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Cooking with Turmeric

Turmeric, the beautiful golden-yellow spice found in curry powder, has been revered in Asia for both culinary and medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Here are some ideas and recipes that you can cook today.

Spicy Beef and Potato Curry

Spicy Beef and Potato Curry

You’re probably familiar with turmeric, the beautiful golden-yellow spice found in curry powder.  Traditional cultures in Asia have revered turmeric for both culinary and medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Almond Curry, Zesty Spiced Cauliflower and Grilled Halibut with Turmeric, Garlic and Capers showcase the gorgeous hues of turmeric.

Turmeric is available fresh or dried. When using fresh, peel the skin with a paring knife, then grate, shred or mince before using. When used as a spice in cooked dishes, turmeric adds a subtle, slightly peppery and earthy flavor that colorfully enhances a wide variety of foods. Here are some ideas and recipes:

  • Add freshly grated turmeric to smoothies and freshly juiced fruits or vegetables.

  • Make turmeric tea by steeping a few teaspoons of freshly grated turmeric root or a teaspoon of dried turmeric in a few cups of water for 10 minutes. Strain before drinking. If desired, steep fresh ginger along with turmeric. Add lemon, lime or honey. Make golden milk by using dairy or non-dairy milk in place of water. Add honey or maple syrup and a drop of vanilla, if desired.

Grilled Halibut with Turmeric, Garlic and Capers

Grilled Halibut with Turmeric, Garlic and Capers

Zesty Spiced Cauliflower

Zesty Spiced Cauliflower

Remember, whether fresh or dried, turmeric can stain clothes, hands, kitchen counters and chopping boards, so you may want to wear gloves and an apron when cooking with it.

Chicken Curry, Indian Spiced Veggie Burgers, Curried Apple Chutney and other recipes that call for curry powder are more great ways to incorporate turmeric into your menu plan. What’s your favorite way to use turmeric? Let me know in the comment section below.

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