A simple DIY teaching how to make turmeric paste (golden paste) using fresh or powdered turmeric, in just 20 minutes - a great way for you to add this super ingredient into your diet daily with little effort!
If using fresh turmeric or ginger, then you’ll need to peel and chop it and blend in a blender till smooth. If using powder, then simply move on to the next step.
Combine the turmeric, ginger, and water in a small saucepan and heat on medium-low. The aim is for a soft simmer throughout (as boiling will affect the nutrients within the turmeric). Simmer for around 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
During this time, the water will reduce, and the paste will thicken.
Remove from the heat and allow it to cool for around to minutes. The mixture needs to be warm, but not hot. Add the freshly ground black pepper and coconut oil. Also, mix in any additional spices at this point.
Stir the mixture well.
Transfer to an airtight glass jar/ container.
How To Store Golden Paste: Store the turmeric paste in an airtight container within the fridge for up to two weeks. Depending on whether you use fresh or powder turmeric, this can vary. Using all dried ingredients can last between 4-5 weeks if stored properly and in the refrigerator.
The paste can also be frozen into individual portions. Simply spoon teaspoon portions onto a piece of parchment paper and freeze, then transfer to a freezer-friendly container/bag.
It’s best to use whole black pepper for this recipe, as the active element in the pepper oxidizes when exposed to light and air. Thus, it degrades over time.
You can omit the pepper if you really can’t stomach it as the fat will help to bind to the turmeric and allow you to absorb it better. However, it won’t be as effective as with pepper, so I advise against this.
This golden paste recipe is very versatile and can be customized. Add more or less fresh or ground ginger to taste. Sprinkle in additional flavors like cinnamon or nutmeg.
You can add honey or maple syrup directly into the paste too. This doesn’t need to be heated, just mix it after the other elements have been heated.
Adjust the thickness of this paste by adding a little extra water or turmeric.
Use low/medium heat, as overheating the turmeric will affect the nutritional benefits.
Turmeric will stain kitchen tools and wooden spoons, etc. You can wash everything immediately, using a baking soda and vinegar/ lemon juice cleanse. However, just be careful about what you use to make the golden paste.