If you have grown up in India, there is a high chance that you were given Haldi Doodh or turmeric milk whenever you felt sick. Even if you are not from India but have heard about Ayurveda, turmeric milk must have popped into your conversation.
Haldi doodh, or turmeric milk, is probably the most popular Ayurvedic remedy. Also known as golden milk, it is for all practical purposes a superfood. It is used to treat numerous diseases and disorders, owing to the antioxidants and phenolic compounds found in Haldi or turmeric.
Sometimes, ginger is also added to turmeric milk, further enhancing its effectiveness in fighting inflammation, joint pain, and common infections.
Let’s have a closer look at the benefits of turmeric milk and the steps to make it in this article.
The benefits of the drink are :
- The key component of Turmeric is loaded with antioxidants, they’re essential to the functioning of your cells
- Reduce Inflammation and joint pain while Ginger, cardamom, and all other ingredients have potent anti-inflammatory properties.
- Curcumin is a substance in turmeric that may increase levels of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF). Low levels of BDNF may be linked to disorders like Alzheimer’s disease. Ginger boosts brain function by improving reaction time and memory.
- The effects may reduce joint pain and osteoarthritis. Haldi Doodh, meaning Turmeric Milk, is perfect for balancing all doshas in the body.
- A warm glass of this time-tested drink before going to bed can help you boost immunity and ensure faster recovery from cough and cold.
-1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric, or to taste
-1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
-1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
-1 pinch of ground ginger
-1 pinch of ground cloves
-1 pinch ground allspice
-1 cup milk
-3/4 teaspoon honey, or to taste
-1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
How to make medicated milk?
Step No. 1
- Whisk turmeric, cardamom, black pepper, ginger, cloves, and allspice together in a small bowl.
Step No. 2
- Heat milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until heated through, 3 to 4 minutes.
- Stir honey and vanilla extract into the milk until completely dissolved.
- Whisk 1 teaspoon turmeric mixture into milk mixture; reduce heat to medium-low and cook until flavors blend, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Pour mixture through a strainer.
Haldi doodh is one of the simplest and most inexpensive health drinks that you can prepare at home. If you are health and fitness conscious, this drink would make the perfect addition to your regular diet. As low-grade or chronic inflammation has become a widespread problem due to obesity and stress, all of us can benefit from the anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric. Speaking of turmeric, keep in mind that this is the primary ingredient and all others like ginger and cinnamon are optional. Haldi doodh takes its name from haldi and so if you are strapped for time or running low on other ingredients haldi and milk are all that you need.