Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Turmeric (kacchi haldi)

 Turmeric (kacchi haldi)

Also known as Amba Haldi (mango ginger) which can be seen in this season especially in india.

Turmeric is an Indian spice that contains curcumin, a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound. Due to this it acts as a natural pain killer and can be used to treat both internal and external inflammations.

It was recently reported that curcumin has been shown to have anti-cancer properties as well as helpful in providing relief from the pain of digestive diseases, such as Crohn’s. And now, you may be able to add alleviating post-operative pain to the list of curcumin’s wondrous abilities. 

Generally the turmeric root is between 3 to 5 percent curcumin. This means that to ingest 500 mg of curcumin, you need to eat around 10 g of turmeric or 1.5 tbsp. of the spice. 

Not sure how to do this? Try this

• Sprinkle turmeric into homemade vinaigrettes for a curry, salad dressing.
• Add it to your omelet, chilla or scrambled eggs in the morning.
• Add spice to your favorite condiment by throwing in a dash of turmeric.
• Turmeric adds richness to dishes containing hearty vegetables such as cauliflower or broccoli or even on grilled meats.
• Add generous amounts to your soup, milk

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