(TUR muh rik) The root of a tropical plant belonging to the ginger family. This spice looks like ginger on the outside, but that's where the resemblance ends. When dried and ground, turmeric's powder is bright yellow-orange, its flavor is bittersweet, and its aroma slightly musty.


  1. Turmeric -Roasted Cauliflower

    Su-Mei Yu roasts cauliflower with spices and slivers of kumquat. The turmeric , white peppercorns and coriander seeds are beneficial to the respiratory and circulatory systems; the kumquat, with its sour and bitter tastes, warms the chest and eases coughs.

  2. Vietnamese Tilapia with Turmeric & Dill

    Sugar, lime juice, fish sauce, and chile make a simple yet classic sauce - one that's practically requisite at any Vietnamese meal. Here it's drizzled over fish fillets.

  3. Tofu-Salad Sandwiches

    In this riff on a classic egg-salad sandwich, Melissa Rubel Jacobson stirs finely chopped silken tofu with mayonnaise, mustard, chives and crunchy celery, then spreads it on whole wheat toast. To mimic the yellowish color of egg salad, she sometimes adds a little turmeric , but it's not necessary.

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  1. Indian Curry a Key to Good Health

    Wed, 6 Jun 2012

    Great news for fans of Indian cuisine ! Turmeric , the ingredient that gives curry powder ..... thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric has recently been the subject of extensive ..... suggests curcumin—the active compound in turmeric —possesses powerful anti-inflammatory

  2. Peanut Curry Chicken – Check Please!

    Tue, 15 Sep 2015

    There’s a show called “ Check, Please! Bay Area ,” which features three locals who try each other’s favorite restaurants, and then compare notes with host, Leslie Sbrocco. We get lots of great ideas for places to try, and every once in a while I hear about a dish that I really want to make, and this peanut curry chicken is the latest example. The restaurant was called Old Skool Café , and the dish was “Abu’s West African Peanut Butter Stew.”  I was working while it was on, and not paying full attention, but I remember thinking that it sounded like something I’d like to try soon. That was a year ago.  Last week, Michele and I ended up going there, and I finally had my chance to order the stew, and reverse engineer the recipe for a video. Except, I didn’t order it. I have this mental defect where have to I order fried chicken every time it’s on a menu. Michele was no help, since she has the same affliction with shrimp and grits.  Anyway, someone ordered it at the table next to us, and I overheard them discussing it, which provided plenty of inspiration for this version. I decided to not follow any specific recipe, but instead do a simple composite of every peanut curry I’ve ever come across.  Unlike Abu’s stew, and many others, I didn’t use coconut milk, as I feel that’s a little too sweet and rich for the peanut butter. I loved how this came out, and I can’t imagine it being any richer. I really hope you give this a try soon. Enjoy! Ingredients for 4 large portions: For the spice blend: 2 teaspoons ground coriander 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon turmeric 1 teaspoon paprika 1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more to taste 1/2 teaspoon cayenne                                                                                    2 1/2 pounds chicken boneless skinless chicken thighs 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 large yellow onion, chopped 1 tablespoon finely grated ginger 6 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 cup ketchup  3/4 cup smooth peanut butter (I recommend using an all-natural style that doesn’t contain sugar. If you use the regular stuff, you won’t need the brown sugar called for below).  1 packed tablespoon brown sugar  about 3 1/2 cups chicken broth, depending on desired thickness  1 pound zucchini, cut into chunks  1 red bell pepper, cubed  1 green poblano pepper, diced  1/2 cup roasted peanuts  chopped cilantro and fresh lime to garnish  serve on rice

  3. red quinoa, kale & roasted cauliflower

    Mon, 7 Apr 2014

    milk, along with smoked paprika and turmeric , as it creates a flavor bomb that blows ..... mixing in that beautiful yellow color that turmeric is known for, making the end result even more gorgeous. Pretty food makes everything ..... coconut water & coconut milk) 1 T. ground turmeric 1 bunch curly Kale, washed and de

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Food Blogs We Love

  1. Turmeric Cashews

    Fri, 29 May 2015

    type of beneficial food choice. These turmeric cashews became one of my favorite snacks ..... They were extra special because I used turmeric gifted by Tara ( Seven Spoons ) when I saw her last recently. She told me the turmeric is from her maternal grandfather's

  2. Turmeric Tea

    Mon, 16 Sep 2013

    helping until it occurred to me to bump up the turmeric in my diet. It has significant anti-inflammatory ..... and I started going for it - adding extra turmeric to curries, drinking turmeric tea in the morning and evenings, and generally

  3. Ayam Jeruk (Grilled Chicken and Toasted Coconut Salad)

    Thu, 15 May 2014

    We fell in love with the description of Ayam Jeruk, "an addictive warm salad of grilled shredded chicken and roasted coconut tinged a bright yellow from fresh turmeric roots."

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