These easy, aromatic, spicy and sticky grilled curry chicken thighs are made with Malaysian curry powder that is full of nutritional values. Curry powder is a mixture of an assortment of spices, typically the mixture can include chilli pepper, coriander, cumin, fenugreek and turmeric. Depending on the recipe and the brand, other elements like dried red chilli, coriander seed, aniseed, cinnamon, star anise, nutmeg, cardamom, black pepper, clove, ginger, garlic, fennel seed, mustard seed and curry leaf may be included as additional ingredients. Curry powder can range from mild to hot and the blend can include anything from 5 spices up to 20 spices. Curry powder is broadly used to spice up dishes that include chicken, beef, lamb or seafood. Vegetables like cauliflower, pumpkin, sweet potato, potato, cabbage, peas, beans and chickpeas are also extensively used to make vegetarian or vegan curry dishes. Some salad dressing recipes likewise include curry as an ingredient. For my gluten free grilled curry chicken recipe, I am including Malaysian curry powder (Ayam brand, ingredients include coriander seeds, dried chilli, aniseed, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, star anise, pepper, fenugreek, nutmeg and cardamom), turmeric powder, paprika powder, blackstrap molasses, Worcestershire sauce, dry sherry and rice bran oil as my main ingredients for the marinade. This recipe is also dairy free, soy free, egg free, nut free, corn free and refined sugar free.
The term curry came from the word “Kari” in the Tamil language in India, meaning sauce or gravy for rice. Curry powder is believed to be a Western creation invented as far back as 4000 years ago by the British and has since been incorporated into many different cuisines in countries all over the world today. In India, comparable spice mixtures are usually by regions, for example, in the Northern provinces, it is called garam masala. Since curry powder comprises many fresh as well as dried spices, as a result, there are numerous health benefits that arise from these spices used. Turmeric is the light yellow spice most commonly included in curry powders. Health benefits of turmeric mainly come from its curcumin component that has anti-inflammatory properties: aid the treatment of arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and pancreatitis; promote bone health and prevent osteoporosis; regulate blood sugar level and may lower risks for diabetes; support healthy central nervous system and reduce risks of Alzheimer’s disease; may help to prevent or decrease risks of cancer like prostate, breast, skin and colon cancer. Coriander (cilantro seeds) is another regular spice included in curry powder, its health benefits include: contains natural antibacterial properties; helps detoxify the body from mercury, lead and other toxic heavy metals; treatment for food poisoning; promote healthy digestive system; assists in lowering blood pressure and cures skin problems. Cumin is also another spice commonly added to curry powder, its health benefits include: promote healthy digestive system; support weight loss; has anti-inflammatory, anticancer, anti-diabetic and antioxidant properties and typically used in traditional medicines to treat asthma and rheumatoid arthritis; promote healthy central nervous system and a natural laxative including anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Cardamon is another spice regularly added to curry powder, its many health benefits include: promotes gum health; helps lower blood pressure and reduce risks of cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks and strokes; supports healthy immune system and has anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. Cinnamon is a remedy for upset stomach, diarrhea and vomiting. While the fenugreek in curry powder helps lower cholesterol level and may help avoid the development of cholesterol gallstones.