Turmeric is quickly becoming one of my favorite ingredients to have in the kitchen. It is grown in the roots of a plant that comes from India. Turmeric has a multitude of benefits to offer, most notable are its anti-inflammatory properties and its being studied as an asset to help fight against several diseases. So far I use it most often in the following three ways, turmeric fried rice, turmeric infused tea and in a turmeric and chai almond latte.
TURMERIC FRIED RICE
-2 teaspoons of sesame oil
-Half finely chopped onion
-3 minced cloves of garlic
-2 heaping tablespoons of fresh graded turmeric root
-.5 cup chopped broccoli or frozen peas (or both if you like)
-1 cup shredded carrots
–2-2.5 cups cooked white or brown rice
(I’ve also tried cauliflower rice, they are all great in this dish, Add shrimp or a pouched egg on top to make a meal of it.)
TURMERIC INFUSED TEA
For the tea I use a turmeric/ginger tea bag and I add a small square of fresh turmeric root to the cup while it steeps.
When I stop at a coffee shop eight times out of ten I end up coming out with an almond chia latte. However, I often find that most places make them too sweet so I add a half teaspoon to a teaspoon of the turmeric powder to the cup and stir; this helps to mellow out the sweetness of my almond chia lattes. It’s kind of like a play on golden milk along with the flavors of a chia latte. I have seen that some shops offer a turmeric latte, although I have never officially had one I’m sure they are delicious.