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3 Easy Traditional Indian Recipes Made With Turmeric

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While living with my best friend’s parents for two years, I got to enjoy many mouth-watering, home-cooked Indian dishes. None would be complete without turmeric, the yellow, savory, yum-yum spice that is not only delicious to eat, but is also very healthy for your immune system and skin.

I caught up with Mama Sariya and Baba Mansur, of authentic Punjabi & Pakistani descent, and got them to share their secret recipes to three of their signature Indian dishes.

You can make all three dishes and serve them in one vegan meal, or serve them as sides to accompany your main dish.

turmeric-eggplant-bharta

Savory Eggplant Bharta, also known as Punjabi Baingan Bharta, is one of many versions of eggplant bharta.

Pronounced “BHURR-taah,” this meal is made with ingredients that are mashed during the cooking process. Though this particular bharta recipe is made with eggplants, you can make it with all sorts of veggies. The magic ingredients include cumin seed, coriander, and of course, turmeric.

Makes 4 servings.

INGREDIENTS:

2 large eggplants
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic, chopped or grind
Peeled & sliced eggplants (about 2 or 3 medium sized)
Dash of black pepper & salt
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon of cumin seed
1/2 teaspoon of coriander




DIRECTIONS:

Warm wok or skillet. Sautee garlic in olive oil. Add eggplant.
Season dish with black pepper and salt.
Add turmeric, cumin, and coriander.
Add 2 oz of water.
Cover and cook on low heat for 20 minutes.

yellow potatoes aloo turmeric

Aloo Yellow Potatoes is another signature Indian dish made with turmeric.

Yellow potatoes is probably one of my favorite Indian dishes made with turmeric. They are sour and savory, and can be eaten alongside daal lentils or with paratha bread. Check out this article on the many health benefits of turmeric to get you even more excited about this meal!

Makes 4 servings.

INGREDIENTS:

1lb of potatoes, russet or red
1/2 teaspoon of muster seed
1/2 teaspoon of cumin seed
1 tablespoon of olive oil.
1 fresh chile, red or green.
4 oz of tomato sauce
1 small lemon.
Cilantro for garnish.




Boil potatoes until tender. Make sure not to over cook.
Once cooled, peel. Cut potatoes into squares.
Warm skillet. Add muster seed and cumin. Sauté in olive oil.
Add turmeric & potatoes. Add salt to taste.
Chop chile, add.
Add tomato sauce.
Once done, squeeze in lemon juice.

bhindi-masala-recipe-turmeric

Bhindi Masala (Okra & Sauce) is great if you want to change up how you eat okra.

I will admit that Bhindi Masala is a bit oily, so feel free to use less oil in your version of this recipe if you’re more health-conscious.

4 Servings.

INDGREDIENTS:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic, chopped or grind
1 bag of frozen okra 12oz or 4 cups of fresh okra, chopped
Dash of black pepper & salt
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon of cumin seed
1/2 teaspoon of coriander
1 tomato sliced

Sautee onion in olive oil. Mix all ingredients into pan. Add 2 oz of water. Cover and cook on medium heat for 20 minutes. Pair your okra masala with roti (bread), paratha or simple rice-dal or rasam.

 

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