Turmeric is a member of the ginger family. It is bright yellow in colour, which can make a dish stand out and come alive. The roots are quite pungent. Organic Turmeric Haldi is an essential ingredient in curry powder. Just a pinch of turmeric is necessary, as too much of it can make the dish become extremely bitter in taste. Turmeric has been used for centuries in Indi for its medicinal and healthful qualities.
Turmeric Powder (Haldi, Ground Turmeric) lends a wonderful, woody aroma and flavour to Dals, Vegetables and Seafood dishes.
Turmeric Powder is used in Pilau Rice to provide its golden yellow colour and is also a basic ingredient of Curry Powder. To retain freshness and flavour store Turmeric in an airtight container, in a cool dry place.
Turmeric has a peppery, warm and bitter flavour with a mild fragrance slightly reminiscent of orange and ginger. While it is best known as one of the ingredients used to make curry, it also gives ballpark mustard its bright yellow colour.
Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant and has a tough brown skin and a deep orange flesh. Turmeric has long been used as a powerful anti-inflammatory in both the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine. Turmeric is sometimes called "Indian saffron" because of its deep yellow-orange colour and has been used throughout history as a condiment, healing remedy and textile dye.
Turmeric is an excellent source of both iron and manganese and a good source of vitamin B6, dietary fibre and potassium.
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