IN A NUTSHELL
Turmeric is well known and has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine and in Eastern cuisine. Scientists have been studying its effects more recently only to confirm this age old knowledge: turmeric is one of the most potent and general immunity and healing substances. From its anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-viral qualities, to its digestive tract, liver and wound healing properties and its capacity to regulate cholesterol and blood sugar levels and help heal arthritis and cancer, turmeric has countless wonderful health benefits that make it an antidote for way too many ailments. Golden turmeric paste is one of the best ways to consume it and ensure that all these amazing properties are assimilated by our bodies. It is so easy to prepare and incorporate in your favourite dishes and drinks, you’ll turn it into your healthy habit in no time at all…
Kanchani or Golden Goddess (turmeric in Sanskrit) is actually a not-so-distant cousin of the well known ginger and has so many complex health and immunity enhancing qualities, that a whole article will be devoted to it soon. For now, we will focus on how to get you going in consuming more turmeric regularly.
Since turmeric is quickly metabolized by our bodies, its healing power will be considerably decreased when consumed without the aid of other agents, such as a good quality fat and black pepper. The fat helps to slow down metabolism, allowing the body to absorb curcumin - the active ingredient and yellow pigment in turmeric - for a longer period of time. Black pepper greatly increases the bioavailability of this agent and therefore the healing power of turmeric.
Turmeric paste can be made with 3 ingredients in under 10’ and will keep in the fridge for weeks and can be added to almost every one of your favourite dishes and drinks (please see our suggestions below).
* Note: Turmeric should not be used by people taking heart and/or blood pressure medication, pregnant women and people who will undergo surgery (for two weeks prior to the procedure), unless advised by a professional health practitioner.
Turmeric can help with, improve or heal:
• digestive tract disorders, including heartburn, flatulence and bloating, diarrhea, parasites
• gallbladder disorders
• menstrual disorders
• liver disorders
• respiratory disorders
• migraines and headaches
• hormone imbalances
• skin conditions, including healing wounds, psoriasis and acne
• weight loss
• Alzheimer’s disease
Turmeric paste can be added in small quantities (1 coffee-to-teaspoon) to:
• tea. - simply add a teaspoon of this magic potion to your favourite tea or infusion.
• water - yes, that simple. One magic spoonful in your glass.
• lemonade - preferably unsweetened, but a natural whole sweetener is allowed, such as honey, coconut sugar, or yacon syrup. Perfect if mixed with ginger juice (recipe up on the blog shortly ;)
• juices and smoothies - have you checked our free juice and smoothie ebook where turmeric paste is featured?
• glass of milk, many times called ‘golden milk’ - preferably raw organic milk or even better, your favourite vegetable (coconut, almond, oat,...) milk. Add a spoon of honey or whole sweetener if desired.
• soups - while cooking or when you warm up a bowl.
• warm dishes - such as your beloved curry, or any other warm dish, you can even add it to plain rice, whilst cooking or by tossing it in when your dish is ready.
• salad dressings - add a teaspoon of magic to your favourite dressing and make your salad even healthier.
• plain - for those who simply love the taste of turmeric ;)
It can also be used directly on the skin to heal inflamed joints and sore muscles and ligaments, wounds, acne and other skin conditions,...and even as a beauty facial mask. But please beware, curcumin in turmeric is a potent pigment and will stain clothes and surfaces easily.
If you try Golden Goddess at home, let us know how it turned out by leaving a comment below or post a picture on Instagram and tag #diospirorecipes. How have you used your turmeric paste? Any new ideas? We’d love to hear from you!
Cuisine Type: Vegetarian, Lactose free, Healing, Medicinal, Vegan option below*
Makes: 1 small pot of golden turmeric paste
Prep Time: 1’ | Cook Time: 5-7’ | Total Time: 6-8’
• 50g powdered turmeric - definitely preferably organic!
• 1 Tsp ghee (clarified butter, preferably organic) - recipe and details...yes - coming very soon!
* vegan option: olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil or sesame oil (preferably cold-pressed)
• 150ml spring or filtered water
• pinch of ground black pepper
• small-medium pot
• mixing spoon
• small glass jar
• Place the powdered turmeric, ghee (or other oil of your choice), pinch of black pepper and water in a pot over medium-high heat and keep stirring gently.
• The ingredients will start to fuse after a couple of minutes. Keep stirring gently, so as not to allow the mixture to stick to the bottom of the pan and burn. If necessary add a little extra water.
• It will go from very liquid to thick in 5-7’.
• Once it is slightly thick and there is no remaining water, remove from the heat and place the mixture in a glass jar.
• Set aside and allow it to cool.
• Once cold, close the jar and refrigerate for up to one month (many times longer).
• Use a teaspoon (up to 2-3 times per day) in your favourite dishes and drinks.
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