What is turmeric milk?
Hot turmeric milk, also known as haldi ka doodh, is an Indian home remedy. It’s also commonly called nowadays “golden milk” or “golden elixir”. It’s basically 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.
What is turmeric?
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.
Other spices used in the tea
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 as I feel you need in this recipe but use dates or coconut sugar if you prefer.
Turmeric has a beautiful golden color, but you have to be careful when using it as it can stain clothes and counter tops. Turmeric can be bought fresh, in powder or even as a supplement. I personally use all of them but in terms of supplements, I only take them when I have inflammation going on that requires a higher dose of turmeric.
I hope you try and enjoy this turmeric tea. It’s indeed different but surprisingly delicious. I find it to be the perfect cup of tea to enjoy in the afternoon or at night to wind down as it’s nourishing, creamy and comforting. This tea is actually traditionally drunk before bed. This tea is however dairy-free as it uses almond milk, which also have components that help to go to sleep.
- 2 cups almond or coconut milk, homemade or unsweetened
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon local honey (optional)
- In a small saucepan, combine milk and spices together and mix with a whisk to combine.
- Gently heat milk over low-medium heat for about 3 minutes. Do not boil.
- Let it cool for a minute or two then add in honey if you like.
- Serve warm.