Turmeric Latte (Haldi ka Doodh or Golden Milk) is an ancient health-boosting beverage made with turmeric and other spices. This delicious Indian drink is caffeine and dairy-free. Make it in just 10 minutes. This yellow milk rooted in Ayurveda has gained popularity for its potential health benefits and unique flavor.
What is Haldi Doodh
Haldi means turmeric and doodh means milk in Hindi. Haldi doodh is nothing but turmeric milk or latte. It's also popularly called Golden milk because of its beautiful color. It's touted as "Drink of the year" many times. Indians call this drink Haldi wala doodh and everywhere else it's called Turmeric Latte. It is a warm earthy drink with spicy and citrusy undertones.
Turmeric, a superfood, is a widely used spice in Indian cuisine. We add it to almost everything - be it sweet or savory. I have a blog post where you can read about the benefits of turmeric and how to use it in everyday cooking. Turmeric Milk is one of the most common Indian beverage that's made in nearly every household for generations.
It's also mentioned in the Ayurveda and is known for its nutritional benefits. I grew up drinking this beverage. Mom relying on the age-old remedy, would give us all a glass of warm haldi milk (warm milk + turmeric + sugar) before bedtime or when we would suffer from a cold, cough, sore throat, or fever. Turmeric milk to us is like what Chocolate milk is to the West.
Besides making it plain, you can make a variation of Lush Turmeric Latte by mixing hot milk with ground turmeric, and other warming spices. Milk brings out the properties of the spices. The combination of these vibrant spices is what makes this hot turmeric drink so enjoyable to drink. This Indian haldi doodh recipe is quick and easy and is also called Masala doodh because of the spices added to it.
Benefits of Golden Milk
Today, everyone across the globe are raving about the healing properties of turmeric and this drink but that is something our ancestors already knew. Turmeric latte is an extremely common drink in Indian households. Turmeric is loaded with curcumin, a chemical that’s known to have many health benefits.
Golden Turmeric Latte acts as a go-to tonic for sore throat or to enable a good night's sleep. Golden milk (similar to Moon milk) with anti-inflammatory properties, helps improve digestion and is one of the most nourishing and comforting drinks! Haldi ka doodh is sweet and mildly spicy to taste. It's a delicious Indian beverage that can easily be made at home. Now you don't need to run to Starbucks every time your craving for Turmeric latte!
Hot or cold latte
Generally, latte is a coffee drink that can be served hot or warm. But Iced lattes are also very popular. The flavors are the same. A hot latte is basically an espresso made with steamed milk with a milk foam topping. Whereas, an iced latte is an espresso made with chilled milk and ice. You can add a variety of different spices in hot or cold lattes to give it different flavors.
However, technically Turmeric milk is not a latte as there is no caffeine in it. But since this can be had instead of caffeine beverages, we call it Turmeric Golden Latte. It can be served hot/warm or cold. If looking for more immunity boosting drinks, then check out this Sunshine Smoothie recipe.
Why make this
- Is caffeine-free
- Can be made vegan
- Make it in 10 minutes
- Serve it hot or cold
- Has healing and calming properties
- Great way to include turmeric in the diet
Ingredients needed 🧾
Milk - You can make haldi ka doodh with regular or dairy-free milk. If using regular milk, use full-fat or low-fat milk. Vegan milk like Almond milk, cashew milk, oat milk, soy milk or coconut milk (from a carton not a can) can be used to make golden milk latte.
Turmeric - Use a good quality organic turmeric powder. I prefer making it at home but it is also easily available in all grocery stores. It's clean and used just one ingredient - turmeric roots. Turmeric keeps inflammation, toxins and pain away. It also lends a natural yellow food color to the golden latte. You can also use fresh turmeric roots.
Warming spices - ginger powder (or fresh ginger), cardamom (pods or powder), ground black peppercorns, ground or whole cloves, ground nutmeg, and ground cinnamon are the basic spices that you will need to make Turmeric latte. Ginger is added to increase the potency of the concoction and help with digestion. Black pepper helps absorb the curcumin that is present in turmeric. Spices like cloves, cinnamon, and ginger are a rich source of antioxidants and contain anti-inflammatory properties.
Sweetener - Any variety of sugar can be used. You can also add maple syrup of honey (if not on vegan diet). You can also add date syrup, or jaggery when making this turmeric latte. But the color of the beverage will alter a bit.
Vanilla extract adds a sweet and fragrant note to the mix. But it can be skipped.
How to make it 🔪
- Add milk to a pot.
- Add sugar, turmeric powder, ginger powder, ground cloves, cardamom powder, ground nutmeg, and cinnamon powder. Chef Tip - Do not add turmeric more than mentioned. The latte can taste bitter.
- Whisk it all together till all the spices have blended well with the milk. There should be no lumps. Cook on simmer and then turn off the gas at the first boil. Chef tip - This could take 5-6 minutes on medium flame. Boiling milk makes it easier to digest. Then add the vanilla extract. Mix. Strain the milk using a fine strainer or cheesecloth if you don't want a grainy texture in the mouth when you drink.
- Pour in serving glasses, top it with freshly crushed black pepper, and saffron strands. Use a milk frother if desired.
Serving suggestions 🍽
You can also garnish Golden milk with crushed edible rose petals or powdered mixed nuts. To create a frothy latte, use a milk frother or pour the mixture into a blender and blend until frothy. Turmeric latte can be served immediately when it's hot or warm. To make it fancy, add some whipped cream on top. It's a soothing and comforting drink. This caffeine-free golden milk latte is the perfect pick-me-up for any time of day! Sip on this golden elixir in sickness and in health!
When to have Golden Turmeric Latte
Serve Haldi wala Doodh for breakfast or just before going to bed. It's best consumed during winters or the allergy season. Make this wholesome drink if anyone at home is suffering from cold, cough, sore throat infection, or feeling under the weather. It will provide them comfort. Make yourself this drink if you want to get a sound sleep at night. Golden Milk Latte is such a soothing beverage that it can be consumed by adults and children everyday. You can also drink it on empty stomach.
Top recipe tips 💭
Skip or use any kind of sweetener like sugar, honey, agave nectar, maple syrup, or coconut cream (if using coconut milk). If adding honey, only add it once the milk cools down or is warm. Honey tends to disintegrate when mixed with hot milk. Feel free to add a shot of espresso to your golden milk for an extra caffeine boost.
Adding vegan or regular creamer, or a small amount of ghee, coconut oil or butter can give a turmeric latte a creamy texture and boost the absorption of the turmeric. You can use ½ inch fresh ginger and/or ½ inch fresh turmeric roots when making this Indian Golden Milk. Strain the milk before serving.
Recipe FAQs 📖
It's best to make and serve Haldi milk fresh. But if you have to make it ahead, then make and pour into an air-tight glass jar and store in the fridge for a day or two. Stir, reheat and serve. You can premix all the dry spices and store this haldi milk masala in a air-tight container. Alternatively, you can also use fresh ginger and fresh turmeric along with other spices and make a golden milk paste and store in a container. Then you can make turmeric milk anytime you want using the spice mix or paste.
You can make this yellow drink with any milk - dairy and non dairy. Milk can be regular full-fat or low-fat milk. Almond milk, cashew milk, oat milk, or soy milk will give the turmeric latte a neutral flavor. If you use coconut milk (from a carton not a can), the flavors will change a bit. If using canned coconut milk, thin it down by adding water and then use it. When choosing dairy-free milk, choose the one that is enriched with both calcium and vitamin D for more bone-strengthening benefits. Also, do not boil the milk as it will split/curdle. Instead, simmer on low heat until the spices have infused into the milk.
Froth your milk with the coffee machine milk frother. Mix the rest of the ingredients (except black pepper and saffron). Add milk and the spices to a mug and stir. Sprinkle with crushed black pepper and saffron. Serve haldi milk immediately. You can even make Turmeric latte in a blender or a Cocktail shaker.
To make Iced Turmeric Latte, cool it down completely, add ice cubes and serve it chilled. Serve this chilled drink during summer. To make Golden milk Smoothie, add all these ingredients (minus the sweetener) to a blender along with a banana and protein powder. Then blend. Freeze leftover turmeric latte in a container to convert it into an ice cream. You can also pour them in Popsicle molds.
You can skip the step of boiling milk. Instead add milk to a coffee mug and heat in the microwave. Then add add the spices mentioned, mix, and drink. Alternatively, you can add all the spices to hot water and then mix it with warm milk.
Thandai Masala or Chai Masala can also be needed to this drink for a different complex flavor. You can also make it plain, without any spices but just with turmeric powder, sweetener and milk. Feel free to substitute or omit the spices as needed. If you have allspice powder, star anise pods, or cayenne pepper, you can also add them to the drink. You can skip adding black pepper if you don't like the flavor.
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- Add milk to a pot.
- Add turmeric powder, ginger powder, ground cloves, cardamom powder, ground nutmeg, and cinnamon powder.
- Whisk it all together and cook on simmer. Turn off the gas at the first boil. Then add the vanilla extract. Mix.
- Pour in serving glasses, top it with freshly crushed black pepper, and saffron strands.