Turmeric Tea Latte/Haldi ka Doodh
THEME:#183 INDIAN SUPERFOOD
Missing two very exciting previous themes for FoodieMonday made me feel sad, so I thought come what may I have to participate in this one. I nearly didn’t as I’ve just arrived into Bangalore and with the house shut for a few months, it takes time to get it up and running.
Wedding shopping in Mumbai for my niece’s wedding was fun and a good way to spend some time with my sister in law and niece, but we all came down with coughs and colds. It was this situation that prompted me to make the famous but very easy to make haldi ka doodh or what the western world calls Turmeric Tea Latte or Golden Turmeric Milk. While every family has its own recipe and they all vouch theirs is the best for every ailment under the stars, I hated the concoction that my mum use to make for us whenever we were sick. I’ve had it pushed down my throat, had to pinch my nose and drink it, have retched a few times with mum’s stern looks and forced it down the tummy. Freedom from this concoction came when I got married. I could make it the way I liked, without salt. My mum would swear by the traditional addition of salt to the haldi milk for full benefit.
Why am I talking about turmeric milk? Well, this week Vidya who blogs at MasalaChilli very thoughtfully suggested Indian Superfoods as our #183rd theme and gave us three options Turmeric, Makhana (Foxnut) and Moringa.
Turmeric or Curcuma longa is a famous and common spice widely used by Ayurveda. The roots from the curcuma longa are used in the fresh form or the dried and powdered form. The yellowish orangish powder is commonly used in cooking in all homes in the Indian Sub Continent. No masala tin or dabba will be without turmeric powder or haldi or hardar as its commonly known. Turmeric is also very much a part of any pooja or havan and some traditional festivals.
Why is turmeric or the golden powder so famous and widely used for ailments? Well because it has so many benefits and hardly any side effects. Have you ever heard about not consuming too much turmeric? I haven’t.
Here are some of the health benefits of turmeric. The secret weapon in the turmeric is curcumin:
- Curcurmin is believed to halt enzymes that may be responsible for turning environmental toxins into carcinogens.
- Curcumin improves digestion of fats and sugars.
- As a powerful anti inflammatory, it helps find inflammation therefore helping the body fight germs, stomach ailments, gum diseases etc.
- Helps to relieve arthritic pain.
- Beneficial for the heart and the circulatory system
- Helps in certain skin ailments like itchiness and psoriasis.
- Helps in the proper functioning of the liver.
- Turmeric paste wards off pimples and acne.
- Improves skin complexion and hair health.
Whenever we have cuts or grazes, immediately a paste of turmeric is applied as an antiseptic and to stop the bleeding. Turmeric powder is used in homemade facial masks. I use to apply a paste of chickpea flour, turmeric powder and yogurt on the whole body for my kids when they were young. Not only does it help the skin complexion but also helped to reduce the effects of sun burns and chlorine on their skin from swimming pools.
While I would have loved to use fresh turmeric for this recipe, I couldn’t find any at the greengrocers near my home so had to make the turmeric tea latte using turmeric powder.
Turmeric Tea Latte/Golden Milk/ Haldi ka doodh is usually enjoyed piping hot to ward off colds, coughs, fight infections, general wellness and is a great way to consume turmeric. Consuming this milk on a daily basis is not harmful for the body. I remember having this golden milk every day after my pregnancies as a way to heal the body and is beneficial when breast feeding the babies.
Our family recipe for the haldi ka doodh/golden milk was to add ajwain and ghee or butter if one was suffering from bad chesty coughs. My grandmother always claimed that the butter or ghee would help to smoothen the throat.
Check out this healthy hot drink and include in your daily diet. This is the version that I enjoy. One important point to remember is that it is recommended that one consumes turmeric with black pepper. Piperine in black pepper increases the absorption and effects of curcumin.
TURMERIC TEA LATTE/GOLDEN MILK/HALDI KA DOODH
Makes 1 cup
¼ cup water
1 inch fresh turmeric root or ½ tsp turmeric powder
1 inch cinnamon stick
6-8 pepper corns
¾ cup milk (dairy,vegan)
1-2 tsp honey
1 tsp butter/ghee
¼ tsp ajwain (carom seeds)
- Add water into a pan and put on medium heat.
- Lightly crush cinnamon, cloves, peppercorns and cardamom with a pestle and mortar.
- Add this mixture to the water. Lower the heat.
- Let the spices simmer in the water for 5-8 minutes.
- Strain the water. Return the spicy water to the pan.
- Put the pan over medium heat.
- Add milk and turmeric powder or root. If you are using the root, wash it thoroughly and grate it finely or crush it. Remember to use utensils that will not stain like glass or steel ones.
- Let the milk and turmeric come to a boil and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes.
- Add honey and mix well.
- Pour the golden milk into a serving cup.
- Melt butter or ghee in a small pan over low heat.
- Add the ajwain and let it roast for 2-3 seconds.
- Pour the butter or ghee into the golden milk.
- Sip it hot.
- If you are using fresh turmeric, you may drink it with the crushed or grated turmeric or strain it and then drink.
- I add the other spices for health benefits and also for the taste as just adding turmeric alone makes it taste slightly bitter.
- Adding butter/ghee and ajwain is totally optional but it helps to relieve colds and coughs.
- Use brown sugar, jaggery or maple syrup instead of honey.
- For a vegan version use almond milk or cashew nut milk with jaggery or maple syrup.
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The Girl Next Door
February 18, 2019 at 7:52 pm
Haldi doodh is my go-to antidote for the beginnings of cold, cough and flu. Love your fancy latte version! It really does look inviting
February 19, 2019 at 1:01 pm
Thank you Priya, had to make it a bit fancy for all those who screw up their noses, including me with the traditional version.
February 19, 2019 at 10:44 am
look forward to meeting you towards the end of the year at mumbai, Mayuri ! addition of salt is very new to me, and yes I remember pinching my nose and gulping this (under the exact same stare of my grandmother :p lol !!) .. it surprises me that the things we hated during childhood are the things we now seem to vouch for 🙂
February 19, 2019 at 12:59 pm
Thats true Kalyani, I still can’t drink the one with salt so have this much pleasant version.
February 19, 2019 at 1:00 pm
this is an age-old never fail medicine and you have it so nicely…Love the vibrant yellow colour
February 19, 2019 at 1:02 pm
Thank you so much Amrita.
February 19, 2019 at 1:31 pm
Such a beautiful recipe! I have to try this with fresh turmeric!
February 20, 2019 at 10:12 am
Thanks Vanitha, fresh turmeric one tastes good.
February 19, 2019 at 4:30 pm
Wow what a wonderful. Version …. Use to have the traditional version a lot during starting of winter season or a climate change. Love that vibrant colour. Awesome share
February 20, 2019 at 10:12 am
Thank you so much Ruchi.
February 19, 2019 at 5:45 pm
So many spices going in this turmeric tea latte Mayuri, so one will get so many health benefits! Great share. We need this here during the winter season now!
February 20, 2019 at 10:11 am
Thank you so much Sandhya, the spices add a subtle taste too.
Batter Up With Sujata
February 20, 2019 at 4:12 am
Mayuri you made this super healthy golden milk flavourful. Now no need to pinching nose and pushed down the throat. Loved your pictures.
February 20, 2019 at 10:11 am
February 20, 2019 at 11:00 am
As a kid I was given this to drink and I used to hate it. Your version with the spices sounds so much tastier that I would love to try it.
February 21, 2019 at 6:44 pm
Thanks Nayna, do try it as it adds subtle spice flavors.
February 20, 2019 at 12:57 pm
This post brings back memories of my mum who used to insist we have this when we weren’t feeling too good. I love the idea of adding ajwein to the milk.
February 21, 2019 at 6:43 pm
Thanks Mina, my mum and grandmother always added ajwain.
February 20, 2019 at 1:44 pm
Wow that is a very fancy version of latte. M6 mom used to mix baldi in milk n give I hated it of course. It was my job to hate it like my kids do now.
Next time a little sniffle n I am making turmeric latte for myself. Love it Mayuri.
February 21, 2019 at 6:42 pm
Thanks Archana, this version is definitely more palatable.
February 20, 2019 at 2:13 pm
You have given a new avatar to our humble haldi ka doodh di ! With so many spices going in this turmeric tea, it surely will keep most of the ailments at bay.
February 21, 2019 at 6:41 pm
Thank you so much Poonam and yes all the spices have added health benefits.
February 21, 2019 at 2:50 pm
There really is no better spice than Haldi in any kicthen, so versatile and so many health benefits, I love milk but even I hated Aai’s version growing up Hahaha, I make my own version which I actually look forward to during winter!
February 21, 2019 at 6:40 pm
Thank you so much Manjiri, my mum added salt as that was suppose to help loosen the cough but I hated it and still do. I prefer the one I make.
February 21, 2019 at 4:46 pm
This is welcome drink during the winter months. The taste of turmeric is good, though we cannot add more of it. Nice share.
February 21, 2019 at 6:39 pm
It definitely is Jayashree and we also have it during any season as its just a healthy drink.
February 21, 2019 at 10:50 pm
Haldiwala Doodh is a daily must have in my house before going to bed during winters. I have a different way of making it.. Thankfully my kids have it without complaining!! I liked the addition of salt and ajwain to this wonder drink,that’s new to me!! We Indians are blessed to have so many wonder spices like turmeric used in home remedies and daily food since ages, to which the whole world is getting aware now!! Loved your detailed version
and presenting it in a beautiful way!!
February 22, 2019 at 11:04 am
Thank you so much Swaty.
February 22, 2019 at 2:28 pm
Haldi Doodh is a classic! Enough Said! Ironically, the thing that was pushed down our throats as children is now a savoured drink as Adults. I think its called ‘growing up’. Haha. I love haldi doodh with some extra sugar and we south Indians make this with kalkand or palm candy sugar crystals and a touch of black pepper. Super soothing.
March 6, 2019 at 7:21 pm
So right Vidya, for so many things which we hated as kids now we enjoy as adults indicating we have grown up. I’ve not tried haldi doodh with sugar crystals though that was recommended, to suck on like candy when we had dry coughs.
February 23, 2019 at 5:22 pm
Turmeric the indian superfood was long ignored by many of us. Now we use people are coming back to it. This is a wonderful detailed recipe. Hope you are all feeling better now
March 6, 2019 at 7:16 pm
Thanks Veena, in out home its the number remedy for colds, coughs, wounds, or any illness.
February 24, 2019 at 7:14 am
Haldi ka doodh is the best as suggested by older generation. We only add turmeric and pepper. Addition of butter or ghee is something new to me. Grandmom’s nuska is always the best.Will try your recipe sometime soon.
March 6, 2019 at 7:15 pm
Thanks Preethi, my grandmother always use to say that the ghee or butter soothes an itching throat.
February 24, 2019 at 5:35 pm
Your post brought back long forgotten memories! Though in the distant past, I can still remember the taste of the manjal pal or turmeric milk my mother would give us to relieve cough and chest congestion. I was always very susceptible to cold and cough, and would frequently be the recipient of this drink. And I now recollect the taste of pepper in the milk, which you have pointed out helps the body absorb curcumin! Sujata Shukla from PepperOnPizza
March 6, 2019 at 7:14 pm
Thanks Sujata, I think we’ve all grown up drinking this excellent healing drink.
March 5, 2019 at 5:44 pm
I make turmeric latte for myself from time to time when I feel the need, but I really like the sound of your recipe.
March 6, 2019 at 6:09 pm
Thanks Choclette, having this latte daily has its benefits too.
Sasmita Sahoo Samanta
March 12, 2019 at 1:07 pm
Love the presentation here !!! Turmeric latte looks so perfect and I like the use of fresh turmeric here 🙂 For winter days this is a must 🙂
March 13, 2019 at 12:55 pm
Thank you Sasmita.