Why combine turmeric and ginger?
Their association will reinforce their beneficial effects by creating a synergy between their different properties. Here is why it is interesting to consume these two spices together:
- Anti-inflammatory properties : each has different active compounds with anti-inflammatory effects: curcumin and gingerol. By combining them, we obtain a more powerful and complementary action against inflammation.
- Antioxidant effects : they are also rich in antioxidants, which protect our cells against damage caused by free radicals. By consuming them together, we benefit from an increased intake of antioxidants, thus promoting the prevention of premature aging and certain chronic diseases.
- Immune System Support : Spices known for their ability to boost the immune system. By combining them, you strengthen your body’s defenses, to better fight against infections and diseases.
- Improved digestion : they aid digestion by stimulating bile production and reducing bloating and flatulence. Here again, their association makes it possible to optimize these beneficial effects for the digestive system.
- Complementary flavors : how not to highlight the taste plan? the two spices blend perfectly: the turmeric brings a slightly bitter and spicy touch, while the ginger offers a warm and spicy flavor. Together, they enhance dishes and drinks while bringing an exotic and tasty note.
How to consume ginger and turmeric?
In infusion / herbal tea
One of the easiest ways to consume turmeric and ginger together is to make an infusion. Here is how to proceed to make an infusion that is as tasty as it is beneficial to your health:
- Preparing the ingredients: if you are using fresh turmeric and ginger, peel them and grate them finely. If you opt for the powder, measure out half a teaspoon of each spice.
- Bring 250 ml of water to the boil in a saucepan.
- Add the turmeric and ginger to the hot water, then steep for 5-10 minutes. The longer the infusion, the more the flavors and benefits will be concentrated.
- Pour the infusion through a fine strainer or a tea strainer to remove the spice residue. Serve in a cup.
- To improve the absorption of curcumin, add a pinch of ground black pepper to your tea. The piperine contained in pepper increases the bioavailability of curcumin.
- If desired, add honey, agave syrup or lemon juice to sweeten and enhance the flavor of your drink.
This turmeric and ginger infusion can be consumed daily, hot or cold, to enjoy its health benefits.
Turmeric and ginger are versatile spices that go well with many foods and culinary preparations. Here are some ideas for incorporating them into your dishes:
- Marinades: Mix powdered or fresh turmeric and ginger with olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice and herbs to create a flavorful marinade for meats, fish and vegetables.
- Rice and legumes: add a pinch of turmeric and ginger powder to your rice, quinoa, lentil or chickpea preparations to enhance their taste and give them a nice golden color.
- Sautéed and pan-fried: add grated or powdered turmeric and ginger to your vegetable, meat or tofu stir-fries to give them a spicy and exotic note.
- Soups and soups: add turmeric and ginger to your soups, soups and veloutés for a touch of heat and spiciness.
- Sauces and condiments: Make sauces and condiments using turmeric and ginger, such as salad dressing, yogurt sauce, chutney, or pesto.
- Pastries and desserts: add a touch of turmeric and ginger powder to your recipes for cakes, cookies, creams and other desserts for an original and subtle flavor.
In cooking, it is preferable to use these spices in moderation to avoid an overly pronounced flavor (and to take advantage of their benefits without excess…).
In your smoothies and fresh juices
By incorporating turmeric and ginger into your juices and smoothies, you get a nutritious and tasty drink that provides you with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and support for your immune system 😉 Here are some tips for creating healthy and tasty drinks:
- Choose fresh, organic turmeric and ginger for more intense flavor and increased benefits. Peel and grate the rhizomes before adding them to your preparation.
- Compose your juice or smoothie with a variety of fruits and vegetables for a balance of flavors and nutrients. Turmeric and ginger pair well with ingredients such as spinach, carrots, apples, oranges, pineapple, bananas, and berries.
- Add a small amount of grated or powdered turmeric and ginger to your juice or smoothie. Start with a small teaspoon of each spice, then adjust according to your taste and the size of your drink.
- Blend your drink until smooth and consistent. If you use fresh spices, make sure they are well incorporated and distributed in the preparation.
- Adapt your juice or smoothie to your preferences by adding extra nutrients: protein powder, seeds, nuts or extra spices. You can also adjust the texture by adding ice, yogurt, milk or water.