Turmeric has many medicinal properties. It is our good fortune that Indian Cooking uses turmeric in almost all it's preparations.
Generally dry and powdered turmeric is used in everyday cooking, but you will surprised how tasty and healthy the fresh turmeric can be when cooked.
The vegetable markets are filled with the fresh turmeric during the months of September, October and making this relish is a good way of eating them.
Fresh Turmeric !!!
Fresh Turmeric Relish:
Preparation time : 15 minutes
Cooking time : 30 to 40 minutes
Storage : Store in a clean and dry glass jar. Keeps good for atleast 2 months when refrigerated.
2 firm tomatoes ( deseeded and chopped)
4 green chillies ( finely chopped)
1 large turmeric root ( finely chopped and parboiled)
15-20 curry leaves ( you can roughly break them with hands)
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds or powder
1/2 teaspoon fenugreek powder/ Methi powder
2 to 3 dry red chillies
2 tablespoon sesame oil or mustard oil
Salt to taste
1. In a medium size pan, heat oil and temper with mustard seeds , curryleaves and red chillies.
2. Add the chopped green chillies, tomatoes and saute' them for 5 to 7 minutes till the tomatoes become mushy .
3. Add the parboiled turmeric , mix and let it simmer for 10 minutes covered. Occasionally keep stirring and also lightly softening/mashing the turmeric with the ladle.
4. Open the lid and let the pickle cook in low flame till the time the oil seperates on the sides will take another 10 minutes approximately.
Your pickle is ready . Once cool, transfer the pickle to an airtight container. Store in a cool, dark place or refrigerated. Use a clean, dry spoon each time you use the pickle.
How get children eat this pickle :
Though turmeric is full of goodness, not all of us like the flavour. However when added to food in a few interesting ways, even children enjoy without any fuss. Here are a few ways I have been using the pickle.
1. I add a teaspoon or two of this pickle/relish to a 250 ml of whipped and slightly diluted curd. A flavourful healthy raita is ready to go along with your Flavoured rice or Biryani.
2. I also use a teaspoon of this pickle while making 'Godsu' for Pongal as the masala . It is so handy and the godsu is ready in minutes.
3. You can also add 1/2 teaspoon of the relish while making sambar.
4. Adding the relish while making spinach gravies, elevates the taste.
If you have some interesting ideas to use this relish , do share the same with me. Will add it to this list.