What is it?
This ground relative of ginger gives curry powder its rich yellow color. With a musty base flavor, it combines classically with Indian lentil and vegetable dishes. Try turmeric in rice cooked in coconut milk for a vibrant, full-flavored side dish.
Turmeric is sometimes called Indian saffron or the golden spice. It grows in Asia and Central America and is a tall plant. The turmeric that you see on shelves and in spice cabinets is made from the roots of the plant. The bright yellow color of ground turmeric has inspired many cultures to use it as a dye.
What else can Turmeric be used for?
On top of adding flavor to your food, it also has some medicinal uses. Curcumin, the active ingredient found in Turmeric has what is known as biological properties to help with our bodies. It is often used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine and is slowly making its way to Western Medicine in the United States. Curcumin is known to be used as an anti-inflammatory and a pain reliever. It is also found to help with skin care, wound care, and liver conditions. Some have even seen benefits in aiding with digestion.
Other ideas for incorporating this spice into your diet include:
- Zesting up and adding it to a stir fry
- Making your own salad dressing using olive oil, vinegar, other spices, and some Tumeric
- Marinating chicken in it or adding it to your BBQ rub
- Adding some to a fruit and veggie smoothie for added benefits
- As well as curry, try to add it to soups, lentil soup or a carrot ginger turmeric soup
- Add it to your morning egg scramble or frittata
- Make rice with it, as well as adding some olive oil and onion and garlic
- Add it to tea
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