Turmeric (a spice extracted from the turmeric plant) has been used in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine for centuries due to its potent health benefits. It contains the chemical curcumin, which can decrease inflammation and reduce depression symptoms. Turmeric is also abundant in antioxidants and has antimicrobial properties, helping our skin glow.
Since turmeric’s significant benefits for our body and brain do not stop here, this powerful nutritional supplement has increased in popularity. Nowadays, it is used in practically everything – from smoothies and soups to teas, salad dressings, and more.
With that in mind, take a look at our selection of the six best ways to consume turmeric.
#1 Make Yourself a Cup of Tea
The easiest way to consume turmeric is by preparing yourself a cup of turmeric tea. Suppose you are a first-time consumer. You might want to mix your turmeric tea with lemon juice or add aromatic spices like ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, or black pepper. These combinations will help you overcome its overwhelmingly earthy and bitter taste. Turmeric tea is probably the best (although not the only) way to get the many health benefits of this miraculous spice since the heat maximizes the natural antioxidants present in it.
#2 Jazz up Your Latte
Another great idea is to simmer turmeric (juiced or shredded fresh) with coconut milk and seasoned with honey (or sugar, cinnamon, ginger, etc.), known as golden milk. One way to do it is by adding 1 ½ cups of (coconut) milk, 1 ½ tsp of ground turmeric, a sprinkle of cinnamon and black pepper, and honey into a small pot on medium heat. To let the flavors blend, bring it to a simmer for 10 minutes. Let the flavors all meld and enjoy this creamy, soothing and delicious drink.
#3 Boost Your Smoothie Game
Even though it has a bit of a bitter flavor, turmeric root is also great in smoothies since other ingredients can mask its taste. That means you can add a pinch of turmeric to any smoothie of your choice, but the key is to dial down the turmeric. Instead, pack your smoothie with greens, fruits, milk, or honey. Start with ¼ tsp of ground turmeric, and then add more if you like.
With summer approaching, we suggest you try the carrot ginger turmeric smoothie, consisting of six ingredients: carrot, ginger, turmeric, banana, pineapple, and lemon refreshing and vitamin and nutrient-packed. You can also mix it with blueberry and yogurt or strawberries and kiwis.
#4 Use it in Soups, Dips, and Porridges
A great introduction to enjoying turmeric in your diet is through a warm soup. It gives the soup a rich glow and slowly cooked with the other ingredients together, it softens its original taste. You can use ground or fresh turmeric to amp up your soup’s health-supportive properties.
A vegetable soup (or broth) is a great start. Add a tablespoon of powdered turmeric along with lots of fresh oregano, and you get the chance to enjoy the best vegetable soup you have ever made. If you are a chicken soup fan, you can also start with that one too.
You can also add turmeric to dips. Hummus is the ideal dip for turmeric as it tastes amazing with chickpeas, garlic, tahini, and lemon. Another idea is to add it in a ginger tahini dip or any yogurt-based one.
For those that enjoy salty oatmeal recipes, making an oatmeal breakfast that includes vegetables, nuts, seeds, tofu, eggs, and turmeric, is another excellent way to consume this spice. If you need an idea, try spicing up quinoa or buckwheat porridge with some ground turmeric, herbs, and sea salt.
#5 Try It in Your Salad Seasoning and Vegetarian Dish
Ground turmeric is the perfect seasoning for roasted nuts, seeds, and chickpeas, which on the other hand, are the ideal addition to nearly any salad. All you need is to add turmeric while you roast them. Many cooking experts suggest even soaking the nuts or seeds in water with turmeric and salt overnight because this gives them an even richer taste.
Turmeric’s warm and peppery flavor goes exceptionally well with vegetarian main dishes containing boiled rice, roasted cauliflower, potatoes, and root vegetables, but also with tofu and mushrooms. This spice helps to enhance their taste and bring bright color to the plate. Try making this delicious creamy mushrooms and spinach with turmeric quinoa recipe, or you can simply tweak your regular baked (white or sweet) potatoes recipe by adding a bit of turmeric, cumin, and red pepper flakes.
#6 Turmeric for Dessert
Though it may sound unbelievable, turmeric can also liven up any dessert with its delicious earthy flavors and warm yellow hue. When added to your favorite sweets, it offers a unique touch of spice that mingles perfectly with sweeter flavors. Practically any treat you can think of – cookies, muffins, candies, power bars, ice cream, or donuts, can benefit from turmeric’s delicious effect. We love turmeric ginger banana muffins as much as we love sugar-free turmeric power bars.
If you are a novice to turmeric, you will want to start slowly since its flavor is strong and, for many of us, not one we are accustomed to. Typically we’d advise starting with a pinch of turmeric in whatever drink or dish you choose and then work your way up. However, once you begin using turmeric in your kitchen, you will never want to stop!