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Ground Turmeric

Also Known As : Pisee huee haldi, Turmeric powder.
Technical Name : Curcuma longa


Taste Profile

Ground turmeric has an earthy aroma with a pungent and slightly bitter taste.

Usage Tips

  1. Store ground turmeric in a tightly sealed container preferably in a cool, dark place.
  2. It may lose its flavour if exposed to light and/or heat.
  3. It is added to rice, dals, vegetable and chicken dishes, chutneys, pickles, and relishes.
  4. It can be added to hot milk and consumed as a health drink.

Common names and forms

  1. Curcuma
  2. Curcuma Aromatica
  3. Curcuma Longa Root Powder
  4. Dried Turmeric Powder
  5. Dry Turmeric
  6. Edible Turmeric Powder
  7. Fresh turmeric
  8. Haldi
  9. Haldi Powder
  10. Haridra
  11. Organic Turmeric
  12. Organic Turmeric Powder
  13. Organic Turmeric Root
  14. Organic Turmeric Root Powder
  15. Raw Turmeric
  16. Spices (Turmeric)
  17. Turmeric
  18. Turmeric (Haldi) Powder
  19. Turmeric (INS 100(ii))
  20. Turmeric Haldi
  21. Turmeric Powder
  22. Turmeric Powder (Curcuma Longa) (Rhizomes)
  23. Turmeric Root
  24. Whole Turmeric
  25. Wild Turmeric Powder


Turmeric is obtained from the root of the Curcuma longa plant which belongs to the ginger family. It has a tough brown skin outside and a bright orange flesh inside. Ground Turmeric comes from the orange flesh of this root. It is first boiled or steamed, then dried, and ground to make a fine powder which can vary from deep yellow-orange to bright yellow colour. Turmeric has been used since 600 BC in food and as a dye. It has also been used medicinally all over Asia to treat various ailments. At present, India is the world's largest producer of Turmeric. Ground turmeric is an essential ingredient in curry powder and is added to many curry preparations in India and in Asia. It is available all throughout the year.

Health benefits

  • Ground turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties that help relieve pain, especially in arthritis.(1)
  • Its antioxidant properties protect the liver from being damaged by toxins, especially from strong medication.(1)
  • It aids in digestion and may help in gut related conditions like Irritable Bowel Syndrome.(1)
  • It may protect against different types of cancer like prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer due to its anti-inflammatory properties.(1)

Selection Guide

When buying ground turmeric, opt for sealed packaging than buying in loose as it may be adulterated. It should have a rich yellow colour and be free from moisture or mould growth.


Ground turmeric in excess may cause irritation to the digestive system. It tends to make blood thin, hence should be consumed in small amounts by those taking blood-thinning medication. It may stimulate contractions in pregnant women hence should not be consumed in large doses during pregnancy.(2)​

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