We all have fond memories of being lovingly nudged by our moms to drink turmeric milk or ‘haldi wala doodh’ whenever we caught cold. Highly recommended by our mothers and medical professionals alike, this drink is touted as a magical potion that can help cure any possible disease.
In recent times, turmeric milk gained global recognition and received a hipster makeover as a healthy alternative to caffeinated beverages. Move over plain old ‘ haldi wala doodh’, it’s time for a ‘Turmeric Latte’ !
Such is the craze for this golden coloured drink that it has become a menu favourite of bistros and cafes all around the world. Since centuries, turmeric has been a quintessential ingredient in Indian kitchens and it was only fair it painted the world yellow with its widespread health benefits.
Wondering what’s all the fuss about this yellow spice? Well, Turmeric has been clinically proven to be more effective than certain medications in treating arthritis, depression, cholesterol and diabetes. It also has anti - inflammatory, anti - cancer, skin lightening properties and is popularly used as a painkiller.
With so many benefits in one cup, no doubt it became so popular that it can safely be deemed 2016’s favourite drink. People are ditching their regular caffeinated latte for a nourishing turmeric latte. Diet experts and nutritionists the world over are recommending this drink to cut on calories and strengthen immunity.
Health conscious folks are frantically searching for ways to make this golden milk drink. As a result, Google saw a 56% increase in turmeric related searches in the past one year with ‘ golden milk’ being the most searched term. It’s not only the health freaks who are taken over with this fad as its delicious taste remains a universal attraction.
Indian spices have always been highly valued in the world over since times immemorial for their unique taste and qualities. European and English chefs have long been using innovative ways to inculcate these spices in their own cuisine.
It’s high time that our local Indian cafes embrace this cool variant of the conventional ‘haldi wala doodh’ ! Till then you can always brew up this golden concoction at home with this simple recipe.
- Warm any non- dairy milk like almond or coconut for a 3 -4 minutes.
- Add turmeric paste, crushed ginger and a dash of cinnamon.
- Add coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil and heat it.
- Use an immersion blender to create froth.
- You can use honey as a sweetener.
Savour this delicious warm drink and get closer to a healthier life with each sip!