Healing Foods: Ginger & Turmeric Pickles

Healing Foods: Ginger & Turmeric Pickles

Ginger, turmeric, cardamom and galangal all belong to zingiberaceae or the ginger family. Zingiberaceae, are a family of flowering plants consisting of aromatic perennial herbs with rhizomes. Rhizomes are knobby underground stems that have pungent and flavorful flesh.

5 benefits of spices from the ginger family


In Ayurveda Ginger is known as the “Universal Medicine” and is consumed as a spice and medicine.  It is well known for its usage in digestive and respiratory diseases.

  1. Ginger relieves nausea and vomiting. Therefore it is extremely useful for pregnant women.
  2. It also relieves inflammation and pain experienced in Arthritis.
  3. It can kindle the digestive fire [stimulating HCl] and improve digestion.
  4. Ginger improves circulation in our body and keeps us warm.
  5. It is good remedy for common cold, cough and flu.

You can find high quality ginger powder in the Conscious Health Shop.


Fresh root of turmeric looks like a skinny version of ginger. Turmeric is known to heal the “whole person” and it is good for all three dosha’s [body type].

  1. Turmeric helps digestion, maintains intestinal flora (beneficial bacteria’s), and reduces gas.
  2. Turmeric can be used as an antiseptic for small cuts, wounds and burns.
  3. It helps reduce anxiety and stress.
  4. It purifies the blood, and improves formation of new blood tissue.
  5. Turmeric is well known for its use as a skin tonic.

You can find high quality turmeric powder in the Conscious Health Shop.


Cardamoms are the dried fruits of the perennial herbs. There are two types of cardamom available in the market: green and the black cardamom. It is the third most expensive spice in the world after saffron and vanilla.

  1. Cardamom acts as an expectorant that opens up and cleans congestion in lungs and throat, allowing us to breathe freely.
  2. It also improves circulation and increases blood flow.
  3. Cardamom is one of the safest digestive stimulants. helps relieve intestinal gas and bloating while encouraging good digestion.
  4. Drinking coffee is stressful to the adrenal gland. Therefore adding ginger and cardamom to the coffee will neutralize this effect.
  5. Cardamom can be used for bad breath and gum disorders.

You can find premium cardamom powder in the Conscious Health Shop.

Ginger & Turmeric Pickle Recipe:


1/4 cup of fresh organic ginger, sliced

1/4 cup of fresh organic turmeric, sliced

1 cup of extra virgin olive oil

2 tsp. of Hingvastak

1 tsp. of black mustard seeds

1/2 tsp. of chili powder

2 tsp. of salt

Juice of a  of a lemon


1. Slice ginger and turmeric without removing the skin. [if using organic source)

2. Heat some oil in the pan and add the spices. When the mustard seeds start to pop, turn the burner off. Add the spice mixture with the ginger and turmeric.

3. In a glass jar put the ginger, turmeric, rest of the oil, salt and lemon juice.

4. This can be stored for 2-3 months.


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  1. This sounds like a great condiment and even a good flavor-base for a salad dressing.
    When you say this can be stored for 2-3 months, do you mean refrigerated, or do you mean this is pantry-shelf-stable?
    Thank you!

  2. What is Hingvastak? I cannot find it through a search so need to know what it is and what to use in its place.

  3. Ginger/lemon/raw turmeric/ green chilli pickle.

    my mother use to make this pickle before winter approaches. kept us away from cold and cough.Looked very colourful. here is the recipe if anyone is interested to make.

    6 medium size lemons
    100 gram fresh ginger
    100 gram fresh fresh turmeric
    150 gram fresh green chilli

    cut the above all , sprinkle salt and hing, and leave it for 2 to 3 days to marinate. keep mixing every day. after 3 days, roast one big spoon of mustard and one big spoon of fenugreek seeds, grind them and sprinkle the powder in to the pickle mix well. take two big spoon of oil( mustard oil or sea same oil or pea nut oil or Olive oil) heat it and do the seasoning of mustard seeds and hinge. this should last for 2-3 month. it does not last longer than this. the pickle looks very colourful and healthy too.

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    • You need a very small amount with meals. Such as rice dish etc. 1 ginger or turmeric piece with or before meals.

  5. thank you so much for this recipe! I just made it and i’m super excited to try it! however – i am struggling to see which blog came after this one, so i still don’t know should i leave this prickle in the cupboard or in the fridge! please advise so it doesn’t go to waste 🙂

    Thank you!

  6. I’ve been reading a lot about turmeric’s health benefits and it seems that most of the studies proclaim that it should be consumed along with black pepper to make the Curcumin (the component of Turmeric that provides all the health benefits) more bioavailable to the body. Perhaps the black mustard seed provides the same…. I couldn’t answer that. But for me, I add black pepper to anything that has Turmeric in it.

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