Turmeric Paste – How to Make the Golden Goo
The most commonly noted active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Both names are often used interchangeably but there is a difference. As noted in our Home Page, turmeric, which contains curcumin, is an amazing natural ingredient that supports human health in a variety of ways.
If you are considering adding more turmeric into your diet an excellent and tasty way to do so is by making some turmeric paste for easy access on the fly. Turmeric paste requires only a few ingredients, is easy to make, and produces a healthful natural medicine that tastes good and does a body good.
Turmeric is most effectively absorbed when combined with black pepper and delivered in an oil base. In this article we show you how to do just that with a delicious and time saving potion 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, water (preferably distilled) and a healthful oil like coconut, flax or olive. Having some delicious golden paste available in the fridge allows you to be prepared and enjoy more choices when you are 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 somewhat creamy. After heating this creamy golden elixir put it in an enclosed container and store it in the fridge or freezer. This way you can periodically use small portions to make tea or to 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 coconut, avocado, grapeseed, flax or olive oil
- one half cup turmeric powder
- one cup distilled water
- one to two teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
Feel free to modify ingredient quantities to taste. Adding or subtracting water easily changes consistency.
Always be sure to use filtered or distilled water. As you may read in the About section of this blog, the Turmeric Guru uses only distilled water for all consumption, including cooking, and recommends this distiller if you do not have one. I’ve been running it almost every night since early 2014 and it works great.
If you are not a big fan of black pepper you can use a little less, but don’t scrimp too much because 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, especially the turmeric and oil.
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 and boost it into the realm of health food status.
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 to this wonderfully complex flavor and you have my 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 do prefer to consume your turmeric paste straight up like a medicine start with one teaspoon a couple of times per day. Then, over time you can up the dose and frequency as desired. Some people also add grated ginger or cinnamon. 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 natural oil.
What Can Turmeric Paste Do
In case you’re unaware of the beneficial properties of turmeric paste here are some of the most common ailments it is known to alleviate.
Inflammation, 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 quite effective in reducing all manner of inflammation throughout the body, especially that of the joints. Which means turmeric is an effective natural remedy for the pain and swelling of arthritis.
Stomach problems. Turmeric is known to be a natural antacid helping to alleviate some of the most common stomach problems such as digestion and gerd.
Please consult our other articles on turmeric’s efficacy in treating and preventing Alzheimer’s, diabetes, high blood pressure and many other health issues. People need to wake up from the trance of post-modern allopathic advertising and realize that nature has given us a veritable pharmacy of wonderfully effective natural remedies that can be found in the wild as well as online.
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 like 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.