MIK Taipei | Why you should have Indian food, curries in winters!?
There are lots of ways to cure winter cold, or let you feel warm, but one of the most effective and natural one is having Indian curry or dishes in your diet during winters. The reason behind are the ingredients used in Indian food. It's the most easy way to cure the cold and keep your body warmer in chilling winters. Here are some immunity booster dishes and ingredients which prevents you to get cold in winters and keeps your body warm. The best is Indian Masala Tea ! Everyone prefers to use natural or herbal treatment for their cold feelings. Indian foods are also a way to cure the winter cold and keep the body warmer.The best example is Indian Masala Tea! It helps a lot if you are looking for a remedy to cold. Most of the herbs and spices in Masala tea are considered warming. Masala tea is being cooked with milk, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and cardamon etc. One glass of Masala tea is the best remedy to slowly cure your cold , or help your sickness to get well quickly.
Spices & Herbs Spices and herbs small in size, packs more antioxidants and other healthy substances. There are so many varieties of spices and herbs which are used commonly in Indian cuisine like curries cooked with vegetables or meats, Biryanis, Breads, Desserts, Fresh drinks etc. The pure Vegetarian food lovers also has lot of variety in Indian cuisine to get all dietary requirements. The quantity or ratio of spices and herbs used in Indian dishes depends upon the climate of region in India which has all the major seasons from very hot summers to chilling and frozen winters.Whenever buying spices and herbs organic is best, as it means you’ll be avoiding pesticides. Mayur Indian Kitchen imports many spices, herbs and other things in Taipei, Taiwan directly from India just to keep our food fresh, healthy and tasty with good quality ingredients. Being healthy is our motto for our guests at MIK.
There are many culinary herbs that help feels body warmer and improve blood circulation, some of the following are commonly used in Indian dishes. Turmeric It is one of the most widely used spice in whole world which has so many benefits accepted and proved by the modern science. It is detoxifying and enhances the intelligence of the immune cells.Turmeric may also help treat a variety of conditions related to inflammation and antioxidant damage.And some research suggests that turmeric may help relieve some symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.That's why lots of Indian soups, curries and chicken tandoori has a rich turmeric inside. Fennel One of the most powerful spice is fennel. It has been used to treat digestive ailments and helps relieve uncomfortable gastrointestinal symptoms. Fennel seeds are used as a spice in cooking and to make herbal medicines.In Indian restaurants, fennel seeds are offered as an after dinner breath freshener. You can find it at any MIK branch in Taipei, Taiwan.
Cayenne Pepper It is rich in vitamin C, and helps relieve chills, coughs and congestion. Sprinkling a bit of cayenne pepper between one’s shoes and socks can help warm the feet when needing to be outdoors. (Avoid the eyes and mouth!) Cayenne pepper is widely used in curries. Mayur Indian Kitchen adds pepper on our guest's request if someone is looking for spicy on non spicy food. Cinnamon It helps dry dampness in the body and warms people that are always cold and suffering from poor circulation. Cinnamon is antiseptic and an excellent digestive tonic. We at Mayur Indian Kitchen generally use cinnamon in mixed blend of spices for all curries and sweets. The most popular cinnamon based Indian drink is Indian Masala tea. To drink one glass will be enough to remove the toxins in the body and warm the kidneys.
Garlic It helps one be more resistant to infection. Garlic is a potent vasodilator and improves circulation by helping to prevent the blood from clumping together. Garlic is one of the most important and flavorful ingredient in Indian curries and meat dishes (except pure vegetarian meals) which has a huge impact in case of taste as well.
Ginger It is a natural antioxidant and antiseptic. It improves circulation of blood to all parts of the body. Ginger baths are warming, muscle relaxing and cold and flu relieving and can be made by simmering eight ounces of ginger into a half gallon of water, simmering at a low boil for twenty minutes, then straining into the bathtub. Ginger and Garlic uses both a lot in Indian dishes for marinating meats etc. Ginger Masala tea is a favorite in most north of India where the temperatures drops too low during winters. We at MIK use Ginger garlic paste in marinating, Lamb, Chicken, Seafood dishes and only ginger in Samosa, Milk tea and some other pure vegetarian cuisine.
Mustard It is high in vitamin C, and aids in the digestion of fatty foods. Horseradish is antiseptic and a strong decongestant; helping to open congested respiratory passages.Use more of the warming culinary herbs to spice up your food and as teas to promote a healthy, warming glow throughout the body. Black pepper Black pepper (Piper nigrum) is a member of the Piperaceae (Pepper) Family. It has antiseptic, and antioxidant properties. Except spices and herbs , lots of vegetables and meats are also can be counted as immunity booster which are as follows:
It can be said that lots of Indian curries are made by spinach. Because the spinach is rich in folic acid which helps repair cells. It is also really high in Vitamin C. The potassium and magnesium of spinach keeps the body well-hydrated and helps keeping the energy levels in balance.
Mushroom is indispensable item of Indian foods. Because the mushroom is a very rare vegetable which has Vitamin D. That's why you will see a big amount of mushroom on pizzas, in pasta dishes and Indian curries.
Furthermore, they are a great sources of zinc ,and contains immune-supportive agents that can help kill the viruses and bacteria.
Yogurt is the number one item to keep immune system strong. Because it contains probiotics inside. To get the more benefit from yogurt, it must be your regular part of your eating habit. That's why many Indian rice dishes also have yogurt to eat with.