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Turmeric The Real Golden Spice

Turmeric – The Real Golden Spice

Native to the ginger family, turmeric is a spice that is a staple in Southeast Asian countries and is used in almost all savory dishes. In India, turmeric is considered extremely auspicious and is an essential part of the Hindu rituals. In ancient times, when not much was known about medicine, turmeric was used as an active agent to cure cuts and scrapes. Many significant studies have demonstrated that curcumin, a compound in turmeric (also responsible for its bright yellow color) has potent antioxidants that are easy on your stomach, relieves in joints, and has innumerous health benefits upon being consumed daily.

Turmeric – Fresh or Dry?

Turmeric root can be found in the market easily, although unlike ginger, turmeric can leave a deep yellow stain which can be tough to remove. You can opt for turmeric powder from an authentic Indian grocery store in Toronto.  For a different texture, you can mix the powder with some warm water to form a paste and store it in a jar to add to different dishes or drinks. Turmeric has a bitter and spicy flavor, although a pinch every day is enough to boost your holistic health.

Health Benefits

Incorporating Turmeric in your daily consumption will help you in the following ways –

·  Balances blood sugar levels

·  Reduces inflammation

·  Keeps the heart-healthy

·  Relief in joint pains

·  Glowing skin

·  Aids in weight loss

·  Lowers the levels of bad cholesterol

·  Strengthens the immune system

Turmeric Uses

·  A Staple Ingredient

A culinary dye, turmeric is used to add a hue to many Indian sweet dishes. It is also used mainly in rice dishes or curries. Loaded with healthy vitamins and nutrients, it is usually used to color cheese, yogurt, butter, salad dressings, and many others as well.

·  Skin Care

Turmeric is a blessing for the skin. For most DIY masks, you will find turmeric as an active ingredient for clear glowing, and healthy skin. Being a natural component, it is safe and impactful on the skin. Although to check for allergies, you can do a patch test first.

·  An Ideal Antibiotic

For centuries, turmeric finds its use for healing wounds and combating infections in several countries, especially Middle Eastern and South Asian. Turmeric paste works as a great antiseptic to heal cuts, burns, and bruises. Because it is antibacterial, it helps in keeping infections at bay. In case of an emergency, turmeric powder can also be used to cleanse the wounds and to speed up the recovery process. For a sore throat, turmeric in milk is beneficial too.

Use in Recipes

·  Turmeric Milk

A trending drink, it is not necessary to prepare it with dairy milk if you are sensitive to it. In a pan add milk of choice and add few crushed cardamom pods and a teaspoon of turmeric powder. Bring it to a boil and pour it into a cup and some honey. If you are hesitant to consume milk, you can also use hot water instead.

·  Turmeric Kulfi

Boil milk and add a pinch of turmeric powder to it. Add sugar and boil it till the sugar is dissolved and the milk is reduced to at least 1/4th of its original content. Pour the mixture into ice-cream molds and freeze overnight. Once ready, sprinkle some crushed pistachios on top.

·  Okra Masala

First, thoroughly wash the okras and remove their crowns. Now partly slit them and shallow fry in oil till they shrink and turn slightly dark green. For the gravy part, in a pan add some oil, and splutter cumin seeds, then add diced onions and when they start to caramelize, add ginger garlic paste. When the paste is cooked, add chopped tomatoes and stir well. Now add a spice mix consisting of red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, and mango powder. Cool the gravy mix, and add few spoons of yogurt to it. After that add a dash of garam masala, salt, and a pinch of sugar to balance the spices. Pour in some warm water for a lighter consistency and add the fried okras to it. Okra masala is ready to serve.

Turmeric is a multi-faceted spice and is not confined to a few dishes. You can sprinkle some of this goodness in all foods that you consume daily. Search for authentic groceries online in Canada to know more. 

 

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