Tumeric is a popular and versatile spice that has long been known for its medicinal properties.
It belongs to the ginger family, and is known for it’s long list of health benefits. Tumeric enhances the taste and smell of any recipe it is added to.
Turmeric can be good for digestion, liver health, healing wounds, ulcers, insulin resistance, heart health, pain, inflammation, and can improve memory among many others.
Although, to be honest – turmeric tastes terrible by itself!
It can be quite bitter, so don’t eat.
But don’t fear because tumeric really shines when it is added to foods, it adds flavors.
Sometimes it is added to food, more for the color it imparts rather than the flavor.
Turmeric can be used in cooking either in fresh form or as a powder.
*Turmeric Rice – Make your rice colorful by adding ½ tsp of ground turmeric per cup of rice. Just add it in to the water when it’s cooking for some extra vibrant rice!
*Lentils – Mix in 1 tsp of tumeric with cooked lentils, onions and olive oil for some tasty legumes
*Curries – Just add 1 tsp when cooking the vegetables at the beginning to add in warmer flavors.
*Soups – Mix in 1-2 tsp to any soup recipe to add a deep color to the dish.
To use tumeric in its fresh form, treat/ use it like you would a fresh ginger.
Remove the skin with the edge of a spoon, as you do with ginger.
*Juices – For extra tasty flavors, add to any fresh juice you are making.
*Eggs – Sprinkle freshly grated turmeric into frittatas, scrambled eggs or quiches. It will do a great job of adding some vibrance.
*Stir-Frys – Add in 1-2 tsp’s of freshly grated turmeric whilst sautéing the vegetables.
*Marinades – Mix in 1 tsp of grated turmeric for an added depth of flavor and color when marinading meat (chicken, beef or fish).
*Salads – Salad dressing is another perfect place for tumeric for extra taste