What spices can be used to preserve beauty? Mother-of-two shares the secret of her youth.
What spices are used to keep youthful
At 51, Anjula Devi looks no older than 30. And her life was not that of a Hollywood princess and was not spent in idleness between the beach and the spa.
Anjula started helping her father in the kitchen when she was 10 years old. Every morning she went by bus to the Indian market for fresh produce. After that, I spent the whole day at the stove. Along the way, she had to take care of her autistic sister.
Now she owns her own Indian food business. This is a culinary school, and a catering service, and an Indian cooking shop. Some of her products are branded "Route 207" in honor of the same bus that started her career. She is one of the most famous Indian chefs in England and a proud mother of two.
Using spices for beauty and youth
How does she manage to look so great at her age?
Devi makes no secret of it: “First, fresh vegetables and no artificial preservatives and colors, and second, spices. What is considered Indian cuisine in Europe is a faint resemblance to real Indian food, both in the amount of natural spices and in their variety.”
One might be skeptical, but recent studies from Oxford and Harvard Universities and the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences have shown that people who eat spicy foods daily or every other day have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer and have he althy skin.
Devi's appearance confirms this. What Indian spices does she recommend for her daily diet? Cumin, coriander, brown mustard seed, cashmere chili, turmeric, green cardamom and cassia bark (or Chinese cinnamon, a type of cinnamon). Cassia bark, by the way, is the most popular type of cinnamon in the world. 99% of what is sold in stores in the form of cinnamon sticks is cassia. You don't even need to search specifically.
What spices are added to food in India
What special properties do these spices have?
Stimulates the immune system, relieves gas in the stomach, promotes digestion. To soften its harsh taste, heat cumin seeds (whole or crushed) for a few seconds in oil before adding to the dish.
Contains a lot of iron, has an antimicrobial effect and can prevent allergies. Combines with almost all spices and dishes.
Slows down aging, helps to endure menopause more easily. It has a mild nutty flavor that only becomes tangy in the presence of acids.
Contains a lot of vitamin C and antioxidants that keep the skin young. Much less pungent than other chilies and more aromatic.
CASSIA BARK (CINNAMON)
Known as simply "cinnamon". It differs from genuine Ceylon cinnamon in a slightly coarser flavor, but is much cheaper and more common. Reduces blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
Regulates blood pressure, has a mild laxative effect. Known as the king of spices. It will be appropriate in any dishes and drinks with spices: from chicken soup to pastries and even in coffee or tea. Indians chew pure cardamom seeds to freshen their breath and keep their teeth he althy.