25 Ways with Turmeric

Sfouf (Lebanese Turmeric Cake)
Photo: LauraF

Turmeric is a popular cooking ingredient for both its bright color and potential anti-inflammatory properties. A member of the ginger family, it is typically purchased powdered but fresh roots are becoming more widely available. Turmeric has a mildly bitter tastes that's great for balancing out recipes like curry, and a bold color that makes for beautiful dishes and drinks.

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Turmeric Milk

Turmeric Milk
Buckwheat Queen

Fresh turmeric, ginger, and honey are boiled in almond milk for this comforting, warm drink.

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Turmeric Chicken

Turmeric Chicken
Alexa Rodriguez

For those evenings you need dinner on the table quickly, this simple recipe features chicken and rice that's seasoned with turmeric and other spices.

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Turmeric Honey Paste

Turmeric Honey Paste
Buckwheat Queen

Turmeric-infused honey is always worth having in your fridge because it can easily be used in everything from salad dressings to drizzling into a cup of tea.

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Ginger-Turmeric Herbal Tea

Ginger-Turmeric Herbal Tea
sueb

Equally delicious hot or cold, this soothing tea serves as a natural pick-me-up.

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Turmeric Eggs and Cheese

Turmeric Eggs and Cheese

"Never thought of adding Turmeric to eggs but it works really well," says Roly.

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Bread and Butter Pickles

Bread and Butter Pickles II
Cliff G

Don't add dyes to your homemade pickles! Instead reach for turmeric to contribute natural color to your canned goods.

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Indian Chicken Curry (Murgh Kari)

Indian Chicken Curry (Murgh Kari)
Photo by MelissaZ.

Turmeric is a staple spice when it comes to Indian curries. STLFAYE says, "Tastes just like a restaurant dish!"

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Turmeric Sun Dressing

Turmeric Sun Dressing
House of Aqua

Described as equally tangy and sweet with a hint of spice, this is sure to be your new favorite salad dressing.

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Turmeric Coffee Latte

Turmeric Coffee Latte
Yoly

Get a serving of turmeric, and a shot of caffeine, with this yellow latte. "I had no idea that coffee and turmeric would go so well together but they do," says Buckwheat Queen.

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Grilled Mongolian Pork Chops

top-down view of a juicy-looking thick-cut pork chop on a plate with broccoli rabe and mashed potatoes
Michael Kehs

These Asian-inspired pork chops are marinated in a soy-ginger mix, before being grilled and served with a turmeric-infused mustard sauce.

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Homemade Adobo All-Purpose Seasoning

measuring spoons and mixed spices: garlic powder, turmeric, and cracked black pepper
bd.weld

A seasoning blend popular in Central and South American cooking, you can skip the mystery ingredients of store-bought products by mixing up your own adobo blend at home.

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Sfouf (Lebanese Turmeric Cake)

Sfouf (Lebanese Turmeric Cake)
LauraF

A Lebanese treat, these tender cakes are spiced with both anise seeds and powder, while turmeric adds a lovely golden hue.

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Turmeric Mango Smoothie

Turmeric Mango Smoothie
Alli Shircliff

Boost your basic smoothie with a dash of turmeric. As a bonus, this recipe is naturally paleo- and vegan-friendly.

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Indian Fish Curry

Indian Fish Curry
aBoutrosBoutros

Use your favorite white fish variety, such as tilapia or cod, to make this hearty Bengali curry.

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Potato, Leek, Carrot and Turmeric Soup

Potato, Leek, Carrot and Turmeric Soup
sam13601

"Very tasty, comforting soup, perfect on a cold winter day or if you're feeling under the weather," says user sam13601.

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Ultimate Tofu Breakfast Burrito Bowls

Ultimate Tofu Breakfast Burrito Bowls
Allrecipes Magazine

Tofu scramble, a vegan play on scrambled eggs, uses turmeric to imitate that yellow eggy color. Paired with hash browns, salsa, and black beans, this filling bowl will fuel you well into the afternoon.

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Chicken Thighs with Turmeric and Sea Salt

Chicken Thighs with Turmeric and Sea Salt
Buckwheat Queen

For this ultra-easy, four ingredient recipe, fresh turmeric paste coats chicken before it's cooked to perfection.

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Palak Paneer Curry

Palak Paneer Curry
Andreia

A dash of turmeric helps balance out the flavors of this vegetarian curry. Paneer is a firm cheese you can find at Indian or well-stocked grocery stores.

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Somali Spaghetti Sauce

Somali Spaghetti Sauce
Buckwheat Queen

Somali spaghetti sauce traditionally has pieces of potato and carrot throughout, and this recipe tosses in turmeric for good measure. Buckwheat Queen says, "Very interesting and very delicious."

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Mild Curry Powder

a white marble mortar and pestle with golden powder and coriander seeds on the side
Allegra

Nothing improves Indian dishes at home quite like making your own curry powder. Turmeric is a key component to getting that classic yellow color and earthy taste.

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Healing Pumpkin Seeds

Healing Pumpkin Seeds
Buckwheat Queen

You'll never crave store-bought pumpkin seeds again after tasting this recipe that's spiced with turmeric, black pepper, and cayenne.

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Tammy's Turmeric Rice

Tammy's Turmeric Rice
Buckwheat Queen

Making a batch of beautifully golden rice can liven up any weeknight dinner. "Great!" says axp. "Easy and fast."

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Chef John's Shakshuka

Chef John's Shakshuka
aclyn129

Shakshuka, a popular North African breakfast dish, uses turmeric in the spiced tomato sauce. The meal is then bulked up with the addition of eggs and a sprinkling of feta.

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Spiced Couscous with Shrimp and Chermoula

Spiced Couscous with Shrimp and Chermoula
Allrecipes Trusted Brands

In this recipe, bright yellow couscous makes a bed for tender shrimp and fresh chermoula.

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Red Split Lentils (Masoor Dal)

Red Split Lentils (Masoor Dal)
Red Split Lentils (Masoor Dal). Buckwheat Queen

This vegan curry is stick-to-your-ribs good, especially when served with a side of rice or naan.

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