I think most of us have heard of Turmeric by now. It is most commonly used in Asian food and comes from the root of the Turmeric plant. Used in curries it has a warm, bitter taste and has many culinary uses apart from just flavouring or colouring curry powders. I use it when I make mustard which is where mustard gets its yellow colour from also butter and cheeses. I also use the Turmeric leaf when I make the Indonesian dish of Beef Rendang. The root is widely used around the world to make medicines.
This is my little home grown Turmeric plant grown very easily from a piece of Tumeric I bought from the market. I just broke a piece of the rhizome and planted it.
When buying spices it is always best to buy organic or buy your spices locally if you know who the farmer is and you can verify his farming methods to yourself.
Turmeric is taken by many people now as a medicine or as a preventive health wise. Turmeric is difficult for the human body to absorb so needs to be taken with black pepper as it has been proven to help the absorption. It is the piperine in black pepper which aids this.
The value of taking turmeric seems to be a valid one and yet many people are still not really aware of what a powerful substance it is.
To find out more about Turmeric and its benefits then this post from Sally on Smorgasbord Health 2017 will tell you everything you need to know.
Golden Milk is drunk by many people now and is one way of absorbing the Turmeric.
Golden Milk is a combination of turmeric, coconut milk and or oil please click below for the recipe.
These can be made in bulk, stored in your freezer so handy when you are busy ..You can just pop one in your hot cuppa.
1/3 Cup of turmeric
3 tbsp of coconut oil
Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp quercetin
What is Quercetin? A plant-based pigment which helps to improve the absorption of turmeric in the body. A type of flavonoid anti oxidant that is found in plant foods.
To make the Turmeric bombs.
Mix all ingredients together and put in a clean squeezy bottle. Squirt blobs on to greaseproof paper and put in the freezer. Once frozen transfer to a sealed lidded box and use as required.
Just drop one in your early morning cuppa and that’s your dose of Turmeric how easy is that?
Finally, we have TURMERIC TEA.
Most digestive problems can be treated with the following tea.
1 tsp ginger-garlic paste ( made with one-inch piece of peeled ginger and 8 cloves of garlic. This paste can be refrigerated for one month.
1 heaped tsp of turmeric powder
5/ 6 black pepper corns crushed
A handful of fresh or dried curry leaves (stem can also be used)
1 heaped tsp holy-basil (kaphrao )
1/2 tsp green-tea leaves(optional)
Bring all the above to a rolling boil with 5 cups of water and simmer for 10 mins.
Strain and store in a glass bottle or covered stainless-steel cup( not plastic )
Drink 1/2 cup every hour.
So there you have it 3 ways of getting your Turmeric.
Myself, I prefer the tea but my friend loves the Turmeric bombs…Which one is your favourite please tell me in the comments or do you have a different recipe?
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Until next time stay safe, have fun and laugh a lot….Because laughter is one of the best medicines known to man …..If you are on any prescribed medications then please ask your doctor.
Warning: As with all herbs, spices or alternative forms of medicines if you are on prescribed medication from your doctor please check that it is safe to take and as always I stress MODERATION.
I learnt this a few years ago when my father took drink more water literally, he drunk gallons and it affected his Sodium levels which meant a hospital visit and stay. Seriously he went way over the top …..
So I cannot stress it anymore…Moderation is key.