Turmeric is the golden spice that gives curry its distinctive flavor and coloring. Surprisingly, it helps to relieve pain. New research suggests that turmeric possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties and helps to improve circulation and prevent blood clotting. Turmeric has been used in traditional medicines for easing the pain of sprains, strains, bruises and joint inflammation. Turmeric’s powerful properties have also been used to treat skin and digestive issues too. The healing power of turmeric comes from its active ingredient called curcumin, which lowers the levels of two enzymes in the body that cause inflammation.
Tumeric can be found in capsule or powder form. Many individuals who use turmeric like me keep a jar of the powdered spice in their kitchen so they can add a little to their cooking in place of salt and pepper. It is a great spice that promotes pain relief along with many other health benefits.
Below is a delicious recipe with turmeric that you can use to start you on your crusade to better health and less pain in your life.
You can make this easy 30-minute recipe in the comforts of your own kitchen
Serves 2 | Prep Time: 20 Minutes | Cook Time: 5 Minutes
- 8 oz skinless and boneless chicken meat (breast or thigh), cut into strips
- 1-teaspoon turmeric powder
- 2 teaspoons oyster sauce
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1/2 onion, sliced
- 1 red chili, deseeded and cut into thick strips
- 2 oz French beans cut into 2-inch strips
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- Salt to taste
- Marinate the chicken with the turmeric powder and oyster sauce for 15 minutes.
- Heat up a wok and add the oil. Stir-fry the onion until aromatic, then add the chicken and do a few quick stirs.
- Add the red chili, French beans and stir well with the ingredients in the wok.
- Add the water into the wok and continue to cook the chicken.
- Add the sugar and salt (to taste), and continue stirring until the chicken is cooked through. Dish out and serve immediately with steamed rice.
Turmeric powder is derived from the turmeric root. You can get the spice easily at the spice aisle at regular supermarkets or Asian supermarkets. Turmeric powder is yellow in color and has a nice aroma.