Improving Your Memory with Gobi Mattar

by Gavan on December 10, 2008

Does Indian food hold a key ingredient to keeping our memory fit? I read an article recently which was titled, “10 Ways to Improve Your Memory”. Though I only caught the first 5 (I can’t remember the other ones), they were great to know because they’re already healthy choices.

1. Move It or Lose It. Target goal: 30 minutes of vigorous cardio activity 4-6 times a week.
2. Stop Stressing. If you don’t learn how to relax, stress hormones will shrink your brain’s memory center.
3. Ban the Sugar. Sugar and refined carbohydrates, like those found in processed foods, cause cognitive damage and memory impairment. In fact, diabetics are four times more likely than non-diabetics to suffer from dementia.
4. Sip Red Wine. Studies show that drinking red wine in moderation (no more than one glass daily for women) slows the buildup of plaque in the brain, which can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
5. Curry Flavor. Studies found that turmeric-the yellow spice that gives curry its distinctive color-increases brain function when eaten at least once every six months.

There it is. I must figure out what to do with Turmeric. As much as I love Indian food I don’t have many recipes for it (I am an Irishman after all), so I went surfing to find a recipe that not only looked as good as it sounded but also had my new favorite spice, turmeric.

It didn’t take me long to find the winner with Gobi Mattar aka Cauliflower and Peas, a spin on Aloo Mattar. It was the picture that caught my eye right off the bat (nice work Maya!) so I headed to my kitchen to give it a go. This ought to be good coming from the Paddy.

Gobi Mattar
Here’s my version which turned out great. I’m not really into spicy food but I’ve come to like a little kick. This recipe is not a spicy one but it is huge in flavour. Ironically the only thing I would add to this recipe would be a little heat believe it or not. Perhaps the little Indian Kitchen around the corner has had some influence on me! To see the original recipe visit They’ll be calling me Paddy Sitar after this!

All recipes are made with the finest quality farmers market whole foods, natural and non-processed ingredients as much as possible.

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