Ask anyone and they are sure to screw up their faces when asked about the taste of turmeric. This golden spice which wowed the world over for its truly amazing health advantages is surely not one of the most loved in terms of its taste.
Some who are immune to the concern of taste have described it as just powdery in taste and not much to be concerned about. Others have called it bitter, torrid warm, and even obnoxious and pungent. Most of the words indicated intolerance to its natural taste. The fact is that just like ginger, turmeric is also a compact root and could be used in its dried version or the fresher version – in both cases, the color and the pungency is only slightly different which is why it has been used for centuries in curries across the globe.
Turmeric has this wonderful ability to blend in with several other spices, making it universally accepted as a wonder spice that spikes the metabolism, builds greater immunity, and keeps away gastrointestinal issues. The healing properties of turmeric have been a proven factor – yet despite its almost miraculous properties, there has always been a tendency to avoid its usage, mainly because of its taste.
Here are some simple means by which turmeric can be consumed with ease without challenging your taste buds and still making its health-impacting characteristics as potent as ever.
Make it part of your regular intake of carbohydrates with rice in particular. When you add turmeric powder to your regular white or brown rice, it mildly changes the color but makes no difference or whatsoever to the taste of the rice.
Hack#2 Add It to Mashed Potatoes
We know your love for mashed potatoes –a regular on many tables, a dash of grated raw turmeric, in fact, goes excellently with the sweet taste of potato. When you add butter for heightened taste, it lends a slight golden color that can look most appetizing.
Hack #3 Turmeric in Your Chicken Roast
While you may be adding your oregano, basil and thyme do add a teaspoon of turmeric powder to the herb mix for the marinade and cook as you would in the oven.
There are so many ways to add turmeric to the drinks we have.
Take half a cup of orange juice, with two tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of turmeric powder. The masking of the bitterness of the turmeric will be done with ease by the acidity of orange juice and the utter sweetness of honey.
Hack #5 Make Cinnamon Hot Chocolate with Turmeric
That‘s right! Your favorite drink, especially in winter, just got the turmeric advantage – add a robust pinch of cinnamon powder and also add half a teaspoon or one full teaspoon of turmeric powder. The taste and smell of turmeric will be completely masked by the addition of cinnamon.
Hack #6 Love Your Bloody Mary with a Twist
So you have always loved the pungent and sharp taste that your favorite drink has – add another ingredient to this already well-loved drink. Take half a cup of tomato juice and add a little cayenne pepper, or even normal pepper for sharpness, and some garlic powder and ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder. Mask its taste further by adding a hot sauce.
Hack #7 Smoothie Inclusion
Yes, if you are someone who loves his or her smoothie and are particularly fine with more citrus-based ones, turmeric inclusion is the easiest as it goes well with most red smoothie bases like goji berry, orange, carrots, raspberries, and red bell peppers.
Turmeric-laced vegetable stir fry is the easiest way to not just include the healthiest of vegetables in your diet but while making this high-temperature style of cooking, or searing, you could easily add turmeric as a spice. When tossing vegetables with olive oil – sautéing or braising them – add a dash of turmeric and you will not even know, especially with cabbage, kale, and broccoli.
Hack # 9 Creamy Golden Tea
Simply simmer and boil 3/4th cup of water. Switch off the heat and add ¼ cup of cow’s milk or almond milk and then add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder, ½ ginger powder, ¼ teaspoon of ground cardamom powder, a pinch of pepper, and some honey as a sweetener.
Another great way to overcome the taste of turmeric is to add it to something as tasty as a mustard dressing that you usually prepare for your everyday cooking needs. The only difference this time would be that apart from the ½ cup of home pounded and ground mustard, add 2 tablespoons of wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon water, and 1 teaspoon each of salt and turmeric. Use it to make your salads and add it to your sautéed foods.
The Ultimate Hack #11 Turmeric-Infused Vegan Ice cream
Go completely vegan for this one – made with coconut milk, infused with spices such as ginger, turmeric, nutmeg, and honey to sweeten it up. This natural gelatin-made ice cream could get its gorgeous golden color from turmeric and has been on top of the spot in several vegan joints.
Here is another tip to make turmeric more bearable in taste. While making tea, if you find the taste a bit too overpowering, simply make an infusion with turmeric –an inch of fresh turmeric roots soaked in water will do the trick. The only point is in keeping it overnight and using it in the morning.
Also, infusions could be used along with ginger and honey to make iced tea which is much lesser in its bitterness.
Whether in beverages, salad topping, soups, fries, croutons, and even desserts, the inclusion of turmeric need not be a departure from good taste. Following these simple taste hacks will help you make it a part of your everyday food and beverage intake.