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Fresh Turmeric Pickle

March  9, 2014
0 Ratings
  • Serves 5-6
Author Notes

Turmeric has a number of health benefits. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, could potentially ward off dementia and prevent cancer. Turmeric is naturally anti-inflammatory; it inhibits the growth of new blood vessels in tumours and it’s a powerful antioxidant. Turmeric is also an immunity booster. My mom used to use turmeric paste on wounds as turmeric is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent.

Most western kitchens rarely use turmeric and its a common misconception that turmeric is only for curry dishes! While the dried powder form of turmeric is more commonly available, I love the fresh raw turmeric. I love pickled roots in all types of dishes. From pickled turmeric to pickled carrots, these pickles are easy to make and can be used for weeks. This pickled turmeric can easily be added to a number of dishes – from salads to soups, sandwiches to wraps. I love pickled turmeric on a toast, but I am sure you will have your own favorite way of using this pickled beauty! —Medha | Farm on Plate

What You'll Need
  • 8 ounces fresh raw turmeric roots
  • 2 medium size carrots
  • juice of 4 lemons
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  1. Scrub turmeric roots and carrots in running water. Peel the skin and slice in thin circles. You might want to wear gloves while cutting turmeric because it creates yellow stains on your hands. Alternatively, you can use a food processor with a slicing disk attachment.
  2. n a big bowl put sliced turmeric, carrots, lemon juice and salt, mix well. Store in a sterilized jar and refrigerate. Shake well before use.

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7 Reviews

robin L. March 4, 2017
what is the green spread on the toast in the photo?
Park R. January 24, 2015
How long should one store the jar and how long can it remain fresh in the frig after the jar has been opened?
Medha |. January 24, 2015
You can keep the jar in the fridge for up to 2 months. Once jar has been opened, it will remain fresh for 15 - 20 days easily as long as the turmeric is covered in lemon juice. You can add some more lemon juice if you see the pickle drying up. Once you realize the health benefits of turmeric, your jar isn't going to last more than a couple of days :)
Park R. January 24, 2015
Thank you.

I'm very familiar with the anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric. I've using it for years in my omega juicer along carrots, beets, and apple. Someone once asked me if I was smoker. I said nope, that's stained turmeric on my index finger.
Medha |. July 4, 2014
Horto, I bought them from WholeFoods last time. Indian markets also carry them - they come in different shades too - orange, yellow, light cream.
Horto July 2, 2014
where do yoi find the roots?
Lisa K. December 18, 2020
If you have a Produce Junction in your area they sell large bags of fresh Turmeric for very little, I believe $2. They also have large bags of fresh ginger and birds eye peppers (*Tai chili peppers) which have similar health benefits and can also be pickled.