So I jumped on the bandwagon and started drinking Turmeric, the wonder root! Honestly it's because my mum and one of my besties does, so I thought I would give it a go, haha, and have totally fallen in love with it. Living in Singapore I thought it would be really easy to find, but every supermarket I went to did not sell fresh Turmeric. ugh!! I was about to head on over to Little India to see if i could get it there, when i found out that Turmeric is also called Yellow Ginger, and it's available everywhere! What the hell. AND to top it off the bloody stuff was sitting in my fridge the whole time. I had actually bought it by accident the week before thinking it was fresh ginger.
Turmeric has many healing properties, it's a powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticancer agent. It's known to help increase energy levels, aid digestion, reduce high blood pressure, promote healthy cholesterol levels and brighten your day with it's awesome colour. In fact i don't think there is anything it can't do. It's the super hero of the root world.
I've researched all sorts of methods of making Turmeric tea and juice, and have come up with my own. Hope you like it.
Ingredients: (Makes 2 800ml Mason Jars)
- Turmeric - 2 pieces
- Ginger - 2 inches
- Black Pepper Corns - 6
- Cloves - 5
- Cayenne Pepper - optional
- Cinnamon - 2 sticks or 1 tsp
- Lemon - 2
- Honey - to taste
- Water - 1 litre
Blitz the Turmeric, Ginger, Black Pepper, Cloves in a blender with some of the water. WARNING. I personally don't bother peeling the Ginger or the Turmeric as we are going to strain it in the end anyway, and Turmeric colour is lethal, it will totally stain your fingers bright yellow, so this method ensures as little physical contact with the Turmeric as possible. Or you can wear gloves. Watch out for any fancy tea towels or wooden chopping boards, unless you love yellow! Mine are all dotted with bright yellow blotches. oops. Oh and if you have a plastic blender, well this will ruin it.
So take your blitzed liquid and transfer it into a pan. Add the rest of the water and turn on the gas to a medium heat. Cut the lemons in half, squeeze in the juice, then just pop the lemons into the pan.
Add the Cinnamon and the Cayenne Pepper (if you are using it.). I like mine to be quite spicy. Simmer and bring it to a boil. Then take off the heat.
Strain the liquid into the glass jars, or a jug or what ever you fancy. I personally use 2 mason jars. You might want to strain it twice as there is a lot of sediment, I've been meaning to buy a sieve with much smaller holes, but haven't got round to it yet.
You can now add honey if you like. I would recommend it, it makes it delicious. To be honest I probably put a little too much in. :) I would say 2 tablespoons, 1 in each jar, but it's totally up to you.
I like to drink the first jar warm like tea, then i put the other jar in the fridge and drink it cold the next day. I actually can't decide which i like better.
You can also add in slices of lemon or orange.
And thats it. Would love to hear how yours comes out, and if you have any variations.