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Turmeric: The Golden Spice

3  Simple Ideas to get you started:

Heat a teaspoon of ghee or olive oil in a small pan. Tip in ½ tsp cumin seeds,  ¼ tsp turmeric, and a little sweet paprika. Take the pan off the stove as soon as the cumin seeds begin crackling, which will happen within a few seconds. Pour the spiced ghee over steamed vegetables or soup.

When boiling rice, add a pinch of turmeric to it—gives a lovely hue to the rice. Sprinkle freshly chopped cilantro leaves on top once the rice is done, and you have a pleasant, appetizing  bowl of rice to enjoy.

Boil 1 cup of lentils with ¼ tsp turmeric and salt to your taste. When done, stir in some crushed ginger-root and garlic. Squeeze lemon juice—as much or as little as you like, into your hot  ‘dal’.

A traditional skin-care recipe from India: mix 1/2 tsp turmeric powder into 3 tbsp plain yogurt, and rub all over face and neck. Wash off after a few minutes for a lovely dewy glow. Turmeric is the starring spice at Indian weddings for its proven beauty benefits, too.

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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5:18PM PST on Mar 3, 2014

Turmeric is colourful and I have used it for years. There are numerous recipes that it can be used in.

6:00PM PST on Mar 2, 2014


5:59PM PST on Mar 2, 2014

Bought tumeric for the vegan mac and cheese recipe from Care2. My daughter has made it twice and loves it : )

6:35AM PST on Jan 12, 2013

Thank you Shubhra, for Sharing this!

10:37AM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

I am embarrassed to say, that I have never cooked with turmeric; now it's time to change my eating habits.

4:06AM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

Thanks for the info. Indian food makes heavy use of turmeric!

12:43PM PDT on May 27, 2012


3:33AM PDT on May 26, 2012

It's incredible how good turmeric is for us and it tastes fantastic, I don't really see the point of buying saffron any longer (my budget certainly doesn't)

3:50PM PDT on May 25, 2012

good to know

12:52PM PDT on May 25, 2012

wow i think i'll start using turmeric now!!!

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