Curry Lovers Spice Collection
While curry might be great for tantalizing your taste buds, did you know that there are also many health benefits to this zesty mix of spices? Eating curry is an excellent way to help regulate one's blood sugar, prevent rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis, treat sinus and lung congestion, and fight infections. Each spice has its own benefits and combining them can make for a powerful health boost as well as a tasty meal.
While curry might be great for tantalizing your taste buds, did you know that there are also many health benefits to this zesty mix of spices?
Since curry is a combination of many spices, there are dozens of health benefits that might be had by eating this tasty dish. Although these blends vary by region, the mixture commonly includes turmeric, ground cumin, coriander, and cardamom. Each spice has its own benefits and combining them can make for a powerful health boost as well as a tasty meal.
Thanks to the increased scientific awareness of the healing properties of curry, more and more scientists are new beginning to investigate its potential for medicinal use.
Eating curry is an excellent agent in helping to regulate one's blood sugar, thus, a non-drug self-treatment for diabetes. With regular consumption of it, people with erratic blood sugar levels tend to find their blood sugar is no longer erratic! Curry also helps to prevent rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis. It is renowned for treating sinus and lung congestion, fighting infections as well.
India has one of the lowest rates of Alzheimer's disease in the world. A diet rich in curcumin, a spice used in yellow curry, may offer a potential explanation and a new therapy for the brain disorder, according to a new study. The spice has well-known anti-inflammatory properties and is safe even when people regularly ingest large amounts. Curcumin is also an antioxidant--it thwarts the damage caused by reactive molecules called free radicals.
Our Curry Lovers Spice Collection consists of:
Asafoetida, Chili Powder, Coriander Powder, Cumin Seeds, Curry powder - mild, Curry powder - hot, Garam Masala and Mustard Seeds
- Asafoetida: Indian cuisine incorporates the 6 tastes in its meals – sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent. Asafoetida is pungent in taste almost like garlic.
- Chili Powder: Chili peppers contain a substance called capsaicin which gives peppers their characteristic pungence, producing mild to intense spice when eaten. In studies, capsaicin has been shown to be an effective treatment for sensory nerve fiber disorders, including pain associated with arthritis, psoriasis, and diabetic neuropathy.
- Cumin Seed: The health benefits of cumin for digestive disorders has been well known throughout history. It can help with flatulence, indigestion, diarrhea, nausea, and morning sickness. The seeds can be boiled in water to make a tea of sorts - 1 teaspoon seeds to 1 glass water. It is a good source of iron, required in the body to make hemoglobin in the blood, for the proper functioning of enzymes and for manufacturing proteins
- Coriander Powder: Coriander has many known health benefits and researchers are finding more every day. Here are 13 known health benefits:
- Protects against the Salmonella bacteria
- Reportedly works as a natural chelation treatment
- Aids digestion and prevents flatulence
- An anti-inflammatory which may alleviate symptoms of arthritis
- Protects against urinary tract infections
- Prevents nausea
- Relieves intestinal gas and settles the stomach
- Lowers blood sugar
- Lowers bad cholesterol (LDL) and raises good cholesteraol (HDL)
- A good source of dietary fiber
- A good source of iron
- A good source of magnesium
- Rich in phytonutrients and flavonoids
- Curry Powder: Curry is known to boost brain functioning, in fact, there are has studies that indicate that it clears up Amyloid Plaques which are found in the brains of victims of the debilitating Alzheimer's Disease. In India, curry is part of the staple diet, where rates of Alzheimer's disease are the lowest in the world. Curry is known as an aid in prevention and "cure" of different forms of cancer.
- Garam Masala: An exotic blend of Indian spices, Garam means hot. Garam masala is an aromatic blend of several whole spices - cinnamon, black cardamom, cloves, green cardamom used in Indian dishes. This is also an economical way of buying a little of each spice and mixing and matching them while cooking. Since Garam Masala is a combination of many spices, there are dozens of health benefits that might be had by eating this tasty dish.
- Mustard Seeds: Mustard seeds are a very good source of omega-3 fatty acids as well as a good source of iron, calcium, zinc, manganese, magnesium, selenium, protein, niacin and dietary fiber.
It is used in Ayurveda to eliminate stagnant waste from the intestinal tract and is especially good at clearing out the toxins and impacted waste from a junk food diet. Similar to garlic but stronger, cook it with lentils and beans to make them more digestible and to reduce gas. It can be used to help relieve flatulence, abdominal pains, and digestive disorders and will kick-start peristalsis to prevent constipation. It helps in relieving the ‘locked’ gas in stomach and in relieving pain. It is either taken orally or applied externally on abdominal region in the form of a paste. It is useful in respiratory conditions like whooping cough, upper respiratory tract infections where congestion is a problem, asthmatic attacks and bronchitis.
Use a pinch in your vegetables and in lentils and beans. Add oil in the pan and fry the asafoetida in oil or dry roast it. You may fry it along with cumin seeds and or mustard seeds. In Indian foods, it is frequently used to flavor vegetable and dal dishes, sauces, papads and pickles.
Red chili peppers, have been shown to reduce blood cholesterol, triglyceride levels, and platelet aggregation, while increasing the body's ability to dissolve fibrin, a substance integral to the formation of blood clots. Other health benefits of Chili: Cardiovascular Benefits, Natural Pain Relief , Fights Inflammation, Lowers the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes, Weight loss, Prevents Stomach Ulcers, Helps Stop the Spread of Prostate Cancer, Boosts Immunity and Clears Congestion
Add Chili Powder to Indian vegetables, and curries. Use when barbecuing. Add to Mexican dishes such as salsa, avocado dip, taco, and enchilada sauces. Use in stir frys, relishes and chutneys. Also used in Thai curries and dishes, African cuisine and Indonesian sambals.
Dried red chilies are fried in hot oil until dark brown in Chinese cuisine. This hot chili oil is then used to season stir-fries and other dishes. Korean cuisine also embraced hot chilies in kim chi and in hot bean pastes. Heat chilies pepper and cumin in a teaspoon of butter or ghee and garnish dals/ lentils before serving for a gourmet look/garnish.
Cumin also aids digestion, piles, insomnia, respiratory disorders, asthma, bronchitis, common cold, lactation, anemia, skin disorders, boils, immunity, and cancer. In Indian cooking the cumin seeds are exposed to heat to release its wonderful aroma and flavor. They can also used as a garnishing spice when dry roasted, coarsely ground and sprinkled on yogurt salads/raita. Most Indian lentil and bean dishes will have cumin added to them as it imparts flavor and helps to digest beans and lentils. Heat cumin and in oil or ghee and add vegetables and potato, alternatively drizzle over cooked vegetables. Add ground cumin to lemon or yogurt marinades for grilling and barbecues. Cumin is frequently used in many Mexican dishes including chili con carne and tamales.
In Indian dishes we first start with oil/ghee in a pan, then add some cumin or mustard seeds afterwards add other spices like coriander powder, turmeric. Then add preferred vegetables. Coriander can be added to carrots, cauliflower, zucchini, potato and most other for a musky, earthy and fresh flavor. Add coriander to fresh herbal pestos. May be used in stews, curries, meat, and seafood dishes of South American, Indian, Mediterranean, and African origins.
Eating Curry is an excellent agent in helping to regulate one's blood sugar, thus, a non-drug self-treatment for Diabetes. With regular consumption of it, people with erratic blood sugar levels tend to find their blood sugar is no longer erratic!
Curry additionally helps to prevent rheumatoid Arthritis and osteoporosis. It is renowned for treating sinus and lung congestion, fighting infections as well.
Curry powder may be used in many dishes. Most commonly it is used to make an Indian curry. The curry starts with sautéing onions and tomatoes and adding the main ingredients and curry powder. Curry powder can also be used for a quick dip to complement fruit and vegetable sticks, blend sour cream or yogurt with Curry Powder, marmalade, and thyme. You can easily make an East Indian marinade for chicken or lamb with Curry Powder, yogurt, lime or lemon juice, and garlic
This blend goes well with rice pilafs, vegetables, tandoori chicken, and many other Indian dishes. When cooked with tomatoes and onions it forms a wonderful aromatic and tasty sauce (curry) for vegetables and meats. Use in curries – coconut base curry, onion base curry, tomato base curry. Sprinkle a pinch on vegetables while they are being steamed. Use in pilafs for taste and heavenly aroma.
Selenium has been shown to help reduce the severity of asthma, decrease some of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, and help prevent cancer. Magnesium has been shown to help reduce the severity of asthma, lower high blood pressure, restore normal sleep patterns in menopausal women, reduce frequency of migraine attacks, and prevent heart attack in patients suffering from atherosclerosis or diabetic heart disease.
Mustard seeds are an integral part of South and East Indian cuisine. These seeds are exposed to heat to release its wonderful. Aroma and flavor. It is also used as a garnishing spice when it is dry roasted or sautéed in oil with whole red chilies and fresh coconut sprinkled on steamed vegetables or on dals/lentils. Mustard seeds enhance salad dressings. Can be used in pickles. Mustard seeds complement cabbage and green beans.