Have you ever tried cooking a curry?

Well, if the answer is yes, you might be pleased to learn that you’re on your way to naturally boosting your immune system.

Through reading this blog, we can reveal some of the reasons why

Yummy recipes rich in turmeric

I promised you a post with a simple recipe to allow you to recreate a wonderfully satisfying curry, in the comfort of your own kitchen.

 

I also promised that you would find you can make this recipe with simple ingredients that you would definitely find as a staple in and Indian household. These are the items we may recommend you begin to stock for a wonderful array of dishes that can be created using them. Of course we will help to inspire you with that.

 

These ingredients are used traditionally and feature in almost every recipe within Indian cooking. The beauty is, once you buy them once, they go a long way and have some amazing potential.

An Indian households staple spice

We want to provide you some insights relating to these staple ingredients, that have been documented well and may support our immune systems and may help to promote overall better health.

Staple Ingredients for an Indian Pantry
Staple Ingredients for an Indian Pantry

We will be taking one ingredient at a time and hero’ing them in a variety of recipes, so you can become confident with how to use it well. So this week’s choice is Turmeric (I’m sure you guessed it already).

There are many other ingredients within this recipe, however this particular spice has been considered a superfood, and we simply love it. Our family use it in a remedial way, since it goes back to home remedies from India in our mother and fathers generation (more stories to be shared here).

 

So like us, why not add a little turmeric spice to your life to provide a natural immune boost??

 

The beauty behind the ingredient

Turmeric is certainly an essential and provides versatility and colour to each dish. Just one thing, before we start, please handle with care. It’s a tough colour to wash out of clothes, so please don’t wear your favourite top when cooking with it. It has been known to taint many of our clothes and very disappointingly at that! Be warned :))

 

Cooking with Turmeric

In times like these, we can all do with giving our bodies the best fighting chance, so you can imagine the reasons why I will always recommend a great curry, at the best of times.

 

The core of this curry is based upon a very well cooked and enriched paste, with spices that not only are rich in aroma, but also in flavour and health promoting properties.

 

Introduction to Turmeric

Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) is a spice and major source of curcumin. Curcuma longa is a medical herb that has been traditionally used in Asian countries due to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, antimicrobial and anticancer properties (Hewlings and Kalman, 2017).

Curcumin is an orange -yellow component of turmeric, a spice often found in curry powder, with reported health benefits from its ability to modulate the immune system (Jagetia, 2007).

We will host a series of blogs so you can appreciate more about the beauty behind Turmeric, quite literally.

And now for that recipe I promised…

(You may need to click on this image to maximise the recipe so you can read it better)

Vegetable Curry with Cauli Rice
Immune Boosting Vegetable Curry with Cauli Rice

The best thing about it is that you can substitute the veg portions I have included for others you have handy at home right now.

Next time we’ll share how to make a traditionally Punjabi Turka Dahl.

Lentil Dahl with Chia
Fortified Balanced Heart Warming Dahls
References
Hewlings, S. J. and Kalman, D. S. (2017) ‘Curcumin: A Review of Its’ Effects on Human Health.’ Foods. 6(10), pp. 92. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5664031/ (Accessed: 30 March 2020).
Jagetia, G. C. (2007) ‘” Spicing up” of the immune system by curcumin.’ J Clin Immunol, 27(1), pp. 19-35. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17211725 (Accessed: 30 March 2020).

We hope you enjoy cooking up your curry and we would love you to share your stories of what you create on any of our social media channel stories, or even share them here.

 

If you’re not feeling up to cooking, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. You may be aware that Green Sisters core range of products are ‘free-from’ up to 14 allergens.

 

We believe you can create lovely dishes that can be enjoyed together and are full of flavour, despite allergies  #freefromcompromise

Green Sisters aims to break down barriers created by food allergies and intolerances. We hope to bring the sharing culture back to the table and encourage our communities to eat together again.
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