Turmeric is a very special spice with amazing medicinal properties, and is one that can be added to all sorts of dishes. Here we add it to Ginger and Mandarin to make an exciting tea for relaxing afternoons.
In order to increase turmeric absorption in the body, we add a little bit of fat to the tea, such as a a little of ghee or coconut oil. Alternatively, a little black pepper can be added as it contains piperine which aids the absorption of turmeric’s curcumin.
Be mindful when handling the turmeric as it stains easily – clothes, cutting boards, kitchen tops, fingers.
Ginger Root and Turmeric Tea with Dried Mandarin Peel and Pomegranate Honey
2.5 – 3 cups boiling water
2.5 cm fresh turmeric root, peeled and grated or thinly sliced
2 cm ginger root, peeled and grated or thinly sliced
a pinch of freshly ground black pepper
4 – 5 cm piece dried or fresh mandarin peel
2 curry leaves (optional)
pomegranate honey to sweeten, or use raw sugar
0.5 tspn ghee or coconut oil
Place the ingredients in a large teapot with the boiling water. Allow to seep for 5 mins. Pour.
The same ingredients can be used for another round of cups of tea – simply add more boiling water to the teapot and seep again.
Add half a Cinnamon Stick , a couple of cloves or several crushed cardamom pods.
Add a few Tulsi leaves if you have them fresh.
Replace the mandarin with 2 or 3 halved cumquats.