Veg Jalfrezi: A Colourful Dish from India

Jalfrezi: A Colourful Spicy Sweet and Sour Stir Fry Dish from India

At the customary sumptuous buffet lunch following my niece’s engagement at Avion Hotel in Mumbai I was pleasantly surprised to see Veg Jalfrezi on the menu.

My mouth watered as I looked at this appetizingly colourful dish comprising crisp crunchy tempting panoply of vegetables – onions, tomatoes, capsicum, carrots, cauliflower, beans, green peas, potatoes, green chillies…

I placed a generous helping of Jalfrezi on my tongue, closed my eyes…the Jalfrezi was exceptional…the vegetables fresh and crunchy and the distinctive flavoursome, zesty, spicy, sweet and sour taste clearly coming through.

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Recipe for Vegetable Curry

The Best Recipe for Vegetable Curry

Sure, I love cooking a wide variety of tasty and healthy recipes, but some of my favorite go-to recipes are my simple curry recipes. Even before I started cooking for myself I would grind up spices in a coffee mill to make my own curry powder. In my spice cabinet, it always seems like I’m running out of turmeric. What can I say? My love affair with curry recipes is too deep.

While I have been experimenting and perfecting my vegetable curry recipes, the only one that has been enjoying them was me. That is, until very recently and now I have slowly gaining converts. About a month ago, my parents decided to go on a diet and my dad needed some new slim-down recipes. I gave him my Cauliflower Curry recipe and he’s been cooking up big batches of the stuff ever since. My good friend needed a flavorful dish for a professional potluck that would be okay for a variety of diet restrictions. I gave him my Cauliflower Curry recipe and he said it was a smash success.

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Quick and Easy Diabetics Chicken Bombay

Quick and Easy Diabetics Chicken Bombay that is Healthy for Anyone

This is a great recipe for diabetics with an almost even amount of carbs and protein per serving.  It is, however, a quick and easy main course for anyone.  This dish contains chicken, healthy almonds, apple, onion, mushrooms, etc.   The curry powder gives this dish great flavor.  This is a great entree to build your meal around.  You could add a simple salad for a really quick meal.  Or a salad, side dish, and dessert for a more elaborate meal.

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The Many Benefits of Turmeric

The Many Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric is a member of the ginger family, and it has blessed mankind with its manifold uses since times ancient. One will find turmeric in almost every household of the Oriental countries. Turmeric being easily available in Asia, the Asians are quite aware of the benefits of turmeric.

The rhizome of the turmeric is first boiled, then dried and ground into an orange powder – which is the most common form of turmeric available.

Mainly used as a culinary spice in South Asian and Middle-Eastern cuisines, there are many other benefits of turmeric when it comes to food. Turmeric holds its significance since the Medieval period where it was used as a substitute of expensive Indian saffron. Turmeric imparts rich yellow color to food stuff. To give boiled rice a golden color, rice is heated with turmeric in South Africa. E-100 is what its called when turmeric is used as a food additive. The pigment in turmeric is curcumic. Turmeric is an important ingredient in curry powder. Pickles are also made out of turmeric. Momos (dumplings) a hot-favorite in the Chinese and Nepalese cuisine is also spiced with turmeric. Turmeric gives flavor to numerous recipes. It is used to make a special sweet in Karnataka.

Turmeric possesses a lot of nutritional value – 6.3g protein, 3.5g minerals, 6.94g carbohydrates, 2.6g fibre, 349 kcal.

When it comes to Ayurveda, turmeric plays a dominant role there too. It is applied as an antiseptic for cuts, burns, and bruises. It can also be used as an antibacterial. Researches have revealed that in some particular cases turmeric can be taken as a dietary supplement.

There are numerous benefits of turmeric when it comes to the medicinal arena. It has the ability to cure stomach aches, skin problems, gastro-intestinal problems. Medicinal experiments depict that turmeric can show possible benefits in Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, childhood leukaemia.

Turmeric is nature’s most powerful healer since 2500 years. When combined with cauliflower it prevents prostrate cancer and prevents advancing of breast cancer. It helps in weight management, and for this reason is consumed as a tea in Japan. It is a natural liver detoxifier, a natural pain-killer and has shown considerable results in reducing the side-effects of a chemo drug – Paclitayel.

Where health is considered an asset for a nation, turmeric comes with immense medicinal value to help man. It can be taken either in powder or in pill form. The most recently found out advantage of the turmeric is that it enhances brain derived neutrophic (BDN) factor, which supports nerve growth.

Beauty – the feminine world considers it an asset and is constantly striving to enhance it and maintain it. When it comes to beauty care and cosmetics turmeric is no less in that field too. Juice of raw turmeric enhances glow of skin. It reduces the growth of body hair, and gives a soft, fair, smooth skin texture. It reduces spots, blotches and pigmentation. It acts as a natural sunscreen, as it contains THC (tetrahydrocurocuminoids) – which is a powerful antioxidant.

It has a lot of traditional value too – a Bengali marriage is incomplete without the ritual of ‘gaye holud’ – where the bride and the groom are bathed with turmeric paste and water. For Pongal turmeric is used as a decorative purpose. In the south the poor families use dried turmeric tied in a string as the ‘thali’ necklace for their marriage.

Turmeric is a poor fabric dye used in coloring mainly Indian saris. It helps deter ants, it helps keep crocodiles and snakes away. It can be used as an effective medication at times of snake-bites. It is used for Chemical Acid Alkali tests and Boric Acid test. In fact, turmeric is even used to plug radiator leaks in water-cooled radiators. Turmeric Benefits are innumerable!!!

If you choose to use this spice as a daily supplement, then I would advise that you use the following iherb coupon to save money on all your health and wellness needs when shopping online. Experience the benefits of turmeric today!


How to Make Kenyan Kuku na Nazi

Do you know how to make a Kuku na Nazi Recipe. This recipe is sometimes called Chicken with coconut Recipe. Whichever name you call it, we will teach you how to make it for your guests.

Today more people are concerned about Kenya healthy diets and looking for healthy recipes from Kenya that are quick and easy to prepare for busy lifestyles. We have many recipes on that fit into a variety of healthy eating plans, in addition to our ‘just plain taste good’ recipes from Kenya.


•2 3-lb chickens, cut into pieces
•5 inches fresh ginger, grated, or 2 tblsp. ground ginger
•20 small cloves garlic
•2 hot chilli peppers or 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
•1 medium Onion, sliced
•2 tblsp. Oil
•2 tblsp. Curry powder
•1/3 cup clarified butter
•1 bunch of fresh coriander, chopped
•1 tblsp. Whole cumin seeds, pounded
•4-6 cups coconut milk
•1 cup coconut cream


1. Wash the Chicken and pat it dry.
2. Pound the ginger, garlic, chillies, and curry powder with a mortar and pestle, or purée in a blender or food processor.
3. In a small skillet, sauté the onions in oil for 4–5 minutes, then add the spice purée and simmer.
4. Braise the Chicken in butter in a large skillet or stew pot.
5. When the Chicken pieces are golden brown, transfer the Onion/purée mixture to the Chicken pot.
6. Add coriander, cumin, and coconut oil, and cook until the Chicken is tender.
7. Pour coconut cream over the Chicken, remove pot from heat, and let stand until ready to serve.
8. To eat, spoon over rice.

Remember, if you are on a speciality diet, some of these recipes may suit you and some not. Please use your own knowledge and discretion when using these recipes to determine which are most suitable for you and the way you define healthy.

Twinomugisha Charles is a writer who enjoys sharing his knowledge on various topics about Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania. His website,, and are filled with information you shouldn’t miss.. More of his articles can be found at Kenya Kuku Na Nazi Cooking Guide and at How to Cook Kuku na Nazi Recipe in Kenyan Style