Assam Pedas Prawns
200g Prawns (you may substitute with fish, tofu, jackfruit)
1 stalk curry leaves
1 turmeric leaf
10 small ladies fingers, cut into wedges
1 brinjal, cut into wedges
2 tomatoes, cut into wedges
5 slices of tamarind fruit
2 tbs of olive oil
Salt to taste
Spice Paste/Rempah (blend in food processor)
1 tbs fish curry powder
1 clove garlic
1 stalk of lemongrass white part only, cut cross sectionally
3 tbs chilli powder
2 tbs fish sauce (substitute with soy sauce if vegetarian)
Heat the olive oil in a deep frying pan.
Add the turmeric leaf and curry leaves to the pan and fry for about 1 minute in the oil.
Add the spice paste (rempah) to the pan and cook it over a low heat for 2 minutes (until aromatic).
Add the water, eggplant and assam fruit slices to the pan and bring to a boil.
Let simmer for 10 minutes, until eggplant is cooked.
Add the prawns, ladies fingers and tomatoes and let cook for 5 minutes (until the prawns turn pink).
Season with salt.
Boosting Our Immunity
The immune system consists of many types of cells in your body that mount a reaction to protect the body against infection and injury. A healthy immune system turns off this reaction when the threat to the body is removed.
However, many the immune system may be inappropriately turned on by many things that we do not consider threatening to our health. This may include food, allergens, and toxins in our food, water, air and environment. A chronically stimulated immune system accounts for chronic inflammation seen in many diseases such as heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, asthma and autoimmune disease.
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Diet is important in regulating the immune response. Foods that are highly processed, containing sugar, refined carbohydrates, saturated or trans-fat can increase inflammation. Omega-3-fatty acids found in green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, fatty fish, free-range pasture-fed meat/eggs and dairy are important in reducing inflammation, while omega-6-fatty acids found in vegetable oils drive inflammation.
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