Not just in the kitchen – Spices (Turmeric)

28 May

I cannot stop raving about Turmeric. It is becoming a popular spice slowly, but not limited to old wives’ tales, I would like to mention how useful Turmeric is even for simple daily needs. Just a pinch can make a lot of difference. I am no expert on this, but these are all tried and tested uses for centuries in India.

  • Turmeric leaves are used for wrapping and cooking food in it. Sometimes, even food is served on it in India. It is not only beneficial to the health but also gives a distinct flavor and an aroma which may be too strong for some. One of the regional dishes is called ‘Patoli’ in India steamed in turmeric leaf during ‘Ganpati’ festival, a celebration of Lord Ganesha, a God of wisdom, knowledge and prosperity.
  • Turmeric powder is used in almost every dish cooked in India since it adds color, flavor, aroma and has many health benefits.
  • Most common drink with turmeric in it is warm milk with Turmeric powder which is known to clear away cough, mild fever, a home remedy for many Indians including me!
  • Clothes are dyed in Turmeric for its powerful yellow color. But be careful, since Turmeric stains easily.
  • It has many ceremonial uses and is widely used for religious purposes in India especially for Hindu deities.
  • A paste of Turmeric is applied to the bride and groom traditionally to give that special glow before the wedding ceremony.
  • Turmeric can also be used as a face pack. Mixed with Bengal gram flour, milk or yogurt, it is known to clear off blemishes and has acne fighting properties. Let the paste dry on the face, wash off with plain water.
  • It is known for its various medicinal uses in ‘Ayurveda'(a form of traditional Indian medicine practice)
  • A pinch of turmeric if applied directly on cuts, stops bleeding and is known to destroy the germs that try and enter the body through wounds.
  • Moderation is the key, too much can be bitter but a pinch is enough for so many uses.

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