Fresh Turmeric Recipes – Indian Gold
I was lucky enough to find fresh turmeric at my local Whole Foods Market and decided to try a few fresh turmeric recipes. If you have never seen fresh turmeric, it looks like ginger except for it is a bright golden orange inside. I love the sweet and slightly spicy taste of the fresh turmeric compared to the powder, but the powder is more widely available.
You might have heard of all the amazing health benefits of turmeric lately some people even call it Indian gold! It is most widely known as a natural anti-inflammatory.
It contains a natural compound called curcumin and an overview published in Advanced Experimental Medical Biology in 2007 states, “Curcumin has been shown to exhibit antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anticancer activities and thus has a potential against various malignant diseases, diabetes, allergies, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and other chronic illnesses.”
If you are lucky enough to get a hold of some fresh turmeric here are a few fresh turmeric recipes and ideas, but if you can’t find it, just substitute with the same amount of powder as the fresh root.
Fresh Turmeric Recipes
Fresh Turmeric Almond Milk
1 ½ cups almond milk
1-2 teaspoons honey
1/4 -1/2 inch knob turmeric
pinch of cinnamon powder
Make a batch of almond milk with a nut milk bag. (Click here if you don’t know how to make raw almond milk.) Then put the milk back in the blender with the turmeric, honey, and cinnamon. Blend until smooth. If you have a powerful blender such as a Vitamix Blender you might not need to strain the milk again, but if it’s grainy strain it first and then enjoy!
Fresh Turmeric Tea
Bring four cups of water to a boil.
Add one teaspoon of grated fresh turmeric and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes.
Strain the tea through a strainer into a cup and then add honey to taste.
You can also add ginger if you want to make a spicier turmeric/ginger tea.
Fresh Turmeric Juice
Fresh turmeric tastes especially good with the juices of pineapple, orange, apple, pear, beet and carrot.
At a local restaurant called True Food Kitchen they make a delicious juice called “Bright Eyes” which contains pear, pineapple, beet, ginger, and turmeric and there is no reason you can’t make this juice at home.
Hope you learned a few things about using fresh turmeric and if you have a fresh turmeric recipe to share please post it below in the comments section.