We know Indian cuisine is one of the oldest in the world and follows one of a sophisticated cooking methods.
In this fascinating flavor rich food culture, Turmeric is one of the main ingredients in many food dishes.
Turmeric is a popular spice, widely used in many Indian dishes. It not only adds color but also flavor to the curries. More than a just a spice it has many medicinal values. That is the reason it is used in Ayurveda medicine to treat many diseases.
I am not going to go into the details of the scientific methods. However, I am just going to brief the benefits and the common usage of this amazing spice and the ways it can be included in our diet.
Benefits of Turmeric
Although there are many advantages debated online, the most popular ones that I found useful are
Reduce Blood Cholesterol:
Turmeric has an active ingredient called curcumin that helps to reduce the absorption of fat in the intestine and contribute to reducing the blood cholesterol by 36%.
Prevent Heart Disease:
Turmeric helps in preventing heart disease even if the condition pre-exists. A research conducted reveals that since curcumin can reduce the cholesterol it can help lowering the impact of the cardiovascular disease.
Protect Liver Damage
LDL the bad cholesterol is not only bad for health it also damages liver cells. The liver helps metabolizes the fat. Turmeric could help suppress the LDL and control the cholesterol levels. This is an excellent way to protect the liver damage for people with obesity or type 2 diabetics.
Increases weight loss
Turmeric stops the immune cells that cause inflammation and fat storage. Helping you from putting more weight and furthermore aiding in weight loss.
Help prevent cancer
Curcumin helps the body to kill the cancer cells. Additionally it also reduces the supply of blood that is required for cancer cell growth.
Some research also shows that curcumin can improve the effectiveness of brain tumor treatment to a greater extent.
Increases the Anti-Oxidant
Turmeric is an effective anti-oxidant which is powerful than many modern anti-oxidant sources such as vitamin E or vitamin c.
Curcumin can help with neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer, additionally it can contribute to improving the effectiveness of depression medication.
Fights age-related chronic diseases and delays the ageing process.
Turmeric in cooking
As I mentioned earlier, turmeric is a well-known ingredient in Indian cooking. Indian culture being one of the oldest in the world had learned to incorporate these medicinal spices in their everyday cooking.
Some of the common purposes on how we use turmeric in our kitchen are
Used as disinfectant
You might have heard the turmeric’s disinfecting properties that are used to treat wounds. Similarly, I have seen many people use turmeric while washing the chicken, meat or fish to leverage the disinfecting property to eliminate any bacteria in the meat before cooking.
Turmeric gives a bold yellow color when added to food. Additionally, it also adds a unique flavor to the food that is little spicy and bitterly taste. Usually, turmeric is added to various spicy curries and almost a default for non-vegetarian spicy dishes. It is also used to marinate chicken for tandoori, fish fry and many more.
Recipes with turmeric.
I listed some of the recipes that uses turmeric.
South Indian egg curry is an easy and flavorful side dish for rice in 35 minutes. It is a delicious Indian egg curry recipe with coconut, curry leaves, and spices.
Chicken Lettuce Wraps is a healthy and low-carb dinner recipe in 25 minutes. It is an excellent Indo-Chinese Lettuce Wraps recipe with Indian Spices and Chinese Sauces.
Spinach or Palak Chicken Curry also known as Palak Murgh in India. It is a low-calorie healthy curry prepared in 40 mins that go well with rice.
Easy and delicious salmon fish fry.
Spicy black pepper chicken is a perfect side any rice dish.
Anchovy fry also known as Nethili fry or Netholi fry or Podimeen fry is a quick and delicious South Indian side dish for rice varieties in 20 minutes.
Cabbage with moong dal is a quick and healthy side dish in 25 minutes. It is a famous South Indian cabbage fry recipe made with onion, green chilies, and coconut.
Avial (Aviyal) is a popular dish in Kerala made with mixed vegetables, coconut, and yogurt. It is an easy and simple side dish to make in 30 minutes.
Onion pakoda is also known as onion pakora. It is a best evening snacks recipes. In this recipe, I will show you how to make onion pakoda snacks.
Cauliflower 65 is a popular Indian street food. Cauliflower florets marinated with spices and yogurt, deep fried in hot oil. It can be serve as a snack and also an appetizer.
Whenever i host a party at my home, especially my guests are vegetarian, i ended up in making this Cauliflower fritters and simply served with Ketchup. I enjoy making it, because it is easy to make in less than 15 minutes and my guests also happy to have this delicious fritters.
This potato masala is the most popular side dish served with puri in south india. Kids would also like this potato masala and also a perfect lunch box recipe.