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How To Make Baked Spiced Turmeric Potatoes, plus the Health Benefits of Turmeric

Updated on January 20, 2017
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Gina is a natural health coach who helps others create a balanced, healthy, fun life and transform their nutrition/lifestyle choices.

Baked spiced  turmeric potatoes
Baked spiced turmeric potatoes | Source

What is Turmeric?

Turmeric is one of the most talked about super-foods.

It's the buzz word in the health world.

Thousands of studies have shown that, in a concentrated-enough dose, the curcumin in turmeric has not only proven to be an effective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, but also shows promise in preventing and even treating something as serious as cancer.

Just a little research with produce many recipes that incorporate turmeric:

I've even used it in many of my recipes, including the curried garbanzo beans.

Turmeric, in my mind, equals anti-inflammatory, and anti-inflammatory equals good for fighting everything from cancer to heart disease to auto-immune conditions. It’s the curcumin, the thing in turmeric that makes it yellow, that is said to make it so powerful for digestion, immunity, joints, cholesterol and more.

More about turmeric

Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow color and flavor. It is widely used in cooking is also used in mustard and to color butter and cheese.

Turmeric has been used in both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine as an anti-inflammatory, to treat digestive and liver problems, skin diseases, and wounds.

Scattered to the wind, it’s a sacred part of Hindu ceremonies.

It has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb.

Recently, science has started to back up what the Indians have known for a long time… it really does contain compounds with medicinal properties.

Google’s Food Trends Report called turmeric a rising star of 2016.


Benefits of Turmeric

  • Turmeric Contains Bioactive Compounds With Powerful Medicinal Properties
  • Curcumin is a Natural Anti-Inflammatory Compound
  • Turmeric Dramatically Increases The Antioxidant Capacity of The Body
  • Curcumin Boosts Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor, Linked to Improved Brain Function and a Lower Risk of Brain Diseases
  • Curcumin Leads to Various Improvements That Should Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease
  • Turmeric Can Help Prevent (And Perhaps Even Treat) Cancer
  • Turmeric can been used to aid in wound healing.
  • Curcumin May be Useful in Preventing and Treating Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Arthritis Patients Respond Very Well to Curcumin Supplementation
  • Studies Show That Curcumin Has Incredible Benefits Against Depression
  • Curcumin May Help Delay Aging and Fight Age-Related Chronic Diseases
  • A study at the UC San Diego found that curcumin may be able to treat some types of retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative group of eye diseases that can lead to blindness. Another study found that it may be helpful in the treatment of macular degeneration.
  • Research has suggested that curcumin may be a powerful tool in the fight against obesity and its related symptoms. Curcumin reduces leptin resistance, lowers insulin resistance, reverses hyperglycemia, reduces inflammation, and activates fat burning gene signals.
  • One of the health benefits of turmeric that is believed to be a natural liver detoxifier. One study found that it may protect against alcohol-induced liver damage as well as damage caused by a high fat diet.
  • Curcumin may protect against the effects of sleep deprivation. A study found that it prevented anxiety, oxidative damage, and other impairment in mice deprived of sleep for 72 hours.

Ingredients for Baked Spiced Turmeric Potatoes

  • 3 pounds golden potatoes, cut into bite sized chunks
  • 2 tbsp. turmeric, powder
  • 1 tsp. basil, chopped
  • 1 tsp. paprika, powder
  • 2 tbsp. garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp. cumin, powder
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger, powder
  • 1 tsp. parsley, chopped
  • 3 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper, (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme, dried or fresh

Prep

Preheat oven to 475 F degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Wash the potatoes well, before cutting them into bite sized chunks.

I keep the skins on, but you are free to peel them, if desired.

Step 1

Cut the potatoes up into bite-sized chunks.
Cut the potatoes up into bite-sized chunks. | Source
Start by slicing the potatoes in half.  Then slice each half down the middle and then cut into chunks.
Start by slicing the potatoes in half. Then slice each half down the middle and then cut into chunks. | Source
Potatoes are cut into chunks and washed well.  I prefer to keep the skins on, but it is entirely up to you.
Potatoes are cut into chunks and washed well. I prefer to keep the skins on, but it is entirely up to you. | Source

Step 2

Use your clean hands or a large spoon to get everything really well coated and covered to ensure that the coconut oil is softened and the herbs and spices distributed throughout.

Potatoes with spices added. Feel free to play around with the amount of the ingredients.  These are not set in stone, and I know some of you may prefer certain spices over others. Just try it, and then make it your own.
Potatoes with spices added. Feel free to play around with the amount of the ingredients. These are not set in stone, and I know some of you may prefer certain spices over others. Just try it, and then make it your own. | Source
Potatoes with herbs and spices evenly distributed throughout.  You can see just how nicely each piece is coated.
Potatoes with herbs and spices evenly distributed throughout. You can see just how nicely each piece is coated. | Source
Spread this mixture on prepared baking sheet, making one single layer of potatoes, and bake 30 to 40 minutes, tossing potatoes with a spatula once halfway through. Serve warm, adding additional salt as/if needed.
Spread this mixture on prepared baking sheet, making one single layer of potatoes, and bake 30 to 40 minutes, tossing potatoes with a spatula once halfway through. Serve warm, adding additional salt as/if needed.
The finished product:  nicely roasted turmeric potatoes. I like to turn or flip the potatoes after about 15 minutes to get them evenly roasted on all sides, but it is not necessary.
The finished product: nicely roasted turmeric potatoes. I like to turn or flip the potatoes after about 15 minutes to get them evenly roasted on all sides, but it is not necessary. | Source
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour 5 min
Yields: Serves 4-6 people

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Golden Turmeric Latte

Golden Turmeric Latté

Courtesy of Café Gratitude

Ingredients:

1/2 oz. honey
1 oz. turmeric
7 oz. almond milk, steamed
1 drop essential oil of black pepper

Instructions:

Add honey and 2 oz. of steamed almond milk to mug and whisk to dissolve. Add turmeric and essential oil of black pepper. Top off with remainder of steamed almond milk. Garnish with a twist of cracked pepper.

Remember:

When steaming milk, use a chilled pitcher whenever possible.

Brave Immunity-Boosting Shot

Brave Immunity-Boosting Shot

Courtesy of Café Gratitude

Ingredients:

1 oz. Lemon Juice
0.5 oz. Ginger Juice
0.5 oz. Turmeric Juice

Top with:

1 drop oil of oregano
Dash cayenne pepper

Turmeric vs. Pharmaceuticals

When examining the research, turmeric benefits go beyond that of these 10 drugs:

  • Anti-inflammatory drugs such as diclofenac, naproxen
  • Anti-depressants such as prozac
  • Chemotherapy
  • Anti-coagulants such as aspirin and warfarin/counadin.
  • Pain killers such as advil and ibuprofen
  • Diabetes drugs such as metformin
  • Arthritis medications
  • Inflammatory bowel disease drugs
  • Cholesterol drugs such as lipitor and plavix
  • Steroids

Health benefits of other herbs, including some used in this recipe

© 2017 Gina Welds Hulse

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      Gina Welds Hulse 5 months ago from Rockledge, Florida

      Hi Fern. Thanks for stopping by. I love roasted potatoes and am always looking for new and interesting ways to make them. Let me know how you like the recipe. By the way...welcome to HubPages!

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      Fern Bailey 5 months ago from Michigan

      Roasted potatoes are one of my favorite side dishes. I have made them many ways and these sound amazing! I cant wait to try them!

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      Shauna L Bowling 9 months ago from Central Florida

      These potatoes look yummy and very healthy. I'll have to try this recipe sometime!

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      Gina Welds Hulse 9 months ago from Rockledge, Florida

      Thanks for visitng, and sharing your thoughts, Chitrangada Sharan. Yes, turmeric is a staple spice in the Indian kitchen. Because of the migration of many Indians to the Caribbean, we also got curry, which has turmeric as a main ingredient. I also love to use curry in cauliflower and other vegetables.

      Let me know how you like the dish.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 9 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Nice recipe , well written and adequately illustrated!

      Turmeric is a regular in Indian kitchens . We use it in pulses or while preparing vegetables.

      You are right about the health benefits of turmeric .

      We usually boil and then shallow fry the potatoes and add salt, spices including turmeric or just fry the potatoes with spices including turmeric.

      I am impressed by your baked potatoe recipe and would love to try this.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      DreamerMeg 9 months ago from Northern Ireland

      I have used turmeric powder for a while but recently found it being sold fresh and now add it grated to dishes. I didn't know about pepper and fat, must make sure I include those too. Thank you for this.

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      Gina Welds Hulse 9 months ago from Rockledge, Florida

      Hi, Audrey. Thanks for stopping by. Happy New Year! Yes, turmeric is only effective when used with black pepper, as well as some kind of fat, like coconut oil, as turmeric is fat soluble.

      Many people are not aware of this. I will amend this to help others understand that black pepper and some fat are required for optimal absorption.

      Thanks for asking that question.

      All the best for the New Year and those to come.

      Blessings.

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      Audrey Hunt 9 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      This is one of my favorite recipes. Love turmeric and sprinkle it on my eggs. I've heard that turmeric is only effective when used with black pepper? Your thoughts?

      Thanks.