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Turmeric A Magical Spice

Turmeric, popularly known as ‘Haldi’ in India, is one of the most common ingredients of Indian food. A spice in culinary use since ancient times, it has many medicinal as well as cosmetic properties.

 

Turmeric is usually used in a dried powdered form in curries, soups, deserts, broths, and also as a coloring agent in many recipes. In India most of the food is cooked with turmeric as one of the ingredients and I too use it a lot in my cooking. It really does add great flavor and color to the recipes besides adding the health benefits.

 

Turmeric has traditionally been used in India by women as a great cosmetic for improving the skin tone. Women have been using it as a natural face pack for a long time to remove pimples and get a clear complexion. In fact there is a ritual in Indian weddings where the bride, and even the groom, bathe with turmeric paste as it is said to make their skin look more beautiful on the wedding day. It is increasingly being used in many bathing and skin care products.

 

Turmeric is known to have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. It is a natural antiseptic and helps cure bruises and relieves pain. In India it is common to give children suffering from common cold a glass of warm milk with a pinch of turmeric. There is a lot of research being conducted to confirm its anti-cancer properties too. One study also states it aids in the cure of arthritis.

 

Not surprisingly, it is used in many religious ceremonies in India and is presented to Gods and Goddesses. In some homes, it is also used to make auspicious and lucky symbols on the main entrances. It truly is a magical age old spice/herb with all its various strengths and utilities.

 

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  1. ultimate vegan fan
    truly a beneficial tried and tested herb
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    1. Roopam
      O yes it is...thank you
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  2. SnakeWitch
    Nice. I didn't know about most of its properties. I do know that it smells wonderful and tastes even better! Voted! Come take a look at my new article, which is a list of famous vegans and vegetarians. Hope you enjoy it!
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    1. Roopam
      It is very beneficial...yes I too like the aroma it adds to the food...thankyou...I will do that
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  3. Virtually Homemade
    Virtually Homemade
    I use turmeric for my fibromyalgia! Good post. Voted. Check out my pumpkin face mask post!
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    1. Roopam
      Thank you...I sure will!
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  4. Carolyn
    Carolyn
    Roopam, thanks for the information on tumeric! Vote #6!
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    1. Roopam
      Good to know you liked it Carolyn..Thanks!
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  5. Veganara
    Veganara
    Voted. Very interesting article. I keep hearing about turmeric these days in natural cancer cures! You might be interested in my latest recipe for Do-It-Yourself Doritos, so have a look at that, and please vote, if you like it!
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    1. Roopam
      It has a whole lot of medicinal properties...and has been in use for ages...I will check out your post...Thankyou for the vote and comment
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  6. BuddhasDelight
    BuddhasDelight
    yay! i just made a quick honey cinnamon turmeric chai tea. mmm! turmeric IS Magical! thanks for this post. voted!
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    1. Roopam
      That's nice to know...Thank you for the comment!
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  7. kristo
    kristo
    I'm sorry I didn't see this sooner! I love fresh turmeric and drink it as a juice in the morning. It is so amazing. voted.
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    1. Roopam
      O wow...drinking it as juice...good to know that...thanks for the comment!
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  8. Will Cheer
    We use it in Tofu Scramble. This is our family recipe.... Breakfast Scramble (High Protein—Low Glycemic) Combine the following two recipes for an awesome, heart healthy breakfast meal! Scrambled Tofu 1 lb Extra Firm tofu (crumble into chunks) 2 tsp Spike’s Vege-Sal (use according to your taste) 1/2 tsp garlic powder (or 2 cloves fresh garlic if you desire) 1 tsp onion powder or 1 small sweet onion (dice) 1/2 tsp Turmeric 1/2 red/green pepper (diced), or 4 oz jar diced pimento 1/2 cup sliced black olives (more if you desire) 1 T of your favorite margarine, Smart Balance is Excellent Optional: parsley, Italian seasoning, Cayenne Pepper, cilantro to taste Spray skillet with some non-stick Olive or Canola oil cooking spray. On medium heat, add margarine, add diced sweet Onion (and your fresh pepper if using it) and sauté until crisp tender. Add the crumbled tofu, sprinkle on the Turmeric and remaining seasonings, stir and cook on medium heat about 5 to 7 minutes adding the black olives last. Cooking tip: If you need more moisture to help distribute the turmeric (which turns the tofu yellow), just add a small amount of water (1-2 tablespoons should do it). Serves 4 __________________________________________________________________________________ Breakfast Scramble The following optional ingredients added to the above recipe will turn the simple “Scrambled Tofu” into a hearty “Breakfast Scramble” similar to a western omelet style dish. Get creative! Make it your own special way. 2 medium potatoes, diced and sautéed in a small amount of olive oil and seasoned with sea salt, or Spike’s Vege-Sal to taste 4 (Morning Star brand) Breakfast sausage links, sliced Fresh red pepper (diced) , or 1 small jar diced Pimento (can be cooked with the potatoes) Fresh sliced mushrooms (can be sautéed with the potatoes) Chopped Green onions, (can be sautéed with the potatoes) Sliced black olives (add last) Serves 6 when Added Enjoy Heart Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Low Glycemic, High Fiber Meals for awesome health improvement results!
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