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


HOMEMADE TURMERIC POWDER
Preparation time 30 mins | Cooking time 2 mins | Makes about 85 gms

Ingredients
  • Dried turmeric root (manjal kombu) - 100 gms

Some other homemade powders
Method
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

Notes
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.



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