Believe it or not, Curry has been used for thousands of years to treat a variety of ailments from stomach cramps to throat infections and is being revived as a healing agent by recent research. It’s been found that curry’s main substance, turmeric, works similarly to non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Celebrex because it inhibits the effect of COX-2, a body chemical that causes pain.
The actual main ingredient in Curry/Turmeric is Curcumin, a strong antioxidant. Yesterday I heard a nationally recognized Dr. say it has been found that eating curry twice a week can be a barrier against Alzheimer’s disease. Many researchers believe India’s low rate of alzheimer’s disease can be attributed to their large consumption of curry/turmeric.
There are numerous studies showing that turmeric’s active ingredient has an anti-tumor effect and may even stop the growth of existing cancer cells. There are cautions when using any spice as a medicine. Not always tested on humans, and some can be counteractive to medicine, it is always advised you check with your medical adviser before using any food as a curative. This recipe is filled with spices that have recently been found to have healing properties.
1 to 2 lb. whole chicken (or 4 large boneless breasts, each cut in half)
1/4 c. vegetable oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
6 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
2 fresh green chilis, finely chopped
1 piece (1 inch) fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
2 T. ground coriander
1/4 t. ground dried red chilis
2 t. ground turmeric
3 to 4 medium tomatoes, chopped
salt to taste
1/2 c. cilantro, chopped
Remove the fat and skin from the chicken and cut into 8 serving pieces. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion, garlic, green chilies and ginger; cook until brown. Add the tomatoes, red chilies, turmeric, coriander and salt; cover and cook on medium to low heat for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, to prevent sticking to bottom. Add water, if necessary, and cook until chicken is done. Sprinkle cilantro over chicken and serve with steamed rice. Additional caution: It has not been determined whether turmeric is safe for pregnant women, and people with gallstones or bile duct obstructions should not use it.
There are some possible interactions between turmeric and certain medications, specifically, blood thinners and anti-inflammatory drugs. People taking either of these types of medications should therefore use turmeric with caution.