Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Fresh Turmeric No Oil Pickle

Know what you eat: Indian Saffron, Yellow Ginger (Curcuma Zanga)

The rhizome, or root of turmeric, is bright orange but otherwise has the skin and shape of its relative, ginger. Turmeric is boiled, peeled, dried, and ground into a powder. This powder is an essential ingredient in Indian cuisine.


Health Benefits Turmeric Here are 20 reasons to add turmeric to your diet:

1. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.

2. When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.
3. Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs.
4. May prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide.
5. Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.
6. Is a natural liver detoxifier.
7. May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.
8. May prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.
9. It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.
10. Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis.
11. Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.
12. May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.
13. Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.
14. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
15. Boosts the effects of chemo drug paclitaxel and reduces its side effects.
16. Promising studies are underway on the effects of turmeric on pancreatic cancer.
17. Studies are ongoing in the positive effects of turmeric on multiple myeloma.
18. Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.
19. Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.
20. May help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.

Once you start using turmeric on a regular basis, it's fun to find new ways to use it in recipes. My favorite way to use it is to add a pinch of it to potato salad. It adds a nice flavor and gives the potato salad a rich yellow hue.


Contraindications:
Turmeric should not be used by people with gallstones or bile obstruction. Though turmeric is often used by pregnant women, it is important to consult with a doctor before doing so as turmeric can be a uterine stimulant.



Vegan Turmeric Pickle


For Fresh Turmeric Pickle you need:

1 C Fresh Turmeric ( I bought it from Indian Grocery Store, you will find it near they keep ginger & other root vegetables)

1/2 C Juice of 3-4 Large sized Lemon
1 tsp Salt

Method:


1.  Wash & paper dry fresh turmeric, just like we wash ginger, Peel & dice thinly.

2.  In a jar, add these diced turmeric, salt & lemon juice..Its ready to eat..but it will taste the best after 3- 4 days of pickling. Serve it with Roti & Curry of your choice.


Note: Ginger can also be added along with turmeric.

Event Participation
This NO OIL Pickle goes to Think Spice-Turmeric hosted by Sudeshna an event started by Sunita.

37 comments:

Sanjana said...

Very clever and healthy too! I love this turmeric pickle but have never made it for myself. Your pictures are also really pretty! Great job!

Tina said...

Innovative idea....Picke looks so healthy and tempting....

Priya said...

My grandma used to make out pickles with fresh turmeric but here is unfortunately a hard task to find out..great job dear..

Sailaja Damodaran said...

very innovative recipe...must bookmark this....

Ambika said...

Wonderful idea...never heard of turmeric pickle before, we make ginger pickle the same way, with a few green chilies added..

Nostalgia said...

Wow.. fantastic. This is really good and the photo is outstanding too.

Padma said...

Something very new and nice post about the benefits

shanthi said...

Very different and innovative. Keep rocking

kothiyavunu said...

Very innovative recipe!!!sounds wonderful, healthy...My hubby being a great fan of pickle would love this for sure :)

lata raja said...

Lovely pickle and picture. I have made using a mix of mango ginger and fresh turmeric few years ago. I don't get these here!

Nithya said...

Wow.. this is kewl.. I am really not able to imagine the taste.. guess its really unpredictable. got to try it out to know it :)

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

awesome pickle. Great click too...

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Hey, this looks yummy. I can't try it at home due to the unavailability of fresh turmeric.BTW, the guy in the "get ripped" ad is distracting me from commenting.Lol

Rohini said...

Used to throw away the turmeric root after Sankaranthi or use it for bath..Never imagined pickling it.. Sure must taste great!!

sangeeta said...

great information on turmeric...it is such a useful herb and we should use the fresh tuber whenever available.
i have grown it in my garden and even the leaves are so fragrant n medicinal...this pickle is very simple n yummy, we add ginger slices too which turns pink and make it colorful...
lovely pictures..

Shri said...

Looks colorful and delicious!Love it!

SE(Denufood) said...

lovely pickle...and thanks for all the info about turmeric..

Spice said...

you described it well....& pic is also very good. I learned this from my MIL & ginger version from my MOM & now I make both together, infact i was thinking of making it today....

prasu said...

wow........colorfu, healthy and refreshing pickle dear.......

Vrinda said...

Such a simple and healthy recipe dear...thanx for sharing

munchcrunchandsuch said...

my Fil wud love this simply cos its without oil.am bookmarking it,

Malar Gandhi said...

Turmeric pickle sounds great, absolutely no oil, count me in:)I don't think...that I could ever spot fresh turmeric here:(

Cham said...

I was looking for Turmeric pickle recipe this one sounds very easy and tasty!

Andhra Flavors said...

healthy pickle idea. looks inviting.

Nandini said...

Very healthy pickle. Sounds interesting.

Preeti Kashyap said...

lovely! No oil pickle is a great idea...thanks for highlighting the medicinal properties of turmeric

Parita said...

We make this always especially in winters, its very healthy too :-)

Sharmilee! :) said...

Healthy and colorful pickle!

jeyashrisuresh said...

never know we can make pickles out of turmeric.Thanks for sharing useful infm abt turmeric.
Looks very nice and to be more precise,the pickle looks great by ur nice click

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Wow,very new to me,and what a lovely picture!!

Sarah Naveen said...

Very creative Recipe..
Sounds healthy and looks amazing!!!

Anupama said...

Since turmeric is full of medicinal value, my Mom used to incorporate fresh turmeric in to her dishes... I don't find this in the Indian store in my area though... looks too good :-)

my kitchen said...

Innovative,Taste must be good

Oraphan said...

Oh, I love this post! Thank you for sharing such helpful info and great recipe. I'll definitely give it a try as soon as I can find fresh turmeric, thanks:)

Katy ~ said...

Thank you for this interesting post. I especially appreciated the benefits of turmeric. Now I wish we could get it fresh here. Unfortunately in my little city, we do not have many "exotic" ingredients.

Sailaja Damodaran said...

My hubby bought some fresh turmeric can we keep this pickle outside or to be kept in fridge?

Mamata said...

thanks so much .... one of my close friend's mum used to make this pickle ... hd brought the turmeric root (also known as yellow ginger) to make this pickle .... but hd doubts as to whether m doing it right .... ur recipe showed me that what i was thinking was absolutely correct ... i just added 2-3 green chillies to spice it up ;) .... thanx again

 
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