My First Time Using Fresh Turmeric

20150121_151643_471_2Yesterday was Produce Day at my house.  What a great day it was.  I love it when my fridge is full of beautiful organic produce.

I ordered fresh turmeric root for the first time.  The picture above is what it looks like.  It looks very similar to ginger but has a bright orange flesh inside.  The taste is difficult to describe.  It is not spicy like ginger but it has quite a strong flavour.  But not as strong as dried turmeric and not as bitter.  I like it and I encourage you to try it.

Turmeric is most known for its’ anti-inflammatory properties.  It is so powerful that it matches and often surpasses the effectiveness of anti-inflammatory drugs….without side-effects.

Some other benefits of turmeric are:

  • Powerful antioxidant
  • Aids digestion
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Fights degenerative processes in the brain
  • Is known to play a role in preventing heart disease
  • Can help prevent and treat cancer
  • Helps to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease
  • Helps to treat Arthritis
  • Small study showed that it is effective as an anti-depressant
  • Anti-aging supplement

This is an excellent list, wouldn’t you agree?

If you are used to using dried turmeric in your recipes, you can replace it with the fresh turmeric…1 teaspoon dried, use 1 Tablespoon fresh.

I love making curried recipes and so I decided to make a curry sauce for my zucchini noodles for lunch today.

I began with the following herbs and spices:

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I grated the turmeric and ginger and mixed everything (except the cilantro) together in a bowl with tahini, lime juice, Bragg’s liquid aminos and a bit of Himalayan salt.

I minced the cilantro and added it to the bowl.  It was too thick for my liking so I added water to the consistency that I was happy with.  I also wanted it a little creamier so I used my hand blender until it looked like this:

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Next I used my spiralizer (or US spiralizer) to make noodles out of my zucchini and tossed them with a pinch of salt.  After a few minutes, I poured off the liquid.

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Now I was ready to marry the two together.

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Then I placed it all on a plate bedded with lettuce and surrounded the deliciousness with spicy kimchi and sliced red pepper.  Oh my.  So tasty.

Tomorrow a juice using the fresh turmeric.  I will let you know what that tastes like.

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Zucchini Noodles with Curry Sauce
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Recipe type: Main
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Serves: 1⅔ cups
 
This sauce is prepared with fresh turmeric and fresh ginger. It is possible to substitute with dried versions of both, but flavour will be lost.
Ingredients
  • choose organic whenever possible
  • 1 x 2" piece of turmeric, scrubbed, not peeled and grated
  • 1 x2" piece of ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 extra large clove garlic
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 cardamom pods, seeds taken out
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ⅛ teaspoon black peppercorns
  • ¼ teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1 cup tahini
  • 1 Tablespoon Bragg's liquid aminos
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice
  • large handful cilantro, washed and minced
  • ⅔ cup water or as needed
  • 1 medium zucchini
Instructions
  1. Place the grated roots in a bowl.
  2. Place the cloves, cardamon seeds, cumin seeds, black peppercorns in a coffee grinder and grind to a powder.
  3. Add to the ginger and turmeric.
  4. Add the cayenne, salt, tahini, bragg's, lime juice and cilantro. Stir until well combined.
  5. Add water, a little at a time, stirring to desired consistency.
  6. If desired, use a hand blender to make it very smooth.
  7. Prepare zucchini with spiralizer. Sprinkle with salt and after 5 minutes, squeeze out water and drain off.
  8. Toss with desired amount of sauce. You will have plenty of sauce leftover for salad dressing or dip or more of the same.
  9. Place pasta on a plate of lettuce and garnish with other vegetables that you like. I used red peppers and kimchi.
  10. A sprinkle of dulse and a handful of hemp seeds will add minerals and essential fatty acids.

Comments

  1. Corinna says

    The recipe sounds delicious! I had zucchini noodles for the first time last year and I was surprised how tastey they are.
    Never tried fresh turmeric. I don’t even know if I can get it here. I will check the next time I go food shopping.

    • Barbara Dolan says

      I really love the zucchini noodles. They are so versatile in that they absorb the flavour of the sauce you toss them with. If you like, they can also be lightly steamed. Let me know if you get a chance to try the fresh turmeric, Corinna. Enjoy!

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