Recently a friend of mine from New York was telling me how so many of her colleagues were raving about this new alternative to coffee that they have switched to known as “Golden milk” or “Turmeric latte”. This turmeric latte or golden milk is just the regular “haldi doodh” (that our grandparents and parents have been giving us – to fight a cold or viral fever) with a twist. Instead of the regular milk, some recipes suggest to prepare the same in almond milk, coconut milk or cashew milk.
In a report on food trends in the US, Google singled out turmeric’s ascent after searches for the spice increased by 56% from November 2015 to January 2016. And “golden milk” is among the top online searches associated with the spice. Turmeric lattes are now being sold at cafes from Sydney to San Francisco and the drink is gaining fans in the UK.
We Indians have been using turmeric in most of our recipes as well as turmeric milk has also been heavily relied upon in ayurveda and naturopathy for various ailments. I’ve had different versions of this milk for different ailments and try to follow the same for the kids (they are still trying to develop a taste for it and make me struggle often before they drink it).
Here are a couple different recipes that I use and the benefits of the same
Common ingredients across all the recipes are milk and turmeric. I prefer to use the fresh root turmeric whenever available instead of turmeric powder.
Turmeric milk for cold and cough
Ingredients : Milk, turmeric, ginger, black pepper, honey.
Procedure : Take a cup of milk in a pan. Add to it 1 inch piece of root turmeric or ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder. Also add ½ inch fresh ginger or ¼ teaspoon dried ginger powder aka soonth and ¼ tsp black pepper powder. Bring this to boil and strain it in a cup. When the milk is at a temperature to drink, add 1 tbsp of honey and enjoy.
This mixture provides heat to the body thus helping in colds as well as the turmeric, ginger and honey assist in sore throat and coughs.
Turmeric milk to provide relief in viral fever
Ingredients : Milk, turmeric, salt
Procedure : Take a cup of milk in a pan. Add to it 1 inch piece of root turmeric or ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder. Bring this to boil and strain it in a cup. When the milk is at a temperature to drink, add ½ tsp of salt and enjoy.
The mixture of turmeric and salt will help to bring the fever down and also provide soothing in case of body ache that comes along with viral fever.
Turmeric milk for migraines/ allergies
Ingredients – Milk, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger
Procedure : Take a cup of milk in a pan. Add to it 1 inch piece of root turmeric or ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder. Also add ½ inch fresh ginger or ¼ teaspoon dried ginger powder aka soonth and ½ tsp cinnamon powder. Bring this to boil and strain it in a cup.
This combination helps in case of migraine, sinus and sneezing allergies. if had once on a daily basis will totally get rid of the headaches and allergies in a span of 2-6 months depending on the severity. I have a personal experience using this combination for the dust and temperature change allergies that I have. The only thing with this is that we need to be regular with it. Just recently due to fasting I was pretty irregular for a month and can feel the allergies creeping back and before it gets out of hand have got back into my routine.
Turmeric milk for overall re-energizing
Ingredients – Milk, turmeric, Almond, Pistachio, saffron, honey
Procedure : Take a cup of milk in a pan. Add to it 1 inch piece of root turmeric or ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder. Separately, prepare a powder using almonds, pistachio, saffron and cardamom. I generally prepare a bottleful of this powder and it stays fresh in the fridge for 3-4 weeks. Add 1 tsp of this powder to the milk and the bring to boil. When the milk is at a temperature to drink, add 1 tbsp of honey and enjoy.
If you generally feel weakness or tired most of the time, or get irritable easily, this drink will give you that energy boost to help through the day. This is also very good for growing kids since the dry fruits help them get energy, saffron keeps the system warm and turmeric with all its amazing benefits acts as a an inti-inflammatory and antioxidant and also helps build the immunity.
I am still to try the other variations of this turmeric latte are prepared using coconut milk, almond milk or cashew milk. The one with coconut milk does sound quite aromatic and tempting and I guess that’s going to be my next try