Learn how to prepare Turmeric Paste the right way to fully reap the benefits of turmeric. Use turmeric paste to make golden milk, smoothies, muffins and more!
Turmeric, known in Sanskrit as the “Golden Goddess” has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb to boost immunity because it has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.
How to make turmeric paste
Turmeric paste is pretty easy to make however to fully reap the healing potential of this spice you need to combine it with two essential ingredients.
- Oil – turmeric is fat soluble, the added fat from the coconut oil aids our bodies ability to absorb turmeric. Use cold pressed virgin or Extra Virgin Coconut , Olive or Linseed oils.
- Freshly ground black pepper – Peppercorns contain the enzyme Piperine which slows the digestion of turmeric and increases curcumin’s absorption by 2000%
Optional but highly recommended ingredients
For their added anti-inflammatory benefits and to improve the taste I also add
- glass jar for storing the paste
- small saucepan for cooking the paste
- spoon for mixing the paste
Making turmeric paste could not be easier! Here’s how you’d go about in in a nutshell :
Step 1) Water and turmeric are added to a small saucepan over medium heat.
Step 2) Stir the mixture constantly until you have a smooth paste after which you will remove the saucepan from heat and whisk in virgin coconut oil, black pepper, ground ginger and cinnamon.
Step 3) Place the paste in a glass jar and store in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Turmeric stains! Wear gloves if you can and be careful to wipe up any spillage straight away.
5 easy ways to use turmeric paste
Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma Longa plant and is a member of the ginger family which is probably why it pairs beautifully with spices such as ginger, cardamom and galangal in dishes.
Turmeric paste can then be added to numerous recipes to enhance both the flavour and health benefits.
1) Make Golden Milk
2) Make Turmeric Coconut Muffins
3) Add to Chicken & Pumpkin Rice
4) Add to Pumpkin Pie Fertility Smoothie
5) Make a Golden Pumpkin Spice Latte
Turmeric and pumpkin are a match made in heaven. Why not add a teaspoon of this golden paste to your homemade pumpkin spice latte to up its anti-inflammatory benefits?!
How to preserve turmeric paste
Carolyn of @practically.sustainable on Instagram makes her very own turmeric ‘pills’ from this recipe. This is such a wonderful way to preserve your paste is you feel like you would not use it all within two weeks.
Here’s how she does it:
- Follow @dishingupbalance turmeric paste recipe
- Distribute the paste in silicon coffee bean molds
- Place silicon molds in the freezer
- Once the pills are frozen remove them to a large glass jar and store in the freezer
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- Place water and turmeric in a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Stir constantly until you have a thick paste, approximately 7 to 8 minutes
- Remove from heat and whisk in virgin coconut oil, black pepper, ground ginger and cinnamon..
- Cool and put into a glass jar.
- Store in the fridge.
- Lasts up to 2 weeks.