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Fresh turmeric root (kacchi haldi)

Also Known As : Raw turmeric, Kachi haldi
Technical Name : Curcuma longa


Taste Profile

It has a pungent bitter taste.

Usage Tips

  1. Fresh turmeric root can be stored in the fridge in an airtight bag for a couple of weeks.
  2. It can last for up to six months when frozen. It can be cut into coins, matchsticks, or cubes. It can also be grated to produce juice.
  3. It can be used to make turmeric tea and turmeric latte.
  4. It can be blended into smoothies and yogurt dressings.
  5. It can be thinly sliced and added to green salads and potato salad.
  6. It can also be pickled, with some added lemon juice and salt.
  7. Usage guide: One inch of fresh turmeric is equal to one tablespoon freshly of grated turmeric which is equal to one teaspoon of ground turmeric.

Common names and forms

  1. Fresh turmeric root


Fresh turmeric root is a bright orange root-like subterranean stem, a member of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. The plant is native to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. The turmeric root looks quite similar to ginger in appearance. It has bright orange flesh covered in the thin, light brown peel. Fresh turmeric root has been used in Indian Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines for centuries. It can be sliced and added to soups or pickled. It can be added to lentils and rice as well. It can be grated and squeezed to produce juice to use in salad dressings, smoothies or bread doughs.

Health benefits

  • Fresh turmeric root contains curcumin known to trigger bile production that helps to boost digestion.(1)
  • Curcumin in it may prevent indigestion and heartburn and also provide relief from irritable bowel syndrome.(1)
  • It can also help treat stomach ulcers and irritation.(1)
  • It has anti-inflammatory properties that provide relief from symptoms concerned with both Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.(1)
  • It can also help to treat inflammation caused due to eye infections.(1)
  • It helps to cure skin ailment and also cure skin problems caused due to air pollution.(1)
  • It has antiseptic properties that make it an ointment to any kind of injuries or cuts.(1)
  • It acts as a pain removal for its anti-inflammatory properties when consumed it milk or applied as a paste on the affected area.(1)
  • It helps in eliminating toxins from the blood and acts as a blood purifier.(1)
  • It is beneficial for a diabetic as it helps to regulate blood sugar levels in the body.(1)

Selection Guide

Look for firm rhizomes of fresh turmeric and avoid the ones that are soft, dried, or shriveled.

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