Indian Nourishment Through the Love Food- Part 1

Do you feel like your body is not receiving enough nutrients?

 

Does your food lack flavour?

 

Authentic Indian food is colorfully decorated with nutrients, flavour and a spicy kick of excitement. There are many varieties of dishes that can be enjoyed. Although there are five to six common spices that are found in any dish and because they are cooked differently, therefore, making each dish unique.

 

At An Indian Affairnot only do we have authentic dishes, but we have added our signature twist to every dish we serve fresh daily. We have also adopted an Asian fusion kick to some of our dishes. You must come by and try our dinner menu and our lunch buffet.

 

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It does not matter what region of India you originate from there are seven basic spices that will be found in every household and they are:

Turmeric

Ginger

Garlic

Black pepper

Cinnamon

Cardamom

Cloves

 

Turmeric:

Turmeric is very rich in colour and very strong but has many health benefits. It is a natural anti-inflammatory which works wonders. Growing up, I have used turmeric paste to heal my sprained ankle and it works like a charm. Turmeric provides antioxidants to our bodies, improves brain function, lowers the risk of brain diseases, lowers the risk of heart disease, naturally whitens your teeth, prevent and help treat cancer, and has amazing benefits against depression.

 

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Ginger:

Ginger and turmeric come from the same family but have different health benefits. Traditionally, ginger has been used fight the flu, help with digestion and reduce nausea. Ginger also is an anti-inflammatory and prevent cancer similar to turmeric. Women who are experiencing morning sickness keep ginger with you at all times as it can significantly reduce nausea. Ginger is also good for lowering blood sugar, improve heart disease risk, help treat chronic indigestion, help with menstrual pain, lower cholesterol levels, and protect against Alzheimer’s.

 

Garlic:

Not only is garlic great for keeping the vampires away, there are many health benefits like combating a common cold, boosting the function of your immune system, reduce blood pressure, improves cholesterol levels, helps you live longer, athletic performance, detoxify your body, and improve bone health.

 

Black Pepper:

Just because black pepper is so small don’t be fooled, it has a whole load of health benefits.

Black pepper provides relief from respiratory disorders, coughs, anemia, impotency, muscular strains, dental disease, diarrhea and heart disease. It is a very common spice that is found all year round. Black Pepper has antibacterial properties which are then used to preserve foods.

 

Stay tuned for part two of Indian Nourishment Through the Love of Food.

 

What are you favourite Indian Spices?

 

What spice is your go to spice with the best health benefit?

 

By Fatima Sumar

Feeling the Winter Blues, Warm Yourself up with Indian Food

Are you hungry for some Indian food?

 

What foods do you crave?

 

After the crazy weather we’ve experienced, many people were trapped indoors with colds and the need to stay warm. Indian food is great for naturally warming you up with the various spices that are used to turn up the heat.

 

Just like any other ethnic food, Indian food also has its foods that are comfort foods which are also very warm. Some examples are chai, samosas, lentil soup, pakora, aloo gobhi and many others. If you have not had the opportunity to try authentic Indian food, now is the perfect time for you to come venture out to An Indian Affair.

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Enjoy a cup of chai and some samosas while you warm yourself up by the fireplace. Chai is rich with spices and warm tantalizing flavours. Although the basic ingredients for a good cup of chai are water, tea, milk, cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves everyone’s taste very different. Each chef has a secret ingredient up their sleeve. One of the ingredients I left out was “love” which is the most important ingredient of all. The more you enjoy your cup of chai, the more love has been infused into your chai. When I go into An Indian Affair, in one sitting I will have four or five cups of delicious chai.

 

The added ingredient is ginger when you are sick which naturally warms up your body. It is excellent for any chest congestion.

 

Chai is great for all occasions from distressing to warming up to quenching your thirst. An Indian restaurant or any Indian household is incomplete without chai.

 

As a family, we drink chai at least three to four times a day. Once in the morning as our morning caffeine fix, our late afternoon pick me upper, in the evening before bed to relax. Other times when we enjoy our chai, when we are cold, when are bored and looking for something to do, when we have company over and it is time for them to leave, we have had a long day and just want to relax, or when my aunts are all chilling together we will polish off five cups each of chai in that one sitting or if we are playing cards as a family. For us, everything revolves around chai from the happiest of moments to the saddest of times we need our chai.

 

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Health Benefits of Chai:

  • Chai has less caffeine than coffee which means you are not on a continuous high comparison is three cups of chai equals one cup of coffee
  • The black tea is rich in antioxidants
  • The spices which have been used for thousands of years are used to promote general health, well-being and to treat various ailments

We will see you on your next visit over a cup of chai at An Indian Affair.

 

How do you and your family enjoy a cup of chai?

 

When do you have a cup of chai?

Who would you like to share a cup of chai with?

 

By Fatima Sumar