Fine Indian Food
Weather Too Hot? Cool Down with a Curry!
Our long hot summer continues with just the odd drop of rain. However, it is not everyone that enjoys the soaring temperatures and many of us are looking for ways of cooling down.
When it comes to eating you might think that a salad or cold soup is the sensible answer but you would be wrong. Believe it or not, the best food to eat if you want to stay cool is a spicy curry.
This is because of an anomaly in the way our body reacts to spicy food. The heat of the spices make you sweat and sweating cools you down.
Think about drinking a long cool drink swimming with ice on a hot day. It gives you an instant feeling of refreshment and does initially cool you down. However, the sensation is short-lived. You have cooled down too quickly and your body compensates by heating up again, dropping you into a vicious circle.
When you eat spicy foods the temperature of your body rises, increasing the circulation of your blood. This makes you sweat and as the sweat evaporates you feel cooler.
You do have to be careful about which curries you plump for. Heavy hot meat dishes are far from ideal. You are much better off eating a lighter dish such as a vegetarian, chicken, fish or seafood curry.
From our own menu I would recommend any of the following:
•Madras Vegetable Smaba - Mixed vegetables cooked with lentils, fenugreek, fresh coriander and various spices. Sweet and sour and fairly hot.
•Chicken Jahale - Tender pieces of chicken marinated in special herbs and spices imported from Bangladesh, then cooked in a delicate sauce made from yoghurt, cumin, tangerine, coriander and green chillies to produce a rich, spicy dish.
•Bengal Fish Bhoona - Bangladeshi dish of filleted fish marinated in mixed spices then fried before finally being cooked in a medium spicy tomato based gravy with baby potatoes.
•King Prawn Sil Sila - Served Punjabi style and cooked with special herbs, green chilli, potatoes and mushrooms.
Cool down with a curry – who knew?