Fish Delight with coconut milk and turmeric
- Two or three bird’s eye chili peppers or a large jalapeno pepper
- ½ kg white fish or shrimp
- A small onion
- ½ ounces of coconut milk
- 2-3 teaspoons of fish sauce
- 4 cps of cooked jasmine rice per serving (to prepare the turmeric you need an apron, latex gloves, a vegetable peeler, and a chef’s knife).
- Take a small piece of fresh turmeric, peel carefully with the vegetable peeler
- Use the chef’s knife to cut the turmeric in thin slices.
- Slice the bird’s eye chili peppers and jalapeno equally fine
- Cut the fish into cubes, but if you are sing shrimp, leave it whole
- Chop the onion and bell pepper coarsely
- Pour the coconut milk into a pot, and heat it at medium-high and then add the turmeric (notice how the coconut milk turns yellow)
- Add the fish or shrimp and vegetables to the mixture of milk and turmeric
- Add the chopped jalapeno or chili pepper, stir occasionally
- Taste the mixture and season with fish sauce. Serve over hot jasmine rice. You will love leftovers; it becomes even more flavorful after being in the refrigerator.
Turmeric is very similar to the ginger plant because it belongs to the same family. It grows up to 1,8 metres and has yellow, trumpet-like shaped flowers. Turmeric is commonly dried, or powdered for its se. The main active component of turmeric is curcumin, a substance that gives it the characteristic yellow color.
Origin of the plant: Turmeric has been known for 4,000 years in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. The plant grows naturally in India, Asia, Africa, Central America. It needs temperatures between 20 to 30 degrees Celsius as well as considerable rainfall to thrive.
Pharmacological properties: In herbal medicine, turmeric is used to treat indigestion, ulcers, ulcerative colitis, arteriosclerosis, osteoarthritis, jandice, bile fevers, gallstones.
The plant is well known for its anti-inflammatory action. It improves blood circulation, promotes the metabolism of fats, the functioning of the liver, and is good for diabetics, since it helps reduce sugar levels in the blood stream. It is an antioxidant and helps our body produce anti-cancer substances such as the GHS, or the body’s aster antioxidant. It clears the mucous membrane, and opens the bronchial tubes.
The benefits of turmeric are endless, and any of them are still unknown. It is not recommended to consume it during pregnancy or the nursing period.
Culinary uses: Turmeric is one of the main components of curry. It is a condiment used in traditional Asian cuisine, which uses both the root and powder. Since it is not easily absorbed by the human body, mixing it with black pepper and olive oil helps to ease its digestion. Cooking with Turmeric is simple and the results are delicious. The only inconvenience is that turmeric stains everything in its path. You might want to use apron and gloves when you peel it.