Wednesday Wisdom : Tumeric
Before I go on with the usage and benefits of tumeric, I would like to share a background story with you. So one day my younger brother sent me a picture of a jar filled with ground tumeric and said that one of his patients gifted him. According to the patient this is the best variety of tumeric, most aromatic and flavorful kind in the country. Turned out it is from the same vicinity I’m currently at. Shocker. I never knew that. I switched my culinary Sherlock Holmes mode on and did a little background check. It is all very true. How come no one around never brought it up. I have Alhamdulillah fertile land, huge enough to grow each and every produce of the season. I would surely have grown tumeric too if I were aware of those facts at the right time. I am a huge supporter of local and organic produce so I contacted a local who grows and sells organic tumeric and bought around three kg tumeric root from him. Since my tumeric based knowledge is practically zero I asked him how to grind and powder this spice . In case you aren’t familiar with Pakistani cuisine let’s just say tumeric powder/ haldi is a must have and must add ingredient in our every day cooking. It gives a distinctive color to all our curries and vegetables. So the guy told me to wash and cut the root (which is identical to ginger root except for inner color) in pieces and boil for about 30-40 minutes. Then drain and sun dry it. Once dried, grind it into powder. Store it in airtight container. I followed the instructions and voila! I must say the whole process was exciting for a person like me who has no idea how these spices reach us as we have always bought them boxed or packed. I have about a little over two cups of tumeric powder in my kitchen cabinet. I am amazed at how simple the process is, how deep the color is and how rich the aroma is. Learning is never ending! If you could find fresh tumeric root please do try this out.
In South Asia tumeric is not only a common spice but it is believed to be a medicinal herb as well. You will find tumeric tea and milk benefits to be never ending in this part of the world. It contains an active compound called curcumin which has powerful anti inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. However curcumin content is not that high in tumeric and it would be very difficult to get its full effects by tumeric only.
(source : healthline.com)