Winter Blues? Try a Little Turmeric
We're seeing turmeric everywhere these days. It's the healthy ingredient du jour. But the idea that turmeric has certain health properties is nothing new. For centuries, Chinese and East Indians have used turmeric as an antiseptic and a remedy for stomach and liver ailments. Now science is catching up with the ancient wisdom. Researchers are studying the curative properties of turmeric in a controlled scientific setting.
What is it about turmeric? Scientists are narrowing in on a polyphenol in turmeric called curcumin. They're looking at curcumin's beneficial effects on such heavy-duty ailments as Alzheimer's, cancer, depression, and arthritis. So far they're seeing benefits in animal studies. The effects on humans, though encouraging, are yet to be confirmed. But scientists are on the case.
And now, some recipes! Meet some of our favorite recipes featuring turmeric.
You can use fresh turmeric root to make this delicious drink even healthier. It's "an invigorating cup of wellness. A great home remedy beverage for cough, congestion, colds and skin problems," says kaymende.
This authentic chicken tikka masala dish features spiced chicken in a rich tomato and curry-based cream sauce.
Turmeric, garlic, and onion give this yellow rice fantastic flavor.
"If you are having trouble including these anti-inflammatory spices in your diet, here is an alternative to supplements. Quite tasty! Turmeric is used for medicinal purposes in India," says nascarrunner71.
Saffron, preserved lemon, turmeric, and cumin seed infuse slow-braised chicken thighs. "Full of spice and amazing scents to take you right to the Mediterranean," says katharine99.
"Spicy potatoes, tomatoes, and onions with an Indian kick! This is spicy so be aware!" says CHRISTYJ.
"A quick and easy paste made with ground turmeric, pepper, coconut oil, and honey to use in cooking or beverages," says Buckwheat Queen. "Add a tablespoon or two to soups, stews, or other cooked meals. Add 1 tablespoon or more to a cup of hot water or milk for a lovely drink. Add lime, ginger, and cinnamon for a flavorful break from the usual tea."
"This is the easiest korma recipe I have," says SPQ DEB. "A winner. Not too spicy, but lots of flavor. If you've ever wanted to try Indian food, this is a good one to start with."
"Serve with my Moroccan Couscous and Cucumber Raita on this site," says BenevolentEmpress.
"Lamb simmers in a spicy tomato and cream sauce. This is a very mouthwatering dish that is easy to make. You can even make a variation with chicken, salmon or beef," says Trynewfood.
"This homemade paste made of fresh turmeric root, ginger, coconut oil, and pepper mixes together quickly," says Buckwheat Queen. "Refrigerate or freeze for use in many dishes and beverages as is or in addition to herbs and spices or to create curry pastes."
"Once marinated, these pork chops can be cooked any way you like, but you're going to want to cook these on a charcoal grill...it's the smokiness that brings all these flavors together," says Chef John.
"A fragrant yellow curry powder to use in soups, sauces, rice, and anything else you can think of!" says Curry.
"This 'Indianised' salmon recipe is quick, tasty, and ideal as a short snack or a meal eaten with a salad," says Tarama. "Try this recipe with any white fish: cod, haddock, pollock, etc."
"Half Indian and half Pakistani, this excellent vegetable dish goes well with most Asian foods and is simple and quick-cooking," says Remsha.
"Chicken pieces coated with turmeric, cardamom and cloves, then simmered in a tomato sauce," says SHECOOKS2. "This dish is a family favorite and a great slow cooker meal, too."
"Spicy fried potatoes and a classic egg scramble combine to make a hearty and zesty breakfast," says Anju.
"A perfect balance between creamy almond milk, spicy ginger, and the earthy taste of turmeric," says Buckwheat Queen. "This is a less-spiced version of Haldi Ka Doodh."
Check out our collection of Turmeric Recipes.