I love a good curry, its even better when I make my own curry paste. I don’t stick to a recipe really, but I was playing around this weekend and I think I am onto a winner. Its vegan, paleo, vegetarian, gluten and dairy free. Basically all of it.
Eggplant curry is a substantial “meaty” vegetable, it takes on a whole heap of flavour, which works so well with curries, the sauce was made creamy with a can of coconut milk, topped off with baby tomatoes, roughly chopped raw English spinach and coriander to serve with a bowl of steaming rice.
A resourceful dish to make any night of the week, it doesn’t take too long either and only has a handful of ingredients which will not leave a hole in your back pocket.
Why it is good for you:
Eggplants are a great source of folate (this helps treat low iron in the blood), fibre (digestion) and some magnesium which is great for sleep.
Cooked tomatoes have a high levels of lycopene which is a carotenoid, this is a powerful antioxidant in tomatoes and is responsible for their red colour. lycopene is a wonder chemical which when absorbed into the body, helps to prevent and also repair damaged cells by inactivating free radicals in the body. According to this wonderful book, it has thus been credited for reducing wrinkles. A perfect antioxidant soup to help repair and nourish the body.
Garlic and onion is a great anti bacterial, anti fungal and is perfect to help boost your immunity.
Turmeric’s active ingredient curcumin (activated by a pinch of pepper (cayenne pepper)) has a list of benefits from anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and a blood purifier. It helps us digest food by aiding the pancreas to release pancreatic lipase (digestive enzyme).
Spinach is a lovely leafy green packed with fibre for digestion, vitamins A (eye health), C (immunity) and B6 and potassium (fluid balance and heart beat), folate ( to help with low iron which can lead to anaemia) and vitamin K for bone health, helps with clotting and healing bones.
Coriander is a super herb, not only is it a great source of vitamin C and fibre and works well in digestion and helps with the absorption of nutrients. It also acts as a “mop” to oxidised free radicals in the body (it works well with meat dishes) and helps them not cause damage in your body.
Enjoy it, I think you will