Curry is healthy. Some studies have shown that it can lower a person’s risk of developing colon cancer significantly. Curry has also been shown to prevent Alzheimer’s. The rates of people with Alzheimer’s are about four times lower in India than in the United States.
Turmeric, one of the main ingredients in Curry, has antiseptic properties and is quite useful for skin irritations. It has also been shown to be effective in the treatment of arthritis and reduced the joint swelling many arthritis patients experience. Turmeric also boosts the benefits of certain chemo therapy drugs and lessens the side effects. It is a natural pain killer and Cox-2 inhibitor (anti-inflammatory).
Needless to say the spices that curry consists of are very healthy in many ways.
A few weekends ago I was lucky enough to be part of a lesson in cooking indian foods. The boyfriend’s mom has a friend who invited us for an evening that included directions on how to prepare and cook multiple authentic indian dishes.
FYI: There is no such thing as a spice called curry. It’s a mix. The curry base usually consists of Turmeric, Cumin and Coriander. Depending on the region that a particular curry mix originated from and depending on individual taste, other spices (cinnamon, cardamom, chili pepper etc.) may be added to the basic mix.
Since it’s a spice mix making this is more about proportion than about exact measurements. This mix can be used to add to Dal, chicken, beef, vegetables or basically anything that might benefit from a curry flavor. Add some oil or ghee (clarified butter), tomatoes, coconut milk, or yogurt to get more sauce and you have a healthy and flavorful dish.
This is the basic mix 0f spices to create an authentic curry:
1 part Turmeric
1 part red Chili Powder
2 parts Cumin Powder
4 parts Coriander Powder.
If you intend to use this a lot, you can make a large batch (it keeps for about 6-8 months).
A large batch as in 1/8 of a cup of turmeric, 1/8 of a cup of chili powder, 1/4 cup of Cumin Powder, and 1/2 cup of coriander. Keep it in a zip lock bag or a tupperware container until you’re ready to use it.
Or if you just kind of want to try this whole indian curry thing make the mix based on teaspoon measures. For example 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder, 1 teaspoon of cumin, and 2 teaspoons of coriander.
Easy enough, right?