Glossy haired and wrinkle-free Chef Anjula Devi could easily pass for a woman twenty years younger.
The culinary wizard – who juggled bringing up two children while caring for her autistic sister in the early days of her career – displays no signs of ageing and acknowledges she has never taken prescription medicine.
Now the amazing cook wants to share her anti-ageing and health secrets with women in the UK.
An exponent of traditional Indian cuisine Anjula says the food she eats has kept her looking youthful
The Chef says she’s a living testimony of the efficacy of herbs and spices
Anjula began cooking when she was 10 years old, and is presently running an Indian cookery school and catering business, both of which are dedicated to promoting and supplying traditional Indian food in Britain.
She spent her childhood in Southall and has her own product range Route 207, named in memory of the many trips taken with her father on the number 207 bus to Shepherd’s Bush market, to buy Indian spices, fresh fish and vegetables.
Here is what Anjula says about Indian cuisine: ‘The ‘curries’ known here in the UK barely scratch the surface of traditional, authentic Indian food.
‘There is a whole treasure trove of recipes, flavour combinations and beautiful ingredients that are completely neglected, along with all of their amazing health benefits.
Turmeric (left) can stave off arthritis and heartburn. Chilies (right) are high on Vitamin C and antioxidants
Check out the 7 herbs that Anjula is sharing here. She claims these herbs will spice up your cooking and transform your life.
Choose this herb if you are experiencing digestive problems and bloating or as we move into winter and flu season (which I never suffer from) to make your immune system stronger.
Cumin has a little bitter taste – but once they hit the warm oil you get a wonderful milder, almost nutty, taste.
This herb has a great citrus tangy taste. Coriander has plenty of iron content and anti-bacterial properties plus is a great antidote to hay fever.
Brown Mustard Seeds
These seeds add a real nutty fire and richness to any Indian dish – and help slow down the ageing. Moreover, it helps with the menopause.
These chillies bring just the right amount of warmth to your dish. Packed with Vitamin C and quality antioxidants they are amazing for glowing skin.
This spice has a slight gingery taste, and brings a great yellow hue to the dish. But don’t overuse it because it’s very pungent. It is a great antidote to arthritis, stomach pain, heartburn and a sore throat amongst other ailments.
It’s both warm and aromatic. Cassia bark helps keeps blood sugar levels and cholesterol under control.
Green cardamom has a real floral, aromatic taste. It helps in relieving constipation, and keeps blood pressure under control.
Cassia bark (left) helps keep blood sugar levels and cholesterol under control. Green cardamom (right) have a real floral, aromatic flavour, and helps relieve constipation
SPICE UP YOUR DINNER
In a recent study it was found that people who eat spicy meal every one or two days are less likely to die than those who infrequently eat the food.
As per the scientists capsaicin – a chemical contained in chili peppers – has anti-obesity, antioxidant, anti-inflammation and cancer fighting properties.
The researchers, from Oxford University, Harvard School of Public Health in the US and the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, discovered that people who consumed spicy food every one or two days were 14 per cent less likely to die than those who ate it less than once a week.
Experts welcomed the finding but stressed that they should be treated with caution.