Hey people from India, our Haldi ka Doodh has gotten a western makeover! It has also got itself a new name – Turmeric Latte and is a huge craze here now. It’s also being touted for the “Drink of the Year 2016”. However I am not entirely surprised to hear this. Turmeric milk or also commonly known as Gold Milk is a very popular drink back home. We have been consuming this drink since generations, only with a less fancier name. Never would have guessed back then that it will be getting a face-lift in the 21st century!
Across the globe, people are raving about its healing properties, something our moms already knew. For us Indians, if we have a sore throat or need a good night sleep, our mothers would give us warm turmeric milk sometimes with ginger powder in it and we would gulp it down. It also has anti inflammatory properties. Spices like turmeric and ginger are widely used in Ayurvedic medicine since centuries in India. So foods like these have proven to have healing properties in them. Just a teaspoon of turmeric a day keeps inflammation, toxins, pain and cancer at bay. Hence advisable to use in our regular diet.
Although I had heard about this drink becoming a rave in the last few months, I didn’t think of recreating it until now. KR developed a sore throat and cough. While we tried the usual medications, it didn’t help. That is when he said, make me some Haldi ka Doodh to which I instantly replied, “No, instead I will make you Turmeric Latte!”. He gave me a bewildered look that I will not forget for a long time. What in the world is Turmeric Latte? – It was written all over his face!
Then I made him read online about it and he was amused. Yes, because turmeric milk is as basic for us as regular milk. Today to see it become so popular is funny in a way. While the original recipe is very basic. Just warm some milk, add sugar and turmeric powder to it. Serve. This is how my mom makes it. But since I wanted to make the new version of this drink, I started to browse online to check out the recipe. There are many recipes out there, all a little different from each other. So I decided to make my own version.
Heat a pan, add unsweetened almond milk, vanilla essence, honey, ginger powder, cinnamon powder and the hero of the recipe – turmeric powder. Whisk it well & bring the milk to a boil. Take it off the flame.
Pour into the serving glass, sprinkle saffron on it and serve. It tastes best when served hot/warm.
I have served the drink in a traditional Indian serving glass mainly used to serve filter coffee in South India. My brother gifted me these colorful stainless steel serve-ware which I finally put to use. Loving it all the way!
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- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp vanilla essence/extract
- 1 tsp ginger powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 2 tsp turmeric powder
- Few strands of saffron
- Heat a pan, pour unsweetened almond milk, vanilla essence, honey, ginger powder, cinnamon powder and the hero of the recipe - turmeric powder. Whisk it well & bring the milk to a boil. Take it off the gas. Pour in serving glasses and serve hot/warm.