Turmeric has more than a hundred proved health benefits which is why it has made its entry into most spice racks in the western world in the recent past. But the most powerful benefit of turmeric is as a potent antioxidant and a power house anti-inflammatory agent. Its antioxidant abilities help in preventing ageing, reducing incidence of cancers, heart disease and cataracts. Owing to its anti-inflammatory action, turmeric is found as a major component in arthritis supplements helping to reduce pain and joint inflammation.
Turmeric as medicine?
It is an antiseptic for cuts, burns, and bruises. It can also be used as an anti-bacterial agent and helps ease stomach problems. It is beneficial in treating Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and liver disorders.
Fresh turmeric roots should have a spicy fragrance and stubby fingers protruding from the sides of the root. Refrigerate unpeeled turmeric, tightly wrapped, for three weeks. Turmeric is typically boiled or steamed and then dried and ground into powder. Use ground turmeric in fish or rice dishes. Be careful with fresh turmeric as it stains easily.
- Turmeric is used as a colouring agent in canned beverages, baked products, dairy products, ice cream, yogurt, yellow cakes, orange juice, biscuits, popcorn colour, sweets, cake icings, cereals, sauces and gelatin.
- It is used to protect food products from sunlight. The oleoresin is used for oil-containing products. Over-colouring, such as in pickles, relishes and mustard, is sometimes used to compensate for fading.
- In combination with other chemicals, turmeric is used to colour cheeses, yogurt, dry mixes, salad dressings, winter butter, margarine.
Recipe -Cucumber pickle with turmeric
- 12 cucumbers, thinly sliced,
- 3 onions, thinly sliced,
- 1 green bell peppers, diced,
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped,
- ¼ cup salt,
- 1.5 cup vinegar,
- 2.5 cups white sugar,
- 1 tablespoon mustard seeds,
- 1 teaspoon celery seeds,
- A few whole cloves,
- 1 tablespoon turmeric powder
In a large bowl, mix together cucumbers, onions, green bell peppers, garlic and salt. Allow to stand approximately 3 hours.
In a large saucepan, mix the vinegar, white sugar, mustard seeds, celery seeds, whole cloves and turmeric. Bring to a boil. Drain liquid from the cucumber mixture. Stir the mixture into the boiling vinegar mixture.
Remove from heat shortly before the combined mixtures return to boil.
Transfer to sterile containers. Seal and chill in the refrigerator until serving.
Both our Wheat Chakli and Brown Rice Chakli have been spiced with turmeric.
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Why we chose Onion as the hero to our pairing with brown rice crackers?
Well there isn’t just one reason alone. Like the several layers that make up an onion we had several reasons to choose this versatile vegetable to partner with brown rice and make our delicious Nourishables Onion Brown Rice crackers. Here are a few facts, tips and benefits of the almighty onion –
Why eat Onions?
- They contain Vitamin B and C, together with calcium, iron and potassium.
- Like Garlic, they contain cycloallin, an anti-coagulant which helps protect against heart disease.
- For cracked feet, roast an onion and rub the paste on your heel.
- For sprains, chop raw onions and put them in a towel. Bundle it up and place it over the sprain. It helps to relieve the pain and the swelling will reduce.
- If you suffer from strong breath after eating onions, chew a small piece of ginger. The strong smell of onion from your mouth will vanish.
- The juice of an onion can purify blood. Blend it with other vegetables for a better taste.
- If you suffer from skin blemishes, rub onion juice over the scars. Your face will clear up in no time.
- Eating onions regularly will protect your teeth against decay. Chewing raw onion for a couple of minutes is sufficient to kill all the germs in the mouth.
- If a toothache bothers you, place a small piece of onion on the bad tooth and the pain will disappear.
- Cut a medium size onion and soak it in half a cup of rum overnight. Removed the cut onions and use the liquid to massage your scalp if you suffer from thinning hair or dandruff.
3 Hot ways to cook onions….
- Chopped raw onions added to soups or casseroles has a stronger flavour than cooked onions.
- Frying or sautéing briefly until soft and translucent gives it a mild flavour.
- When fried until golden brown, onions develop a distinct flavour that tastes superb in curries and with grilled meat.
Did you know?
There are all sorts of ways which are supposed to prevent your eyes from watering while cutting onions. Hold them under running water for a while, cut them under running water, hold a piece of bread between your teeth while cutting them or better still, wear your shades!!!
Raw onion juice (pungent as it may be) along with a pinch of turmeric powder is extremely beneficial for a lingering cough. Recent studies also indicate that the high fructo-oligosaccharide content in onions also improves appetite and helps in the digestion process. Thus, inclusion of raw onions have several benefits (don’t forget the mouth freshener though!).
Our Onion Brown Rice crackers
Our onion brown rice crackers are thin crispy and swirling with delicious taste of onions. It’s one of our best selling flavours.
And guess what? It not only tastes great but has a ton of benefits too! For instance –
- Improves heart health,
- Boosts immunity,
- Great source of calcium, protein and fibre,
- Helps in cancer prevention,
- Diabetes management,
- Aids digestion,
- Helps in weight loss.
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