Turmeric Pickle Recipe : Fantastic Taste with Amazing Benefits

I recently wrote about a “turmeric bomb” recipe which included all the right ingredients needed for turmeric absoption.

Well here is another blockbuster!

This is something by which you can replace golden paste (I know a bold statement, but its true.)

This one is straight from my Mom’s recipe book. Thanks mom!

Turmeric pickle has been integral part of our diet like forever.

When my mom used to cook it around 20 years ago it was so unique (remember there was no internet then) that everyone who used to visit us wanted to know how to prepare it and meanwhile also took a box full with himself 🙂

Okay, back to present.

What do I like about this recipe?

I believe it is of the same category in terms of benefits as Golden Paste. Why? Here are my reasons:

Firstly, it is made using raw turmeric. Now the processing of turmeric into a powder does take away some of its constituents. Thus raw turmeric is indeed the “best package” if you are looking for turmeric benefits.

Secondly, when you use raw turmeric you eliminate the processing cycle of making powder. That means you also eliminate things which can go wrong there like adulteration, irradiation, additives, artificial colour, etc.

Thirdly, it is very cheap to get raw turmeric than say getting powder or capsules.

Fourthly, one of the key issues with raw turmeric is that it cannot be preserved for a long period as you can do with powder. But the good news is – turmeric pickle can last for months. The last batch I got from my mom lasted 3 months ago (would have lasted more but there was nothing left in the jar :p)

Lastly, you can grow turmeric in your backyard and then make this paste! (nothing can be better!)

So, let’s dive into the recipe

List of ingredients

What we need:

Raw turmeric – 1 kg. Get organic turmeric or just grow in your backyard!

Oil (coconut, olive, or any other healthy oil): 150-300 gms [I will explain why there is a range here]. In India, we use mustard oil a lot for making pickle.

Fennel (spice) : 1-2 tsp [based on taste] – fennel is essential part of Indian cuisine. Its aroma is superb. It is great anti-oxidant and known to be good for the immune system.

Brown Mustard seeds: 1-2 tsp [based on taste] – mustard seeds are known to be good anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer.

Salt, red chili powder [according to taste]

How to make Turmeric Pickle

It’s very simple. Here are the steps:

Step 1: Take raw turmeric. Peel it with soft hands. Then wash it thoroughly.

Step 2: Let it dry under a fan. By drying, we ONLY want to remove the extra water which has been added because of washing.

Step 3: Grate it into small pieces. Typically 1-2 cm long. You can check the picture below to get the idea.

Step 4: Put your preferred oil in a pan, put mustard seeds. Heat the oil till the mustard seeds turn black

Step 5: Add the dried turmeric and mix it well. Add fennel and some salt based on taste.

Step 6: Indian dishes are spicy and we add red chili powder too. You can skip this if you do not want.

Step 7: Keep mixing it on mild gas for 5-7 min.

Step 8: Allow to cool and then store in a glass jar

Your pickle is ready!!!!

Okay, so why I gave a range for the oil? If you want to preserve pickle for a long time (for months) it needs to be immersed in oil. In that case, you use 300-350 ml oil.

But in case you are preparing in small quantity then you can add a small amount of oil and then keep the pickle in the fridge. It works well for a month.

turmeric pickle recipe

What about the absorption of turmeric in the pickle

Turmeric pickle already has enough fats to ensure it is absorbed well.

But you can always sprinkle freshly grounded black pepper over it while serving.

I tried it and it did not taste bad at all.

So should I make the golden paste or turmeric pickle?

Good question.

As you can see both are awesome!

Taste wise turmeric pickle will taste better also it uses raw turmeric – which is hard to use while makingthe golden paste.

So, if you plan to use raw turmeric – pickle is a great choice. It has everything needed to get turmeric benefits + tastes yummy too.

How much turmeric pickle can I eat?

As we are using raw turmeric and not the powder you can easily include 10-15 gms of turmeric pickle. The great thing is as it is “pickle” you will actually make it part of your diet.

It is an integral part of lunch and dinner of so many people in India. I am sure after you make this one, it will become at your house too

So what are you waiting for, try it today!

Do let me know what do you think bout it through comments below

About the Author

Shruti (BE Biotech. & PGD Clinical Research)

Turmeric for Health's writer team consists of passionate writers from the fields of biotechnology, pharmacy, nutrition, Ayurveda & microbiology.Our writers are highly qualified with many having Ph.D., M.Tech & MSc degrees while others having B.Tech, BSc, B.Pharm. Our differentiation lies in researching and presenting ONLY FACTUAL SCIENTIFIC information. We spend 10s of hours to write a single article. Info of our articles is sourced from reliable scientific sources which are also provided as a link alongside for readers to refer if they want. You can read more about our team in the " About us" section.

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17 Comments

    1. Liquid turmeric or turmeric extract can be taken as per the dose recommended by the doctor or as mentioned by the manufacturer. The dosage is generally 1/4 tsp. You can include it in your tea or juices or smoothies.

  1. Can you just use the root in a blender with fruit and veggies to drink, and how much should you consume far health benefits.

    1. Yes you can juice the turmeric root after cleaning and peeling it. There is no definite dose as such but 1-3g daily should be fine. Another optimized way for taking turmeric to reap health benefits is Golden Paste. This ensures better absorption of curcumin in body. You can start with 1/2 to 1 teaspoon and increase the dose as to how it suits you. You can add it to your juice. https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste

  2. So, you are saying that using powdered tumeric takes away from some of the health benefits as opposed to using raw tumeric? If you were to get freeze dried raw organic tumeric, then you could keep the tumeric indefinitely and also have all of the health benefits?

    1. Freezing fresh turmeric is a good way of storing it, but freezing dried turmeric is as good as turmeric powder since it has lost most of its volatile oils like the powder.

  3. you said it was easy to grow
    where can I get seed to grow it and how long does it take to grow
    I live in newfoundland canada and I can grow sweet potato in my green house so maybe I will be able to grow turmeric

    1. Hi Gaby, you don’t generally grow it from seed.. you buy the rhizomes or get them to sprout yourself from fresh ones. Usually find in ebay.. doesn’t matter if not organic, as yours grow and you don’t use pesticides etc.. it will be good enough. Definitely need a greenhouse… Search for Turmeric Root for growing.

    1. I peel ginger with the edge of a teaspoon , i will try peeling turmeric the same way. Will try this great pickle recipe! Im not one for processed powders and tinctures.

      1. I don’t peel my ginger or my turmeric. Should I really do that? I always read that most of the nutrients are in the peel of a food. Can anyone point to scientific evidence that the peels of those two are bad to eat? Thank you!!

        1. Hi. There is no evidence as such that suggest peels are better; neither do they point out that it is unsafe. As long as you thoroughly clean the roots, it is fine to consume with peels.

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