12 Apr 2018

Homemade Turmeric Powder

I think most South Indian's make their own turmeric powder, my parents always make a huge batch of turmeric powder and gives me some too. Some store bought turmeric powders have colors added to it so my parents always make their own. Since they make a large batch, they grind the turmeric in the local mill. But sometimes I find that the guy at the mill grinds the turmeric after he grinds red chillies thereby making the turmeric little spicy. So I make a small batch of turmeric powder at home and use it to make turmeric milk for kids or some other drinks using turmeric for digestion. 

Homemade Turmeric Powder

Turmeric is a spice which gives yellow color to the food and is used widely in Indian cuisine. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and it's a strong anti-oxidant. No Indian dish is complete without the addition of this turmeric! Especially in South India, we use turmeric in almost everything we cook!

Homemade Turmeric Powder

Preparation time 30 mins | Cooking time 2 mins | Makes about 85 gms

  • Dried turmeric root (manjal kombu) - 100 gms

Some other homemade powders
1. Take the turmeric root and dry roast it in a pan for 2 minutes. Transfer to a dry plate or newspaper.

2. Once it cools down, roughly break it down with a mortar or pestle.
3. Take the turmeric roots in a dry blender, and blend it well giving breaks in between.

4. Transfer the turmeric powder to a sieve and sieve it well.

5. Now add the small bits of turmeric roots left in the sieve back to the blender and blend it again to a smooth powder.

6. Sieve it again. Let the turmeric powder cool down completely in the newspaper or plate.
7. Once cool, store it in a clean glass bottle.

Homemade Turmeric Powder

1. You can break down the turmeric into much smaller pieces before blending in the mixee. 
2. I kept sieving and powdering the bits, three times and then discarded the final small bits of turmeric as I wanted only the smooth turmeric powder.
3. Instead of dry roasting the turmeric roots in the pan, you can dry it in the sun for 2 days.
4. If making a large batch, dry the roots in the sun for 2-3 days and then give it in the flour mill to grind. After it's ground, let the turmeric powder cool down completely for a few hours and then store in boxes.

Until next time,
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