What do mustard and curry powder have in common? Their yellow hue comes courtesy of kunyit. It's a common superfood spice in local Malaysian and Asian cooking in general. Yes, they add flavour, but there are actually more uses for turmeric that go beyond cooking.
How to use turmeric
The first and easiest way to use turmeric is to cook with it: Sprinkle turmeric powder on vegetables like cauliflower before roasting, recommends Evezich. Simmer the spice into soup or add it to the water you use to cook rice or lentils. Add turmeric to smoothies and juices or saute with scrambled eggs or tofu. If you prefer (and can find) the fresh root, use a grated tablespoon as a substitute for a teaspoon of the dried form, says Evezich. To maximize the benefits of turmeric, combine it with fat, such as coconut oil, she adds. This helps distribute the spice evenly into your dish. Add black pepper for more flavour and power. The seasoning can boost your body’s absorption of curcumin
However, turmeric powers don’t stop at digestion. You can even use it for skin care.
Want more turmeric uses? Try a turmeric smoothie, a turmeric latte, or try the turmeric tea recipe below.
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1/2 teaspoon honey
- hot water
1. Mix turmeric and honey into a mug to make a paste.
2. Pour hot (not boiling) water over and mix, and add a squeeze or slice of lemon.
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