The Turmeric

This Sunday morning was reserved  for  fruits and vegetable shopping from "Star Bazar".  It's almost 9 km from my place, still I love to shop  my vegetable and fruits  from there. The huge quantities and freshness of the stock attracts me and I usually visit every fortnight. Yes, I bring huge stocks, which takes me through comfortably for twelve to fifteen days.
There are many regulars and after few visits , people have started recognizing each other - first an eye contact,  a smile , little conversation - "seen you after a long time, kahin bahar gaye they" or "all well" etc. It has become a place to make friends and too. Recipe exchange and cooking tips adds to knowledge and motivates one to experiment and try new things.

This February, I saw a yellow turmeric in huge quantity. Usually, white turmeric, which looks like ginger is much popular with locals. Yes, I have lived most of my life in north India and has settled in Gujarat now. We do not get raw turmeric in northern states as I have seen here. Actually, I have bought white turmeric a number of times, thinking it's ginger and used to wonder, why gujarati ginger does not have any ginger like smell. :)

During one "recipe exchanged programme" at "Star Bazaar", I came to know that raw turmeric cut in julienne and soaked in lime juice makes a very tasty and healthy accompaniment for meals.









While unpacking my vegetables and fruits at home, I thought of making fresh haldi powder at home.














I sliced the yellow turmeric and I got a plate full of slices.














I microwaved it for 30 minutes in total , in multiples of 10 minutes , three times. The golden yellow colour was awsome. During microwaving the slices, the whole kitchen was filled with sweet raw aroma of turmeric. The aroma of pure spices is awesome.





After a while, when it has cooled down, I grounded the dried microwaved slices of turmeric and became a proud owner of pure,fresh, home made owner of rich golden yellow turmeric with awesome aroma.

I never knew it was so easy to make "pure haldi" at home.

Since I live in an apartment and have sun only in the first half of the day, I need to microwave the slices to dry the fresh turmeric slices. If you have plenty of sun, they can be sun-dried and grounded.

Share your experiences about the process or cooking with this pure haldi. 
Happy cooking and happy spicing!!:)

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