juice/juicy, and malai, which means cream.

Calorie intake: Approxi-mately 250 kcal per serving.

Chhole bhature

Chole bhature, alternatively called chana puri is a combination of chole and fried bread called bhatoora.

Calorie intake: Approxi-mately 450 kcal per serving.

Butter chicken

Butter chicken is basically a North Indian dish, popular type of chicken curry sauce, which is seen in almost all Indian restaurant menus. Chicken cooked in creamy rich sauce made with cashews, almonds, tomatoes and butter, also known as Chicken Makhani.

Calorie intake:  Approxi-mately 490 kcal per serving.


Falooda is a cold and sweet beverage with many ingredients. It is made by mixing rose syrup with vermicelli, psyllium or basil seeds, jelly pieces and tapioca pearls along with milk, water or ice cream.

Calorie intake - Approxi-mately 300 kcal per one big glass.

Paneer bhurji

Paneer Bhurji is also a great breakfast dish. It also makes a quick and easy dinner dish when teamed with hot Chapatis or Parathas.

Calorie intake: Approxi-mately 412 kcal per one medium bowl.

Pav bhaji

Pav Bhaji is a fast food in Marathi cuisine. Pav bhaji consists of bhaji (a thick potato-based curry) garnished with coriander, chopped onion and a dash of lemon and baked pav. The pav is usually buttered on all sides.

Calorie intake: Approxi-mately 600 kcal per plate.