As Indians, the foundation of our cuisine (literally) is daal and curry. And to make these delicacies, the fine art of measuring the perfect amount of spices by pinches is used until the intuition agrees. This intuition is our recipe – which doesn’t tell us how many ‘cups’ or ‘teaspoons’ are needed but we simply follow our heart to pour, sprinkle, and garnish till we feel its correct (don’t take my poetic tone and touch chili powder with your fingers though).
When I was struggling with ‘what to eat’ to lose that tummy and thought that eating salads and heavy protein exotic meals is the only way out (and out of my pocket money too), that is when I researched and found out how our simple home-made food is derived from a thousand years ago when India was the hub of Ayurveda and other kinds of medicinal healing. This natural healing actually used our spices, and till day we add them to our food and are unaware of their benefits!
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When you make daal or sabzi (lentils or vegetables in Indian style), you add turmeric, pepper, cloves, cardamom, cumin, bay leaf, and so many other spices- if not all, then most of them, and many more in fact. Some of these spices are :
- Turmeric– anti-inflammatory, helps in aiding jaundice, menstrual cramps, toothache
- Pepper– great source of manganese, vitamin K
- Cloves– improves digestion, anti-inflammatory
- Cardamom– nausea, acidity, bloating, constipation
- Cumin– piles, asthma, common cold, bronchitis, anemia, boils
- Chili powder– Vitamin A & C, natural pain killer (releases endorphins), increases metabolism
- Hing– soothes headaches, aids toothache and headache, treats stomach problems
Other ingredients commonly used to make curry-
- Onion– regulates blood sugar, anti-inflammatory
- Tomato-vitamin C, B6, E &K, potassium, manganese, phosphorous
- Ginger– relieves nausea, motion sickness, sore throat, cough
- Garlic – common cold, lowers risk of heart diseases, vitamin B6 and C
These are a few ingredients we cook with every single day, I hope that makes you realize how even the simple curry we make is packed with a plethora of overall health benefits. Moreover, Indian food is packed with fibre (foods which fill you). Take everyone’s favourite rajma-chawal for instance? One meal of rajma-chawal and you can’t eat for the next few hours! So quit cursing rice for carbs here, because this amalgamation of nutrients is what helps you fill up. Filling up = staying full for long= not eating crap to satisfy your boredom= losing weight (I know you won’t be convinced until I use those two words). Phew!
So before you plan to replace your yummy Indian meal with salad, know how the fine art of intuition is not only filling in your stomach but assisting every part of body in some way or another.
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