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what is the most paleo takeaway meal?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created August 03, 2012 at 4:19 PM

I should start by saying I am in the UK, so my takeaway options are basically pizza, kebab, chinese, indian or fish and chips. I totally veto pizza generally, i know chinese dishes are almost all full of sugar and soy, kebabs are incredibly processed meat (i don't really want to think what goes into them to be honest), fish is battered :( So am I right in thinking indian is the best option? meat cooked in ghee, lots of coconut milk options or cream, a little rice is not tooo bad. Also the good old chippy-potatoes cooked in beef dripping at my local-not bad really unless you don't eat white potatoes? I can get a chicken leg there which has also been fried in beef dripping (might sound horrible but they are so tasty). Opinions? Anything to add? I an genuinely interested in what people think :)

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on July 12, 2013
at 01:44 PM

Seconding the kebab. Keep in mind also that kebabs are often marinated in yogurt BECAUSE they're made from low-fat cuts, which means you don't have to worry as much about high levels of Omega 6 fats.

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on July 12, 2013
at 01:02 PM

2nd. That's what we do. Any chinese protein/veggie dish and ask for it steamed. There is no sauce. It's perfect and still delicious.

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on October 06, 2012
at 08:19 PM

How does tandoori chicken get that mysterious pink color?

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on October 06, 2012
at 08:17 PM

....tea smoked duck....

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on August 06, 2012
at 03:19 PM

I have seen Indian cooks refer to "vegetable ghee" as ghee. Just a heads up that you might want to clarify with your local restaurant.

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on August 03, 2012
at 11:15 PM

Gyros is a good 2:30 shout, however in Leeds there's a pie shop that serves a very good chilli! :)

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on August 03, 2012
at 08:33 PM

and where would one find one of these?

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on August 03, 2012
at 06:39 PM

...this also the same way I first tried Qdoba.

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on August 03, 2012
at 06:30 PM

Yay! I had a gyro for the first time in my life a few weeks back, semi-inebriated with a couple of friends at 2:30AM. Which, apparently, is the primary way these things are enjoyed. If this happens again, I will use your meat salad idea.

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on August 03, 2012
at 05:13 PM

maybe laura hair means local 'pub' cooking with beef drippings, not the indian restaurant.

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on August 03, 2012
at 04:29 PM

Are they really cooking with ghee? I heard a lot of Indian restaurants switched to cheap oils. Also, seems odd that Indian restaurant would cook with beef dripping. Isn't most Indian cuisine meant to satisfy Hindu dietary requirements (no cow)?

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on August 03, 2012
at 04:43 PM

What's wrong with a kebab? Even if the meat isn't in its original structure, I never knew a kebab to be anything other than meat and seasonings, possibly marinated in yogurt depending on the kebab.

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on July 12, 2013
at 01:44 PM

Seconding the kebab. Keep in mind also that kebabs are often marinated in yogurt BECAUSE they're made from low-fat cuts, which means you don't have to worry as much about high levels of Omega 6 fats.

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on August 03, 2012
at 11:12 PM

Ermmmm, NANDO'S!!! There are plenty of good Peri-Peri chicken shops scattered around.

Failing that, a mix grill from an Indian restaurant is always a winner.

Depending on how strict you are, Thai food, Fish from the chippi, Jerk chicken + rice & pea, there are plenty of Paleo foods choices. You just may have to throw away the chips that come with em.....

Let me know how you get on buddy.

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on August 03, 2012
at 08:08 PM

Hi, from the UK as well. We usually go for a indian - some tadoori style grilled meats or a tomato based curry. Add a few veggies sides and you can eat pretty paleo. Had a meal with family recently and had to laugh as they all struggled through their plates full of rice, popadoms and naan breads. Me and my wife devoured a decent sized meal and felt fine.

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on October 06, 2012
at 08:19 PM

How does tandoori chicken get that mysterious pink color?

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on August 03, 2012
at 07:27 PM

I'm also in the UK and I would always, always, always choose a kebab without the bread as my first option for a takeaway. My local van is great quality with brilliant fresh salad - that makes all the difference. If only I could persuade them to stop giving me free bottles of coke with my order because I'm such a good customer!!! I am also a fan of Indian and I have asked my local what they use, and they say it is ghee. So I would go there second, despite my aversion to having a curry without an onion bhaji as a starter and a naan bread with my mains...

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on August 03, 2012
at 05:30 PM

kebab sans bread gets my vote.

Here in the US, we have Gyros - basically a Greek version of a D??ner Kebab... and one of my favorite things in the whole wide world.

Instead of serving it with a chili sauce (as d??ners are in the uk), they serve it with tzaziki sauce, a dilled yogurt and cucumber dressing/sauce... add lots of raw onions and you have a killer "meat salad".

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on August 03, 2012
at 06:39 PM

...this also the same way I first tried Qdoba.

De641ff2accb4975e1f42886b43009db

(2227)

on August 03, 2012
at 08:33 PM

and where would one find one of these?

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on August 03, 2012
at 06:30 PM

Yay! I had a gyro for the first time in my life a few weeks back, semi-inebriated with a couple of friends at 2:30AM. Which, apparently, is the primary way these things are enjoyed. If this happens again, I will use your meat salad idea.

6690459d4e256da82d910376ac6c34fc

(323)

on August 03, 2012
at 11:15 PM

Gyros is a good 2:30 shout, however in Leeds there's a pie shop that serves a very good chilli! :)

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on August 03, 2012
at 05:29 PM

Try chinese- steamed chicken/pork/shrimp/beef +veggies. Can't go wrong with that. No rice and no sauce and you'll be golden like the Ming Dynasty.

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(10611)

on October 06, 2012
at 08:17 PM

....tea smoked duck....

46bee6b93ee79082ea1094f26c2da5a4

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on July 12, 2013
at 01:02 PM

2nd. That's what we do. Any chinese protein/veggie dish and ask for it steamed. There is no sauce. It's perfect and still delicious.

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on May 16, 2014
at 03:06 PM

As a form of blatant self promotion, I have just opened what may be the first paleo takeaway in the UK. I'm based in Cirencester in the Market Square on Saturdays only. I look forward to seeing you there! Ian

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on May 16, 2014
at 03:02 PM

This is probably a little late but i have just opened what might the first paleo takeaway in the UK. I trade in Cirencester on Saturdays only for the time being. I look forward to seeing people there. Ian

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on July 12, 2013
at 12:02 PM

i would say go for a chicken or lamb shiish or better still a combo of both. just chuck the bread away. then it basically becomes a chicken and lamb salad.

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on October 06, 2012
at 08:09 PM

A balti. That black iron pot with the dark meat stew is my favorite Indian dish. A lot easier to find in the UK than the US. And the lamb balti I made at home was a pale imitation of what I got in Birmingham.

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on October 06, 2012
at 08:10 AM

Thai is always my take away option. Instead of the rice I tend to fry some cabbage and have that with a chicken masaman curry (lots of Coconut milk & lime leaves) :)

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on August 06, 2012
at 01:08 PM

thanks very much everyone :) kebabs are back on the menu!My local indian restaurant does cook in ghee, i asked them so i'm very happy!

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on August 06, 2012
at 03:19 PM

I have seen Indian cooks refer to "vegetable ghee" as ghee. Just a heads up that you might want to clarify with your local restaurant.

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on August 03, 2012
at 08:27 PM

Green curry sans rice + coconut water

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on August 03, 2012
at 08:26 PM

Kebabs are not really highly processed. In most cases it's just beef/lamb/chicken (or a mix there of) plus spicing, and then ground to a fine consistency and cooked (like a meat loaf) before being put on a spit for a final broiling/slicing. The Tzatziki is pretty damn paleo too (Greek yogurt + garlic, cucumber, mint, lemon, salt/pepper). Ditch the bread and you are good to go. Plus you don't have to wonder what sort of oil it's cooked in (because it's cooked in its own juices).

http://www.kayotic.nl/blog/gyros-101

Pretty good recipes in that blog for gyros (the spicing profile is almost identical to kebabs, family variations not withstanding).

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on August 03, 2012
at 07:30 PM

I would just buy lots of fruit.. nonstop. But that's just me! :)

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on August 03, 2012
at 05:57 PM

I tend to get either sushi (I know there's tons in London - not sure about where you live) or a salad with some grilled meat and no dressing (use my own home made).

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on August 03, 2012
at 05:10 PM

From what you have said i would say indian is your best option. But do make sure you ask to be sure. The best thing to do is talk to the owners and cooks, this is what i do at my local chinese and they help me pick out the most paleo thing. Te owner and I now have a good relationship and knows my dietary needs. getting over that awkward "i can't eat this or this" moment, means you can have a cheeky take away without stressing too much that it is full of mysterious crap. If i want to be safe with chinese i normally just order peking duck which is just roast duck and nothing else.

I think kebabs might have some sort of rusk/wheat filler in them.... maybe not. But i had one the other month and asked if it the kebab did have rusk in, the kebab dude said no but i felt a bit shitty after.....

PS. talking about beef dripping if you are ever in london check out Hawksmore's beef dripping chips sooo good. They also do pretty awesome steak!

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