Not too long ago all I knew about Turmeric was that it was the ingredient to turn your rice and all your tea towels yellow on curry night! However, I have learnt that it is so much more than that! Turmeric is a wonder spice and has been getting lots of attention due to the active ingredient - curcumin. It has been used for thousands of years as a natural medicinal herb with its health promoting and disease preventing properties! Give it a google...the health benefits are endless!
Like ginger, turmeric is also a root. They actually belong in the same family and look very similar until you peel them and the bright yellow/orange colour is revealed in the root of the turmeric. Turmeric is most popularly found in a powdered form but you can also buy it fresh in some supermarket so make sure you look out for it!
So, how can we incorporate this super spice into our everyday lives...
Pukka herbs have created a whole range of organic turmeric supplements as they believe that Turmeric is one of natures most powerful herbs and I agree! They also have a soothing tea called Turmeric Gold which I love!
Here is a link to their turmeric website (yes, they have a whole website dedicated to it!)
You can buy their supplements by clicking here
2. Turmeric latte
Ignore the deceiving name, the only thing this trendy drink shares with coffee is its name - there is no caffeine here.
See Deliciously Ella's version using cashew milk, the turmeric tonic here
All milks bring their own character to the drink so experiment to find your preference
3. Salad dressing
I tried this recipe a couple of weeks ago and it makes your salad taste absolutely delicious!
Give it a go by following this link
4. Adding a teaspoon to your curry (the traditional way) or into your soup
5. In your grains
You can add a teaspoon into any of your grains like quinoa, cous cous, wholegrain rice. This will not only add some nice health benefits, it will also add a vibrant yellow colour to your dish!
6. Marinate your meat, fish or tofu in it
A simple marinade could be: 1 tsp turmeric, juice of half a lemon, 2 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper
7. Turmeric smoothies
A recipe suggestion: 1 tsp turmeric, 1 banana, 1/2 a mango, 1 cup of oat or almond milk and 1/2 tsp cinnamon
DISCLAIMER: Emma Louise Kitchen will not be held responsible for any stubborn yellow stains that were made during your turmeric creations!
I would love for you to share any other turmeric recipes with me - the more the merrier!