Turmeric Broth With Chicken And Ginger Dumplings. Bowl of turmeric broth with chicken and ginger dumplings

Best turmeric recipes

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Use this vibrant, calming root to create nourishing meals, from roast cauliflower salad to comforting chicken curry and ginger chicken noodle soup

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Looking for turmeric recipes? Want to know the health benefits of the vibrant root? Try our ideas below…

Our nutritionist Kerry Torrens says… “A member of the ginger family, turmeric is famed for its health benefits, especially its anti inflammatory properties. The active component in turmeric is a beneficial plant chemical called curcumin. It is poorly absorbed by the body but you can improve its uptake by adding a generous grind or two of black pepper. Though challenging to achieve therapeutic levels from adding turmeric to the food we eat, it’s still worth adding for its vibrant culinary effects and its health-promoting potential.”

Whether it’s a superfood or not, there’s no denying how great turmeric recipes are. We’ve collated our favourites here, using both fresh and ground turmeric, including Indian-spiced bream, turmeric-roasted cauliflower and turmeric chai tea. We even have a turmeric dessert, too.

Just remember to take care with your turmeric – it will stain your clothes if you’re not careful! If you do get some on you, try squeezing a little fresh lemon juice onto the stain and leaving for 15 minutes before putting in the washing machine. 


Turmeric recipes

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Ingredients

  • We use both fresh and ground turmeric in our recipes

Add plenty of colour midweek with this nourishing vegetarian one-pot, spiced with vibrant turmeric and packed with plenty of greens.

Golden onion and spring veg pilaf

Fresh turmeric is the star of this vibrant dish, although you can substitute it for ground if needed. Packed with punchy flavour and super simple to make, this is a great meal that comes in at under 300 calories per serving.

Vegetable Fried Rice Recipe with Turmeric

Turmeric-roasted cauliflower salad

Roasting the cauli in turmeric for this salad not only gives it an extra layer of flavour, but also a wonderful golden-yellow colour.

Vegan Salad Recipe With Roasted Cauliflower

This turmeric chicken broth soup is under 500, detox-friendly and on the table in 30 minutes. There's plenty of goodness in that golden liquid.

Turmeric Broth With Chicken And Ginger Dumplings. Bowl of turmeric broth with chicken and ginger dumplings

Chickpeas with turmeric, cinnamon, dates and almonds

Check out our easy chickpea stew with vibrant turmeric, crunchy almonds and sweet dates. Slow cooking chickpeas with a heady selection of spices really ramps up the flavour in this frugal dish. Try to get hold of the extra large, chubby chickpeas in jars for superior texture.

Vegan Chickpea Stew Recipe with Almonds

Garlic and black pepper chicken curry

Fresh turmeric is used in this recipe for the all-important marinade. For maximum flavour from the spices, marinate the chicken for as long as you can, then it’s a speedy curry to make.

Indian Chicken Curry Recipe With Garlic and Black Pepper

Turmeric and spring onion kefir soda bread

Turmeric gives this special soda bread, made with cumin, kefir, spring onions and rolled porridge oats, a wonderful golden colour. The recipe includes salted kefir butter to slather on it, too.

Soda Bread Recipe With Homemade Kefir Butter

Turmeric pickled eggs

Spice up your eggs with this easy pickling recipe using turmeric to add an extra kick of flavour to your lunch or dinner.


Vietnamese turmeric and dill fish with rice noodles

Sunshine yellow deliciousness with a hit of chilli and herbs. This unusual Vietnamese dish is popular in Hanoi, but you can make your own version for dinner tonight using the ground turmeric in your cupboard.

Vietnamese Fish Recipe by Donal Skehan

Turmeric and mango lassi

Turmeric (organic in particular) is thought to have anti-inflamatory and immunity-boosting properties. Add it to milk, yogurt or water to make what’s known as golden milk. We’ve made it with sweet mango and subtle spices to make a chai-like lassi.

lassi

Another one of our favourite recipes using turmeric – the ultimate BBQ fish recipe. Whole sea breams seasoned with turmeric, chilli, yogurt and cumin tastes amazing after a spin on the grill.

indian spied sea bream

Lamb soup (lamb harira)

Harira is a traditional spiced lamb soup from the Maghreb region of North Africa. In our version, turmeric is joined by fellow vibrant spice, saffron. We have bulked up our harira using puy lentils.

Lamb Harira

This recipe for turmeric and coconut paneer with charred naans will make your summer BBQ much more interesting. Coat the cheese in a turmeric-spiked marinade and leave overnight if you can, although a couple of hours should do the trick.

Coconut Paneer with Naan Bread Recipe

This low calorie fish tikka, coated in turmeric and marinated in garlic, lime and yogurt, is easy to make and perfect for a healthy midweek meal. Serve with fresh salad and some lime wedges to garnish.

fish_tikka

Chicken and spinach pilaf

Nothing beats a failsafe pilaf recipe for a quick (but nutritious) midweek dinner. Ours is coloured and spiced with turmeric and comes packed with baby spinach and coriander. It's also great for using up leftover chicken.

Chicken Pilaf Recipe with Spinach

Panch phoron fish curry in pineapple and coconut sauce

Plenty of fresh turmeric goes into the homemade curry paste in this vibrant fish curry with juicy pineapple. It's a simple recipe that's packed with plenty of flavour and is under 500 calories per serving.

Fish Curry Recipe with Pineapple

Slow-cooked Middle Eastern lamb

This spiced lamb dish combines turmeric with ground cinnamon, cumin and coriander for a warming effect. Slow cooking is great as it requires minimal hands-on time and effort but you get really flavourful results. The fried aubergine is a delicious accompaniment.

Slow-cooked Middle-Eastern lamb

One-pot chicken and quinoa tagine

Turmeric helps give tagines their vibrant colour. Here, it's joined by other storecupboard spices like cinnamon, paprika and coriander to create a nutritious, protein-rich one-pot.

Chicken Tagine Recipe With Quinoa

Dairy-free turmeric and mango fool

This recipe makes the lightest, most delicate and lovely little puddings, with turmeric adding a real zingy flavour. The coconut and mango combination is really refreshing and you don't even notice it's dairy-free because of the creaminess of the coconut cream.

turmeric fool - superfood 2017

Turmeric has been used as a culinary medicine in India for centuries. Put it to work in this simple chai tea, perfect if you have turmeric that needs using up.

Turmeric CHai Tea in two cups with a tea pot
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