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)
- 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.