In this article we explain how to make turmeric golden paste, a simple concoction you may wish to keep handy in the fridge at all times. It’s good for lots of things, but especially for whipping up teas and other beverages using the wholesome goodness of turmeric.
The most commonly noted active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Both turmeric and curcumin are often spoken about interchangeably but there is a difference. Turmeric, which contains curcumin, is the name of the whole plant and the powder derived from drying and grinding its underground rhizomes. Curcumin is one of turmeric’s three most noted polyphenols in the curcuminoid complex.
If you are considering adding more turmeric into your diet, an excellent way to do so is by making and storing some turmeric paste for easy access on the fly. Turmeric paste requires only a few ingredients, is easy to make, and produces a healthful and tasty natural medicine that does the body good.
Turmeric is most effectively absorbed when combined with black pepper or its extract piperine, also known as BioPerine, and a neutral oil base. In this article, we show you how to make a delicious and time-saving elixir that can facilitate the integration of turmeric into your daily routine.
What is Turmeric Paste?
Basically, turmeric golden paste consists of nothing more than turmeric powder, black pepper, cinnamon, water and a healthful oil like coconut, flax or olive. Having some delicious golden turmeric paste available in the fridge allows you to be prepared and enjoy more choices when you’re ready to indulge in your next turmeric experience.
Mmmm…this is one medicine that doesn’t taste yucky – no need for a spoonful of sugar to make this go down. Although we don’t necessarily recommend taking it straight up, you can, it just depends on how your taste buds respond. Turmeric paste is a health booster and spicer-upper for just about any dish or drink. Have some fun. Experiment!
How to Make Turmeric Paste
To make turmeric paste just heat the mixture in a saucepan until smooth and creamy. After heating, put it in an enclosed container and store in the fridge or freezer. This way you can periodically use small portions to make tea or spice up just about any dish. This tasty paste will stay fresh in your fridge for about two weeks. If you make more than you can consume in the next two weeks just put the remainder in the freezer.
Turmeric Paste Recipe
Now for the ingredients; here’s a recipe we like:
- one-quarter to one-third cup of ghee or a neutral oil like coconut, avocado, or grapeseed
- one-half cup turmeric powder
- one tablespoon cinnamon
- one teaspoon zested or grated ginger
- one cup of water
- one to two teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
Makes a little more than one cup of turmeric golden paste. Feel free to modify ingredients and quantities to taste. Adding or subtracting water easily changes the consistency.
If you’re not a big fan of black pepper you can use a little less, but don’t scrimp too much because this is what activates turmeric’s absorption in the gut. Turmeric golden paste is basically a natural medicine so use the highest quality ingredients you can afford.
How to Use Turmeric Paste
Once you have some paste on hand it’s relatively easy to incorporate into your meals and snacks in a variety of ways. You can add it to any sauce, soup, smoothie or hot drink like tea and boost it into the realm of health food status. But the most popular use for turmeric golden paste is in the preparation of turmeric golden milk. See our turmeric golden milk recipe here.
Try just a little at first. If you like the taste, great! If not, well, maybe your palate just needs a little adult conditioning to adapt. It’s a wonderfully complex flavor and you have our permission to cheat by adding a bit of honey. This will definitely sweeten it up, especially if you want to consume it straight up rather than mixed into your favorite recipes.
If you prefer to consume your turmeric paste straight up like a medicine start with one teaspoon a couple of times per day. Over time you can up the dose and frequency as desired. It really depends on your palate. There is no wrong way to make turmeric paste so long as you include the main ingredients – turmeric, black pepper, water, and a neutral-tasting oil.
What is Turmeric Paste Good For?
Noted by swelling and redness, often occurs in conjunction with other issues and can result in severe pain and reduced mobility. Turmeric is known to be effective in reducing all manner of inflammation throughout the body, especially in the joints. Which means turmeric is an effective natural remedy for the pain and swelling of arthritis.
Turmeric is known to be a natural antacid helping to alleviate some of the most common stomach problems such as indigestion and GERD. It stimulates the production of bile by the gallbladder, which is critical for healthy digestion.
Please consult our other articles on turmeric’s efficacy in treating and preventing Alzheimer’s, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other health issues. People need to wake up from the trance of allopathic medical TV advertising and realize that nature has provided a veritable pharmacy of effective natural remedies that can be found in the wild as well as online.
Summary – Turmeric Golden Paste
Instead of just using turmeric powder or capsules, many people love to incorporate turmeric paste into their diet. This mixture can be easily prepared beforehand, stored in the fridge or freezer, and spooned right into your favorite dishes or drinks.
It can also be ingested straight from the jar if you want to take it as a medicine. It’s easy to make and has so many health benefits there really is no excuse for not whipping up a batch and at least giving it a try. To learn more, we suggest you read our article on the evidence-based health benefits of turmeric curcumin.