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Switch to Healthier Cooking Methods

Healthy living starts with healthy eating. The right cooking techniques can help you cut the fat – and calories – from your food. Switch to these cooking methods to retain the flavour, colour and nutrients in food without adding excessive amounts of fat or salt. Try them now:


What’s it? This involves applying dry heat to the surface of food. The method is ideal for cooking food that has been sliced, be it meat or vegetables. Outdoor grills often have a bed of charcoal embers or gas-heated rocks. This works best for meat – it has a distinctive roast aroma that’s unmatched!

Equipment: Grill (indoor or outdoor) or grill pan

Perfect for: Meat, chicken, firm fish and seafood, bell peppers, potatoes, brinjal, carrots, corn and paneer


What’s it? Steaming involves cooking in an enclosed environment infused with steam. The method cooks and seals in flavour, preserving nutrients better than any other cooking method except using the microwave. Adding seasoning and spices to the water flavours the food gently.

Equipment: A covered, perforated basket set atop a pot of boiling water, or an electric steamer.

Perfect for: Fish and shellfish, chicken breasts and most vegetables


What’s it? A traditional Asian method of cooking, stir-frying involves rapidly cooking small, uniform-sized pieces of food at very high heat. Continuous stirring and tossing of ingredients is essential to ensure that food doesn’t stick to the pan.

Equipment: A wok or large nonstick frying pan

Perfect for: Bell peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, cabbage, eggplant, paneer, tofu, chicken, pork and prawns


What’s it? One of the simplest cooking methods, broiling is a dryheat method of cooking and involves exposing food to direct and constant heat in an oven. It’s kind of similar to grilling – in grilling, the heat source is below the food; in broiling it is above.

Equipment: Gas or electric oven

Perfect for: Chicken, salmon, bell peppers, squashes, zucchini and onions