Fresh turmeric root is a natural remedy for inflammation and also contains antioxidants. The bright yellow spice has been used in Indian ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for centuries both externally and internally. Here in Bali, if someone has a skin irritation, it is often recommended that they smear a fresh turmeric root on their blemish. Because of this, it is not uncommon to see people with yellow stained skin here.
But this root also tastes amazing! When blended with ginger and other fruit, this strange little monster is transformed into a refreshing smoothie! Sweet, spicy and tangy, sipping on this cocktail will soothe and cool you down in the heat of the sun or refresh you when you need an energy boost.
Turmeric can be paired with any fruit that you like. Balinese people like to pair it with lemon and honey, but since honey is not vegan, any natural sweetener, like maple syrup, agave, or my own favourite palm sugar can be used. Here is my favourite recipe:
Warning: wear gloves or else your fingers will turn yellow!
3 small turmeric roots
One-inch knob of ginger
Sweetener to taste
Half a papaya or cantaloupe for texture and fibre
Water to ease the blending process
Optional: your favourite “milk” (soy, almond, cashew) if a creamy texture is desired.
Skin the turmeric and ginger, place them in the blender, and add water, just enough to cover them. Pulp them into a slurry and add papaya or cantaloupe, adding a bit more water to ease the blending process. Blend all of the ingredients to a desired consistency, sweeten to taste and if a creamy texture is desired, add a splash of your favourite “milk” alternative. Serve in a chilled glass.
Because of the rich yellow hue of the turmeric, if you have a white blender, it may turn yellow, but think of it as painting, and after you taste this amazing drink, you won’t mind the stain because you will be making this all the time!