(Haldi, Curcuma, Kunjit, or Holud)
One of the most common spices in Indian cuisine and even curries, Turmeric has a distinctly earthy, slightly bitter, slightly hot peppery flavor and a mustardy smell.
Growing wild in the forests of South and Southeast Asia, it is also one of the key ingredients in many Asian dishes. It is also use as a coloring and flavoring agent. Typically turmeric is used in its dried, powdered form that is widely available in in supermarkets for cooking. Turmeric powder can be stored in a cool, dark place for around six months. Turmeric is also used fresh, like ginger in numerous Eastern recipes, such as pickle that contains large chunks of soft turmeric.
Turmeric has different name in different countries:
Burmese: Fa nwin
Chinese: Wong geung fun
Indonesian: Kunjit, Kunyit