Golden Milk, Turmeric Milk or Haldi Doodh – whatever you call it, this a a tasty way to get some of nature’s most health-filled spices. I’ve known about turmeric’s anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, but Wed-MD has a much longer list of the benefits. It’s easy to see why I’ve been reading that this beverage is every Indian mother’s go-to remedy (sometimes without any sweetener, ugh). My friend Prethi confirms this, and judging by the expression on her face, it was an unsweetened version that she drank as a child!
We take supplements, but I strongly believe that it’s better to get nutrients as part of your food rather than concentrated if you can. I may have to make this a daily habit to see if it helps my arthritis.
I’m putting what I started with in the recipe. You can add more or less to taste or be adventurous and toss in other spices – kind like chai but without the tea. Exercise caution – the turmeric stains, worse than beets!
- 2 cups milk, (any milk, I used coconut)
- 1 heaping tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- Combine all ingredients in a saucepan
- Simmer to heat and combine flavors
- If you've added some chunky spices, you may want to strain before serving
I would have grated a 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, rather than using dried, if I'd had some
Optional spice additions: 2-3 whole black peppercorns, 1 star anise, 2-3 cracked cardomon pods, cinnamon stick (or sprinkle with ground cinnamon)
According to Dr. Weil, be sure to add some black pepper to your drink. The pepper will help your body absorb the turmeric!