Thursday, May 22, 2014

Turmeric Juice


I became hooked on fresh turmeric juice when I lived in Bali, where it is known as Jamu Kunyit, and have been juicing this strange looking root ever since. 
Jamu is the name of traditional medicine in Indonesia, and is similar to Ayurveda in India.  It was strange at first to see Jamu wagons selling various juices on the road-side to happy customers.  I guess this idea of a portable, homeopathic pharmacy hasn't really caught on in the west yet, but whenever it does, I will be lining up from some turmeric juice! 

Turmeric flushes toxins from the liver and kidney, apparently has fat burning properties, and is an excellent treatment for damaged skin and psoriasis, both when consumed and used topically.  A lot of women also drink turmeric juice during their cycle, and after giving birth to ease the cramps.  

For this juice, you will need a juicer or a blender. 

  • 3 turmeric roots 
  • 3 tablespoons tamarind paste 
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • Sweetener such as coconut syrup, maple syrup, or honey to taste 


Juicer:
  • Juice the turmeric
  • In a class combine tamarind, sweetener and lemon juice and stir


Blender:
  • Blend turmeric in 1 cup of filtered water until dissolved 
  • Using a fine sieve, pour the liquid into a glass or jar, saving the turmeric pieces for another recipe.  
  • With a spoon, mix in the tamarind paste, lemon juice, and sweetener.  






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