It is the memory of curing a common cold with a hot cup of milk mixed with some turmeric, a pinch of black pepper and honey to wash away the bitter taste – and a pop of crushed almonds or pistachios for a crunchy addition.
This is an ancient spice that eons ago, was valued more than gold because of its role in preserving the freshness and nutritive value of foods, survival, and sustainability.
Turmeric, the spice, contains curcumin which is one of the most powerful antioxidants that can inhibit oxidative damage, preventing aging and stimulating the body’s organic antioxidant response.
This is why all desi mothers, and now the western world, swear by haldi waala doodh, or turmeric milk!
A great home remedy beverage for cough, congestion, colds and skin problems, this winter replace your usual hot cocoa with an invigorating cup of wellness.
A few points to know and note about this is, it is a natural antibiotic which combats bacteria we don’t even think of, and is actually also anti fungal. It helps fight inflammation, it is loaded with antioxidants and is great for your heart health and controlling and containing sugar levels and it boosts immunity and brain function too and last but not least, it is rich in vitamin D and calcium. Imagine, one spice, numerous qualities!
Here’s a recipe that’s easy to make:
- 1/2 cup (120ml) of an unsweetened milk of your choice
- 1 tsp of turmeric
- 1 small piece of grated fresh ginger or 1/2 tsp of ginger powder (optional)
- 1 pinch of ground black pepper
- 1 tsp of honey or maple syrup (optional)
- Crushed pistachios or almonds to top off (optional)
To make the milk, simply mix all ingredients in a small saucepan or pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes or until fragrant and flavorful. Strain the drink through a fine strainer into mugs and top with a pinch of cinnamon or the crushed almonds/pistachios.
Golden milk can also be made in advance and stored in your refrigerator for up to five days. Simply reheat it before drinking.