Need a reassuring healthy drink during the COVID-19 pandemic? Here is one to keep all those flu like symptoms away, a mildly spiced golden milk.
Some time back the golden milk or turmeric latte trend went wild on the internet. Cafés and restaurants all over the world started selling these even as the most-liked drinks or specials. The concept of drinking golden milk dates back to many centuries ago in India. As kids our mums and grans always gave us some sort of concoction at the slights cough or sneeze. In fact, we were forced to drink it. Not the most pleasant tasting drink but you could never escape it. Even today, whenever I’m on a call to my mum or even my mum-in-law, and I just cough: the next statement to follow is always~ ”Go and have some haldi milk”.
This mesmerising or magical looking drink is now loved by people all over the world. Probably, people now have understood the benefits of turmeric much more like never before.
However, this golden milk or turmeric latte which is a favourite in the West is flavoured with different spices, various nut milk and sweeteners generally like honey or cane sugar. The old traditional ancient recipe for turmeric milk or haldi doodh includes only two ingredients: milk and turmeric.
MORE ABOUT TURMERIC:
Turmeric is a tropical herbaceous plant with an aromatic underground stem. This stem resembles the ginger root but has a bright yellow colour and dark skin. Turmeric has antiseptic, antiviral, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is well known all over the world for its healing properties and is used an an alternative healing method. It is perfect to remove impurities both externally and internally.
Turmeric is widely used in Indian cooking as it is a very versatile spice. Ground turmeric is used to flavour savoury dishes and to produce a colourant. Personally, I prefer using it while cooking most Indian dishes. Turmeric as an extract called curcumine is also used to colour certain confectionery, dairy products, mustards and drinks.
It has a warm earthy flavour and is an ingredient used in making curry powder found in the West. To be honest, in India there is nothing called curry powder. Each curry is loaded with flavours and generally made fresh from scratch using fresh whole spices.
WHY IS GOLDEN MILK GOOD FOR YOU?
Every household in India must have definitely had turmeric milk as a cure for sore throats, coughs and colds at least once in their lifetime. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric provides quick relief for the worst kind of soar throats. When mixed with milk, it is much more beneficial as milk tends to give that extra soothing relief.
Apparently, golden milk is also used as a natural aspirin to reduce headaches. So, the next time you’ve got that splitting headache make sure to have a cuppa full of this magical drink. This golden milk also helps in boosting your immunity. This is due to the antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric.
Have a cuppa full of this golden milk also if you’ve been having those unbearable period cramps. Its anti-spasmodic properties are sure to give you that instant relief. Also, for those of you who suffer from sleepless nights, a cup full of this milk should definitely induce a good amount of sleep to help you rest more.
Such is the mighty power of this humble mildly spiced golden milk!
Turmeric milk is definitely one of those magical and miraculous drinks which we all need. So go ahead and make for yourself a cup full soon.
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HOW TO MAKE THIS GOLDEN MILK?
MILDLY SPICED GOLDEN MILK
- 2 cups Whole milk
- 1 tsp Turmeric powder
- ¼ tsp Nutmeg powder
- ¼ tsp Cinnamon powder
- ¼ tsp Cardamom powder
- 2 tsp Honey one per cup or more if preferred
- In a heavy bottom utensil (the one you make your tea in), heat two cups of milk with some turmeric powder, nutmeg powder, cinnamon powder and cardamom powder until hot enough.
- Pour it hot into two cups and add a teaspoon of honey each. Add more honey if you'd like it sweeter.
- Substitute whole milk with any other nut milk like almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk or even some oat milk.
- I’ve used Manuka Honey here but you can use any other natural honey that you prefer.
- You can also add some freshly grated ginger to this concoction while boiling.
- My mum used to also add some freshly crushed garlic which had a stronger taste and wasn’t very pleasant but very good if you’ve got a bad cold and cough.
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Thank you! Stay safe, stay healthy!