Here we bring you 56 awesome health and beauty ideas using turmeric. These range from general purpose uses or how to make your own turmeric supplements through to skincare turmeric recipes and health ideas. Plus some delicious food recipes that help you get more turmeric into your daily diet. But let’s start at the beginning.
What is Turmeric ?
I guess most people reading an article about turmeric recipes already have a fair idea what it is but for the sake of thoroughness and by way of introduction, let’s cover this first. But if you know all about it, skip to the recipes here.
Turmeric is a member of the ginger family which is defined as a rhizomatous herbaceous plant. It grows in tropical regions and is indigenous to tropical parts of India and South East Asia. Rhizomatous plants have rhizomes or networks of roots that grow under the soil. A rhizome is a way for the plant to propagate as new shoots will grow from a rhizome even if it is separated from the plant and planted elsewhere.
The rhizome or root is the part of this herbaceous plant that is used most by people although some use turmeric leaves in curries and even to store foodstuffs much like banana leaves are sometimes used.
The root can be used raw, as in a tea drink or can be minced up for easier use. I personally always peel the outer skin away before using it but I know some people just use it with the outer skin. This may provide more benefits than peeling. I don’t think leaving the skin on will ruin the taste of turmeric as you don’t really eat it for the taste so I guess either way is acceptable.
With this said, sometimes it can be hard to get fresh turmeric so many people use the powder. Turmeric powder is made by cooking the roots and drying until all the moisture evaporates. Then the root is ground up to form a powder. This is often referred to as turmeric spice and you will find it in most supermarket spice aisles these days. You may think that this would remove all the beneficial elements of the herb but this is not the case. The active ingredient in Turmeric is known as curcumin. This is retained in the ground up powder and some would even argue that this is the best way to take turmeric.
Again, I prefer the fresh variety if I can get it as you have no idea how long ago the powder was ground up and even once bought, a bottle of turmeric spice will sit on the spice rack for years no doubt losing all it’s efficacy over the years. However as a base for a curry or some other food recipe, the powder is often far more practical and the taste is not as overpowering. Also, I feel the raw variety is better in skincare products as they are likely to absorb into the skin better.
So Why Turmeric ? What’s So Good About This Stuff ?
Increasing research appears to confirm what Indian Ayurvedic practitioners have always known to be true. Turmeric or the Curcumin in it is an extremely effect anti-inflammatory substance. It is also a very powerful antioxidant and has anti-bacterial and antiviral characteristics too.
Inflammation is the body’s healing response to injury or illness and is fine in acute cases but if it persists and becomes chronic, research suggests that it may be a contributing factor in causing many diseases, specifically age related conditions like Alzheimers, heart disease and arthritis to name just a few. Chronic inflammation can also make the disease worse or worsen the general health of the individual as it attacks and destroys healthy cells around the site of the disease.
Curcumin has been shown to influence more than 700 genes, and it can inhibit both the activity and the synthesis of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX2) and 5-lipooxygenase (5-LOX), as well as other enzymes that have been implicated in inflammation.
Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant.
The creation of free radicals in the body is inevitable when foods are metabolized or environmental factors like overexposure to the sun occur. Free radicals damage cells and this ultimately leads to malfunctioning cells or their death. With time, free radicals build up and the body is less able to deal with then naturally.
At some point the signs of this build up start to manifest in wrinkles and hyper-pigmentation on the skin. And more insidiously in diseases like atherosclerosis and heart disease.
So turmeric or curcumin can help with this. It gives the body a hand in removing free radicals that might otherwise go on to damage cells.
Turmeric can also be used topically to help heal cuts and wounds and stop bacteria making it worse. It is even thought to help with other skin blemishes such as acne and age spots. Turmeric is becoming more popular as a topical treatment and skincare ingredient.
What can Turmeric help with ?
Most of the research on turmeric or curcumin is done in vitro or on animals. This is changing as the herb becomes more popular in the west so more human based research will start to appear. But the implications from current research is that turmeric can help with these diseases :
- Crohn’s disease
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Ulcerative colitis
Anecdotal evidence and folklore suggests it can help in these instances :
- Digestive Aid
- Blood Purifier
- Wound Healer
- Skin Tonic
- Fat Metabolizer
- Cholesterol Reducer
- Gas Reducer
So even though science has not made it incontrovertible, the implication is that turmeric can be a wonderful preventative measure and should be integrated into your lifestyle. The bottom line is that it can’t do any harm and can seemingly only do good so it makes sense to get more of it into your life.
So on that note, here are some turmeric recipes to get you started
There are all sorts of supplements available these days and sure they make it easy to get your recommended daily dosage of turmeric but a better way to do this is to make your own. When you have your own supplements, you can add them as a base to drinks and meals.
1. Turmeric powder
If you use turmeric powder, why not try making your own. It’s very simple to make and is likely to be much fresher than something you buy in a store. Fresher is better and likely to be far more effective. What’s more, if you are about to fully embrace the “turmeric lifestyle”, making your own powder will probably be cheaper too.
The basic idea to make powder is to dry out fresh turmeric roots or rhizomes. This can be done by letting them dry out naturally in the sun or by using a food dehydrator or even the oven on a low heat. The advantage of sun drying is that it’s free but of course you need the right climate. It will take a number of days and as long as a week depending how long the turmeric is in the sun for each day.
Once the roots are dry, you can put them in a food processor and whizz them up into a powder. Or get some diy stress relief by pounding it into a powder with a mortar and pestle.
You can use the powder in drinks and food and even in skincare products. Why not buy some empty pill capsules from amazon and make your very own supplements too.
2. Turmeric paste
Turmeric paste is another way to prepare the product. It can be made from fresh turmeric rhizomes or from powder.
Add minced fresh or powdered turmeric to a pan with a teaspoon of coconut oil and a 100ml of water.
Mix all the ingredients and heat until it starts to bubble. Turn the heat down so that it doesn’t burn and stir consistently so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
When the mixture begins to form into a paste like consistency turn off the heat and spoon into a bowl or jar. Add a pinch of freshly ground black pepper into the paste and stir through. This will increase the bio-availability of the paste.
Store in the fridge and use within a week.
Again, this paste can be used to make drinks, food and even skincare products.
3. Turmeric cubes
Rather than store your turmeric paste in a jar in the fridge, why not add blobs of the paste to an ice cube tray. Then pop it into the freezer. This means you can make a fair amount of paste and store it for a longer period of time. It is not as easy to use as the paste but in the case of a smoothie or even cooking, it’s will work just fine.
4. Turmeric bombs
These little bombs are a novel way to make your own tasty supplements. Ideal if you don’t like the taste of turmeric on it’s own. Add some honey if you have a sweet tooth or coconut oil for a more subtle taste and still want to get your daily turmeric hit. Idea was created over at empoweredsustenance.com
- ⅓ cup organic ground turmeric
- About 1 Tbs. quercetin powder (about 10 capsules, emptied)
- Big pinch of finely ground black pepper
- Binding agent, choose ONE of the following (you will need about 3 Tbs.)
- Raw honey
- Coconut oil
- Grassfed ghee
- Unbleached parchment paper
I have not been able to get quercetin but as this is just to help with absorption I don’t think it’s a big problem. Take more or add more pepper.
I also prefer coconut oil to the other binding agent options….as you may have noticed, I really like coconut oil !
Mix the ingredients together until the mixture becomes pliable enough to be rolled into little balls with your hands or quenelle shape with a small spoon.
Much like the turmeric ice cubes, these little bombs can also be stored in the freezer. So they will last a long time and can also be quite versatile.
Swallow one each morning to get your daily dose or use one or two in a smoothie mix.
5. Turmeric Tincture
A tincture or tonic is a way to preserve the medicinal properties of a herb for a longer period of time than if they were just sitting on your kitchen table slowly rotting away (or drying out in the case of turmeric – although then you could probably turn them into a powder, but I digress).
A turmeric tonic involves mincing fresh turmeric and adding it to a small quantity of alcohol (other liquids can be used if you don’t drink alcohol – vinegar for example). The tincture is placed in a sealed bottle and stored in a dark, dry place for a few weeks. After this period, it is strained to remove the turmeric extract and voila, you have your tincture.
Tinctures are taken as a supplement. So a tablespoon a day after a meal.
Here is a really good description of how to make a turmeric tincture.
You can make all sort of tinctures or combine different medicinal herbs and spices for a super tincture ! For instance add ginseng and ginger to your next turmeric tincture for a super healthy supplement.
Turmeric for Skincare
As we have already mentioned, turmeric has been traditionally used to treat cuts and heal the skin around a lesion.
6. Simply add minced or raw turmeric to the site of the lesion or add some turmeric powder to it.
But there are many other uses of turmeric recipes when it comes to skincare :
7. Turmeric Moisturizer
Use a 100ml bottle of fractionated coconut oil as the base moisturizer. Pour into a mixing bowl or jar. Add a couple of teaspoons of turmeric powder and mix well. Pour back into the original coconut oil bottle and use as a skin moisturizer.
You can also use minced fresh turmeric in place of the powder.
You can also you Argan oil in place of coconut oil if you like.
Any carrier oil that is good for the skin in fact.
8. Turmeric facial mask for acne
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties which are believed to help with skin blemishes from mild hyper-pigmentation through to bad acne.
Applying a simple face mask on a regular basis can help clear acne and keep skin glowing and healthy.
And such a recipe is incredibly simple :
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
- 1 tablespoon of honey or 1 tablespoon of yogurt
Mix up the ingredients until they form a consistent paste.
Apply to the face and leave for 30 minutes.
Rinse with warm water.
A more exotic acne skincare recipe is from the book by Alexis Wolfer called The Recipe for Radiance
It’s called starry spot treatment because it uses the star fruit which you may find hard to get in some parts of the world. It’s popular in south east Asia and I’ve seen it often in supermarkets.
If you can’t get star fruit then replace it with similar fruits high in vitamin C and vitamin A :
Anyway here is the recipe :
9. Starry Spot Treatment
- 1 starfruit
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
Mix the ingredients so that they form into a mixture that can be spread on the skin without running.
Apply directly to the acne affected skin and leave for 20 minutes.
Rinse clean with warm water.
Apply once a day until the acne condition improves.
10. And for acne scars and any other types of blemishes, simply mix turmeric powder with water or milk and place the paste directly on the scar or blemish.
Leave for 20 minutes and rinse off with warm water.
11. Control Oily Skin
If you want to have more control over oily skin then add turmeric and sandalwood powder to some fresh orange juice until it becomes a paste like consistency.
Coat your face with the paste and let it sit for 10 minutes.
Rinse clear with warm water.
12. Turmeric Skin Brightener face mask
Another face mask turmeric recipe that will brighten up your skin and give it a more natural glow
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon chickpea flour (or gram flour)
- 1 teaspoon argan oil
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
The main ingredient in this recipe is lemon juice.
As we have covered in our lemon recipes, lemon is a wonderful nature ingredient to lighten or brighten the skin.
This means it can help lighten blemishes and age spots.
The addition of argan oil helps to moisturize the skin and prevent signs of aging skin.
Mix ingredients into a paste and rub evenly all over the face. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
13. Turmeric facial hair removal recipe
Using chickpea flour and turmeric can also help remove facial hair so you could use the recipe above or simplify it and use :
- 1 Teaspoon of turmeric
- 1 Teaspoon of chickpea flour
- water/milk to turn it into a paste/mask
Spread the paste on the area where you want to remove unwanted hair. Leave for 20-30 minutes.
Again, this is not an overnight treatment. It will take a few weeks to see results. And you should apply it daily.
For more see Indian Turmeric hair removal recipe here
14. Turmeric body Scrub – Balinese Lulur
The island of Bali, especially Ubud the small town in the center of the island, is a wonderful place to spend a couple of weeks relaxing and rejuvenating. There are plenty of spa’s where you can have a massage and be pampered. They may even use a turmeric based Lulur as part of the traditional Balinese beauty treatment. Lulur means coating the skin and as the name suggests, it involves covering the body with a mixture of turmeric, rice powder, yogurt and some essential oils.
The treatment itself is a bit more involved as it includes massaging the body with a moisturizing oil like argan or coconut oil, then applying the Llulur and finally relaxing in a bath.
Certainly it would be far more relaxing and enjoyable in a spa but the recipe itself and the treatment is easy to replicate at home. It will leave you feeling wonderfully relaxed and your skin will feel softer and have a natural glow to it.
Here is the recipe for the Balinese lulur : Body and Soul Javanese Lulur
15. Turmeric Glowing Skin Recipe
The first step is to use grated fresh coconut flesh and turmeric powder/paste or even fresh grated turmeric. Mix it together and spread onto the body.
Leave on for 10 minutes and then wipe off with a cloth.
The next step is to add a mix of grated carrot and agar. You probably want to prepare this at the same time as the coconut mixture.
Now apply this carrot mix to the body and leave for 10 minutes.
- half freshly grated coconut
- half teaspoon of turmeric
- 4/5 medium sized carrots freshly grated
- 2 tablespoons of agar
The coconut mix will exfoliate and the carrot mix will moisturize the skin for lovely glowing skin.
16. Turmeric dry shampoo for blonde hair
If you don’t have time to wet wash and dry your hair, a dry shampoo is your new best friend. You’ve probably seen all sorts of dry shampoo varieties in the stores now but not one with turmeric I’ll bet !
Turmeric acts as the natural colorant in the shampoo and is ideal for blonde hair.
Try this out :
- 4 tablespoons of cornstarch powder
- 4 drops of spearmint or peppermint essential oil
- 4 drops of lavender essential oil
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
Place the dry ingredients in a bowl and sift through so that they are completely combined. Add the essential oils and mix again. That’s it – dry shampoo done.
Apply it to strands of hair with a makeup brush and then brush the hair with a regular hair brush to spread the shampoo evenly and remove any residue.
The essential oils make your hair smell great but feel free to try other essential oils if these 2 are not to your liking or a bit overpowering, especially the mint.
Massage oils are very easy to make and I encourage you to experiment with various ingredients to find your own favorite combination. Most massage oils tend to use a carrier oil and a few essential oils but this one from Mamaglow uses wheat germ oil as it’s base.
The combination of these ingredients and ginger and turmeric is thought to help collagen production which keeps skin plumper and less prone to fine lines and wrinkles. Turmeric and ginger can also help with scars and other skin blemishes so this massage oil is recommended for stretch marks. Given that it does not use any essential oils, this is an ideal massage oil for pregnant women hoping to minimize the impact of stretch marks.
- 3 cups wheat germ oil
- 1 cup chopped fresh ginger root
- 1 cup chopped fresh turmeric
How to make :
Add all the ingredients to a double boiler over a hob.
Bring to a simmer and then continue to heat on a medium low temperature
Turn hob off after 30 minutes and let the oil cool to room temperature.
Strain out any solids like the ginger and turmeric pieces.
Massage into your skin once or twice a day.
18. Haldi Ceremony And Recipe
Haldi is Hindi for turmeric. And it is used all over India in a variety of ways. In fact, most of the recipes listed here hail from India or south east Asia.
The haldi skincare recipe described here is used before a wedding and is called the “haldi ceremony”. It is said to be a way to prepare the bride and groom for the big day both spiritually and physically.
From a beauty or skin point of view, it helps to make the skin look it’s best.
Turmeric is an excellent exfoliating agent and can help you defeat the signs of aging. Take chickpea flour and turmeric powder in equal proportions and prepare a paste by adding water.
Use raw milk or yogurt instead of water to increase the exfoliating quality.
Apply it evenly on your body and leave it till it dries off. Wash it off with lukewarm water and scrub your face gently in circular motion.
19. Turmeric recipes for wrinkles
This is similar to the other skincare recipes in that it uses turmeric with ingredients that help to exfoliate the skin.
- Tomato product
- Rice powder
- Turmeric powder or paste
Tomatoes are a good source of lycopene which is thought to be a good antioxidant that can help prevent skin damage which ultimately leads to fine lines and wrinkles.
Any tomato product will do, be it tomato paste, tomatoes from a can and dare I say fresh tomatoes !
Add it to rice powder – rice grains ground up in a mortar and pestle. Then some turmeric and milk.
The milk and rice powder will exfoliate and polish the skin.
Mix everything up. It might not look great but it will work wonders on your skin.
Apply it to your face and leave on for 15-20 minutes.
Rinse off with warm water.
Moisturize your skin with your favorite moisturizer or argan or coconut oil.
20. Turmeric recipe for dark circles under the eyes
Add some lemon or pineapple juice to the recipe above and apply it to dark circles under the eyes. It should brighten the skin and make the dark circles less noticeable.
21. Turmeric for Stretch marks
Mix chickpea flour (sometimes called gram flour) and turmeric in yogurt/milk/water.
Massage into stretch marks every day to lighten and heal the marks.
22.Turmeric Aloe Vera recipe for Burns
We have all probably reached for the aloe vera gel to sooth skin that may be sun burned or literally burned by a hot object or fire. An upgrade on this tried and tested method is to add turmeric to the Aloe Vera gel. This can be powder or paste. An alternative to aloe Vera gel is honey.
The anti-inflammatory qualities of these ingredients will help any swelling go down and reduce the chances of long term scarring.
23. Turmeric poultice
A poultice is a combination of healing herbs and spices mixed up into a paste. It is applied to the skin to help draw out poisons, infections and generally reduce inflammation and pain in a part of the body. The mixture is held in place by a compress or bandage. The bandage is removed after one or two days and a fresh poultice is applied if the condition has not been remedied.
Poultices are commonly used for boils and abscesses on the skin.
As Turmeric is a great anti-inflammatory and antiseptic herb it helps to make a very effective poultice.
Here is a great poultice recipe from wellbeingwithnutrition.co.uk
24. Turmeric Bath
Draw a bath and then add turmeric powder or even paste. Relax and let the turmeric work on those stiff joints. It may even help with scars and other skin blemishes.
Be warned, it will leave you and the bath somewhat yellow. In your case, have a shower after the bath to get rid of the yellow color. The bath can be rinsed clean too once the yellow water is down the plughole. You may also want to give it a bit of a scour so that it doesn’t develop a permanent yellow color.
25. Turmeric cleanse – inside and out
Following on from the turmeric bath idea, a great way to cleanse or detox is to take a turmeric and ginger bath. Combine minced ginger and turmeric to a hot bath. Jump in, sit back and relax. The combination of turmeric and ginger will ease aches and pains and help you sweat more profusely. This will help to rid the body of any toxins.
Now for the internal detox, this recipe comes from Food Matters :
- 250 ml (1 cup) almond or rice milk
- 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
- 1 teaspoon finely grated ginger
- 6 drops stevia liquid
Apparently this drink alkalizes and detoxifies the body and can help with colds and flus. It can also be made with coconut milk which sounds even nicer.
Heat your milk of choice .
Add the turmeric and ginger to a mug and pour some of the hot milk in to mix up the ingredients and make a paste.
Add the rest of the milk.
Add stevia (honey or any other sweetener) to taste.
26. Turmeric recipe for cracked heels
Add turmeric paste or powder to coconut oil. The turmeric will help to heal the broken skin and the coconut oil will nourish so that cracking is less likely to happen in the future.
Rub the mixture into cracked heels and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse clean or better still take a relaxing bath…maybe even a turmeric bath ?
27. Recipe for turmeric soap
This is a very simple way to make your own soap.
You use a ready made melt and pour soap base. You can get different types but I like the idea of a coconut milk base to the soap as I’m going through a bit of a coconut oil phase.
After that simply add other ingredients that you think will be good for the skin.
In this case just turmeric powder and some essential oils for fragrance and glycerin for moisturizing.
Pour out the mixture and allow to set and you have your soap. Can even be used as gift ideas too!
Check out the quirky but fun video from Shundara
And once you get a bit of experience with this, why not try other ingredients.
Add different essential oils for fragrance like neroli or patchouli or even therapeutic oils such as tea tree oil which is good for acne. Add poppy or chia seeds to create an exfoliating soap bar.
Turmeric for Health
28. Turmeric for teeth whitening
You would never expect it, given that turmeric is commonly used to color foods, hair and (often unintentionally) everything it comes in contact with, but it can help to whiten teeth. This luridly golden spice can turn your teeth whiter ! And it’s so easy too…
Wet your toothbrush with water and then dip it into turmeric powder and brush your teeth as normal. Make sure that all the teeth get a good coating of turmeric. Then let it sit on the teeth for 5 minutes. After that rinse your mouth with water. Then use normal toothpaste as a back up and to get the taste out of your mouth.
It won’t give you pearly whites overnight but if you do it daily for a month you will start to notice a difference. And once you have done it for a month, it will be a good habit to keeps your teeth looking their best.
With this in mind, why not make your own toothpaste using the golden spice.
This is an extremely easy recipe to make and increasing research suggests that turmeric is not only good for the teeth but the gums.
Make your own toothpaste here : DIY Toothpaste recipe
30. Turmeric for gingivitis and receding gums
Simply rub turmeric paste into the gums and teeth.
Or try this :
Make a paste of 1 teaspoon of turmeric
half a teaspoon of salt
half a teaspoon of coconut oil
Helps to ease and prevent gingivitis and periodontitis.
31. Turmeric Mouthwash
Using peppermint essential oil that can be consumed orally, add a few drops to a mix of Turmeric and 100mg of distilled water.
Given that branded mouthwashes can be expensive, this will be a handy money saver but more importantly, it helps reduce plague and the build up of plague and also microbial activity in the mouth.
32. Turmeric essential oil
You can use turmeric essential oil in place of powder or paste in most skincare recipes. It can also be added to massage and rub oil recipes. In this case it should have the same affect in relieving aches and pains, especially joint pains and arthritis. The rub could also help with mold and things like athletes foot due to the anti-fungal properties of turmeric.
Turmeric essential oil is made from steam distilling dried turmeric roots. It is very concentrated as you might expect so always do a patch test on your skin before using it. It is recommended to use it diluted with a carrier oil like coconut or argan oil if you are going to use it on your skin. It is not advised to be take orally.
Drink recipes using Turmeric
A really easy way to get your daily dose of turmeric is by drinking it. This can be a simple as it gets with turmeric tea or more elaborate with a smoothie that might have lots of other antioxidant laden ingredients and also happen to taste delicious.
33. Turmeric tea
This is best made with fresh turmeric and is as simple as placing a few pieces into a tea cup or mug and then adding boiling water. The curcumin will seep into the water as it cools. Let the boiling water cool so that it is drinkable. This can be lukewarm or totally chilled according to your preference
You may not like the taste, so try adding fresh ginger with the turmeric and then add the water. Or add honey to the drink when you come to drink it.
34. Turmeric green tea
Buy some green tea or tea bags. Add the tea or bag to boiling water and add some fresh sliced turmeric. Allow to cool and drink.
Add honey or some other sweetener if you don’t like the taste as is.
Green tea has many health benefits so pairing it with turmeric gives you a super healthy beverage! Add fresh sliced ginger to the mix for another healthy drink.
35. Turmeric Golden Milk
If you don’t like this powerhouse herb with water, why not try it with milk ! Milk gives it a more creamy taste and texture and you can add various sweeteners like honey or spices like cinnamon or nutmeg to give it added taste. Check out our turmeric golden milk recipe here. Try coconut oil in this recipe to give it a hint of coconut.
36. Turmeric Lemonade Recipe
- 1 bottle of sparkling water or soda water (1000ml)
- 120ml (approx third of a cup) of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons of freshly grated turmeric
Add together and mix.
Then add some Lime syrup to your preferred taste (if you can’t find lime syrup or don’t want to make it, then honey or maple syrup is fine)
Simple recipe for lime syrup :
- 100 g Caster Sugar
- 60 ml Water
- 60 ml Lime Juice
- 1 tablespoon of lime zest
Take off heat and let cool.
Add lime zest and let sit for 30 minutes.
Strain into a container to remove lime zest and store the lime syrup in the fridge or even freeze.
37. Turmeric smoothie
Turmeric smoothies are another great way to get turmeric. If you don’t like the taste in a tea, these types of drinks are the perfect way to disguise the nutty taste.
Here is a smoothie that will brighten your complexion and make it positively radiant.
Glowing Skin Turmeric Smoothie
- 1/2 cup plain coconut water
- 2 frozen ripe bananas, previously peeled & sliced
- 1 cup chopped pineapple
- 1 cup chopped mango
- 2 cups spinach or kale
- 1/2 avocado, sliced
- teaspoon of turmeric powder or paste
Coconut water is super hydrating for the skin which will give it a more radiant appearance. Pineapple and mango can also hydrate the skin and also provide antioxidants to the body which can help with age spots and other skin blemishes.
38. Honey and lemon turmeric flu drink
Did you have a honey and lemon drink when you have a cold or flu ?
Well this is pretty much the same recipe but it’s turbo charged with a bit of turmeric in it.
There are no hard an fast rules to the recipe….I just add enough of each ingredient until I have a sweet tangy tasting drink.
But a rough guide is :
Half a lemon juiced into a mug
2 teaspoons of honey
half a teaspoon of turmeric powder
Hot water until you have the taste you desire
Honey and lemon seem to help with colds. Lemon gives you a dose of vitamin c and honey is supposed to have an anti-inflammatory qualities. = nr
As an alternative to lemon, try apple cider vinegar. This also makes a tangy, tasty drink and helps with colds and flu.
Turmeric in Food
A great way to get more turmeric is in your food. And once you turn this into a bit of a habit, it is very easy to do. Some people struggle to do this so here are a few ideas :
39. Turmeric granola clusters
This looks like a wonderful breakfast idea. Add some fresh fruit and almond milk or Greek yogurt. The oats will give you a slow drip energy source that should last until lunch time if not longer. Get your day off to a great start !
40. Turmeric seasoning
If you don’t like turmeric on it’s own or maybe find it’s taste too bland or too bitter then make your own seasoning. There are no secrets recipes for this. Just play around with the herbs and spices you have available until you settle on something you like.
One idea would be to add turmeric powder with cinnamon, cumin and coriander seeds, rock salt and black peppercorns.
Heat the cumin and coriander seeds on the hob until you can smell the aroma.
Add all the ingredients to a mortar and pestle and ground up into a seasoning mix.
This is inspired by India or course but you could try other herbs from the Mediterranean or other areas of the world.
Sprinkle the seasoning on everyday foods like cheese on toast or roasted cauliflower. Season a salad with it or add it to a salad dressing !
41. Turmeric rub
Turn your seasoning into a food rub by adding a little olive oil or any food grade oil for that matter. Then rub into meat and vegetables. Marinade steak in it and then cook on a bbq.
42. Turmeric hummus
Hummus is a tasty and healthy middle eastern dip. It goes well on toast – warmed Turkish or Lebanese flat bread and hummus is delicious ! But for a more healthy option, try it with celery and carrot sticks or any fresh vegetable that you like. It also adds to the taste of falafel or kebab in pita bread.
Turmeric hummus is easy to make. It’s simply hummus with a teaspoon or two of fresh turmeric paste or powder added.
I have no hard and fast recipe for hummus. I usually get a can of precooked chickpeas (440gms).
Fresh garlic – 6 cloves of garlic. Again, this depends on how much you like garlic. Add more or less to your own taste.
Juice from half a fresh lemon
Table spoon of tahini – sesame seed paste
Olive oil to give it a paste like consistency
Tablespoon of water to help give it a paste like consistency
salt and pepper to taste.
Add all the ingredients together and blend until all the ingredients have been blended and you have a smooth paste that will stay on a knife (or a carrot stick) but is easy to spread on bread.
The turmeric hummus can be stored in the fridge for a week.
43. Turmeric dukkah
A dukkah is a bit like a rub or maybe a dry tapenade that has it’s origins in the middle east and northern Africa. It goes great with Turkish bread and a bit of olive oil.
Dip the bread in the oil and then in the dukkah. The combination of nuts and spices is delicious.
Here is a classic recipe that doesn’t have too many ingredients.
40g sesame seeds
1 tablespoons coriander seeds
1 tablespoons cumin seeds
1 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon sea salt
Heat the hazelnuts in an oven on a medium heat (180 celsius) until aromatic (no longer than 5 minutes)
Heat sesame seeds in a pan over a hob for a few minutes (should smell the aroma and the seeds should turn golden brown)
Heat coriander/cumin seeds until aromatic and then grind in a mortar and pestle.
Add all the ingredients together in a blender.
I suggest you add 2 teaspoons of turmeric powder to the recipe. Turmeric pretty much blends in with the other flavors.
Blend so that the bigger nuts are roughly chopped. Texture is as important as taste with this recipe.
Try different nuts to create your own dukkah – pistachio could be a nice one to try but may be overpowering ?
44. Harissa paste
Harissa is a hot sauce or condiment from Morocco. It can be added to sandwiches or other snacks if you want a hot blast
or used as a base in all sorts of other cooking like stews (tagine), soups, marinades and so on.
- 12 dried chili peppers
- 4 cloves garlic
- Half a cup olive oil
- 2 teaspoons of turmeric paste
- 2 teaspoons of cumin powder
- salt to taste
Tip : Use cumin seeds in place of powder and heat on the hob until you can smell the aroma. Then grind in a mortar and pestle. The taste will be some much better.
Add all the ingredients together and blend into a paste.
45. Turmeric Salad Dressing
Give your green salad a tasty but healthy zing with a turmeric salad dressing.
- Half a cup of olive oil
- teaspoon of Dijon whole grain seed mustard
- teaspoon of turmeric paste
- half the juice of a lemon or the equivalent in vinegar (I like white balsamic vinegar but any vinegar will do – red wine, white wine etc.)
- salt and pepper for taste.
Add all the ingredients to a cup and stir with a teaspoon until they are all mixed. The more you stir the thicker the dressing will become so bear that in mind.
Ok to store in the fridge for a week. It will freeze in the fridge thanks to the olive oil so take it out for 15 minutes and stir before use.
46. Turmeric rice
Turmeric rice is actually a cheap version of saffron rice because turmeric is much cheaper than saffron. Ironically, turmeric is better for you than saffron. It’s a popular accompaniment to other dishes in Indian restaurants but you can also make it a meal in itself.
47. Turmeric cauliflower
If you have made a turmeric seasoning, simply chop up your cauliflower in to florets or smaller pieces. Place in a roasting tin and drizzle some olive oil over so that every piece is covered. Tossing the pieces with your hands or a couple of spoons will ensure that all the pieces are covered.
Then simply sprinkle the pieces with your seasoning (or just plain turmeric if you don’t have a seasoning.)
Roast in an oven until the pieces are tender and the seasoning has a golden cooked look to it.
48. Turmeric in soup
Pumpkin soup is a great winter soup and classic comfort food. It makes a meal in itself with some warm, toasty bread or a baguette.
Dice a medium sized onion.
Add a few glugs of olive oil to a heavy based pan and fry the onions until they become translucent or pale.
Add 2 teaspoons of turmeric, cumin, and coriander seed and a pinch of cayenne pepper or chilli if you want to give the soup a bit of a kick. Add some cracked pepper and a pinch of salt.
Add some roughly chopped up pumpkin with or without the skin. About half the pumpkin.
Add a fresh tomato.
You can also add a whole carrot or sweet potato if you want a different taste.
Cook the vegetables in the onion spice mix for a few minutes so that they are flavored by the spices.
Then add vegetable or chicken stock to the pan so that it covers the vegetables.
Bring to the boil and then simmer for 20 minutes or until the vegetables are soft.
I like to add some fresh coriander at the end and cook for a few more minutes. And any more salt and pepper for taste.
Now blend the soup until it is smooth and lump free with a blending stick.
Serve with turmeric seasoning on top and a warm bread roll or croutons.
More Turmeric soup recipes here
49. Spicy red lentil soup
This soup is very similar to the the pumpkin soup above except that you using lentils instead of pumpkin to give it an added taste and a thicker consistency.
You can also use fry a fresh green chili with the onions to give the soup it’s spiciness.
I would also give the sweet potato a miss too.
Keep the carrot and add some chopped up celery.
This soup can be blended for a smooth thick soup or just mashed up for a more rustic style soup that is more watery but has an altogether different texture.
50. Turmeric Tomato soup
We have already covered how tomato is good for the skin so why not try this summer soup with a base of turmeric in it.
Follow the classic Gazpacho recipe here but add 2 teaspoons of turmeric paste or powder to the recipe.
See hot turmeric tomato soup recipes here.
Dhal is the next food idea using turmeric as it’s sort of a bridge between soups and a main meal. Depending on how it is made it can look quite soupy or be thicker and look like a traditional curry.
The truth is that nearly every region of India will have their own recipe and you could even say every family would have their own take on this dish.
It’s simple to make and has so many varieties as people will add things to it until they settle on their favorite combination. It lends itself to experimentation.
With this said, the classic yellow dhal recipe involves :
- 1 cup yellow split peas, soaked in cold water for 1 hour
- 3 cups water
- 1 large tomato
- few glugs of cooking oil – canola, mustard seed oil, sunflower etc.
- half teaspoon of cumin seeds
- 1 diced red onion
- 5 large cloves garlic
- 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
- 3/4 teaspoon of ground turmeric
- half teaspoon chilli powder
- quarter a cup of fresh coriander leaves
- salt to taste
Soak the lentils in cold water for around an hour, then drain and rinse with running water.
Warm the coriander and cumin seeds until aromatic and then grind into a powder.
Dice the onion and crush the garlic cloves and add to a pan with cooking oil.
Cook on a medium heat until the onions are pale or translucent (slightly cooked)
Cut up the tomato.
Add the tomato and spices and cook for a few minutes more or until the smell of the spices hits you.
Now add the lentils and mix with the rest of the ingredients until mixed through.
Add some of the water so that it covers the ingredients and bring to the boil.
Once it boils turn down so that the dhal is simmering or gently bubbling.
Top up with water until all the water is used or the lentils are soft.
Continue to stir throughout to avoid sticking and burning to the base of the pan.
Add salt to taste.
When the lentils are cooked, turn the heat off and add the coriander leaves and run through the dhal.
Serve with naan bread or rice and a mango pickle chutney.
Most curries have turmeric in them, especially Indian curries. Whilst it is not the main ingredient and in fact there is not much turmeric in most recipes (it is mainly used to color the dish I believe) it’s the perfect excuse to have a curry.
Here are 3 curry recipes to try out. One is a dry mix, the other is a paste and the third is a Thai style curry recipe.
53. Spiced Turmeric Chicken Kebabs
If you have some yogurt and turmeric left over from all the facial recipes then turn it into a kebab marinade. This is a simple and delicious dish
Add turmeric paste or powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, chilli powder and salt and pepper to the yogurt.
Cut chicken into cubes or strips and place in the marinade so that it is completely covered. Stick in the fridge for as long as is practical.
Overnight would be great and the chicken will be succulent and tasty. But even an hour would do and you could brush the marinade on as it cooked to get added taste in this case.
For the kebabs you will need
- Red onion,
- Capsicum (red or green peppers),
- Cherry tomatoes,
- Baby corn
- Whatever you think might be nice.
- Wooden skewers or sticks. Soak the sticks in water for 30 minutes so that they don’t burn when cooking the kebabs.
Form the kebabs, by alternating the ingredients or 1 piece of chicken to 1 piece of vegetable until each skewer is full.
Brush with olive oil or any other cooking oil.
Cook under a grill, on a BBQ or even a griddle pan until chicken is cooked. This shouldn’t be long depending on the cooking method and how long it has been marinaded. The acids in the yogurt will “cook” the meat too.
Serve it with rice (turmeric rice ?) and a green salad (with turmeric dressing ?)
54. Ras El Hanout Chicken Recipe
Ras El Hanout is a dry spice mix or rub from Morocco.
It is used in stews or tagines and many other Moroccan dishes like the chicken recipe below.
There are a lot of ingredients in the spice mix that might scare you away from making this dish.
But once you’ve done it a couple of times it becomes quite easy.
Moreover, if you don’t have all the ingredients in your cupboard then feel free to experiment with whatever you have in the cupboard.
You may discover something even better.
2 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg or powder
2 teaspoons freshly grated cinnamon or powder
Grating nutmeg and cinnamon freshly will give a better taste and smell to your mix.
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
If you have coriander and cumin seeds, this will also improve your mix. Warm the seeds in a pan until you smell the aroma. Then place in a grinder or mortar and pestle and grind manually.
1 teaspoon ground cardamon seeds or cardamom powder
1⁄2 teaspoon ground cloves
You don’t need to heat these spices but grinding them fresh rather than just using a powder will give you a better mix.
2 teaspoons ginger powder
2 teaspoons turmeric powder
1 1⁄2 teaspoons paprika powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground allspice
Use pre ground powder for these and use your own homemade ground turmeric powder.
1 1⁄2 teaspoons ground black pepper
2 teaspoons salt
1 1⁄2 teaspoons sugar
Once everything is ground up mix it together thoroughly and store in a sealed jar.
Now onto the chicken.
Roll one skinless chicken breast in the Ras El Hanout spice mix so that it is completely covered.
Placed under a medium heated grill and cook. Turn it a few times during cooking so that the chicken is thoroughly cooked.
Brown the chicken at the end on a higher heat so that it looks wonderfully brown and has a crispy texture.
If you want a bit more spice to the chicken, add some turmeric harissa.
Serve on a bed of couscous and accompany with a green salad (with turmeric salad dressing of course ;))
55. Turmeric chicken
This is a real blend of ingredients from Asia and the middle east. It uses turmeric, curry powder, fish sauce and mint and cucumber in yogurt.
Sounds exotic but it’s really just a one-pot chicken and rice dish. Don’t let the number of ingredients put you off, it easy to make too ! Check out the recipe here.
56. Hanoi Turmeric fish recipe
When I visited Hanoi in Vietnam, I was advised to try the turmeric fish which is a specialty of the city. In fact they have a whole street of restaurants dedicated to serving just this dish, known as Cha Ca in Vietnamese.
I went to an old looking restaurant that I think may have been the Cha Ca La Vong restaurant and sat up stairs in a booth. The old style looking restaurant and the unique way of eating the dish, and above all the great tasting food made for a memorable experience.
The dish is basically white firm fish in a turmeric marinade and fried in oil. It is served with thin rice noodles and fresh greens. Fresh chili and crushed peanuts top it off.
Luke Nyugen shows you how to make Cha Ca in your own home and adds a few of his own touches to the classic dish.