Easy, simple turmeric recipes, that go beyond the typical curry. These delicious turmeric recipes range from sweet and savory to vegan.
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is a member of the ginger family.
Like ginger, it is a root. Turmeric has an earthy, warm and peppery taste, and turns dishes naturally golden. (Watch out that it doesn't stain your clothes- wearing anything white and working with this rhizome is a huge no-no, unless you want to turn your white clothing yellow!)
You may find it in Madras Curry Powder as well as dishes such as Turmeric Potatoes and Turmeric Ginger Tea.
Turmeric has been part of traditional Ayurvedic Medicine for a long time.
It has many health claims, such as its anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to its curcumin content. Curcumin is an anti-oxidant that has been shown to prevent heart disease in rat by reducing clogged arteries. However, more research needs to be done before we can confirm the health benefits of turmeric for humans.
However, do note that not everyone is suited for taking turmeric, especially if you're on certain types of medications. Always check with a medical professional if in doubt.
If you've run out of turmeric, you can substitute with curry powder or 1 of these best turmeric substitutes!
Fun fact: it is used in some versions of Chinese 5 spice blend powder. Scroll down for more dried and fresh turmeric recipes!
Where to Buy
You can find turmeric in fresh, dried or paste form, although ground and dried turmeric powder is the most commonly available outside of Asia.
For fresh turmeric, check out your nearest Asian grocery store as turmeric is a staple in South East Asian and Indian cooking, such as in these vegetarian South Indian recipes.
For other recipes made with edible Asian herbs and veggies, such as kaffir lime leaf, curry leaves and lemongrass, click here.
Tip #1: The flavour of turmeric is quite strong, so start with a small amount and increase as you become more confident cooking with turmeric. You can add a bit to almost any soup or smoothie, and it'll give it a nice golden hue.
Tip #2: An easy way to include turmeric into your diet is to add a little to soups or tea, such as with this turmeric ginger cinnamon tea.
Tip #3: Adding a pinch of turmeric to golden foods makes them look even more delicious. In fact, turmeric is added to yellow mustard to give it its bright yellow color.
Tip #4: The easiest and most cost-effective way (i.e. you don't waste too much of the good stuff) to peel off the skin is to use the back of a spoon, much like you do with ginger.
Tip #5: Flavors and spices that go particularly well with turmeric include: fresh ginger, black pepper, cinnamon stick, lemon juice, coconut oil etc
Store fresh turmeric root in a cool and dark place. If you've cut into it, you can wrap the unused portion with clingfilm then keep it in the chiller for about a week. Toss if you see mold!
Ground turmeric powder can last for a few years if stored properly. Generally, dried spices don't go bad but they do lose their flavor and aroma with time.
Pumpkin Soup with Turmeric
Low Fat Seafood Soup
Mix this sauce with some greens and leftover roast chicken for an easy honey turmeric chicken salad!
Moroccan Quinoa Salad
Assam Fish Coconut Curry
Basa Fish Curry
No Coconut Chicken Curry
Roast Spiced Potatoes
Use coconut oil to scramble your eggs, then add a pinch of turmeric powder for a delicious twist on this traditional breakfast side dish!
Rice & Noodles
Add some turmeric and coconut milk to your cooker the next time you cook white rice. You'll be surprised by how delicious a simple rice dish can be!
Tip: If you have them, throw in some pandan, lemongrass, ginger and other fresh herbs which go well with this bright yellow spice.
Note: I've not tried this recipe with brown rice.
Instant Pot Rice
Golden Milk Latte Spice
This spice mix makes a great Christmas homemade food gift as it makes it super easy to make Turmeric Milk!
Ending the day with a Turmeric Latte is a great way to relax before bed!
- 1 Cup whole milk, or a plant-based substitute such as almond milk, coconut milk or cashew milk
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
- ¼ teaspoon ginger powder
- 1 Cinnamon stick or ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- maple syrup or a little honey, to taste (For non-sugar sweeteners, click here.)
Note: don't substitute ginger powder with fresh ginger as it may curdle the cow's milk (unless you have time to boil the ginger first!)
- Heat all the ingredients in a pot gently.
- When hot enough, whisk till frothy then serve.
- Optional: make it coffee-house worthy by sprinkling cinnamon powder on top!
For more Asian drink recipes, click here.
A pinch of turmeric powder is the perfect way to give vegan sweet treats the golden hue that usually comes from egg yolks! (It's also used in a vegan cheese recipe for the same reason.)
Easter Egg Dessert
Which of these simple turmeric recipes was your favourite? Let me know if you think I've missed out on something that absolutely should be included in this turmeric round-up!
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