An earthy flavour, also used to add a beautiful yellow colour to dishes. Turmeric is the dried root of the plant Curcuma longa. It is related to and similar in size to ginger. Turmeric's flavor resembles a combination of ginger and pepper. Club House Ground Turmeric is a powerful colouring agent. Used to colour and flavour prepared mustard, pickles, relish, chutneys, and rice dishes as well as butter and cheese. It is also used in spice blends in the Caribbean, India, North Africa, the Middle East, and Indonesia such as curry powder and rendangs. Add 1/4 tsp (5 mL ) to the water when cooking 1 cup (250 mL ) rice, to give a yellow colour. Use in mayonnaise, cream sauces and scrambled eggs for colour.