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5 turmeric recipes to spice up your cooking

By: Enrique Gili on June 4, 2014, 1:06 p.m.
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Bold spice

Touted as a remedy for all manner of ailments, the health benefits of turmeric are well-known to health-conscious eaters. However, the plant's subtle flavor and bright color isn't immediately familiar to Western cooks. Fresh turmeric resembles a wizened root. In powdered form, the spice possesses a vibrant yellow hue reminiscent of saffron. Turmeric infuses curries, cooked meats and vegetables with a sense of warmth. The spice is used in Indian and North African dishes that favor garlic, lemon and ginger, creating recipes that are bold in color and savory to the tongue. (Text: Enrique Gili)