10 easy ways to add turmeric to your diet
We’re passionate about sourcing delicious food, but we also know that food can do so much more than taste great. A healthy, balanced diet will ensure your body receives the nutrients it needs to grow and thrive, but there are a few little extras you can add into your weekly meals to give you an extra boost.
One of these oft called ‘super foods’ is turmeric. Common in Indian and Middle Eastern cookery, this spice has a brilliant yellow colour and a slightly pungent, though not overpowering, flavour. It’s been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Turmeric has a long history – Marco Polo saw it growing in China in 1280 and likened it to saffron. It took a while to be adopted in Europe because people saw it as a second-rate form of saffron, although in reality it’s only the colour which the two spices have in common.
Turmeric has been used for thousands of years in Asian medicine, being taken for conditions such as stomach complaints, colds, fibromyalgia, depression and infected wounds.
Modern medicine is in the process of investigating the potential healing properties of turmeric, including for cancers, diabetes, liver disease, arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease.
Here are our top 10 tips for adding turmeric to your diet
- Sprinkle it over oiled carrots before you roast them.
- Turmeric is a key ingredient in piccalili, so open a jar next time you’re having cold cuts or cheese. Even better, make your own! You can give any spare jars away as gifts.
- Add it to scrambled eggs, omelettes or frittatas. Both the flavour and colouring will subtly enhance the dish.
- Turmeric is common in Middle Eastern recipes; try it with slow-cooked lamb.
- Add a pinch to a warming soup, such as chicken or vegetable.
- Combine with coconut milk, cows milk or yoghurt to create ‘golden milk’. Flavour it to taste with fruits and other spices.
- Turmeric can be added to bread mixes to give the bread a fabulous colour, perfect served with winter soups.
- Add a pinch into a smoothie; the sweeter fruit flavours should mask the savoury turmeric taste, and you can experiment to get some great colour blends!
- Sprinkle a little over a tasty salad, or mix it into your favourite salad dressing.
- Finally, the obvious one; turmeric appears in a vast number of Indian recipes, so indulge in a curry or two! Many of our Chiman’s Indian spice blends include turmeric.
Adding turmeric to your diet isn’t going to be a “magic wand” cure, but it may well be a step in the right direction towards a healthier you.
We supply turmeric to retailers and wholesalers in quantities from 10g upwards. Please enquire to find out more.