Gluten-Free Vegan Curry and it’s 5 Healing Benefits
This easy gluten-free vegan curry is perfect for a comforting weeknight dinner that’s ready in less than 40 minutes. Scroll down for the recipe, but first, let me give you the 5 healing benefits of a good curry!
Curries are linked to a myriad of health benefits and most South Asian countries like India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Thailand have their own versions of curry with their unique spices.
The word curry was actually created by the British in the 19th century when India was still a British colony. Curry comes from the Tamil word “Kari,” which means sauce.
Curry is anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral and is often referred to as an Indian superfood. Curry powder when mixed with all of the other healing ingredients of garlic, ginger, coriander, turmeric, black pepper, spices and oats of organic veggies like in this recipe, becomes the perfect tonic to boost to your mental and physical health. Of course, you can also add animal protein such as wild line-caught fish or organic chicken but please always make sure the protein is organic and responsibly sourced.
Top 5 Healing Benefits of our Gluten-Free Vegan Curry
Here are the top 5 healing benefits of curry, such as our Rejuv gluten-free vegan curry
The active ingredient of Turmeric is curcumin and this miracle spice has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine to help treat inflammation, pain and rheumatoid arthritis. Scientific studies support that curcumin is a powerful antioxidant and lowers levels of two inflammation-causing enzymes being even more powerful than ibuprofen!
2. A Curry Is Immune Boosting
Curcumin has been linked to helping to prevent or treat cancers, including prostate, breast, skin and colon cancer.
A small study on patients with precancerous changes in different organs seemed to show that curcumin could stop these changes from developing into cancer. Evidence also links certain cancers to be less prevalent in countries where people eat curcumin daily over long periods.
Other research indicates that curcumin could even kill existing cancer cells but always make sure you add black pepper to your turmeric for piperine, the active ingredient in pepper, greatly increases its absorption and therefore effectiveness by 2000%.
3. Your Brain Health Benefits From A Good Curry
Due to curcumin’s powerful antioxidant properties, it’s thought to help prevent and treat diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis.
Turmeric also contains another chemical, turmerone, which could also help with these above neurodegenerative conditions by stimulating stem cells to make new brain cells.
4. A Curry Is Good For Your Heart
Cardamom and sweet basil are often included in curries, such as our Rejuv vegan curry, and they’re known as vasodilators so they help the arteries to relax which lowers blood pressure, reducing the risk of developing cardiovascular conditions, including atherosclerosis, heart attacks and strokes.
Curry powder is an anti-coagulant too so if you’re already taking blood thinners, check with your doctor before tucking in, just in case there’s a danger of excessive bleeding.
5. Your Gut & Digestion Loves A Good Curry
Another great addition to curry is coriander and both are well-known for their anti-bacterial qualities. Coriander oil has been found to be great in fighting food-borne diseases and even hospital infections, so regular curries could help protect you against nasty bacteria & viruses too.
Black pepper in most curries is also great for relieving gas and promoting stomach acid, bay leaves and cumin known as digestion helpers, cinnamon soothing diarrhoea and vomiting, while coriander calms upset stomachs too.
Gluten-Free Vegan Curry Ingredients:
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa
- 2½ teaspoons coconut oil
- 1 cup broccoli, chopped
- 1 carrot, thinly sliced
- 1 shallot, chopped
- 1 cup snow peas
- 1 courgette
- ½ cup mushrooms
- ½ cup red cabbage, chopped
- 1/2 cup peas
- 1 can of full-fat coconut milk (13.5-ounce)
- 1-1½ tablespoons green curry paste
- 1½ thumbs ground ginger
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1-2 teaspoons of turmeric
- Cardamon & basil to taste
- Sea salt, pepper, chilli and cayenne pepper to taste
How to Cook The Rejuv Wellness Gluten-Free Vegan Curry
- Cook quinoa according to package instructions.
- In a large saucepan or wok, over medium-high heat, add in coconut oil and veggies.
- Sauté for 8–10 minutes.
- Reduce heat to medium-low then add in coconut milk, curry paste and ground ginger.
- Stir until well-combined and allow the mixture to simmer for 20 minutes, covered.
- In a serving bowl, add rice and vegetable curry. Top with green onions, pumpkin seeds, sauerkraut and cilantro.