Health & Wellness

Curry Powder Health Perks

Did you know that curry powder is made from a variety of spices and not from just one ingredient? Curry powder ingredients can vary depending on locality and personal taste, but it typically includes cardamom, cayenne pepper, coriander, mustard seed, and turmeric. And thanks to the variety of ingredients used to make curry powder, health benefits range from cancer-preventative benefits to blood sugar control, and cholesterol management to the removal of toxic metals from the body. Turmeric alone plays a big role in health perks, including lowering the risk of diabetes, inhibiting the growth of certain cancer cells, and being a strong antioxidant. Cayenne pepper is beneficial for the circulatory system, helps regulates the flow of blood, helps alleviate allergies, and more.

The next time you're craving Indian cuisine, you should try your hand at Curried Vegetable Samosas.

Curried Vegetable Samosas

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon Madras curry powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ cup cooked yellow lentils
  • 1 ¼ cups mashed potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh mint
  • 1 teaspoon butter, softened
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup frozen petite green peas, thawed
  • 10 egg roll wrappers
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Cooking spray
  • Prepared cilantro-mint chutney

Directions

Place curry, cumin, lentils, potatoes, mint, butter, and salt in a bowl; mix. Gently add in peas. Unwrap egg roll wrappers and cover to prevent them from drying out. Working with 1 egg roll wrapper at a time, cut the egg roll wrapper in half, down the middle, to form 2 long rectangles. Moisten edges of wrapper with egg. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the potato filling near one edge of the bottom of wrapper. Make a triangle by folding up from 1 corner to the opposite outer edge of the wrapper. Fold over to opposite side again (like folding a flag). Repeat fold to opposite side to form a triangle. Repeat with remaining wrappers and filling.

Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Coat skillet with cooking spray. Lightly coat samosas with cooking spray. Add samosas to pan; cook 1 minute on each side. Drain on paper towels. Serve with prepared chutney. SERVES 4