I've wanted to incorporate turmeric into my diet for a while, mostly for the anti-inflammatory benefits - but also it is reported to help or prevent conditions from Alzheimer's, arthritis, some cancers, colds, infections of several types, liver problems just to name a few.
There's a lot of info. out there on the benefits of turmeric. Here's just one link:
I looked at turmeric supplements because I'm not a huge fan of curry which is what comes to my mind when I think of cooking with turmeric. I've had some good curry, but it's just ok and never something I really think of eating so I can't imagine eating enough curry to make a difference. I'm also not a big supplementer. I try hard to meet my nutrient needs with foods but I haven't been able to figure out how to get a daily dose of turmeric. I considered swallowing a tsp a day but...ewww.
While searching recipes, I found a recipe for Turmeric Tea. The appeal being that it couldn't be so bad that I wouldn't be able to chug it down on a regular basis.
It turns out it is pretty good and I might even say I liked it. I think it was sort of like a chai latte (thought I haven't had chai latte enough to say for sure) and it was sort of soothing. I look forward to playing with the ingredients to find just the right combo for us.
Turmeric Tea Recipe
1 cup almond milk (or other milk of choice)
.5 tsp ground turmeric (I hope to find fresh turmeric roots to use in the future)
5 grams grated fresh ginger root
2 dashes of fresh ground black pepper
1 dash cayenne pepper
.25 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp honey (I'll use less in the future but I wanted to make sure it was palatable this first try)
Warm milk. Mix the rest of the ingredients in a cup. Add part of the warm milk to the mixed ingredients and whisk until smooth. Add the rest of the milk, stir and enjoy. You can strain any solids. Hubby gave this first attempt a whirl in the blender for us.
(color in photo is a little off due to shadows but it is similar)
Let me know if you have some less curry-tasting recipes using turmeric. And let me know if you try the turmeric tea.