Seafood is a very important part of non-vegetarian cuisine in India. Seafood is good for health and should be included in your weekly diet. This is because it is high in protein and low in calories – making it the perfect food for the weight conscious. It also has omega 3 fatty acids and is good for the heart as cholesterol levels are also low compared to any other non-vegetarian food. Seafood is low in sodium and therefore it is good for blood pressure control. It is also a rich source of minerals and vitamins. If you have noticed, the list of health benefits of seafood is never ending.

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As any seafood lover will know, if you want to cook seafood at home, it can be difficult to get good quality fish at the right price. The seafood market in India is rather unorganised. To buy seafood you have to go through a lot of market chaos and polluted lanes. Contaminated containers, vendors and soaring prices can prove to be quite a hassle. However there are seafood providers that have been aiming to solve these problems and bring good quality, fresh seafood at your kitchen table. Some of them also offer the facility to order seafood online which is then delivered to your doorstep.

Variety of seafood

Variety of Fish
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You can order seawater fish, freshwater fish and a variety of prawns online. Best sellers typically include Pomfret, Rohu, Rawas, Hilsa, Betki and prawns. Some cooks also order exotic seafood like Clam, frozen Basa fillet, Lobster meat, Squid and Crab meat online.

There are a variety of prawns available like small/ medium prawns, tiger prawns, white prawns and king prawns. Prawns can be found all round the year. They are easy to cook and their preparation time is also less. You can make them pan fried, deep fried, sauteed or grilled or use in delicious curries. They are an all time favourite. Small / medium prawns can be used for everyday meals and king or tiger prawns can be used for exotic recipes.

Tiger prawns are best enjoyed as an appetizer. They signify youth, vigor and energy and have colours like pink, peach, orange, off white and grey. Once the skin is removed they appear in white and grey stripes. They are a source of protein, unsaturated fats, omega 3 fatty acids and sodium. They are also low in saturated fats.

Omega 3s fatty acids offer many health benefits. They promote proper brain growth in children and are also likely to lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. They have also been known to help improve the brain functioning in older women. There is some research linking Omega 3s to lower risks of depression. They improve the immunity of our body and thus can help prevent many diseases. They are strongly recommended for pregnant women. Eating seafood is good for your skin, eyes, joints and also for your heart. Some seafood can also be a good source of Vitamin D. Thus it must be an essential part of the diet for growing children.