Dash Diet Guidelines: High Blood Pressure Cook Book/Low Salt Recipes
High Blood Pressure Cookbook: Low Salt Recipes
Author: Tarla Dalal
Reviewed by Sita (healthy-blood-pressure-tips.com)
Tarla Dalal is India's best loved cook which is why I was so pleased I found this recipe book. I was recently told that I should watch my blood pressure because it was creeping up each time I had it checked, but knowing that Indian cooking can be quite high in fat and salt I was worried that I would not be able to find any Indian recipe alternatives. Fortunately Tarla has saved the day with her excellent book. I knew I could trust her recipes because she has been writing cookery books for over 30 years and has written more than 100 books! My whole family use her recipes.
Like a lot of traditional Indian cookery, these recipes are mostly vegetarian and are made with plenty of aromatic herbs and spices. The recipes in this 100 page book have been carefully designed to use only the minimum of salt and yet still retain all of the taste and flavor that Indian food is famous for. She describes in great detail how to prepare meals using low-sodium ingredients and the minimum amount of oil. All of the recipes are made with fresh ingredients – not from pre-prepared processed sauces which are high in salt and fat.
The High Blood Pressure Cookbook is sorted into sections for breakfasts, soups, salads, rotis (breads made from wholemeal flour), subzis (vegetables), dahls (lentils), rice dishes, side dishes, chutneys, pickles and desserts. At first it may seem impossible that you can make all of these with little or no salt – but Tarla Dalal proves you can. My family were a bit suspicious at first, thinking that these recipes might not be as flavorsome as those they were used to, but we were all pleasantly surprised at how little the flavors are altered.
Indian diets are usually higher in legumes and pulses than a typical western diet, so they are already more heart healthy, but now with this extra guidance from Tarla Dalal I have learned how to make my cooking blood pressure friendly as well! My blood pressure has now stabilized but I'm hoping that by following the recipes in this book it will start to drop.
I highly recommend this book mostly because of the healthy vegetarian recipes which are certainly satisfying to the taste buds! They have all the flavor of traditionally cooked Indian food but with all the bad bits taken out!
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