A daily sprinkle of turmeric in your cooking can be a valuable addition to your healthy lifestyle – Dr. Andrew Weil
I sprinkled the pretty yellow ground rhizome over the nearly cooked eggs. My none-too-nimble fingers spilled a little bit, ok quite a bit of turmeric on the counter. No problem, I thought as I grabbed the always handy damp dish cloth and mopped up the spice. Problem, I realized as there was now a large yellow stain on the counter and a mass of yellow smears on the dish cloth. No amount of rinsing removed the stains. Transforming the cloth to its previous pristine white took a session in the washer with a stain fighting additive. The unfortunately decorated counter top cleaned up easily enough with some scouring cleanser. This particular mess of mine served to illustrate just why turmeric is used to give foods like mustard such a pretty yellow color - and it's tasty too!
Turmeric adds an intriguing peppery flavor to many a savory dish. If you are not used to it add a little bit at first, you can always add more once you know you love it. If you can, buy it from a store that sells seasonings by the bulk. It's cheaper, you can see what you are getting, and know it's not old. Old turmeric is not as tasty and very old turmeric is downright acrid. My last little bag of the spice cost only 56 cents!
High in B6, iron, manganese, and potassium, turmeric adds an excellent dash of nutrition to a dish. Practitioners of Chinese and Indian healing arts find it a useful spice in healing a number of medical issues. Recent studies back up some of the claims and I do notice a distinct reduction in the pain in my arthritic hands when I eat turmeric. Healing or not, turmeric is absolutely delicious and well worth the few pennies to keep some in your pantry.
Clare’s Curried Lentil Soup is so simple and it gets an A on the Calorie Count analysis!
I found this lovely Indian Tomato Chicken recipe right here at Calorie Count.
Hollie's Mexican Rice shows just how versatile turmeric can be.
Sort of Moroccan Chicken is not a real Moroccan dish, but it is my favorite way to use turmeric (well, my favorite next to putting it on an egg).
Turmeric gives this Eggless Tofu Salad just the right amount of yellow - your non-vegetarian family will never miss the egg.
Enjoy a cup of Dr. Andrew Weil's Turmeric Tea!
Brokeass Gourmet's recipe for Lamb Tagine with Golden Raisins and Almonds is a beautiful savory treat that is elegant enough to serve to your favorite guests.
Have you ever cooked with turmeric? Do you use it as a food medicine or just because it is delicious? If you use it medicinally, tell us how it has helped you. Do you have any helpful hints for cleaning the yellow stain off of counters, fabric, and hands? Share your favorite recipes that use turmeric! If you have a recipe you would like to be considered for CC Palate, send it to me via pm.