May 31st, 2016

Turmeric Milk-The Golden Milk

Turmeric Milk-The Golden Milk
I was quite pleased to know that the golden milk concoction that I religiously consumed and the son regularly drank was now being touted as a miracle drink.
With fancy names like turmeric latte or golden milk, the west seems to have suddenly discovered a drink that is deeply rooted in Indian culture and civilisation and is also being looked at as a coffee alternative.
Turmeric is a spice that has always been an intrinsic part of our lives, be it through religious ceremonies or through our food. Vegetable preparations, dals, curries and rice dishes, most of our food seems to be incomplete without this miracle spice.
Apart from the gorgeous colour, turmeric also imbues a dish with its characteristic flavour and most importantly, it’s miraculous healing properties.
Some turmeric highlights-
1. Turmeric is great for many health ailments like- intestinal disorders, worms, anaemia, asthma, cough and cold, sprains, boils, skin disorders and sore eyes.*
2. It is one of the most powerful natural anti-inflammatory agent known to us- good for arthritis, aches and pains.
3. It is supposed to prevent and inhibit cancer cells, help in diabetes management, blood pressure control and also in preventing Alzheimer’s disease.
4. Turmeric has been used for beauty applications for ages- acne, skin lightening, brightening and tightening and other skin ailments are greatly benefited with the appropriate use of turmeric.
5. Turmeric is known to delay ageing, fight age related chronic diseases and also prevent and manage depression.
Turmeric, has to be one of the most researched spices in the western world and it’s great that people are waking up to its benefits.
My consumption of turmeric is mainly through the Indian food that I cook and eat. I also love to mix half a teaspoon of turmeric powder into my milk at night. There is nothing fancy about this drink, but the rejuvenating powers of turmeric work their miracle to make me energised.
 I love to add some cardamom powder into my turmeric milk at night. I find the fragrance and flavour resulting from the union of turmeric and cardamom, soothing and restorative when mixed into a cup of milk.  If I’m in for a cold, then maybe ill add a splash of ginger juice too. A dash of pepper mixed into the milk is also good when you want to fight a nasty cold.
Today I would also like to share with you a little tit bit about one of my favourite products that has turmeric in it. I have sensitive skin and use ubtans and home made packs on a daily basis. But when I’m filming/shooting or have events to attend, it means that I need deep cleansing to remove my makeup. After trying face washes from across the spectrum of products available in the market, right from drug store to premium brands, I came across Himalaya Herbals purifying neem face wash, recommended by one of my favourite make up artists.
Whenever I use makeup, I use Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Face Wash after using M.A.C cleanse off oil. The active components in this face wash are turmeric and neem and this is suitable for all skin types. Priced at rupees 150 for a 150 ml pack, this does not burn a big hole in my pocket too.  Himalaya Herbals is a reputed and well known wellness brand in India and the pricing is quite competitive as well!  The brand has now added two other variants to this range, the purifying neem scrub and the purifying neem pack. I did try the purifying neem pack as well. There was a mild tingling sensation on the skin, and after I washed it off, my skin felt cleaner, fresher and brighter. A lone pimple on my right cheek, shrunk in size as well. Priced at rupees 130 for a 100 g pack, fuller’s earth, turmeric and neem are the active components in this pack. However, I do wish the pack did not have parabens, like the face wash. But, the pack is great to use when your skin breaks out and you want to dry the acne out. Follow Himalaya Herbals on their Facebook page and Twitter handle for more details.
These range of products by Himalaya Herbals have two key ingredients- Turmeric and Neem. Neem is known to have many anti bacterial, antiseptic and antioxidant properties. And the goodness of both neem and turmeric has been captured in these products.
Now coming back to our main topic of discussion – well, this is what happens when a food blogger tries to talk about something other than food! A lot of fancy things are added at times to a turmeric latte, but the turmeric milk that I consume at bed time is simply a glass of organic milk laced with simple spices. Using good quality cow milk from happy cows is key. If you are a vegan, you could use soy or nut milk too.
According to Ayurveda, milk is best had at bed time (I keep a gap of 2 hours after dinner). There are numerous health benefits to having turmeric milk at bed time-but the immediate effects are good digestion, a sense of well being and a good night’s rest. And I’m sure you agree with me that a good night’s rest is probably one of the most important assets in life and this drink is one of the secrets to enjoying it.
P.S- I know this has been a long gap and many of you have been waiting for new recipes and posts. I have been cooking during this time and a lot of exciting recipes are in the pipeline. Hard disk crashes, software migration and other life events have come in the way of making regular posts and I apologise for not being regular, as much as I would like to. I’m in the process of getting them sorted so I can be back with gusto! All the posts here until now, have been shot with my SLR cameras but this entire post has been shot with my iphone 6s plus and written from a hospital room where my husband is recuperating with a slipped disc. Quite impressed with the pictures taken from a mobile phone. What do you think?
* Herbs That Heal- H.K. Bhakhru

Turmeric Milk-The Golden Milk Recipe

Ingredients:

250 ml ( 1 cup) milk
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon powder (optional)
1 cardamom, shelled and the seeds powdered (optional)
2 tsp raw sugar (optional)

Method:

In a saucepan, heat the milk alongwith the turmeric powder and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and add the optional spices and sweetener.
*A lot of people use honey with turmeric milk. According to Ayurveda, if honey is heated it produces toxins in the body. If you prefer to sweeten your turmeric milk, then raw sugar is your best choice.
 
Serves one. Best had hot or warm.

Filed Under: Ayurvedic Cooking, Cardamom (green), Comfort Food, Dairy Products, Drinks & Beverages, Simple Everyday Meals, Sugar (granulated), Turmeric Powder · Tags: , , , ,

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  1. Sunitha says:

    Hi,

    Very nice and informative post Anu.
    Very happy to see your post after such a long time.
    Thanks for the information.
    I prepare haldi milk, by adding turmeric, pepper powder and honey.
    Will try this drink, looks amazing.

    Sunitha

  2. fizu says:

    Hai anu. Happy to c u aftr a long time. Just read the golden milk receipe. My dbt is can this milk be gvn for toddlers btwn 2 and 3 years old. Am gvng ths for my 2yr and 9 mnths boy in the morning along wid honey. Is it good for hm? Pls rply. Thank u

  3. coralcrue says:

    Wish your husband a speedy recovery. the images captures by phone camera is so splendid!!! I use the exact same concoction for bedtime. But i have stopped drinking it now as i have a chest infection and am not sure if I can use the cow’s milk and don’t prefer the vegan versions. take care

  4. Sivani Rao says:

    Hi!

    A beautifully written post and the clicks are as good as always.
    Was never a fan of drinking milk, but haldi in skincare – a big yes!
    Who is the makeup artist you speak of btw..? I ask because you seem to have really subdued yet elegant makeup on in all your videos.
    Hope your hubby gets well soon!

  5. Anjali says:

    Hi, Anushruti! I subscribe to your blog, and have tried several of your recipes with success, my latest happy attempt being your jaggery-coconut barfi (my young daughter loves it).

    I’m also interested in health and nutrition, and have been perusing the truly miraculous benefits of turmeric that are being announced and applauded everywhere in the media. Glad to know you enjoy haldi-doodh.

    Wanted to share with you one significant point I’ve read in this connection: it seems adding a small bit of black pepper greatly raises the bioavailability of the curcumin (the essential healing element in turmeric).

    Keep up the great work you’re doing – and yes, the pictures are remarkably clear (and aesthetically pleasing!).

  6. Gita says:

    Hi,
    I add a little bit of turmeric in my kids’ milk every morning while going to school. Glad to know that this magic drink is making its way into west too.

    P.S. I wish your husband a speedy recovery.

  7. Lakshmi says:

    Hope your husband gets better soon Anu!

  8. I came to your site by accident as I was looking for a quick chocolate custard recipe…what wonderful photographs you have. All those lovely colours and contrasts I call Indian Sari colours. Love them.
    Alexa-asimplelife visiting on a cold winters day in Sydney, Australia

  9. I came to your site by accident as I was looking for a quick chocolate custard recipe…what wonderful photographs you have. All those lovely colours and contrasts I call Indian Sari colours. Love them.

    Alexa-asimplelife visiting on a cold winters day in Sydney, Australia

    My previous post had an incomplete website address

  10. Anushruti says:

    Sunitha- Thank you. Hope you like this too.
    Fizu- give honey separately, not with milk.
    coralcrue- Thank you. Hope you feel better soon.
    Sivani- Thank you. Its Deepa Berar.
    Anjali- Thank you so much!
    Alexa- Thank you for your kind words. Hope to hear from you again.

  11. Deepa Berar says:

    Thank you so much for the mention Anushruti! Great post on turmeric by the way and I definitely love those Himalaya face cleansers as well! I picked a few up on my last trip to India :)

  12. Aarav says:

    I didn’t know about these benefits of adding tumeric to milk. I had heard about it before but had always considered it to have no basis. After reading this article and learning about how good it can be for me, I think that I am going to add a little tumeric to my cup of Pride of Cows milk. Always liked the flavour and quality of the milk and now I will be able to get added health benefits.

  13. Anushruti says:

    Deepa- Completely my honour as I absolutely adore you.

    Aarav- Thank you for your comment. We often tend to ignore our age old wisdom pertaining to cooking and food. In reality, this is what works. I’m glad you appreciate this.

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