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!Print
- Prep Time: 1 min
- Cook Time: 4 mins
- Total Time: 5 mins
- Yield: 2 1x
- Category: Beverage
- Cuisine: Indian
A tasty, healthy alternative to coffee, tea, or hot chocolate
- 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
Substitute other sweeteners for honey, if desired
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!
An accountant by trade and a food blogger since 2009, Lois Britton fell in love with Polish cuisine during the years she lived in Poznań, Poland. As the creator of PolishHousewife.com, she loves connecting readers with traditional Polish recipes. Lois has a graduate certificate in Food Writing and Photography from the University of South Florida. She is the author of The Polish Housewife Cookbook, available on Amazon and on her website.
I take tumeric supplements for over a year now and I already know I will never stop.
It helps everything, but it sure helps arthritis, I had problem with some joints and tendens and they gone.
Thanks for milk recipe, I will try in combination with ginger, which I also love.
Stardust – I’m glad to hear it’s working for you; that’s good news!
It is working, but now when I think about, I also go for accupuncture every other week, so it may be the combination. Accupuncture is really great for arthritis, if you can find somone who knows what they doing is worth to try.
Would that be fresh grated ginger or dry ground ginger? Thanks
S.K. – it’s dry ground ginger. I would like to try it with fresh, I think I would grate a 1-inch cube and see how that tastes.
Well, I just finished nursing my 7 week old and putting my 2 year old back to sleep. I came across your recipe and am now down in my kitchen getting ready to try this hot drink at 2am! I’m hoping it will lull me back to sleep. It’s not bad tasting at all! I used coconut milk since that’s the ‘dairy’ I drink. I feel the coconut flavor added even more yumminess to the drink! Nice! Well, thanks again. Sweet dreams. ☕️
I remember those days! I think coconut milk work be a great authentic flavor. My friend, Prethi, told that when in Indian, she used several coconuts a day in her cooking. They just picked them from the trees. Take good care