Turmeric jamu


Jamu sellers have been championing turmeric’s health-giving properties for generations, long before the West caught on. This tonic is light, refreshing and my favourite start to a day.


  • 100 g ( oz) turmeric
  • thumb of ginger
  • juice of a lime
  • 2 tablespoons honey


Scrub the turmeric and ginger clean (no need to peel) and roughly chop. Blitz to a puree in a high-speed blender with a little water. Scrape into a pan with 750 ml (3 cups) water, bring slowly to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes.

Remove from the heat and add the lime juice. Strain through a fine sieve, pressing the pulp to extract all the juice. Sweeten with honey and chill before serving.