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Cancer-Killing Curry

Cancer-Killing Curry

According to the BBC, “an extract found in the bright yellow curry spice turmeric kills cancer cells.” Tests released by a team at the Cork Cancer Research Centre show turmeric can destroy gullet cancer cells in the lab within 24 hours. That’s no small deal. Now the question is, are you getting your fill?

Turmeric is a wonderful spice that shows up in a host of ethnic dishes. I use it mostly for curries but it does show up in other recipes. Make sure that your turmeric has not gone bad as can often unfortunately be the case for our lesser used spices.

Great Ways To Include Turmeric

1. Turmeric Seared Pears with Arugula, Goat Cheese, Goji Berries, and Pine Nuts

This recipe for seared pears from Akasha Richmond is a great way to show turmeric in a new light. Serve the pears atop a beautiful bed of arugula or leave the greens out and have as a dessert. Seared pears are especially great if you’re looking for something sweet that you won’t kick yourself for eating later.

2. Coconut Thai Rice Curry

The original recipe was not vegetarian, but I decided to leave the meat out. The dish just doesn’t need it. This dish also highlights the season by including loads of root vegetables that add a sense of warmth. The miso paste is so important to this recipe because it makes it come together like it would in a restaurant.

10 1/2 oz brown basmati rice
1/4 cup organic coconut milk
2 cups roasted root vegetables, cut into 1-inch cubes (sweet potatoes, rutabaga, beets, etc.)
1 shallot, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger
1 bay leaf
1 cinnamon stick
1 tbsp curry powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
3 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp organic miso paste
1 tsp cardamom


1. Cook the rice based on directions in the rice cooker.

2. After about 15 minutes, start cooking the rest of the meal. Warm up the coconut milk along with root vegetables, shallot, garlic, ginger, bay leaf, and cinnamon stick in a medium to large-size pot over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes.

3. Add curry powder and turmeric and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook 3 more minutes.

4. Add cooked rice along with soy sauce, miso, and cardamom and combine. Simmer for five more minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick and bay leaf and serve.

Recipe adapted from Epicurious.

Other recipes with Turmeric:

Curried Cauliflower Soup
Cupid’s Curry
Red Lentil Soup

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7:14PM PDT on May 3, 2014

Curry rocks :)

7:05PM PDT on May 3, 2014

I'm aware of the benefits of curry but I've found it difficult to incorporate this spice into recipes that I can make on a regular basis. Instead, I've taken curry or turmeric supplements. I'd prefer, however, to use it in food.

1:45PM PDT on Apr 16, 2014


7:42PM PST on Feb 1, 2014

Thank you.

4:39AM PDT on Jul 12, 2013


3:09PM PDT on Jun 28, 2013

Sounds good. My husband, son and I love curry, but my daughter doesn't like it at all. Once she leaves for college, we can curry to our hearts' content! Thanks for the article.

2:45AM PDT on May 22, 2013

Thank you :)

11:47AM PDT on Mar 17, 2013


2:07PM PST on Jan 28, 2013

I put tumeric in my daily veg juice so hope its doing some good
coconut curry sounds great

12:44AM PST on Jan 28, 2013

thank you, very interesting)

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