Turmeric powder has a vaguely bitter taste that gives the curry and recipes a pungent punch and an aroma similar to mustard seeds. The specialty of Middle Eastern and South Asian cuisines; Turmeric is commonly used to give recipes a golden yellow color; be it savory or sweet dishes. Undoubtedly! Turmeric is one of its kind ingredients, and it’s hard to find a turmeric substitute, but nature surprises us with numerous herbs and spices that can play their role in the absence of turmeric.


How it is made? The hard roots of turmeric are first peeled and then crushed till it turns into a fine powder and becomes soluble.  

Miraculous Medicinal Properties: Turmeric powder itself is used as a substitute for various medicines. It is considered the best first aid. Its healing properties act instantly on wounds, infections, and insect bites.                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Substitutes For Turmeric Powder

Here is the list of the best turmeric substitutes for you;

1.     Saffron


Saffron is an expensive spice, but it’s easily available almost everywhere.  The lengthy harvesting method adds up to the cost of Saffron.  Although, it has a slightly different flavor it comparatively provides a stronger scent. In addition, it provides your recipes with a beautiful yellowish color, exactly like turmeric. Besides, offering competitive flavor; Saffron offers several health benefits such as it improves learning abilities, memory and boosts moods. Most importantly, saffron’s role in medication kills colon cancer cells.

Annatto Seeds


These seeds are produced from achiote trees. Annatto seeds have a comparatively different taste. They are peppery, nutty, and sweet but give out the exact yellow color as turmeric. People around the globe use it as an antioxidant. You can apply annatto directly to burns, infections, and insect bites. In addition, it heals diarrhea, malaria, heartburn, diabetes, and hepatitis.

3.     Yellow Mustard Seeds


Besides offering the yellow tint to your meals, these seeds hold an incredibly strong flavor. They are spicy and sweet at the same time. Due to its strong flavor, I suggest using it in a very small portion. Mustard seeds are full of minerals and vitamins and offer several health benefits. Like, it prevents cancer, treats headaches, improves digestion, and is extremely beneficial for cardiovascular health.

4.     Mace And Smoked Paprika 


Mace is a key ingredient in Indian Cuisines. This ingredient too has strong taste profiles, hence always use it in minimal quantity. Just like others mace also provides several health benefits. It helps in preventing constipation, bloating, and indigestion.

5.     Safflower


 Also, refer to as a cheap but equally effective replica of Saffron; Safflower can act as a great alternative to turmeric. It is an ideal alternative to obtain yellow color in the recipes.

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Hence proven that the unavailability of turmeric is no big deal, and there are plenty of spices and herbs around that can substitute turmeric powder. They are equally flavourful and beneficial as turmeric. Furthermore, they are easily available. 🙂

So give any of the substitutes a try, when next time you run out of turmeric in the middle of a recipe.