Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Turmeric Root Tea

I can feel it now, those tell tale signs, that tickling nose and itchy throat. As winter silently bids adieu, its time for the happiest and chirpiest season of all to grace the lands. Spring, but not before all of us have felt the transitioning days. All good things come at a price.

This transition of seasons, like all other seasonal transitions it celebrated with much fun, fanfare and fervour throughout India, more so in the northern and eastern parts of the country, where the difference in weather is very prominent.

Vasant Panchami is a famous festival that marks the end of the winter season and ushers in springtime. Sarasvati is the Hindu goddess of the Vasant Panchami festival. Young girls wear bright yellow dresses and participate in festivities. The color yellow holds a special meaning for this celebration as it signifies the brilliance of nature and the vibrancy of life.

Traditionally  little children are taught to write their first words on this day, it being the festival of Goddess Sarasvati - the goddess of wisdom.
People who celebrate the festival make a variety of yellow coloured meals that are presented to the goddess.

It is my deep rooted belief that mother nature provides a plethora of produce at the opportune moment of when the body requires it. Why else would you find the markets flooded with this cheery hued root?

Fresh turmeric roots are found in abundance this time of the year and for good reason, Turmeric is a herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family. It is native to India and the root is a common component of Indian cooking - especially in curries. The root is boiled, dried and ground into a yellow-orange spice powder before use. It has an earthy, peppery flavour.

It is also used as a dye due to its strong pigmentation but the most famous use is as a traditional health remedy. According to Ayurveda (the traditional Hindu system of medicine as mentioned in the Atharva Veda), turmeric treats indigestion, colds, liver ailments and skin sores.

My recipe today is neither traditional nor significant to the festival of Vasant traditionally, but makes an excellent tonic to drive away unwanted sniffles.

Over to the recipe for Turmeric Root Tea,

You will need:

2.5 cups water
1 inch fresh turmeric root, peeled and thinly sliced
½ to ¾ inch ginger root, thinly sliced
A very good dash of freshly ground black pepper
Honey or sugar to taste

Optional add ins:
Cinnamon Stick or ground cinnamon
Slices of fresh lemon
A few leaves of Tulsi (Indian Holy Basil)


Add all the ingredients to a saucepan and bring to a simmering boil over medium low heat.

Add in the optional ingredients if using and continue to simmer for 6 to 8 minutes.

Add in your choice of sweetner if needed.

Strain and serve.



  1. Such a wonderful share :) !!! And the clicks are so beautiful ....feel like staring at them forever!


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