Turmeric was not a spice that my mom really used in our family at least not that I can remember, I had read about it in a number of health books and knew that it was a herb with a histroy, they say that its been used by humans for around 2500 to 4000 years, depending on what source you read. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin.
Its been prove by modern science that its a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, History has long known for its anti-inflammatory properties. There are a host of new studies that say it “Might” help in a regards weight loss and different cancer treatment and prevention.
To be honest I was not sure how to bring this into my own cooking, and so it was one of those spices that sat in my cupboard and got used as a paste for bug bites or wounds..
Then I saw a quick two min blip on Dr. Oz, he said to mix 1/3 turmeric, 1/3 dried garlic powder/1/3 ground pepper and make a shake for it and replace your straight pepper with this mix .. I made it up and started with it on roasted veggies, then a on roasts or in stews.. the flavor of the turmeric works wonderfully with the galic and pepper, and soon it was finding its way into my salad dressings, in my morning eggs and I really like it on oven roasted potato’s.
So then I made a bottle of mild curry (turmeric making up a large part of the curry) with garlic powder and black pepper and a bottle with hot curry/garlic/black pepper. This gives me a good mix to choose from depending on the recipe.
If you use Turmeric and have a favorite recipe, please share it with us, if you don’t use it, consider the most basic mix and give it a try, I think you will be very pleased with how well it works in a wide amount of dishes. This is a spice that is worth making more room for in menu.
Thanks for sharing. I am going to try this one out.
Let me know if you like it Kim
I did realize that there was one recipe that my mom made that used this spice, which was the creamy yellow bean pickles, Turmeric is what makes the sauce yellow..
In India turmeric and ginger have been used for over 5000 years. It’s historical evidence confirms it is good for colds, asthma, joint pains,digestive system, etc. Most forms of curries have turmeric. Black pepper powder and turmeric powder go together, as turmeric effectiveness increases many folds. In fact hot milk with black pepper, turmeric and honey (Natural filtered without heating or pasteurizing ) is an excellent tonic with many benefits. However this should be taken for few days in a month and not every day.