Mastering the art of cooking an authentic curry is our expertise here at The Cooking Academy. Our Indian cookery classes are a brilliant introduction to perfecting Indian cuisine, yet if you would like to polish your skills further, why not try our ‘just curries’ advanced Indian cookery class. Targeted to the more proficient and prolific curry cook, these classes focus largely on cooking curry dishes, teaching you an array of delicious and filling recipes suitable for quick mid-week meals.
Venturing out from a Chicken Korma or Tikka Masala, you’ll be cooking with a range of ingredients and spices, producing appetising dishes such as Cinnamon Spring Lamb, Makhan Raja Tiger Prawns and Dal Makhani made using lentil and kidney beans. You’ll further expand your knowledge of cooking with intense spices and how to pair these together to create aromatic curries full of flavour.
One spice used largely in this course is cinnamon. Commonly associated with more sweet, baked goods, cinnamon has a wonderful festive flavour. Yet did you know this spice is a key ingredient in Indian cuisine? Its warming aroma gives Indian cuisine a depth of flavour and subtle sweetness.
Nevertheless, cinnamon is brilliant for our health, used medicinally around the world for thousands of years. It’s a natural antibiotic, antifungal and antimicrobial, means it’s a powerful aid in fighting infections and viruses.
Health Benefits of Cinnamon
- Helps control Type 2 diabetes, as it lower blood sugar levels and improves sensitivity to insulin. Diabetes occurs when the body becomes resistance to insulin, which is the hormone that keeps blood sugar levels balanced. Cinnamon blocks the enzymes that that allow for sugar to be absorbed by the blood, therefore keeping helping control blood sugar spikes.
- The abundance of antioxidants found in cinnamon have anti-inflammatory effects, which help fight allergies and lowers the risk of serious conditions such as cancer and heart disease.
- Furthermore, it helps protect our DNA from damage, and encourages cancerous cells to self-destruct.
- Protects our teeth by protecting us against bacteria in our mouths that cause tooth decay, cavities and bad breath.
- As a natural sweetener, cinnamon is also a perfect substitute to sugar, therefore lowering your sugar intake. It’s wonderful sprinkled over your breakfast porridge or adding a pinch to your morning coffee.
Whether used in sweet or savoury, Cinnamon has incredible health benefits and adds a brilliant flavour to any cuisine. To learn more about using this spice in Indian cuisine then why not book onto our advanced Indian course where you’ll discover more exotic spices and how to produce flavoursome curry dishes.
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Kumud Gandhi is a Nutritional Food Scientist bestselling Author, Broadcaster, and Keynote Speaker on the subject of nutritional health for productivity & performance in the workplace. In 2010 Kumud founded ‘The Cooking Academy’ a cookery school that focusses on cooking for nutritional health and wellbeing. Kumud regularly presents to international audiences on a variety of topics such as ‘Eating for Immunity and a Lifetime of Wellness’. She is an expert in the field of Wellness in the Workplace and works with organizations to create transformational change in employee health & well-being through nutrition and health coaching.