True Food: Turmeric

Posted on January 5, 2010 
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Spice: Turmeric.  Used for thousands of years as one of nature’s highly potent anti-oxidants, this magical spice has a rep today for improving medical problems small (cuts, bruises, surface skin conditions) and large (many types of cancer, Alzheimer’s).   It’s a natural painkiller.  It’s reputed to help metabolism, thus weight control.  The Chinese use it to fight depression.  It can reduce swelling and ease discomfort associated with arthritis.  And it can help improve your skin.    Turmeric may sound exotic, but it’s really not: it’s found in curry, and is a member of the ginger family.  Turmeric has a beautiful saffron hue and a mustardy taste.  It’s famous ingredient is the phytochemical curcumin, which gives it its gorgeous orange color.  Turmeric qualifies in our book as a True Food, one you should find ways to eat often.  Get in the habit of adding turmeric to egg dishes, egg salads, chicken dishes, curried fish, meat and vegetables.  It will only improve your dish and your health.

Quick-Grill Indian Chicken Breasts

Here you’ll make a minute marinade with fresh ginger and ground turmeric and cook the spiced chicken on the barbeque.


6 tablespoons peanut oil

6 teaspoons soy sauce

2 1/2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger

2 tablespoons minced garlic

1 tablespoon fresh grated lemon peel

1 teaspoon ground turmeric

2 skinless boneless chicken breast halves

Course salt and ground pepper


Start the barbecue.  Combine all ingredients except the chicken in a glass bowl, and reserve ¼ cup for serving.  Coat the chicken on both sides with the remaining marinade.  Grill over medium-high heat until done, about 7 minutes per side.


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