Turmeric Powder

History
This vibrant yellow powder has a history as rich as its flavor. The use of turmeric as a principal spice and medicine dates back to more than 4000 years ago. It was mainly used as culinary spice back then and an important component in religious practices.

Turmeric is a flowering plant belonging to the Zingiberaceae family similar to that of the ginger. There are around 45 species of turmeric, 40 of which can be found in India alone. The rhizome or root of the plant can be used fresh, or boiled and dried then grounded into a powder.

The famed Venetian merchant and explorer, Marco Polo, described the spice as he noted the qualities of turmeric similar to that of saffron. Thus, the term “Indian Saffron” was born. It was believed to have reached China around 700AD, and Africa between 800 AD and 1200 AD.

Flavor
Turmeric powder has a bitter, warm, and pepper-like taste and an earthy, mustard-like aroma.

Uses
Turmeric is used widely in Indian cooking. It gives curries and other dishes their distinct color and aroma. It is also a key ingredient in many Asian dishes, mainly used to impart its golden color and a pungent, slightly bitter flavor.Turmeric is more commonly used in savory dishes, but it also found its way to a number of sweet delicacies, baked products, beverages, canned products, and even cereals. It is also used as a dyeing agent and in cosmetics in many parts of the world.

Several Indian dishes use turmeric as one of their spices including (dishes that have turmeric on the Dharani menu). We at Dharani love turmeric. Most if not all of our signature Dharani Indian cuisine dishes are infused with turmeric.

Health Benefits
Today, the importance of turmeric as a medicinal agent has been solidified. Over the last 25 years, turmeric has been heavily studied with more than 3000 published research studying its effect on various illnesses and effects on the body.
These studies resulted in more than 100 different components that have been isolated from turmeric. Some of which are of possible clinical and medicinal importance. It was found to contain volatile oils, natural antioxidants called curcumins, and other phytochemical components.
Turmeric has been found to help alleviate, treat, and reduce the symptoms of the following;

Turmeric powder has a bitter, warm, and pepper-like taste and an earthy, mustard-like aroma.

Uses
Turmeric is used widely in Indian cooking. It gives curries and other dishes their distinct color and aroma. It is also a key ingredient in many Asian dishes, mainly used to impart its golden color and a pungent, slightly bitter flavor.Turmeric is more commonly used in savory dishes, but it also found its way to a number of sweet delicacies, baked products, beverages, canned products, and even cereals. It is also used as a dyeing agent and in cosmetics in many parts of the world.

Several Indian dishes use turmeric as one of their spices including (dishes that have turmeric on the Dharani menu). We at Dharani love turmeric. Most if not all of our signature Dharani Indian cuisine dishes are infused with turmeric.

Health Benefits
Today, the importance of turmeric as a medicinal agent has been solidified. Over the last 25 years, turmeric has been heavily studied with more than 3000 published research studying its effect on various illnesses and effects on the body.

These studies resulted in more than 100 different components that have been isolated from turmeric. Some of which are of possible clinical and medicinal importance. It was found to contain volatile oils, natural antioxidants called curcumins, and other phytochemical components.

Turmeric has been found to help alleviate, treat, and reduce the symptoms of the following;

Curcumin, found in the pigments/color of turmeric, in particular, is also currently being studied for its effectiveness in many illnesses including arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, and even weight loss.

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