Turmeric is a healing spice that has been used in India as Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It’s popular in home remedies for colds, cough, congestion, headaches, digestive problems, and it’s also use for skin problems and joint pain.
Hot turmeric milk, also known as haldi ka doodh, is an Indian home remedy. It’s a beverage made from milk, turmeric and spices – it can be easily prepared at home. This beverage helps to reduce inflammation in the body as well as strengths the bones and the immune system.
Turmeric has a beautiful golden color but you have to be careful when using it as it can stain clothes and skin. Turmeric can be bought fresh, in powder or as a supplement. I prefer to get my nutrients from whole foods so I prefer to use fresh turmeric or add ground turmeric powder in my cooking.
Hot turmeric milk, also called golden milk or golden elixir, is a beverage that is becoming trendy in North America. In this recipe, there is also cardamom, cinnamon and black pepper, which really add a nice touch to the milk. Cardamom is another popular spice in India that also helps to strength the immune system. It’s also excellent for digestive health. Cinnamon adds a nice touch of sweetness while helping balance blood sugar. Black pepper helps to increase absorption of turmeric in the body. I also used organic, local honey to sweeten, but feel free to omit it if you prefer to have an unsweetened version.
I highly recommend trying this turmeric milk. It’s something very different and unusual, but it’s surprisingly delicious. It’s very creamy and comforting. It’s traditionally drunk before bed.
Enjoy, and stay healthy and warm this winter!
- 2 cups almond or coconut milk, homemade or unsweetened
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp fresh, grated ginger
- ½ tsp cinnamon (or 1 cinnamon stick)
- ½ tsp cardamom (or 2-3 cardamom pods)
- ⅛ tsp freshly ground black pepper (or 2-3 peppercorn)
- 1 tbsp organic/local honey, optional
- In a small saucepan, combine milk and spices together and mix with a whisk or wooden spatula.
- Gently heat milk over low-medium heat for about 3 minutes. Do not boil.
- Let it cool for a minute or two, then add sweetener if you like.
- Strain milk if necessary.
- Serve warm.