Turmeric is a magical ingredient, it’s a medical ingredient in some countries, mainly because of it’s antifungal and antibacterial properties. It’s actually studied in many researches in relation with kidney and cardiovascular diseases, arthritis, cancer, irritable bowel disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, etc. Also, it apparently is a fantastic facial mask and natural teeth whitener. Finally, it’s also used in spiritual ceremonies around Asia. I mean… it is “THE INGREDIENT” to add to every meal if you want to live a long and healthy life!
Turmeric is looking similar to a ginger root, only smaller. The root is originally from southwest India, often used in the Middle East through Asia countries. If you decide to venture yourself into cutting a root, beware of the strongly colorful properties of it, better use some latex gloves. Also, don’t use your favorite cutting board, it will stain it for a while… Consider yourself warned.
I got myself some bulbs of fresh turmeric and search for a Lebanese dessert I had at the restaurant last week… a curcuma cream. It was super simple cream, turmeric, sugar. Then I’ve checked the internet for turmeric recipes, saw many smoothies with coconut milk, turmeric and sometime kaffir lime or honey. So I’ve made a mix between the cream from the restaurant and the smoothie and it became a “panna cotta de turmeric and honey”, with a topping of those candy ginger slices. It is really good! It’s delicate and so easy to do.
Let’s do this turmeric panna cotta!
Turmeric Pannacotta with Honey
Makes 3 portions
- 500ml coconut milk
- 10g of fresh turmeric cut into 2; equivalent of your small finger size (or 1 tbsp of powder turmeric)
- 2 tbsp white sugar
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 gelatine sheets
- pinch of salt
- candy ginger
- Add the gelatine sheets into cold water
- Bring the coconut milk to simmer
- Add the turmeric, sugar and salt
- Let simmer for 6-7 minutes
- Take off the fire, add the gelatine and mix until dissolved
- Add the cream to ramekin, or small greased pots, covered with plastic wrap
- Let sit in the fridge for minimum 4 hours
- Warm up a bit the outside of the pots to help release the panna cotta into a plate
- Top with the honey and ginger candy
Enjoy this healthy dessert!