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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.
Course spice powder
Cuisine Asian, Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Drying time 7 days
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 1 cup
Calories 25kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 lb Turmeric roots

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

Important tips

  • 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1tbsp | Calories: 25kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.5g | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 2.9mg