Turmeric is not something new nor is it a fad. What is new is the rapid rate we can become so quickly informed and can make educated choices. While many people were still restricting their use of turmeric to the occasional curry, people in Asia have been using this magical root in its ground and raw form in every aspect of daily cuisine. WHO data on India, the biggest consumer, producer and exporter of turmeric, shows the country has among the lowest rates of alzheimers/ dementia; inflammatory and heart diseases (the third lowest in the world - Bangladesh being the lowest) and Parkinson's disease.
Quick, simple recipes without a hundred and one ingredients is paramount in our hectic lives today. This simple recipe will address that need AND provide a great hit of essential turmeric. And best of all, children will LOVE it.
SPICED TURMERIC MINCE CURRY WITH GREEN PEAS
A simple and delicious dish to cook when one has a packet of mince handy. Any meat mince can be used. Chopped cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, etc can be substituted for the green peas. Time: 20 mins Serves: 6
Ingredients ½ kg mince 2 onions chopped 1 green chilli chopped (optional) 2 tsp chopped garlic 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp Brandy Creek Spiced Turmeric Paste Salt to taste 2 tsp chilli powder 2 tbsp chopped coriander 2 tbsp oil ½ cup green peas Gravy (powder and water)
Heat oil in a pan and saute the onions, chopped garlic and green chilli. Add the mince and fry until pale brown. Now add the chilli powder, cumin powder, chopped tomato, turmeric paste and salt and keep on frying till the mince is firm. Add the green peas and gravy and cook on low heat till the gravy is thick and mince is cooked. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. (Add cornflower if thicker gravy is required.)
Serve with rice, polenta, mashed potato or cous cous.
SPICED TURMERIC FRUIT 'n NUT NIBBLES This is an excellent way to get a good helping of Spiced Turmeric throughout the day while nibbling on something scrumptious and healthy to keep the hunger pangs away. I like to activate all my nuts first, but I'm sure this incredibly simple recipe will work on nuts that haven't been activated.
1/2 cup almonds 1/4 cup pepitas 1/4 cup sunflower seeds 1/4 cup organic coconut flakes 1/2 cup organic dried pineapple pieces 1/4 cup organic goji berries 1 heaped tsp Brandy Creek Spiced Turmeric 1/4 tsp ghee (optional) 1/4 cup dark chocolate pieces
Mix nuts, fruit and coconut flakes together. Place turmeric paste and ghee in a warm pan and slowly melt. Then, add the fruit and nut mixture and stir until covered in Spiced Turmeric. Remove from heat. When the mixture is cool, add chocolate pieces. Refridgerate.