The jams, marmalades, & chutneys are wonderful to make yet sometimes I crave something with some real spice, something savory, something that has absolutely nothing to do with sugary goodness. Maybe this happens at the changing of the seasons, perhaps this comes about from recently downing lots of fresh juice & doing more yoga than usual. Who can say? All I know is that I have been absolutely transfixed by a recipe that is absurdly easy & lends itself to dinners & lunches of all sorts. Herewith, please find my delicious pickled turmeric. BUT (because there's almost always a 'but'...) PLEASE NOTE:
If you have never worked with fresh turmeric before, be forewarned: it stains everything it comes into contact with a brilliant saffron yellow. If yellow is your favorite color, not a problem! If, on the other hand, you've decided to embrace Spring & happen to be wearing something ephemeral & white, well, you just may want to reconsider your kitchen attire.
1 cup fresh turmeric, peeled & shredded
3/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 T salt
2 T sugar (I used coconut sugar, altho' cane, white, or brown is fine)
2 T coconut oil
1 T mustard seed
2 whole dried chile de arbol
1 pint sized mason jar
In a pint jar, add shredded turmeric, lime juice, sugar, & salt. Shake to combine. In a small skillet heat coconut oil over medium high heat. Add mustard seeds & chiles. Shaking the pan to combine, heat until seeds begin to make a popping sound. Immediately remove the mixture from the pan to a cooling dish. Once cooled, add mustard-chile oil to mason jar. Once again shaking to combine. Chill for 3 days, shaking each day to combine.
Serve slightly warmed to thin coconut oil, as a condiment with rice, and pretty much anything else!