As your favorite Chantilly Indian restaurant, we work with spices every day. Our dishes are prepared to order and we use authentic spices to ensure you’re getting the best quality food in town. If you read our blog about the history of curry, you know that turmeric has been a major spice used in Indian cuisine for some time. Its golden-yellow color makes it popular among culinary artists looking to add natural colors and it’s unique flavor perfectly complements the other spices we use every day. However, turmeric has a long history in food, medicine, and even textiles! Today, we are taking some time to tell you more about this spice and what makes it so special.
Turmeric is a spice unlike any other, and is a staple in many Indian and Southeast Asian cuisines. Turmeric is part of the ginger family and has a mild flavor that is slightly bitter. As we mentioned before, the real claim to fame for turmeric is its bright golden-yellow color that takes over whatever meal you use it in.
From Root To Spice
Turmeric, in plant form, is a rhizomatous plant of the ginger family. Turmeric powder that you see on the shelf at the store is made from the root of the plant, which is dried either in the sun or in an oven and then ground into a powder. However, like ginger, turmeric can also be eaten fresh.
Uses Of Turmeric
Turmeric is a key ingredient in curry, but it has uses that span beyond just the culinary world. Turmeric has been used as a textile dye, particularly for monks’ robes to give them that bright yellow color. It also is believed to have some extraordinary health benefits when consumed in teas, in capsule form, or in food. While more studies need to be done to prove the health benefits, many people use turmeric as an anti-inflammatory to treat arthritis, relieve pain, improve liver function, and aid in digestion.
Turmeric In Cuisine
Because turmeric is so strong, it is used in small amounts mostly as a coloring agent that adds just a hint of flavor. In curry, turmeric is often combined with ginger, coriander, chillies, and other spices. Turmeric is also used to color many Spanish rice dishes, and is a common ingredient in soups, teas, and even smoothies.
Try Turmeric In Your Cuisine Today!
Whether you’re just craving some good comfort food or you want to try a dish featuring turmeric before you buy a whole bottle of the spice at the store, be sure to stop by Charcoal Chicken, where many of our curries use this spice. Dine in or carry-out today!