Homemade Turmeric powder
Turmeric powder is an ancient delicious spice used in Asian cuisines. It also comes with many health benefits. Making it at home is easy & cost effective.
Servings 1 cup
Wash the turmeric roots thoroughly under running water for a minute.
Boil water in a pan and then immerse these roots in it.
Let it boil for 45 minutes on low-medium flame. Froth will begin to appear at the top.
Drain the water. Roughly chop the roots after they have cooled down completely.
Place a kitchen towel over a disposable plate to soak in the excess water.
Spread the chopped roots over it.
Do not crowd them, use multiple plates if needed. Spread them out evenly.
You need not keep it in direct sunlight all the time. A well-lit, ventilated area by the window should do the job.
Leave it there for a week. Keep tossing it every other day to ensure even drying.
Over the week, you will notice that the roots will begin to shrink and get dried up. That is what we want.
Grind the turmeric into a fine powder.
Depending on the power of your food processor or blender, you may want to sift the powder through a sieve and return large pieces to your food mill.
Once cooled down, store the freshly prepared turmeric powder in an airtight container.
- Where to buy turmeric from?
- You can find fresh and dried turmeric root in Asian/Indian grocery stores and even leading grocery stores like Publix. You can buy from Amazon as well.
- Picking the right kind of fresh turmeric roots
- Choosing good quality turmeric is critical.
- Get organic, chemical free fresh turmeric roots.
- Pay attention when buying turmeric and choose big, smooth roots that are mold-free.
- Can also use dried turmeric roots to make powder.
- Why boil the turmeric roots first?
- Turmeric rhizomes cannot be dried just like that. They need to be boiled first. Boiling softens the roots & makes the drying process quicker,.
- It helps remove the raw odor coming from turmeric & helps kill germs present in soil.
- No need to cover the pan while its boiling.
- Work with gloves, paper towels and disposable plates to avoid staining your hands and crockery.
- Tip - In case you do stain your hands while working with it, make a paste with lemon juice and baking soda and apply over your hands. It’s super effective at removing turmeric stains.
- How to dry turmeric? Sun-drying method
- It is a week long process.
- Depends on weather and temperature.
- Place them by the the window sill where there is ample sunlight and ventilation.
- You can even dry it under direct sunlight or use an electric food dehydrator.
- Sun dry until the turmeric is very crisp or else the powder will spoil easily.
- The desired texture is dry and crisp, almost brittle to the touch.
- How to grind dry turmeric?
- Use a high powered blender like a coffee grinder or an Indian Blender to grind turmeric.
- Steel or glass jar blenders are preferred because it's easy to clean the stains.
- Grind when its still crisp. This will ensure fine grinding.
- How to store turmeric powder?
- It stays good easily for 6 months if stored properly in an airtight container.
- Use a glass jar instead of plastic as it's easy to clean and remove stains.
- Store it in a cool place.
- How to make turmeric powder without boiling?
- Use dried turmeric.
- Grind it to a fine powder using a high power blender.
Serving: 1tbsp | Calories: 25kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.5g | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 2.9mg