Turmeric Yogurt Salad Dressing
THEME: #231 CONDIMENTS MAGIC
RECIPE: TURMERIC YOGURT SALAD DRESSING
Turmeric Yogurt Salad Dressing has flavours of fresh turmeric and ginger infused well into the plain yogurt, making this dressing not only a naturally colourful, but also a very delish one.
What are Condiments?
A condiment is a spice, sauce or any preparation of several ingredients that is generally served with a dish to enhance or compliment the flavour of the dish or food preparation. For example different sauces or gravies are made to enhance the flavour of vegetables, meat, fish, pasta etc. When we make dips, dressings, chutneys, spice blends, they help to compliment a dish for example when we made podi masala to enjoy with rice, idlis, dosa etc. Condiments can also be simple ingredients like salt, pepper powder, chili powder etc.
The reason my topic today is on condiments is because this week’s FoodieMonday Group theme is Creative Condiments. Renu requested that we make a condiment using an ingredient creatively. What may be a common ingredient for me like fresh coriander, mint etc may not be so common for some else in another part of the world. Renu has Hazelnut Chocolate Butter which I’d love to try whenever I get hazelnuts. After all anything with chocolate is a winner with me. I’ve yet to try out her Spicy Vada Pav Chutney whereby she uses boondi (small chickpea fried balls) to make this unusual chutney.
Condiments I Love To Use:
Dressings for Salads:
I mostly prepare them at home. I love the creamy texture of Avocado Dressing, Tahini Yogurt Dressing, or the tangy refreshing flavors of Lime Coriander Vinaigrette, herby taste of Greek Salad Dressing. Lemon Zaatar Dressing goes really well with a couscous, quinoa or any other grain salad.
Whenever I make desserts, I prefer making the fruit sauces to at home. Fruit sauces are very easy to make like the Cherry Compote or Sauce. I love passion fruit sauce with Vanilla ice-cream. Blueberry Sauce or Chocolate Sauce is what I love with pancakes.
Orange Sauce goes very well with stir fried vegetables or roasted ones. I love using passion fruit hot sauce as a base for sandwiches. My all time favorite sauce for pasta besides marinara is mushroom sauce.
Every Indian home will have a green chutney usually made from fresh coriander or mint or both combined and Date Tamarind Chutney in the fridge or freezer as it goes so well almost all the Indian Snacks and Chaats. With dhokla I love to have Garlic and Red Pepper Chutney. An unusual chutney that I made a couple of months back and love it was Archana’s recipe of Ridge Gourd Chutney, yes you read right a ridge gourd chutney.
No party is complete without a dip that is served with starters or appetizers. Mango Salsa, Kiwi and Cucumber Salsa, or a normal Tomato Salsa are so easy to make to serve with tortilla chips, pita chips or even potato chips (crisps). During the hot season, I make Tzatziki to enjoy with a variety of vegetable sticks.
Pickles are usually served with flatbreads or sandwiches. My favorite is Lemon Pickle with theplas, parathas and khichdi and chundo with masala puri.
My home always with have a jar of some homemade Tea Masala. My spice tin will always have freshly made coriander cumin powder. Pumpkin Pie Spice is what I love for my bakes and Spice Latte.
Lets get off the track for a moment:
After a short visit, loads of hugs and kisses, cheerful conversations, laughter and smiles my daughter left for Dubai. Such a sad day for hubby and me. After each visit to the kids or them visiting us, makes us feel even more lonely and so far away. Why has life become so complicated? Where have the days gone when we all lived under the same roof as a huge joint family? Video calls, telephones calls are suppose to make us feel closer but the personal touch is not there.
My Main Ingredient for the Theme:
Winter months in India means that fresh turmeric is available. I’ve been using fresh turmeric in curries, soups, parathas, pickled them in lemon juice and decided to use it for a salad dressing. My daughter insisted that she wanted to have loads of salads and no fried food. That’s how I got the opportunity to make Turmeric Yogurt Dressing. Before you peel, grate or chop fresh turmeric be sure to wear kitchen gloves or even surgical gloves otherwise your hands are going to be stained all yellow.
Turmeric Yogurt Dressing:
I wasn’t sure how fresh grated ginger and turmeric would taste in a yogurt dressing but it was delish. A bit of the dressing was left and I had it after two days with a salad. By then the fresh turmeric and ginger had totally infused into the yogurt making it even more delicious. This dressing pairs well with practically any kind of salad. Cut some vegetables sticks and enjoy it like a dip as the dressing is quite creamy and thick.
- Gluten Free
- Oil free
- For Satvik friendly, avoid adding garlic
TURMERIC YOGURT DRESSING
- 1 cup thick plain yogurt or plain greek yogurt
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 tsp fresh ginger grated
- 2 tsp fresh turmeric grated
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- ½ tsp pepper powder
- If you're using normal plain yogurt, then you will need to remove the excess water.
- Line a colander or big sieve with newspaper. Put a muslin or cotton cloth over it.
- Add yogurt. Cover it with the cloth. Top with a newspaper page.
- Let the excess water drain out of the yogurt.
- Using a spoon, scoop up the thick yogurt from the cloth and add it to a mixing bowl.
- Add the remaining ingredients.
- Mix well and put the dressing in the fridge to chill.
- Serve with your favorite salad.
- Use gloves to peel and grate fresh turmeric.
- If fresh turmeric is not available then you can use ½ tsp turmeric powder.
- If you find the dressing too tangy, you can add 1 tsp honey.
- Whisk or mix the ingredients together, don't blend or process it as it will become watery and thin.
- Remember that whenever you use turmeric you must also add black pepper because piperine helps to slow down the breakdown of curcumin by the liver, making the absorption of curcumin into the blood stream more effective.
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Renu Agrawal Dongre
January 27, 2020 at 7:20 pm
I am drooling here reading your post and the ingredients list. Turmeric, ginger, garlic all healthy ingredients and combined in a yogurt. mmm…Loving this Mayuri Di, I am bookmarking this too try. And this would so well go with all the salad dressings, your daughter must have loved i.t
January 28, 2020 at 7:11 pm
Thank you so much Renu, yes she loved it and also because there is no oil in it. We had the remaining as a dip the next day.
January 28, 2020 at 8:49 am
such a creamy , delicious dip there Mayuri. I love that its GF as well as zero oil. Liking the homemade version of what I would call turmeric mayo 🙂 perfect dressing for salads…
January 28, 2020 at 7:06 pm
Batter Up With Sujata
January 28, 2020 at 5:43 pm
Salad dressing with raw turmeric and ginger sounds delicious and healthy. I would love to try it sometime. I think not only salad dressing but it will be also great as a dip. You are right when kids are grown up and busy in their life we feel so lonely. Hope we can live under one roof again.
January 28, 2020 at 7:06 pm
Thanks Sujata, and the remaining dressing we had the next day as a dip. I don’t know if every that will happen for me, living under the same roof with my kids.
The Girl Next Door
January 29, 2020 at 10:27 am
What a lovely way to use fresh turmeric! Loved the recipe. Would like to try this dressing out with some salad. 🙂
January 29, 2020 at 5:30 pm
Thanks Priya, please do try it.
January 30, 2020 at 4:57 am
Loving this creamy dip with beautiful yellow tinge from fresh turmeric.., I can surely use not only in salads but also in rolls and as dip with pita chips.
January 31, 2020 at 7:14 pm
Thanks Swaty, yes it can be used for anything, easy to make and healthy.
January 30, 2020 at 12:52 pm
So simple yet so delicious! I can imagine how well this would go with salads and as a raita!
January 31, 2020 at 7:11 pm
Thanks Azlin, yes you could add cucumber, boondi or anything and make it into a raita.
January 31, 2020 at 4:22 am
I look for different ways of adding fresh turmeric to our daily diet. This oil free turmeric salad dressing looks so creamy and delicious !
January 31, 2020 at 7:10 pm
Thanks Poonam, please do try it.
February 1, 2020 at 6:55 pm
Turmeric yogurt salad dressing looks very creamy with lovely color di. Flavors of ginger, garlic and use of lemon juice in yogurt with fresh turmeric surely tasted very delicious. I have fresh turmeric at home, love to try this healthy salad dressing di.
February 1, 2020 at 8:06 pm
Thank you Aruna, please do try the recipe.
February 2, 2020 at 11:15 am
Wonderful recipe that is so healthy and easy to make. So innovative dressing . I know how it feels when children leave home . It makes us sad but that’s how life is. We cherish all these memories and move on.
February 3, 2020 at 8:57 pm
Thats so true Preethi, life has to move on. Thanks.
February 2, 2020 at 2:31 pm
This yogurt and turmeric dressing sounds so good. I am sure it tastes delicious and looks so creamy. I would love to try this soon as I love different salad dressing. Home made is always the best.
February 3, 2020 at 8:57 pm
Thank you so much Preethi, please let me know how it turns out for you when you try it.
January 30, 2021 at 6:44 pm
How on earth did I miss this yum salad dressing? I absolutely love the use of turmeric here in this dressing. It will taste just so delicious. I have some turmeric growing in the garden must check it out that way I do not depend on my vendor. Will update you!
January 30, 2021 at 8:06 pm
Thank you so much Archana. I love enjoying the benefits of fresh turmeric in chaas and the dressing.