What is Turmeric? Not your regular spice and yet it has a lot of healthy, and I dare say, culinary value. A cousin of ginger, turmeric is also a root (actually, a rhizome) with a deep golden color and a sharp, slightly bitter flavor. This spice is common in Indian, Southeast Asian, Middle Eastern and African cooking.
Turmeric provides the intense color of classic yellow mustard and curry powder. It’s also found in chutneys, as well as the spice mixture garam masala. Turmeric contains curcumin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Health Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric is said to have medicinal benefits and has been used as medicine in many places for centuries to treat health issues such as breathing problems. It has also been touted as a super food that can fight cancer, ease depression etc.
Beauticians will tell you that turmeric makes a great anti-acne cleanser and face wash. It’s also believed to reduce the growth of unwanted facial hair.
Turmeric in your diet
There are many creative ways to incorporate this healthy and tasty spice into your daily diet. Today we will just be exploring some of these – Turmeric Bean Stew being one of them.
Caution – this root spice has brilliant yellow flesh that will permanently stain, so be careful when using the fresh stuff. Alternatively, you can just use the powder if fresh isn’t available, which is readily available in local grocery stores.
Ground Turmeric – Culinary Uses
- Blend it into smoothies:
- Use it in soup recipes
- To add some warm flavors to curries and stews
- In sautéed vegetables
- Use it to add a color pop to rice dishes
- Boost the healthiness of mac and cheese by stirring in some to it.
- Add some to your tea
- Combine with hot water for a Tisane
- Make golden pancakes: Add ½ teaspoon of ground turmeric to your dry pancake mix. The color is amazing!
- Use as a dip topper e.g. hummus– by combining it with sesame seeds and sprinkling on hummus
- As a seasoning on legumes, e.g. lentils.
Turmeric Bean Stew
3 cups red kidney beans, kidney, boiled or canned
1 cups water
2 cups coconut milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
• Pour the coconut milk in a pan, bring to boil on medium heat. toes and onions) into small pieces in
• In a separate container mix the curry powder, salt and turmeric powder with a ¼ cup of water.
• Add the spice mixture to the coconut milk as it starts to simmer and stir.
• Slowly add in the beans into the coconut sauce, stir gently.
• Allow to simmer for 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
• Serve hot
Total Fat 29.3g Saturated Fat 25.7g Cholesterol 8mg Sodium 823mg Total Carbohydrate 29.7g Dietary Fiber 3.3g Total Sugars 25.9g Potassium 992mg Protein 17.5g Vitamin D 154mcg Calcium 587mg Iron3mg