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 Spice Your Health With Flavourful Turmeric

  Last Updated : Jul 13,2018






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If you prepare flavourful and colourful curries and dishes and have a word of appreciation from your loved ones today, it’s because of one of the most important ingredient in curries.... a deep yellow to orange coloured powder viz. TURMERIC . Ayurveda and other traditional medicine systems practised in India have relied on this pungent spice for centuries not just to avail of its flavourful instinct but also due to its umpteen distinctive healing properties too.

The turmeric powder which is found in every “masala dabba” is obtained by boiling the roots for hours, drying them for weeks and then grinding them in huge grinders to get the powder.

Nutritional Insight

1. Curcumin : Although extremely popular as an important herb of the kitchen, turmeric was gained importance as a health herb only in 1970 when researchers found its most active health compound viz. Curcumin. This is the same compound which gives this herb its typical yellow colour and the one that stains your wooden spoons. Here’s the lowdown of some of the most promising nutritional and health benefits of this spice.
2. Digestive Aid : Turmeric helps stimulate the flow of bile, which helps digest food thus helping to overcome indigestion and proving itself as a digestive herb. Use it in daily cooking as done in the recipe of Oats and cabbage roti
3. Antiseptic : The herb’s antiseptic action lends credence to its traditional use in treating dysentery and diarrhoea, which is caused due to micro-organisms. Adding 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder to a glass of warm water and consuming it 2 to 3 times a day helps to cure dysentery.
4. Iron Booster : Turmeric, being rich in iron, is highly valuable in the treatment of anaemia and both the root as well as the powder should be a regular part of an anaemic diet. Palak Chana Dal and Bajra Carrot and Onion Uttapa are good additions to increase your iron intake.
5. Anti-inflammation Property : The anti-inflammatory compounds, Curcumin, in turmeric helps relieve inflammation of the joints and thus is a ladder to relieve pain related to arthritis.
6. Anti-Ulcer Property : Turmeric has been proven to protect the lining of the stomach and prevent ulcers. This is one more reason for those healthy individuals to make turmeric a part of their regular diet. Check out the recipe of Pyazwali Bhindi.
7. Anti-Bacterial Property : The curcumin in this spice also helps to ward of the bacteria’s causing cold, cough and throat irritation. Fresh turmeric powder and ajwain (carom seeds) mixed in a glass of warm milk taken once or twice a daily is the most useful curative measure. You can try the recipe of Ajwain and Turmeric Milk .
8. Overcome Insomnia : A glass of milk with a little turmeric powder etc. taken just before going to bed daily is the best remedy for insomnia.
9. Microbiological Properties : Like most culinary herbs, turmeric helps retard food spoilage because it has antibacterial action. Make it a part of your everyday cooking. Try the recipe of Bajra Whole Moong and Green Pea Khichdi
10. Natural Healer : An application of turmeric powder on boils have been proven to speed up the healing process. Our ancestors, a few centuries ago, used pounded turmeric leaves when turmeric powder was not available.
Thus the myriad effect of curcumin, the compound of turmeric, is worth exploring and so is making this all-in-one herb a part of all our daily meals.



Health Benefits Of Turmeric

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 by Tarla Dalal
Treat your heart and palate to a delectable meal of Oats and Cabbage Roti with low-fat curds, and hear a happy tick in response to it! Scrumptious to the core, these satiating rotis are made with a unique dough of whole wheat flour, oats and cabbage perked up with sesame seeds and spice powders. Oats not only gives these rotis a nice, grainy texture, but also a lot of fibre and beta glucan, which aid in reducing bad cholesterol (LDL). We have also avoided refined flour completely in the dough, substituting it with wholesome whole wheat flour. We have added a little garlic paste as it is very good for the heart, and also improves the flavour of the roti. This roti can be prepared well ahead of a meal, or even carried to work in the dabba, but has a much better texture when served immediately.
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 by Tarla Dalal
A maharashtrian delight, tweaked to boost the health value! while palak adds vitamin a to this dish, chana dal adds nutrients like calcium, iron, folic acid, zinc and fibre. Ensure that you do not overcook chana dal, as it should be separate and not mashed.
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 by Tarla Dalal
With humble origins as a simple, homely breakfast in South India, the uttappa has now become famous all over the world, because it lends itself to so much innovation. Here is yet another variant, made with whole bajra and its flour. Vegetables like carrots and onions lend a nice crunch to this sumptuous dish, while coriander, lemon juice, etc., team up to perk up the flavour and aroma. Serve the Bajra, Carrot and Onion Uttapa fresh off the tava with healthy green chutney.
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 by Tarla Dalal
Mostly, ladies finger is sautéed in lots of oil or deep-fried before adding to various recipes. If you are a bhindi fan, but have been avoiding the vegetable for this reason, Pyazwali Bhindi will come as a pleasant surprise to you. Here, the ladies finger is cooked in minimal oil to suit the needs of those with acidity. It is combined with flavour-packed ingredients like onions, ginger, green chillies and aromatic seeds like cumin and nigella, to get a finger-licking recipe! Onions are very effective in combating acidity, so include it frequently in your diet. Try other stomach-friendly subzis like Kaddu ka Bharta and Avial .
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 by Tarla Dalal
Some remedies come with a superb flavour, which is very apt for the condition you are in! This age-old remedy for sore throat is a perfect example. The healing properties of turmeric and ajwain are packaged with a soothing, slightly-spicy taste that will soothe your sore throat in a very appealing way. Take two glasses of this Ajwain and Turmeric Milk per day for two or three days, and bid adieu to the irritating sore throat. Try to have it as hot as you can.
You must have heard of Bajra Khichdi, a famous Rajasthani delicacy. While that is a wholesome dish, here is something even more nourishing, fortified with more healthy stuff like whole moong, green peas and tomatoes. These not only add more crunch and tang to the khichdi, but also add more fibre, iron and protein, making the Bajra, Whole Moong and Green Pea Khichdi a complete meal in its own right.
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 by Tarla Dalal
A colourful roti tinged by the pink shades of beetroot and the savoury touch of til, with coriander powder and chilli powder for added flavour, the Beetroot and Sesame Roti is an ideal breakfast to pack in your kids’ lunch boxes as it is non-messy, tasty and healthy too!
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 by Tarla Dalal
Tasty and fluffy dhokla is always known to be a versatile dish, which can be prepared with varied flours and by adding additional ingredients like veggies, corn, etc. This scrumptious Cabbage Dhokla stands out from others in the equal use of grated cabbage and besan in the batter, an interesting move that adds a lot of crunch to the fluffy dhokla! You will enjoy this multi-textured delight, flavoured with a traditional, aromatic tempering, and served with green chutney.
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 by Tarla Dalal
The first thing we all can think about karelas is their bitterness. But karela is extremely beneficial for diabetics and one can enjoy it more if you acquire the taste for it. These innovative Karela Thepla make use of the peels of the karela which we usually throw away. Wash and chop the peels into small pieces before adding it to the dough. For a tasty and diabetic friendly breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, check out our collection of Diabetic recipes .
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 by Tarla Dalal
The Coloured Capsicum and Paneer Subzi has a well-rounded flavour and a well-balanced nutrient profile. Rich in protein, carbohydrates and vitamins, this easy yet irresistible subzi also pools in vitamin A from coloured capsicums, folic acid and antioxidant lycopene from tomatoes and protein and calcium from paneer.
Warm Honey Lemon Water with Turmeric is a simple detox solution that can be consumed everyday, first thing in the morning. We all know that lemon juice and turmeric have amazing health benefits – and this easy recipe brings both together. Turmeric powder (haldi), which is found in everyone’s masala dabba is obtained by boiling the roots for hours, drying them for weeks and then grinding them in huge grinders to get the powder. It aids digestion by stimulating the flow of bile, and is also known to have wonderful antiseptic properties. Thanks to this antiseptic action, turmeric is used for treating dysentery and diarrhoea, which are caused by microorganisms. Perhaps because we use it in small quantities, many people are not aware of the rich iron content in turmeric, which works against anaemia. Curcumin, an anti-inflammatory compound in turmeric helps relieve inflammation of the joints. Of course, the benefits of lemon juice cannot be forgotten either. It helps to boost your metabolism early in the morning, is a good source of antioxidant vitamin C , and helps to freshen breath too. Honey helps to balance the flavours, making this Warm Honey Lemon Water with Turmeric a pleasure to sip on first thing in the morning. That said, we recommend you use a straw to drink this, because lemon juice is acidic and may damage the enamel of your teeth if had directly without a straw.
With so much stress, pollution and junk food surrounding our lives, everybody is looking for methods to detox our body. Here is an easy and quick way to detox yourself early in the morning. Have it first thing in the morning and let turmeric and lemon work their magic. Turmeric powder (haldi), which is found in everyone’s masala dabba is obtained by boiling the roots for hours, drying them for weeks and then grinding them in huge grinders to get the powder. It aids digestion by stimulating the flow of bile, and is also known to have wonderful antiseptic properties. Thanks to this antiseptic action, turmeric is used for treating dysentery and diarrhoea, which are caused by microorganisms. Many people are also unaware of the rich iron content in turmeric, which works against anaemia. Curcumin, an anti-inflammatory compound in turmeric helps relieve inflammation of the joints. Lemon Juice on the other hand helps to boost your metabolism early in the morning. It is a good source of antioxidant vitamin C , and helps to freshen breath too. With a pleasantly tangy taste, the Warm Lemon Water with Turmeric is a good way to start your day. We recommend you use a straw to drink this, because lemon juice is acidic and may damage the enamel of your teeth if had directly without a straw.
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Spice Your Health With Flavourful Turmeric
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 on 03 Mar 17 12:45 PM


Kudraat ki anmol gift hai Haldi. But the knowledge given through this article and Tarlaji ki recipes deserve the appreciation. Most of the recipes I tried at home and everyone in family enjoys it
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Tarla Dalal    Hemlata, thanks for the feedback.
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22 Jun 17 11:18 AM