Indians are familiar with the word Turmeric or Haldi (as it is known in India) as this is used in their daily cooking in the powder form. It also has a lot of medicinal properties and cosmetic uses too. It is believed that the regular use of the paste made from the turmeric powder, gram flour and milk cream with a dash of lime on one's skin especially the face makes it very smooth and glowing.
The leaves of this plant are very aromatic. Most people are not aware that the leaves of the turmeric plants are used in the preparation of sweet dish. However, people from the southern region of India especially in villages, are quite familiar with this plant as these are grown in their backyards in almost every homes. In cities however, they can be easily grown in pots.
This turmeric plant is growing in my balcony
A year ago I was given this haldi plant by one of my relatives. I found that this plant grows easily and does not require much care. During the rainy season, it flourishes. But since my garden is limited to my balcony, I have to be satisfied with whatever quantity of leaves it puts forth from the limited space available in the pot to prepare the sweet dish!
|Dried Turmeric Roots|
As this plant is now growing happily in my balcony, I decided to find out more about this aromatic plant and share with you regarding its uses and also on how to grow them.
Another variety of turmeric known as “Ambe Haldi” (in Konkani meaning mango turmeric) is also available and this variety as the name suggests, has the aroma of a mango and is yellowish orange in colour.
This humble ingredient has various benefits. You may find the following links useful.
Watch out for my next post on the sweet dish prepared from this aromatic leaf.