I am in urgent need of a recipe for not very spicy curry chicken!
Love this curry, over sautéed chicken: http://www.theculinarylife...
If I told you that the spice element would improve your health; would you leave it ?
Research from Penn State finds heavily spiced meals — think chicken curry with lots of turmeric, or desserts rich in cinnamon and cloves — may do the heart good.
No need to be stingy with spices. Research from Penn State finds heavily spiced meals — think chicken curry with lots of turmeric, or desserts rich in cinnamon and cloves — may do the heart good.
"Elevated triglycerides are a risk factor for heart disease," explains researcher Sheila West.
Her study found that a spicy meal helps cut levels of triglycerides, a type of fat, in the blood — even when the meal is rich in oily sauces and high in fat.
In fact, she documented a decrease of triglycerides by about one-third. This compares with people who ate the same meal, but prepared without spices.
"It was surprising," West told us. "I didn't expect such a large decrease."
It's good news for those of us who love a rich curry made with lots of turmeric or bold amounts of garlic and oregano. During the study, they used a blend that included these spices, as well as paprika, rosemary and ginger.
West intends to continue with this line of research, and later this month will present the results of a second study that replicated these triglyceride findings. Next step: determine which of these spices — at what levels — may be most beneficial.
"To me, the biggest advantage [found in the study] is the lowering of triglycerides and the insulin levels [which dropped about 20 percent]," explains cardiologist Ravi Dave of he University of California, Los Angeles who has reviewed West's spice research study. He explains that keeping these levels low can lower the risk of metabolic syndrome — as well as diabetes and heart disease.
It's not clear whether these benefits of highly spiced meals lead to long-term reductions in the risk of disease. Dave says that as traditional healing methods, many of which come from Ayurvedic medicine, are evaluated using modern, scientific methods, more research is needed to nail down potential therapeutic effects
"What we have is more emerging data on the benefits of spice, so I'm excited," Dave says.
For now, Dave recommends traditional Indian spices — which he and his family use at home — such as turmeric, cumin and coriander, to jazz up food.
In the future, it's possible that spices will play an elevated role in medicine, with specific recommendations for preventing disease.
I have to say in a pinch Trader Joe's Thai red curry sauce is pretty tasty. You can put in on anything
I made this recipe last week using cooked, shredded chicken instead of the shrimp (had some leftovers to use up) an it was fantastic:http://food52.com/recipes...If you want it less spicy I would use only 1/2 T madras curry powder. Alternately you could make the recipe as written and add additional coconut milk to mellow it out as needed.
Madhur Jaffrey's Spicy Indian Chicken. http://felixfood.blogspot...
Omit the cayenne pepper or replace it with smoked paprika and you're good. The lemon juice in this recipe gives it an amazing bright flavor.
Vikram Vij's family chicken curry is amazing. I make it often and everyone loves it. http://www.seasaltwithfood...
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