Turmeric does more than just add colour to curries – it has some serious health benefits…
What’s so good about it?
» Turmeric is well known as a curry spice, but it has much more to offer in the kitchen and for your health.
» Use it in its fresh, ginger-like root form, as a powder, or even as a health supplement.
» The spice is a powerful antiinflammatory, lowering the levels of enzymes in the body that cause pain and swelling.
»It’s often used to help alleviate the symptoms of arthritis and ulcerative colitis, and may also help to ease the effects of chronic conditions with low levels of inf lamination, such as Alzheimer’s.
» Turmeric also works as an anticoagulant, slowing and stopping blood platelets grouping together to form clots, thereby contributing to lowering the risk of blood clots.
» Turmeric’s high antioxidant levels also fight the effects of free radicals in the body, making it helpful in lowering the risk of certain cancers and neurodegenera tive diseases.
Easy turmericcooking ideas
» Try a tagine (serves 4) Brown 8 bone-in chicken thighs, then set aside. Fry off 1 chopped onion until browned. Add 3 crushed garlic cloves, 1 cinnamon stick, ltsp turmeric, and 3tsp Ras el Hanout spice blend. Cook for one min. Add the chicken to the pan with 50g stoned dates and enough stock to cover. Simmer for 1 hour 30 mins. Stir in a little natural yogurt and serve with couscous.
» Make turmeric tea Simmer 2cm peeled and chopped fresh turmeric per cup of water for 30 mins.
» For a tasty frittata (Serves 4) Fry 1 chopped onion and 3 crushed garlic cloves in a little oil, until soft. Add 2 medium, sliced courgettes. Cook until tender. In a jug, mix 8 eggs with 100ml milk, a handful parsley, chopped, ltbsp flour, ltsp turmeric; season. Pour into the nan and cook for 3-5 mins.
» Make a great dip Mix together 3tbsp natural yogurt, 3tbsp light mayo, ltsp turmeric, a pinch of chilli powder, ltsp tahini and ltsp honey.