What’s Turmeric golden paste?
This weekend’s Turmeric golden paste recipe is aimed at bringing you warmth and comfort. Especially after a cold excursion outside.
Use in hot drinks and savoury food
Today we are going to introduce you to something that everyone should have in their fridge. It is something that you can use in hot drinks, in curries, in stir fries and in smoothies. It will keep for 3 months.
Because it is so versatile there is no reason why you shouldn’t have between a teaspoon and a tablespoon of this every day.
Work into your life
If you work your life around this amazing substance then you will have your blood system, your digestion and all your organs thanking you every day.
Why? Because it tackles the one thing that causes chronic and minor illness which is hidden from sight.
The one thing that modern life causes and perpetuates every day due to the toxic environment and food that surrounds us: inflammation.
The substance for your fridge is called: Golden Turmeric Paste
Turmeric has been known for centuries to provide health benefits, but now it has been extensively studied to prove those benefits.
Curcumin and its limitations
But no-one really knew whether it was just a few active ingredients in the turmeric root that provided the benefits called curcuminoids or the whole root.
In tests it was discovered that these active ingredients weren’t readily absorbed by the human body so there was no point in just taking these extracts.
But they needed the rest of the turmeric root and other helpers to carry the active ingredients into the bloodstream.
Such as piperine found in black pepper and also coconut oil.
It is why you will not see the curcumin extracts in any sense* products. Always the full root of turmeric in organic form plus black pepper in the formula too.
The following recipe uses what has been learnt in clinical trials to maximise the absorption or bio-availability of curcumin so you get up to 200 times more absorption.
Turmeric golden paste recipe
Ingredients (preparation time 5 minutes and half amount if want to test for first time)
120g/250ml/1 cup Organic turmeric powder
500ml/2 cups filtered or spring water PLUS same in reserve
140 ml/two-thirds cup Extra virgin coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil (if allergic to coconut)
3 teaspoons/6g freshly ground black pepper
Cooking Method (time 30-45 minutes)
Turmeric is used as a dye so it stains so make sure you wear old clothes and protect and work surfaces that may stain such as wood or granite. Use stainless steel utensils and bowls if possible or porcelain. A stainless steel whisk is very useful
Place the turmeric, black pepper and water in a saucepan and bring slowly to the boil. Heat the rest of the water and reserve.
Simmer the mixture for 10 minutes, adding hot water if the mixture becomes too thick. Stirring every 30-45 seconds. If you have a bendy spatula run across the bottom and sides to prevent sticking. Don’t boil too vigorously otherwise it will splatter everywhere…disaster:)
After simmering for 10 minutes, stir in the coconut oil and whisk every 30 seconds for 8 minutes until soft peaks appear. Add hot water if too thick.
The correct thickness is when pulling out your whisk or spatula, it leaves soft peaks on the surface of the paste. The paste thickends when it cools and refrigerated.
Remove from heat and allow to cool. Store in a sealed/airtight glass mason/ball jar, only using clean spoons to remove and keep in the fridge for up to 3 months whilst being used.
Feel free to freeze the paste but only fill jars 3/4 full to avoid the jar breaking.
Cacao Sludge using golden turmeric paste
Coming back to where we started, a cold, windy, rainy day in May when you are looking for a warm satisfying drink to put your hands round. This is a pleasure whenever you reach for the golden paste from the fridge.
Great if you are aching a bit from an exercise workout or a long walk because of the anti-inflammatory properties.
Depending on your fancy, you can also add any one of the sense* superfood supplement powders but these work best but if you prefer Busy Lives go for it as follows:
– will complement the gut loving ingredients. It has cacao, coconut and cinnamon as well as all the extra gut healing micro-nutrients. In fact many customers say it tastes a bit like cookie dough so will be a great combination.
– has banana at its centre so if you wanted to turn this drink into a choco-banana flavour, add some to the mixture. Great for inflammation, aches and pains so what a fab excuse to have a cacao sludge waiting for you after a brisk walk or daily run.
Ingredients (preparation time 5-10 minutes)
1 Mug hot water or dairy or non-dairy milk of your choice
1-2 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 tsp extra virgin coconut oil and or grass fed butter
1 tsp turmeric golden paste
1 teaspoon sense* superfood supplement powder of choice
1/4 – 1/2 tsp stevia to taste (optional but not needed, in my view)
Optional (for gut health)
1/2 teaspoon each of larch tree fibre, Acacia senegal, psyllium husk powder, partially hydrolysed guar gum (PHGG) fibre, celon cinnamon bark fibre or powder
Cooking Method (preparation time 5 minutes)
Heat the water to below boiling point (which is important if you are using the gut health options otherwise it may turn into a gloop not a sludge).
Mix all the dry ingredients into a mug or large cup and add the hot water or milk of your choice. Stir well and serve. Keep adding hot water or milk if sludge becomes too thick:)
Here is a great site to explain the benefits of turmeric in more depth:
Here is a decent video of how to make the golden paste.