Turmeric is a bold spice that pairs well with many foods. It is closely related to ginger root and highly popular in certain parts of the world. For example, this recipe is deeply seeded in Indian culture
This recipe may be for someone who is more familiar with the taste of turmeric. Not only is it a bright spice, but it is pungent, warm and earthly — it’s part of an essential spice blend for many dishes.
I’ve used turmeric in many concoctions…from curries to face masks (yes, it’s used in beauty products, as well!) So I wasn’t too skeptical to try it in a beverage. I’ve heard of this “latte,” which is essentially an immersion of turmeric and milk. This preparation is deep rooted in Indian culture and is steadily gaining popularity in Western society.
Turmeric is derived (and gets its color) from curcumin, a compound that contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory attributes. These are crucial for detoxification, digestion, and even pain relief.
One of the easiest ways to receive the benefits of curcumin? Make drink like this delicious turmeric tea latte, also known as golden milk. Curcumin is fat soluble, so it’s ideal to drink this latte with a fatty meal or make it with whole or coconut milk.
At the very least, this “latte” is a great alternative to caffeinated drinks. It’s a healthy beverage option that is suitable for many dietsor preferences. It is gluten free and can also be prepared lactose free.
I most likely wouldn’t drink this on a regular basis, but certainly before enjoying an Indian or Middle Eastern meal. The beautiful golden hue is unique and alluring! The days are getting shorter this time of year…you can brighten them up with this golden elixir.
turmeric “latte” aka golden milk
15 minute total prep time
2 cups milk of preference (I used coconut milk)
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons honey or agave syrup
Pour the milk into a saucepan and cook over high heat until it’s hot, but don’t bring it to a boil.
Remove from the heat and add the rest of the ingredients. Stir and try the milk, add more milk, turmeric, cinnamon or syrup if needed.
I used a milk frother to get a better texture, but it’s optional. You can cool your prepared beverage to room temperature and serve over ice to make this a cold refreshment.