How to Prepare the Whole Turmeric Root

Turmeric is the culinary appellation for the root of the plant Curcuma longa. The root of Curcuma longa is used for several applications. A member of the ginger family, turmeric is primarily used as a spice in South Asia--it's what gives curry its yellow color. However, it is also used for its medicinal properties and as a dye. For best results, Thai Food & Travel recommends using the whole fresh root when preparing turmeric root as a food dish, dye, cosmetic or medicinal herb.

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Use a fine grater to transform whole turmeric root into turmeric powder.

Step 1

Boil the whole turmeric root in water until a fork can penetrate the root with just a little resistance (usually 5 to 10 minutes).

Step 2

Place the boiled turmeric root in a cool, dry place to air dry. Depending on the humidity in your area this may take several days or a week or more.

Step 3

Peel the turmeric root with a vegetable peeler.

Step 4

Grind the turmeric to a fine powder with a fine grater.


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