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Cookbook on Indian dishes in Britain

How to tuck into the spicy delicacies of Indian cuisine without guilt and yet avoid diabetes and heart attack? A new cookbook featuring low calorie Indian dishes without compromising on their spicy content is the answer.

world Updated: May 05, 2008 16:25 IST

How to tuck into the spicy delicacies of Indian cuisine without guilt and yet avoid diabetes and heart attack?

A new cookbook featuring low calorie Indian dishes without compromising on their spicy content is the answer. It is being distributed free to doctors clinics in London.

The cookbook, titled 'Spice for Life', is part of efforts by charity organisation 'Apnee Sehat' (Our Health) to promote healthier food and lifestyle among people with origins in the Indian sub-continent.

Research shows that compared to the UK population as a whole, people of south Asian origin are six times more likely to develop diabetes and are 50 per cent to die from heart attacks and strokes.

Based in Warwickshire, the award-winning "Apnee Sehat" has undertaken a series of activities to promote healthier food and lifestyle, including audio-visual material focusing on lifestyle and diabetes, educating people while remaining aware of cultural and religious sensitivities.

The low calorie cookbook has been produced by Sudesh Kumar, a professor of Medicine at the Warwick University, who graduated from the Madras University in 1986.

Sudesh Kumar, an expert in obesity-driven diabetes, said: "Apnee Sehat is an innovative model for developing and delivering diabetes care to the South Asian population".

"We have worked closely with local communities, National Health Service organisations and University research and education units to achieve this," he added.