Even though the most turmeric in India is grown in Erode in Tamilnadu, Sangli in Maharashtra is the second largest trading post for haldi / turmeric after Hyderabad .Large quantities of dried turmeric passes through on its way around the world.
There are two types of haldi grown in Maharashtra . One is a bright yellow with a hard rhizome called "Lokhandi" ( lokhand meaning iron) and the other is a soft rhizome with a lighter colour. called "gadvi"
The fresh turmeric has a lovely piquant taste and when cut looks so much like carrot. It has a great flavour ..like nothing else, least of all the spice powder we all know!
I make just enough for one or two meals. A nice accompaniment to any meal, Indian or continental.
2 " fat piece of fresh turmeric / haldi
Juice of 1 lime
1 green chilli, minced
Julienne the haldi into very fine strips. Add the lime juice and green chilli and mix well. Store in the fridge. It will last for at least a week.
Serve with vegetables or chicken.