Fresh Turmeric is available during Pongal festival. I came to know that fresh turmeric can be used to prepare pickle only after I started blogging. Last year I prepared pickle and this year I prepared thokku with this fresh turmeric. Turmeric is a root and it is related to ginger. The cleaning process is the major part in preparing it for any recipe. As this is the root, it will be fully encrusted in mud. And there will be lots of tiny roots dangling from the turmeric.
First remove the individual turmeric pieces from the kothu. Remove the tiny but strong roots with a sharp knife.
Wash it twice or thrice to completely get rid of the mud.
With a knife scrape the skin completely.
Cut the scraped turmeric into small pieces and use it in the recipe.