Thursday, April 12, 2018

Homemade turmeric powder




Homemade turmeric powder
Turmeric powder


Turmeric powder plays a vital role in Indian style cooking. Its been added in almost all the food items we make at home due to its health benefits. It is a fact that, if we add turmeric while cooking, it kills unwanted germs and bacteria.

Turmeric is a root stalk of a tropical plant which is part of the ginger family. One of the main components in this turmeric is curcumin which has many healing properties. Turmeric has been used in Asian countries for treating heartburn, diarhoea, stomach disorders, colds and depression. It can be directly applied on skin to treat various skin issues. In olden days, people used to apply turmeric powder over the cuts or wounds to avoid further more infection. But nowadays people don't follow that as there is a hesitation that it may cause infection. Why is that? Why there is no confidence nowadays which our forefathers had before. It is all due to the chemicals used during cultivation. The pesticides and chemicals not only kills the bacterias that affects the plant, it also kills the essential nutrients in the actual plant. So try to buy pesticide free, natural products.

We plucked out some turmeric plants during Pongal season from our farm and I was left with some fresh turmeric pieces / rhizomes. As we have to wait for few more months for the complete harvest, I thought of making a small batch of turmeric powder at home with the available turmeric pieces which turned out to a simple and satisfying process.


How to plant turmeric at home?

Planting turmeric at home is very easy.
  • Buy some fresh turmeric pieces / rhizomes. 
  • cut the larger rhizomes into small pieces / sections with two or three buds in each section
  • soil should be loose and lightly moisted
  • place it flat about two inches below the surface of the soil with buds facing up
  • water it whenever needed. 
  • turmeric is ready to harvest when the leaves and stem start to brown and dry, about 7 - 10 months after planting. 
  • Pluck it out from the soil, clean the rhizomes and use it for making turmeric powder

Ingredients (yields around 50 g of turmeric powder)


turmeric pieces / rhizomes - 300 g

Method:


  • wash and clean the rhizomes well
  • immerse rhizomes / turmeric pieces in water and allow it to boil. I used mud pot / clay pot for cooking the rhizomes
  • when it is boiling, the water will become frothy
  • simmer it until you can easily pierce the cooked rhizome using a knife or fork. It will take around 30 - 45 minutes
  • once it is cooked, drain the water and allow it to cool. 
  • cut / slice the cooked rhizomes into small pieces
  • spread it on a plate. Lay it in a single layer. 
  • allow it to dry under sun for 2 - 3 days or until they are brittle
  • grind it in a mixer. You can grind it in a mill if you are doing in large batches. 
  • grind to a fine powder. 
  • sieve it to filter out the coarse powder. grind the coarse particles again and sieve it. 
  • store the fine turmeric powder in an airtight container. 
  • if you are left out with few coarse particles after lot more grinding, then you can use those coarse particles while making rasam . Grind it along with garlic when making rasam. 
  • An easy homemade turmeric powder is ready to use. 


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