Indian diner dishing up curry that’s good for the heart

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Its spices have long been renowned for their health-boosting properties, but when a curry is laden with ghee and salt, it’s going to tikka its toll on your heart.

But a Sheffield Indian diner has now launched a menu of healthier curries which have been given the seal of approval by the charity Heart Research UK.

Abdul’s takeaway and diner on Ecclesall Road has cut back on the salt, sugar and fats for dishes on its Healthy Options menu.

To enhance the range’s credibility Abdul’s, which opened in February, has worked closely with Heart Research UK.

The new curries have a significantly lower amount of oil and cream, says owner Abdul Ghafoor. He created the menu in a bid to change perceptions of Indian fast food as an unhealthy option for family mealtimes and is adamant flavour has not been sacrificed.

Abdul said; “I don’t want people to think that just because they’re healthy, the dishes will lack flavour. We guarantee taste and quality is maintained.”

The health benefits of Indian spices are well chronicled.

Turmeric has been used for centuries in traditional Indian ayurvedic medicine as an anti-inflammatory and as a remedy for irritable bowel syndrome symptoms. Researchers in several countries are investigating curcumin, the component which gives turmeric its yellow colour, for use in treating diseases ranging from some cancers to cirrhosis of the liver.

Curcumin could also be helpful in treating painful arthritis, according to researchers at Nottingham University. And last year, American researchers described patients with Alzheimer’s disease whose symptoms were “improved remarkably” as a result of consuming turmeric.