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Nov 6, 2007 04:22 AM

Recipes, but not curry, that call for turmeric?

I've been reading a lot lately about the health benefits of turmeric--I've even seen it suggested that you should consider taking it as a supplement if you don't get it in your diet regularly. I've never really cooked with turmeric before, aside from putting it in curries.

Would you be willing to share your delicious non-curry recipes that call for turmeric?

Thank you!


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  1. Tumeric omelette. Take an egg, whisk it in a bowl with about 1/2 tea tumeric, a dash or two of fish sauce or soy sauce and fry it on really high heat with a good deal of oil in a wok. Flip and serve with rice. You can eat it with Thai Sri Racha sauce too. Yummy breakfast. :)

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    1. re: cee

      I've been served home fried potatoes with turmeric that were rather tasty.

    2. I use it in dry rub marinades for chicken and lamb when I want a Med. flavor. A dash of tumeric is nice when sauteeing meats or veggies too. Plays well with cumin, cinnamon, paprika, and ginger.

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      1. re: Shane Greenwood

        In the same vein, I added some to a chili the other week in addition to cinnamon and cumin and it worked out nicely.

      2. I just heard this, too (Dr Oz maybe?) and deviled eggs were mentioned.

        I'm curious about it, though. Does it have a strong flavor or just lots of color?

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        1. re: fern

          It does have a distinct flavour, but I personally find it quite mild. The colour, on the other hand... turmeric stains are horrendous to remove. My previous counter had bright yellow stains on the counter (that stubbornly resisted all cleaning products) from a turmeric accident.

          1. re: vorpal

            Thanks. I was wondering if it could be buried in robust dishes just to get the health benefits. Maybe it's worth a try.
            Thanks for the stain warning. If it can be spilled, it will be by me. Klutz.

            1. re: vorpal

              Equal parts hydrogen peroxide and dishwashing soap - works every time.

              1. re: adrienne156

                When we first married (starving students), every single plastic utensil was stained turmeric yellow. I've seen turmeric pills--anyone ever use them for the supposed health benefits? One of my favorite non-curry turmeric recipes is Turmeric Aloo--potatoes in chunks with plenty of spices, including turmeric.

                1. re: pine time

                  Are the requirements just "non-curry" or "non-any-food-that-comes-from-a-cuisine-that-has-curry." Because turmeric aloo--which I also love--fits the first requirement but not the second. I also use turmeric when I make pilau rice with nuts, raisins, peas, onion, cloves, cardomom etc. Again, fits the first requirement but not the second. Delicious though!

                  You can even just put some in plain rice though. It has a very mild flavor and gives the rice a nice color. You can even put it in breads and baked goods to give them an appetizing color--I have a friend who does that with his challah.

          2. While a lot of what passes for dietary health in American media is a lot of hyperbole, including the negligible effect eating a few tablespoons of turmeric will have on health, the tasty properties of turmeric are readily available in dishes such as Indonesian turmeric rice, a rustic turmeric-based paella eaten in the Philippines called bringhe or the savory soups of Latin America, particularly with tripe.


            1. I add a pinch to my chicken soup to make it more yellow.