Turmeric Detox Broth- a naturally healing, soothing and comforting, Ayurvedic soup that is highly customizable to your needs. Vegan and GF adaptable!
Remember the pure open sky of your own true nature.
~Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation~
Happy New Year! Here’s a quick and healing recipe to help start off this beautiful New Year in a fresh and vibrant way – Turmeric Detox Broth! Healthy and cleansing, turmeric is soothing and healing, full of powerful antioxidants and inflammation fighters that aid and restore the liver, giving it a little help. The best part is… all the ways you can customize the broth! Watch the quick video to see my very favorite version!
How to Make Turmeric Broth!
(Watch the video to see my favorite version.)
The Turmeric Detox Broth is a delicious base, or “jumping off point” to whichever direction you want to take it. Keep it vegan by adding noodles, greens and legumes, or add leftover chicken, rice and spinach. It’s pretty fool-proof once you have the nutritious fragrant broth made, which takes about 15- 20 minutes. When its done, it’s rich and flavorful and just slightly spicy, which of course you can elevate or minimize. I always feel like I’m giving my body such a gift when I make this.
It’s perfect when feeling under the weather- soothes the tummy, clears the sinuses, helps with muscle aches and fatigue, and even soothes headaches!
Turmeric, whether it’s fresh or ground, seems to be what I turn to each New Year, to help restore myself. It’s used in Ayurveda to calm, sooth and basically aid the body in balancing and healing itself.
And maybe it’s because this is the time of year I want to put an end to all the indulging from the holidays, and do something good and healthy for my body. This may not be right for everyone, but I like do this Simple 7 Day Detox to help myself get back the right track. If you are interested in doing it or knowing more about it…. it just sign up below the post.
Make the fragrant detoxing Turmeric broth, then make the soup your own. This one meal can easily be made in 30 minutes or less!
Today I felt like slurping so I added rice noodles, chickpeas and kale.
Last week (above) I added lentils, basmati rice and chickpeas….a sort of “Middle Eastern Minestrone” ( see below). The time before that I added leftover Thanksgiving turkey, dill and quinoa, and before that, I dropped some orzo and little meatballs into the flavorful broth until they began to float.
Seriously, it’s pretty hard to mess this up.
Go through your fridge and cupboards and use what you have. Use leftovers. If you have dry beans, pre-soak them over night for faster cooking and easier digestibility.
To keep the soup brothy take care not to add too much pasta, beans or rice or other things that swell, or you will end up with a stew vs. soup – which is not necessarily a bad thing. Also be mindful of cooking times. For example, basmati rice and small lentils cook at about the same rate. But pasta and un-soaked dried chickpeas do not. So be sensible and thoughtful about this and you won’t go wrong.
It starts with a large, heavy bottomed, dutch oven or pot to make the Turmeric Detox Broth. You can always make the broth ahead and refrigerate and have it on hand during the week.
Saute onion, ginger and garlic and the turmeric — either freshly grated turmeric or ground turmeric ( I use both!) Add the rest of the spices, salt, stock, water and a bit of lemon or lime. At this point you will have a delicious tasting broth- a great base for your own creations.
Bring to a simmer. It’s done!
Now it’s time to have fun.
Add pre-soaked (or canned) beans or lentils. Or use another form of protein like cooked chicken, turkey, or meatballs. Then choose a starch: noodles, rice, quinoa, or orzo. Then pick an herb or a green. I find that parsley, cilantro, mint and dill all work well with turmeric, but be playful and try something new if you want.
For extra anti-oxidants and nutrients, add a couple handfuls of chopped spinach, arugula or kale or other veggies like cauliflower!
As this New Year begins, I find myself asking the serious questions again. 😉
What am I here to learn? What is my “purpose?” What am I here to do? A few years back, while being led in a meditation, I was directed to ask my “deepest self” these questions. One word came to the surface. I actually gasped because it seemed so ridiculous. SING? My first thought was…I don’t sing! That can’t be right. But it was clear as a bell.
And then I conveniently forgot all about it. 🙂 Haha.
Until recently, when a strange thing happened. My elderly father fell and broke his hip. He also has dementia and the combination has been tragic. Before the broken hip, even though he lost his memory, he was relatively “stable” – content and at peace. His memory loss changed him into this sweet, childlike being, dissolving away his “dark side” and for the past 6 or 7 years, we’ve had time together, allowing me the opportunity to work out all my “issues” with him. It actually has been a very healing experience.
But after the hip surgery, everything changed. There are days when he became really miserable. Inconsolable. Depressed. Ready to leave this world. And in these moments, I felt so helpless. It’s so hard seeing someone you love suffer when nothing helps.
So out of pure desperation, I began to sing to him. My voice shaky, timing off, notes blurred, words often made up, but somehow….it soothed him. It soothed both of us.
I still don’t know what my purpose is. Or what I’m supposed to learn. Or what it is that I’m supposed to do here in this life. Maybe it’s as simple as just being with the suffering of another human being, and singing, when words no longer mean anything.
Wow….this is depressing! Sorry. How do I segue way into wishing you all a Happy New Year?
It’s life, I guess. Real.
Cheers and Love,
PS for the rest of the story about my dad… go here.Print
Turmeric Detox Broth
Turmeric Detox Broth- a naturally healing, soothing and comforting, Ayurvedic soup that is very customizable to your needs. Vegan and GF adaptable!
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 15 mins
- Total Time: 25 mins
- Yield: 6
- Category: Vegan, Soup, detox, Gluten Free
- Method: Stove top
- Cuisine: Soup
FLAVORFUL TURMERIC BROTH
- 1-2 tablespoons olive oil ( or ghee)
- 1 onion- diced
- 1 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated or finely minced
- 4-5 garlic cloves- grated or finely minced
- 1-2 teaspoons turmeric powder (or 2-3 teaspoons fresh turmeric, finely grated – or a little of both, see notes)
- ¼ teaspoon mustard seed (optional)
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- ¾ – 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups water
- 4 cups veggie or chicken stock
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne, or more to taste
- Squeeze of lime juice or lemon juice ( to taste) or 1-2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar ( to taste)
Other Soup Options:
Middle Eastern “Minestrone”
- ½ cup basmati rice (dry) or pasta, quinoa (or 1 1/2 cup cooked)
- ½ cup little dry lentils (or 1 cup cooked)
- 1 cup cooked garbanzo beans (or canned, drained)
- 1 can diced fire roasted tomatoes ( or use 1-2 cups fresh, diced tomatoes)
- season with lime and salt to taste, a drizzle of olive oil and fresh cilantro leaves
Chickpea Cauliflower Kale Noodle
- 1- 2 cups cooked chickpeas (or chicken)
- 4 ounces dry noodles ( rice noodles are good)
- 1-2 cups chopped cauliflower ( optional)
- 2 large handfuls chopped kale
- squeeze of lime
Garnish with fresh herbs: cilantro, scallions, dill, serve with lime and drizzle of olive oil.
Other optional additions: carrots, celery, fennel, broccoli, celery root, cauliflower, tomatoes, bell pepper, greens and to make it creamy, add coconut milk if you like!!!
- In a large heavy bottom pot or dutch oven, saute onion in 1-2 T olive oil over medium heat for 5 minutes until fragrant and golden. Add ginger, garlic, and fresh turmeric and saute 2-3 minutes until eh garlic is fragrant and golden. Add the mustard seeds, cumin, coriander, and optional turmeric power and saute 1-2 more minutes.
- Add water, stock and salt. Bring to a simmer. Add vinegar or citrus. (I like a squeeze of lime) Taste. Adjust salt, lime and spice level to your liking. At this point you will have a flavorful base to add what you like. You can also refrigerate or freeze this in batches for later use.
- Remember uncooked pasta and beans will double or triple in size, so add moderately ( 4 ounces dry pasta)
- Remember to think and be sensible about cooking times for each ingredient you add. (see notes in post )
NOTES: If you are cooking the broth for any length of time, uncovered, remember it will reduce –intensifying the flavor and salt –so you may need to add more water, to dilute the intensity. Dilute the broth to your own taste.
- Using ground turmeric gives the soup this lighter golden color you see in the photographs. Fresh grated turmeric gives the broth a deeper color, but incredible flavor. Often I’ll use a little of both (because I like color AND flavor!). Up to you. 😉 If you are new to turmeric, start conservatively, it has a very distinct flavor, that may be an acquired taste for some.
- A small drizzle of olive oil ( melted ghee or coconut oil) over the soup helps the nutrients in turmeric to bind and more easily absorb into the body. You can also add coconut milk for a creamy version.
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