It is the root of a plant, which is boiled and powdered. It adds colour and flavour to the curries. This spice reduces fat, purifies and helps circulate blood, enhances body colour and is an effective antiseptic.
During the past few decades, the West has woken up to the excellent health qualities of yoghurt, but in India, yoghurt has been used for thousands of years on food and as a meat tenderiser. It helps lower cholesterol, prevents common digestive tract ailments, reduces hypertension and enhances the immune system.