Turmeric has been an age-old staple in Indian kitchens. Used not only as a flavouring agent, it is also an important Ayurvedic remedy to boost one’s immunity, heal wounds and as a natural anti-inflammatory compound. Here are 4 ways to check its purity.
3 Easy tests
Add a few drops of concentrated hydrochloric acid to some turmeric in a test tube with some water. Shake the mixture vigorously. If the solution turns pink, the turmeric powder has metanil yellow in it. Metanil yellow is a food dye commonly added to sweets but could cause stomach disorders or even food poisoning in certain individuals.
To some turmeric powder in a test tube, add a few drops of hydrochloric acid. If there is some effervescence/foam, it indicates the presence of chalk powder.
Add a teaspoon of turmeric to a glass of warm water. Leave it for 20 minutes without mixing or stirring it. If the sediment settles at the bottom of the glass with clear water above, the turmeric powder is pure.
So the next time you purchase turmeric, you’ll be sure it’s pure!