Persian Coleslaw


This recipe was inspired by our dear Iranian friends, Sara and Abbas.

Delightful coleslaw recipe with a Middle Eastern flavour














Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 0 minutes
Quantity: Serves 6

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1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup Greek yoghurt
2 teaspoon black mustard seeds
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
300 gm finely shredded cabbage (about 1/4 cabbage)
1/2 cup sultanas



Whisk the first 5 ingredients together well. Add the cabbage and sultanas and mix.

Serves 6.



Try to shred the cabbage as finely as you can.


Food Facts:

Cabbage is regarded as a "wonder" vegetable because it has so many good qualities. Raw and juiced cabbage has anti-viral and ant-bacterial properties. It is considered to speed up the metabolism of oestrogen in women and this may protect against cancer of the breast and womb. Studies have shown that men can reduce their likelihood of getting colon cancer by two-thirds if they eat cabbage more than once a week.

Turmeric is a spice sometimes used to replace the expensive saffron. It can replace saffron's yellow colour but its taste is different. Turmeric has an earthy, peppery flavour. It is a primary ingredient in curry powder and is used to colour rice and sauces. It is used in stews, soups and casseroles. Turmeric has an extensive history of usage in herbal remedies, particularly in India, China and Indonesia. It acts as an anti-inflammatory and has been used for centuries to heal wounds and treat so many other conditions. The root and rootstock of the plant contain the active ingredient, curcumin. Turmeric is now being tested as a potential cancer treatment/preventative, most particularly for environmental cancers. Laboratory tests and tests on animals are now showing curcumin is able to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. There is also ongoing research to judge its effectiveness in regard to Alzheimer's disease, stomach ulcers and arthritis. It may also decrease "bad" cholesterol. Turmeric is available in powdered form in grocery shops. It can be made into a tea and can also be consumed in tablet form. Turmeric can interact with blood thinning medications, with non-steroid pain relievers and with some cancer treatments. It should not be prescribed for pregnant women or those who are breast feeding as it can cause uterine contractions.



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