Fresh turmeric root is available in many local supermarkets and grocery stores at an affordable price and companies like TurmeriX selling turmeric powder compounds have concession stands in local shopping malls and markets. So turmeric tonics are now the go-to healing tonic, but do you realise turmeric can be used in so many more ways
Wellness Adelaide shares 10 ways to use turmeric, plus some tips on how to handle it.
Turmeric will stain everything. Your hands, your clothes, your counter, your cutting board, your grater, and your food processor. Plan accordingly.
Use a dedicated grater and cutting board for turmeric, and unless you want yellow fingers wear gloves. Turmeric skin is pretty thin so don’t bother peeling it – just wash the outside and cut or grate.
The anti-inflammatory compounds in turmeric are more bio-available if it’s eaten with freshly grated black pepper and some type of healthy fat or oil.
Up the anti-inflammatory power of any smoothie recipe by adding some fresh turmeric into the blender. If you have a high-speed blender, you can simply add a chunk or spoonful of turmeric to the mix.
Add to eggs or breakfast hash. Start the day with a vegetable hash cooked in healthy fat and add a bit of fresh turmeric while it’s cooking.
Add turmeric on top of a fresh salad. It particularly suits grated carrot or beetroot salad and salads with chickpeas.
Add into a detox soup or bone-broth with a handful of spinach.
Add to to a healthier spin on coleslaw made with apple cider vinegar and paleo dressing instead of mayo.
Add to the cooking water when making rice or quinoa. Or even better – add it to your favourite cauliflower rice recipe.
7. Fancy drinks
Make a turmeric chai tea or sip a turmeric latte.
8. Medicinal honey
Make anti-inflammatory medicinal honey by mixing it with turmeric, ginger, and black pepper. This can also be used to sweeten decaf green tea as well as yogurt bowls.
Make a compound butter with a golden turmeric touch.
And of course, add it to any curry for an authentic Indian flavour and added health benefits.