In India turmeric holds the crown in the spice market. Be it any festival, a religious ceremony or for simple health reasons, turmeric is a consistent winner.
A lump of turmeric is always placed in a prayer prior to invoking the deity. The bride & the groom are smeared with turmeric paste before calling for the wed- lock. A cut here, a bruise there and the humble turmeric come to the rescue.
During the winter season fresh rhyzomes of turmeric are easily available in the market. Here is a quick recipe from my mothers’ kitchen cabinet for a tangy turmeric pickle.
Turmeric pickle: Wash and scrap the 200gms of turmeric rhyzome well. Dice it in small pieces or grate it for better texture. Slice 9-10 green chillies and mix in the grated turmeric. Heat desired quantity of oil and add spices(mustard, saunf, cumin, onion seeds). Mix the oil & spices along with salt and ½ tsp. of asafetida to the grated turmeric. Store in a clean jar.
The two most important elements, which make turmeric a much sought after spice are curcumin & volatile oil.
Curcumin an antioxidant is proved beneficial in curing cancer & boosting immunity.
The volatile oil in turmeric is anti-inflammatory, and acts against arthritis & stomach ulcers.
Turmeric detoxifies the liver and help increase its ability to clear LDL cholesterols.
It stimulates the flow of bile and is a good digestive aid.
Natural antiseptic & anti-bacterial in nature, it protects & heal the cuts faster.
Control obesity, as it helps digest fats by stimulating the flow of bile.
Helps lower blood pressure.
Turmeric Trial: Bane of living in a metro city with pollution and dirt all around made my hubby knock the doors of doctors often for his recurrent sinus problems. I switched his daily cup of coffee in the mornings with turmeric milk for the past two years. The change was difficult but after a few denials he started enjoying the change for good.
Now that the irritation from the sinus & the doctor’s bills have reduced, I have a cheerful hubby with loads of love & praises in store for me !
With numerous health benefits to its credit there is no harm in giving the humble turmeric a try !