How to Make Turmeric Paste

Updated July 18, 2017

Turmeric paste is a thick mixture of turmeric powder and water. The paste is used in food, as a beauty treatment and for medicinal purposes. For consumption, turmeric paste can be used to make an almond butter sandwich spread, mixed with honey for a sweet paste, mixed with liquids to drink for medicinal purposes or as an ingredient in a hot beverage called golden milk. As a beauty treatment, turmeric paste is used for facials, to reduce acne, as a body scrub and for hair removal. Turmeric also has anti-inflammatory properties and has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine, a system of alternative medicine that originated in India more than 2,000 years ago.

Stir together 1/2 cup turmeric powder and 1 cup water in a small saucepan until it is smooth.

Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring frequently.

Reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer until it thickens.

Store paste in a covered container in the refrigerator.


Look for turmeric powder in the supermarket spice aisle. The containers of turmeric sold in the supermarket are relatively small; you may want to shop at an Indian grocery store to find larger packages of turmeric powder.


Turmeric will stain both clothes and skin. The turmeric stain will eventually fade from skin, but will leave a permanent stain on clothing. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not regulate herbal remedies. You should consult your physician before using any herbal remedies.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup turmeric powder
  • 1 cup water
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