Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Guess guess...Not any longer...:)

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It is ginger in the above picture. No prizes for guessing that. :)
But do you know the two rhizomes in the following picture? Both are from the same family as ginger, but are still very different.

I am sure, you would have recognised them, had you seen them dried and powdered. Ooops...was that a clue? ;-)

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Ok Guys, it's time to publish the answers. The orange-yellow rhizome in the picture is Fresh Turmeric (Oli Halad in Marathi). The white one, which can be easily mistaken for ginger is Mango Ginger or Curcuma Amada (Ambehalad in Marathi). Although the botanical as well as the name in Marathi have the word 'turmeric' in it, this rhizome has nothing to do with turmeric because it does not have the colour-lending 'curcumin' in it. It is from the ginger family and gives out the smell of unripe mangoes when cut or crushed. That's why the names.

Both rhizomes are often used in pickles. However, what I made with them is a chutney, the recipe for which you'll find in this post.

I would like to send this post as well as the one containing the recipe to Kalyn's Weekend Herb Blogging #61. Hope she finds them interesting.

47 comments:

Nabeela said...

is that arvi also called taro root?

Anonymous said...

turmeric?

Anonymous said...

Zoya here...I've been an anonymous reader of your blog and I absolutely love it. Thank you very much. I too am in Pune. Now about the guessing game...its turmeric, isn't it ? :)

Sneha said...

as far as i know the yellow one is called halder (turmeric) in gujarati and the whitish one is called amba-halder( dont know the hindi/english name). :-)

we make fresh pickle/salad from halder and ambahalder and add salt and lemon and green chillies. it tastes very nice and is iron-rich.

Anita said...

The orange rhizome is surely turmeric...
then you have me...does not look like galangal...but Sneha seems to know what that is as well!

Lakshmik said...

Yes, it is turmeric.

Sia's corner said...

its turmaric vaishali:) i think i'm right in guessing it coz i used to use it for facilas back at home:)
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Linda said...

Turmeric and galangal? They look so young and appetizing... what are you going to make with them hmmhmmhmm? :)

Vaishali said...

Ok, fine, the orange rhizome is fresh turmeric, but what is the other one? The white one? And no, it's not Galangal.

Suma's Musings said...
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Suma's Musings said...

I think the other rhizome in the picture is known as Kooka or Kooka. In south Kanara we call it Kooka.

Jayashree said...

Is it mango-ginger??? Called manga ingi in malayalam.

Priya S&S said...

Turmeric ??

We grow this at my home back in India, but the roots are a little thinner. The extreme left one in the pic looks fat, so Iam really not sure.

Anonymous said...

The second one, is it mango ginger ie mangaingi. We make pickle out of it or just eat it raw in a salad. It tastes great, miss it very much.

The first one is turmeric.

Usha
Cooking Memoir

Anonymous said...

It is Turmeric

Ashwini said...

Ok I am just going to throw my lot in with the rest - ambe halad?
Come on out with it

Anonymous said...

Is the yellow one one ambe-halad?

-S

Krithika said...

Turmeric and Mango-ginger (aka Manga-ingi in Tamil)

Anonymous said...

First one is turmeric and the second is Mangaingi.

Hyderabadi's said...

first is yellow turmeric and probably the second one would be white turmeric

Meeta said...

Still playing guessing games V?
My guess is Turmeric and in Hindi it's called Arbi I think. My mum made it with a lot of chaat paat masala.

How have you been?

Anonymous said...

halad (turmeric) and ambehalad

- Rajasi

Manju said...

It is ambe-halad. I used to make it's picke when I was in Mumbai.

Mythili said...

Turmeric and I-don't-know-please-tell-me-the-name-of-the-second-one.

Cheers,
Mythili

Manasi said...
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Manasi said...

Aga, hi oli halad ahe na, ambe halad? looks like that to me...we use it in pickles, face packs. the second is ginger.... :D

Anupama said...

Vaishali,
Everyone seems to know that the yellow onw is fresh turmeric. Is the secong one fresh Arrowroot? or is it Alkudi. I don't know the english name.

Nandita said...

the first one is halad (turmeric) and second is a cross between turmeric and ginger - used in pickles. Vaish has started roaming the Indian markets i must say!

rooma said...

The first one is turmeric and the other one is mango ginger..... right???? We make a pickel - amba harad from it.....

Asha said...

I think it is called Galagal, Vaishali.May be it is a fresh turmeric by looking at the color.

Thanks for visiting me and have agreat weekend swetheart.I know I am typing fast,pardon my typos,we will leave in few hrs:))

Vaishali said...

Thank you All for participating. You Guys are lovely...and knowledgeble too. To be honest, I would have hardly managed to guess these about three years back. I mean, I didn't even know that they were available in their fresh form.
Kudos to you Fellas!

Priya, the fat one too is turmeric. Maybe grown large with fertilizers? I hope not. :)

Meeta, I am doing fine. Sorry, I have not managed to write to you in a long time. I must do it before you forget me altogether. :)

Mythili, humorous as usual. :)

rp said...

Hmmmmm....
I wanted to guess...
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Well it's a sanjeevani for Vicco Turmaric Ayurvedic Cream. REmember their Advt.

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The correct English name of mango ginger is Zedoary.

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