This is one of the most popular types of spices, and no Indian cooking is complete without it! Haldi, in its natural form, is a solid bright yellow wood-like element. These can be ground to make Haldi powder, which is easier to use and is put to dishes for a beautiful color and taste. You can also use it for many healthy and immunity boosting drinks.
A close cousin in looks and appearance to the quintessential ginger. Turmeric roots are used fresh or boiled in water and dried, after which they are ground into a powder. Turmeric powder is sunset-yellow in colour. It has a slightly pungent, bitter flavour and earthy aroma.
Turmeric contains curcuminoids like curcumin which imparts a vibrant yellow colour, dimethoxy curcumin and bisdemethoxycurcumin and volatile oils like turmerone, atlantone, zingiberone and sugars, proteins and resins.
Turmeric has been used by Ayurvedic healers as medicine since the olden days. Popularly known as Haldi, this powerful spice is also a go-to option while dealing with numerous health ailments. Whether consumed or applied, its benefits are plentiful.