Easy Turmeric Latte (Dairy Free, Whole 30, Paleo)

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Turmeric Latte – the cure to the common cold?

Also called haldi dood around these parts – which literally translates to turmeric milk – this is a very popular remedy that brown moms will serve their kids when they are sick. At least my mom always would make me a cup of turmeric milk when I was sick.

I don’t know that a turmeric latte will cure a cold. But turmeric definitely has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. So I mean, it can’t hurt. And it tastes so good that I will gladly drink this whether I feel sick or not!

So this turmeric latte may not cure a cold or COVID-19. But at least it tastes good and it may just help give you an immune boost.

Have you tried a turmeric latte? I like the slightly spicy kick it has. Especially with a bit of honey. Yum! And of-course turmeric lattes are basically caffeine free version of chai. It is just a whole bunch of spices and milk.

Also don’t forget to always add a pinch of black pepper whenever you use turmeric. Black pepper increases the absorption of the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric by 2000%! (That is not a typo.) It really makes all the difference!

You can of-course make this with regular milk (which is how my mom always made it). But I really enjoy this with oat milk or almond milk now. And it is totally whole30/Paleo!

Spiced Turmeric Latte (Haldi Dood)

A slightly spicy subtly sweet drink that doubles as a cold busting remedy. A flavourful twist on the standard turmeric milk my mom used to feed me when I got sick as a child. Keep this one handy for cold and flu season.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Drinks
Keyword: keto, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian, Whole30
Servings: 2


  • 1 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy of choice – I like almond milk or oat milk)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/8 tsp ground cardamom (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ginger powder
  • pinch black pepper
  • pinch salt
  • pinch nutmeg
  • pinch saffron (optional)
  • 1 tsp maple syrup or honey (optional)


  • Mix all the ingredients, except the maple syrup or honey in a small saucepan and heat over low heat till it just comes to a boil, stirring occasionally. Totally optional, but if you want to get a nice foam on top, use a high powered blender, or milk frother to get a nice foam before serving. 
  • Serve warm, with a drizzle of maple syrup or honey and a light sprinkle of cinnamon over top. 

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