Keep Calm and Curry On

How this Fast Diet Lifestyle works: Eat these meals tomorrow, for a calorie total of less than 600. On another day this week, eat the meals from a different post, another day of eating 600 calories or less. Eat sensibly the other days of the week. That’s it. Simple way to lose weight and be healthier. Welcome to PickCategory who is now Following.

What is ‘curry’? There is a plant called ‘curry’ [Helichrysum italicum]. But if you want to prepare a curry dish, you would not use that. There is curry seasoning powder: red, yellow, or green. There is ‘wet curry’ seasoning: red, yellow, or green. Then there are meals called curry: made for vegans; for vegetarians; for lamb lovers; for seafood eaters; for poultry eaters; for fans of beef. There are people preparing ‘authentic’ curry in India, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, England and everywhere else. Is your head spinning yet? Curry is a heady flavor, all right. So what is it? Curry originally meant a meal of meat in a flavored sauce — any meat, any sauce. As Indian cuisine interacted with various cultures, it impacted the tastes of those peoples and spread around the globe. Whether your taste goes to tikka masala; garam masala; rogan josh; or Thai curry, a curry by any other name is still a really good seasoning.

I trust you did not think that I was making light of the current world emergency with my title today. Being healthy is important and part of that is eating well. Good food, simply prepared, in sensible portions, wonderfully seasoned — that is a recipe for the path to wellness. Did you know that eating curry can actually be good for your health? Its true!

Indian Curry Powder:  This Indian curry came to us from our son. Add to eggs or use to flavor seafood/meat/rice — this is my go-to curry powder. 2-1/2 Tbsp coriander seed 2 tsp garlic powder 1 Tbsp cumin seed 2 tsp turmeric powder 1 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp green chili powder ½ tsp ground allspice 1 tsp salt 1-1/2 tsp dry mustard Grind everything together in a mortar and pestle or electric spice grinder.

Goan Cafreal Masala:  Add to chicken or tofu or pork. To prepare this “wet curry” from Goa [via Xantilicious], grind together: ½ Tbsp coriander seed 1 tsp cumin seed ½ tsp cloves 1” cinnamon stick 1 tsp peppercorns Now add the ground spices to a food processor along with: 1 cup packed cilantro leaves 3 green chilis – Thai or serrano 1 Tbsp sugar ½ tsp turmeric powder 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and sliced 8 cloves garlic Run everything together in a food processor until it forms a puree. This makes 7 Tablespoons of curry paste.

Cafreal Masala Chicken:  298 calories 8.6 g fat 2.5 g fiber 22 g protein 31 g carbs 40 mg Calcium  PB GF Indo-Portuguese fusion. HINT: serves 2

6 oz raw chicken meat, cut in large chunks ½ tsp salt 1 Tbsp lime juicePut the chicken in a serving dish that can be heated over the cook-top. Toss with the salt and juice. Let sit for 10 minutes.
Half of a batch Cafreal MasalaStir in the masala and let it sit 20-30 minutes
1 Tbsp oil Add oil to the pan and cook slowly, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Continue cooking with the lid off until chicken is brown.
½ cup onions cut in thin rings cooking sprayIn a separate pan, saute the onions in cooking spray until they are soft.
Black pepper per serving: ½ cup cooked brown riceScoop the onions over the chicken, add black pepper and serve with rice.

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