In our house, Kenneth is the cook and I am the baker/drink maker. Kenneth loves experimenting with different spices: smoked paprika, cumin, and turmeric are some of his favorites. I love baking with unique ingredients, like pomegranate seeds in cookies, cacao nibs in smoothies and adzuki bean brownies.
We’re both always looking for ways to create dishes that include healthy and interesting ingredients. Turmeric is an easy way to add color and depth of flavor to a meal and can be used in a number of ways.
I love turmeric for its bright yellow color and earthy flavor. Kenneth often adds it to savory dishes like chicken or as a seasoning for his popcorn (one of our favorite snacks). I’ve been looking for other ways to use turmeric and have found a wealth of recipes I want to try — so many that I’m not even sure where to start! ?
The Kitchn has a list of really easy ways to add turmeric to your diet. I’m also intrigued by these Sweet and Spicy Zucchini Refrigerator Pickles from Brown Eyed Baker as well as this Turmeric Golden Paste and Turmeric Butter from Deep Roots at Home and Be Good Organics.
I found so many drink recipes that use turmeric in interesting ways – I could drink turmeric several times a day for a week and not get bored! There are smoothies, like this Coffee Turmeric Smoothie from The Almond Eater or a Turmeric Coconut Smoothie from Natural Health in Action. Some people have made pretty tasty looking hot drinks too, like Turmeric Mocha Hot Chocolate from Healthy Aperture. Then there are these really unique drinks, like Turmeric Glow Lemonade from The Glowing Fridge and Turmeric Switchel from The Kitchn. Switchel is an old drink, popular in the American Colonies in the 1600s. It’s made with water, vinegar and often has ginger added. It can be sweetened with molasses, honey, sugar or maple syrup. I tried switchel for the first time at a tasting of popular drinks from the 1800s at Slate Run Historical Farm, a metro park near Columbus.
Some of the most interesting recipes I found were desserts! Turmeric adds such a gorgeous, vibrant yellow – no wonder cooks and food bloggers are finding new ways to add it to sweet treats. I love this Mango and Turmeric Cheesecake from Be Good Organics and this fiery red Blood Orange-Turmeric Upside Down Pound Cake from Cooking on the Weekends. Before making a cake, though, I think I’ll be making these Turmeric Tea Cookies from 365 Days of Baking or Almond Butter, Turmeric and Ginger Cookies from Jessi’s Kitchen.
I also learned that turmeric can be grown in the garden and used fresh — something I’m looking forward to experimenting with when we move to a house with a yard in a few months. I’ll follow the directions posted here on Attainable Sustainable: How to Grow Turmeric.
The first new recipe that I’ve tried with turmeric is a latte. And it’s delicious! ☕
I’ve made this latte at home and at work. I’ve tinkered with the measurements and with the texture of the turmeric. Green tea matcha powder is very fine, it very easily dissolves in water or milk. The powdered turmeric I have is not as fine and doesn’t dissolve completely. You’ll be left with some turmeric in the bottom of your cup, which doesn’t bother me. I did try grinding the turmeric with my mortar and pestle — I was able to get a much finer powder. It dissolved better than before, which makes the turmeric flavor stronger. I’d recommend using a little less turmeric if you grind it finely, or are able to buy finely ground turmeric.
This is a gorgeous green drink! I’ve been trying to get myself to like green juices, but I have found very few that I enjoy drinking. This is one of those few! The green tea gives the drink a slightly grassy flavor (which I really like!) and turmeric adds a warm, earthy depth. It’s only slightly sweet, which is how I like my lattes. If you prefer something sweeter, feel free to adjust the amount of sugar.
Turmeric Matcha Latte
- 1 teaspoon unsweetened matcha green tea powder
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon sugar in the raw
- 1 cup milk (Any milk, I’ve used whole milk, almond milk and coconut-almond milk with great results)
Directions: In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients and simmer over low heat. Once heated to the desired temperature, use a handheld frother to foam drink. Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy!