Turmeric has been a staple of the India diet for centuries. As turmeric has a bitter taste it isn’t used in large quantities in turmeric recipes. It is more of a complimentary ingredient and very often goes with curry. For the same reason turmeric tea usually has sugar or honey added. Turmeric recipes that are very common include turmeric tea, turmeric chicken and other turmeric curry dishes.
• 1 cup water
• ¼ teaspoon turmeric
• ¼ teaspoon ginger
• ½ teaspoon honey
Step 1: Put 1 cup water into a pot and bring to full boil.
Step 2: Add ¼ teaspoon of turmeric and ¼ teaspoon of ginger powder to boiling water. Reduce to simmer and wait 8-10 minutes.
Step 3: Remove from stove and strain in tea cup. The bits of turmeric and ginger will be filtered out.
Step 4 (optional): If you find it bitter, add more honey, lemon and/or sugar until desired sweetness.
Turmeric Chicken Curry
• 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
• 1 onion, grated
• 2 cloves garlic, chopped
• 1 1/2 pounds chicken pieces
• 3 teaspoons ground turmeric
• 1 teaspoon chili powder
• 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
• 1 (14.5 ounce) can peeled and diced tomatoes
• 2 tablespoons butter
• 3 teaspoons ground cumin
• 3 teaspoons ground coriander
• 2 tablespoons ginger
• 1/2 cup chopped cilantro leaves
Step 1: Pour oil into pan on medium heat. Add onions and garlic for two minutes. Add chicken, turmeric, chilli and salt.
Step 2: Add tomatoes along with juice, cover for 20 minutes. Uncover and simmer for 10 more.
Step 3: Add butter, cumin, coriander, ginger, cilantro and simmer for 6 minutes then serve. Pouring this mixture onto rice is an option as rice is commonly along with turmeric recipes.
• 2 cups lentils
• 1 large onion, diced
• 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
• 3 tablespoons curry powder
• 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
• 1 teaspoon ground cumin
• 1 teaspoon chili powder
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon white sugar
• 1 teaspoon minced garlic
• 1 teaspoon ginger root, minced
• 1 (14.25 ounce) can tomato puree
Step 1: Put lentils in.
Step 2: In pan cook the onions in vegetable oil.
Step 3: Combine curry, turmeric, cumin, chilli powder, salt, sugar, garlic and ginger in mixing bowl. Add this mixture to pan when onions are cooked. Put heat on high and stir constantly for two minutes. Stir in tomatoes and reduce the heat to simmer.
Step 4: When lentils are tender, drain and mix with curry base. Serve immediately.
Turmeric Health Benefits
Turmeric is great not only for cooking, but also for its many turmeric health benefits, such as helping against cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and many more.