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Haldi Doodh also known as Golden milk, also known as Turmeric latte is a simple immune boosting healthy hot drink that is delicious. This recipe is rooted in Ayurveda which stems from India.
As child this is a drink my mum would make me have every time I got a cold and felt a little off beat. I didn’t like the taste of it growing up so she started adding honey in my cup and sometimes she would add jaggery too. I didn’t know the benefits of it then I was just fascinated with the golden color. Today I have this drink quite often to keep my immunity in check and I actually love the flavor of it now.
Very quickly, I must highlight the origin of this drink. It stems from Ayurveda in India and has been popularized as Golden milk or Turmeric Latte but the history of it goes back way before Starbucks or fast food joints. It was also considered to be an elixir drink in some regions as it not only boosted immunity but also helped with inflammation and overall wellness. The drink doesn’t demand much from you and a little cup of this is good to keep you warm as turmeric generates and regulates body heat.
To make Haldi Doodh or Golden Milk, you need turmeric, milk, a few spices and some honey. Now when it comes to turmeric, you can use powder or fresh turmeric root. If you are using fresh turmeric root, it must be grated into the pot and the drink will need to be cooked longer. We buy dry turmeric root and grind it into a powder. If you are using powder like me then you won’t need to boil the mixture for very long. If you are using the fresh root you need to cook the mixture longer to ensure the grated turmeric is cooked through.
As for the milk, I have made this recipe with most kinds of milk. If you are using a homemade mylk like my Homemade Almond Milk, you should not bring the mixture to a boil. This will spilt the liquid. I would recommend gently simmering the mixture over low heat instead and stir it every now and then. I like adding whole spices like cardamom, nutmeg and cinnamon. You can add clove, peppercorns and bay leaves as well. In place of honey you can add sugar, jaggery, maple syrup or coconut sugar.
Sometimes I like adding a little coconut oil into the drink and whisking it up, this adds a lovely froth and makes it additionally creamy. I love adding a piece of fresh ginger into the mixture for added flavor and it also adds more health benefits to the drink. I also like to add collagen powder into the drink. If I am trying to get my protein intake down for the day i’ll add a scoop of protein powder off the heat and blend it together. I have topped it with whipped coconut cream which was absolutely delicious to say the least but again I wouldn’t do this for an everyday affair. Once the drink is made, it can be stored in a jar for upto 3 days in the fridge. I would recommend heating it once you are ready to serve again.
Food Pairing – This is a great drink to start your day with hence it works well with oats, granola, sandwiches, dried fruits and nuts. You could also serve it with a salad or some grilled halloumi and chili paste.
Now that we have covered all the details, let us make some Haldi Doodh. Happy Drinking Ninjas!
- Medium sauce pot
- 1 cup Full fat milk
- 1 tbsp Turmeric powder
- 1 tsp Honey
- 4 pcs Cardamom pods
- 1/2 inch pc Cinnamon stick
- 1/4 tsp Nutmeg freshly grated
- 1/2 inch pc of Ginger fresh
- 3 pcs Peppercorns
- 1/2 tsp Coconut oil/butter
- 2 scoop Collagen
- In a sauce pot on medium heat add the ingredients and bring to a simmer.
Optional: if you are adding ginger and peppercorns you can add them at this stage.
- Once the mixture is boiling reduce the heat and let it simmer for 4-5 mins.
- Remove from the heat and strain the mixture in to two cups and serve.
Optional: if you are adding collagen and coconut oil/butter, this is the time you can add it. Blend or whisk the mixture until it is frothy. Pour into cups and serve while it is still hot.
- If using dairy free milk, do not bring the mixture to a boil as this will split/curdle the mixture. Let it simmer on low heat until the spices have infused and the flavors have gotten combined into the milk.
- You can adjust the sweetness as per your choice.
- If you are using fresh turmeric root, use the same amount, grate it and start by cooking the grated root in the sauce pot first for 2 minutes. Then add the rest of the ingredients and follow the recipe as mentioned.