Re//Store Kitchen: Turmeric Tonic
Spring is around the corner, I can feel it in my bones, smell it in the air. Everything becomes lighter and to shed of the last remainders of the January/February blues I am sharing my favourite pick-me-up Turmeric Tonic recipe with you. Turmeric was hailed as the superfood last year for good reason, the bioactive substance curcuma in the turmeric root has anti-inflammatory properties, is a great antioxidant and has many more healing properties, too many to mention, but you can read more about them here. I have been starting the day with lemon, ginger and turmeric water for a while now as I remember from my first trip to Bali about 10 years ago. In Bali they are this tonic to drink in the morning and it goes under the name Jamu. It is predominantly herbal medicine made from natural materials, and has a naturopathic approach by seeing food as potential medicine with healing properties.
I never mastered the art like a local and was blown away by Tanita’s ‘Jamu’ from Jamu Kitchen whilst I interviewed her for the Re//Store Sisterhood series (read here). I decide it was time to give my existing Turmeric Morning Tonic a lift and fine-tuned my recipe. Sarah Mac, Manuka Life’s Creative Director absolutely loved it and was begging me to share the recipe. As this isn’t the first request for this recipe share (Neeltje Geurtsen also was very, very keen…) I decided to make this your midweek treat!
I normally make sure I have all the ingredients before the weekend starts as this is something I like to make on the weekend, whilst I am pottering around the house the roots can brew slowly without boiling and then be switched off and left a couple of hours or if making it in the evening I like to leave it overnight. There are many, many different ways to make this Turmeric Tonic so feel free to do more research and play around with the ingredients, YouTube is a saviour these days. Or if you feel you want to learn it all, and make many more healing tonics make sure you don’t miss Jamu Kitchen’s brilliant workshop in Daylesford Organics, Marylebone farmshop on 22nd March!!!
Re//Store Kitchen’s Turmeric Tonic
2 to 3 fresh tamarind, peeled and broken off
2 to 3 cm organic ginger root, grated
2cm piece galangal, peeled and bashed or if possible grated
2 cinnamon sticks
Fresh lemongrass sticks, bashed so they start to release liquid
3 to 4 turmeric roots, grated. Note; wear gloves!!!
Juice of 2 limes
Up to 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey
1. Add all ingredients apart from lime juice and maple to a big pan and bring to simmer, at low heat if you have the time. Just before boiling point switch off the heat and leave to steep as long as you have, up to 12 hours, cover if you leave it long, I normally put a muslin on top.
2. Put the tonic through a strainer into another pan and add the lime and sweetener of choice and bottle. Et voila, your healing tonic is ready to pour. you can enjoy this hot or cold.
Text and photos by Re//Store Kitchen