I promised all you vegetarians out there that it was coming, and the wait is finally over. Skiz’s Original RAW Sri Lankan Curry Powder for vegetable curries has arrived. Unlike the Roasted mixture which contains 13 different spices, which are individually roasted before grinding, the RAW mixture uses only unroasted coriander, cumin and fennel seeds for a much milder flavor. With this mixture and some coconut milk and curry leaves you can make practically any kind of vegetable curry in about 30 minutes.
I’m checking out a cookbook right now called Spices of Life by Nina Simonds and she has a nice little section which breaks down the Ayurvedic applications and benefits of each spice. In it she says:
Coriander: diuretic; may reduce cholesterol and improve eyesight; aids digestion
Cumin: excellent for colds and fevers when infused in hot water; effective in relieving indigestion, gas, and flatulence; purifies the blood and protects against stomach infections
Fennel: provides an excellent remedy for stomach and intestinal disorders; reduces heat in the body; combats diseases of the chest, spleen, and kidney.
So obviously, there is more to gain from spices than just flavor. Incorporate spices and curries into your meals, and reap all of these benefits. Or just be adventurous and try something new for a change. Once you master a new dish it is in your repertoire forever. When the spice blends used for these dishes are made for you in advance–and by hand in small batches–it makes it all the more convenient. So pick up a bottle of each–Roasted or Raw–and discover the soul of Sri Lankan cuisine.
Skiz’s Original ROASTED and RAW Sri Lankan Curry Powders are available online at:
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