Some like turmeric for its taste, others the color, and some for the medicinal properties. For many centuries, the Indian had been using turmeric as spice and for medicinal purposes. It used to be a knowledge passed down from ancestors to the next generations. Now with the advancement in science, it came into light that turmeric indeed has beneficial effects on health. Curcumin, a natural anti-inflammatory compound, and a potent antioxidant, is found in turmeric. It is believed that Curcumin can help to prevent some brain diseases, heart disease, cancer, and even fight depression.
Turmeric used to be a rare guest on our dining table. Once I bought some and totally forgotten about it. Then one day, I found a recipe with turmeric and was really excited to try it. Imagine my joy when I found that there were still turmeric left in the shelf. When I opened the bottle and tried to dash out some powder, something was not right, the turmeric didn't came right out and seems to be clumped together. I hold it close to take a good look. Oh my! The bottle was full chubby snowy white worms that was wiggling all around. ( I consider myself lucky though because the worms were too fat to come out from the hole, or else I might be ended up with many ninja flying worms when I tried to dash the powder out.)
What could I say? Hmm the worms looked really well-nourished I think. So I guess it must be right that turmeric is good!
Who says delicious food is always unhealthy? I challenge you to make this dish that packed with loads of health benefits!
- 1/2 chicken, roughly chopped
- 1 garlic, chopped
- 5 kaffir lime leaf
- 1 tbsp turmeric powder
- 4 stalks lemongrass, pounded
- 5 shallot, deep fried
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- Heat oil, stir fry garlic until fragrant
- Add lemongrass and shallot, stir fry until fragrant.
- Add chicken, kaffir lime leaf and turmeric powder, stir fry until chicken is cooked. Season with salt and sugar.