Turmeric Milk (Turmeric Latte/How to make Golden Milk)

Turmeric Milk (Turmeric Latte/How to make Golden Milk)

 

Turmeric is a plant that has a very long history of medicinal use, dating back nearly 4000 years. In India, turmeric is used not only as a principal spice but also as a component in religious ceremonies. In Ayurveda and the Unani systems, turmeric has a long history of medicinal use for purifying the blood , as an antioxidant which is beneficial nasal and throat congestion and has been traditionally used for its anti-microbial and anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties.

Ingredients for Turmeric Milk/ Golden Milk:

  • Milk: 1 cup (Organic grass fed cow’s milk if possible)
  • Turmeric Powder: 1/4 tsp- 1/2 tsp
  • Honey (optional): to taste
  • Pepper/cinnamon/saffron (optional): a pinch

Method:

  1. Warm the milk in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the turmeric powder and stir till it is completely dissolved in the milk (you could add the other spices if you like)
  3. Remove from heat and pour into a cup/mug.
  4. Add the honey (optional) and drink when it’s still warm.

The best time to drink it is before bedtime as it can help you sleep better (though you can drink it anytime). It helps build immunity to coughs and colds and makes a great drink in the fall/winter.

Another great way to keep coughs & colds at bay during winter is Adrak Chai or Ginger Chai Latte. Here’s the recipe for Ginger Chai Latte/Adrak Chai

 


Adrak Chai (Brewed Ginger Tea Latte)

Ginger has many medicinal properties and has long been used in Ayurveda and other traditional medicinal systems for improving digestion, reducing intestinal gas and alleviate nausea and vomiting (including morning sickness) and reducing the pain during menstrual cramps. Ginger is also used in Ayurveda to reduce phlegm and coughs, colds and breathing difficulties. Research has also shown it has anti-inflammatory properties also reduces inflammation and makes it a great pain reliever for athletes and arthritis.

In our house, we switch to ginger tea (adrak chai) the moment it starts to get cold (which is usually in autumn) and switch to cardamom tea in summers.

Ingredients For Adrak Chai or Ginger Tea Latte: Serves 4

  • Milk: 2 cups
  • Water: 2 cups
  • Tea leaves: 4 teaspoons ( we use orange pekoe)
  • Ginger: 1 ” piece
  • Sugar/Stevia: to taste

Method:

  1. In a saucepan, heat the milk and water and add the tea leaves.
  2. Grate the ginger (you could also crush them and add) and add it to the saucepan.
  3. Let the tea boil for 8-10 mins on low heat.
  4. Switch off, strain the brewed tea and add sugar/stevia.

Note: We like our tea with a lot of milk, but you can reduce it or even just have black tea with ginger. You could also add cardamom or other spices like pepper,cinnamon. We prefer our tea with just one spice at a time 🙂

Fresh ginger contains greater levels of gingerol and other anti-inflammatory compounds.

Storing Tip: You can store fresh ginger in the freezer and grate it while frozen directly into your saucepan.

Another great recipe for keeping coughs and colds away is Turmeric Milk/ Turmeric Latte or Haldi Doodh. Here’s the recipe : How to make Turmeric Latte/Golden Milk