From all the winter beverages, this is my favorite!! This Indian hot drink, the golden milk becomes more and more popular in western societies. Even in Greece, you can find it in modern cafes and all-day brasseries.
The golden-yellow Indian beverage is traditionally made by warming cow milk or plant milk (from almond, walnut or hazelnut) with turmeric and other spices such as cinnamon and ginger. It is worth tasting as turmeric is one of the most healthy spices ever. It has spicy, peppery and earthy flavor, it smells like the ground in a way and has gorgeous yellow color.
Turmeric is famous as the golden or healing herb of the Asian kitchen or the Indian saffron that gives curry its yellow color. In India, it is considered a sacred root that revitalizes body and mind, a major component of Ayurvedic medicine for 4000 years. After 3000 published studies during the last 25 years for its benefits, turmeric has made an impressive entrance in the western medicine world too. It is full of nutrients like protein, dietary fiber, niacin, Vitamins C, E and K, calcium, potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, and zinc.
The curcumin is the main active ingredient of turmeric with powerful anti-inflammatory, strong antioxidants, and analgesic effects. It is also very effective in retarding or reversing many brain diseases and restricts the tiredness of brain function through the years. Moreover, it supports the immune system, stops tumor cells from growing, cleanses the liver and the blood, maximizes metabolic functioning, regulates blood sugar, improves energy levels, helps the smooth digestive process, keeps insulin at normal levels. It should be combined with piperine contained in black pepper as it is proven to enhance the curcumin absorption into the bloodstream.
Make ground turmeric a staple in your spice cabinet: (just one or two pinches) in the curries, to spice up your sauces, to pop the color and flavor of rice or vegetable risotto, to season pumpkin or legumes soups or salad dressings, even in your ginger tea or smoothies.
For a mug of golden milk you will need:
- 1 teacup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- a pinch of cloves (optional)
- a pinch of pepper (optional)
Instructions and tips:
Warm lightly the milk and add the spices. Simmer it for 15 minutes, mixing well with a small spoon. The longer you let the turmeric milk simmer, the stronger the flavor will be. Serve immediately into your mug.
I would suggest you, if you are not familiar with turmeric taste and smell, to lower its dosage till you get used to it, then increase gradually the amount till you taste it and like it.
For the same reason, I would suggest you add in honey or agave syrup (only if your almond milk is unsweetened), and as long as you get used to it, lower the sweetener.
My favorite way: a mug of my handmade almond milk just with a tsp of ground turmeric and a pinch of clones and cinnamon, sprinkled on top with freshly-grated pink pepper. In this way I enhance the warmness it offers me and the curcumin absorption too.
You will love it! Taste it!!