I was over at my friends M and B’s house the other day, visiting them and their new addition, when we all started talking about turmeric (how our conversation progressed to turmeric, I don’t even know!). B said that he started drinking this turmeric tea and M said it tasted sort of like chai tea. I was interested and took the recipe home with me. I made it twice this week because it was so good – I never thought once about drinking turmeric, but if it has some good health properties and is a tasty, soothing way to end the day, hey! I’m all for it! It has a little kick to it because of the ground ginger and turmeric, but I love the spices and it’s a great combination.
Turmeric, a bright orange spice that’s often used on its own or in curry powder, has long been investigated for its many health properties. Its active component, curcumin, may help ward off certain types of cancer, lower cholesterol, and can help protect against Alzheimer’s disease, among other things. Dr. Sanjay Gupta is a neurosurgeon and is the chief medical correspondent on CNN. This is his tea recipe.
My mom has been using turmeric in lots of dishes since I was young, but for those of you who are unfamiliar with it and need some ideas on what to make, here are some suggestions:
-Sprinkle turmeric on caramelized onions and potatoes while they’re cooking
-Add turmeric to grilled fish
-Add turmeric to scrambled eggs (or better yet, make “scrambled eggs” from tofu and add turmeric in for color!)
Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s Calming Creamy Turmeric Tea serves 1