While waiting in line to grab my latte at my favorite cafe earlier this year, I overheard two other fellow coffee enthusiasts discussing the latest and greatest item on the menu called “Golden Milk.” Because my curiosity always get the best of me, I decided to ask the Barista to give me the 101 on this pretty insta-worthy Golden Goodness. The barista described the drink as “a warm drink made from steaming milk with aromatic turmeric powder and spices.”
After I walked out of the café, I realized that the Barista had just described “Haldi Dhood” also known as “Golden Milk,” which has now become the new craze in cafes around the globe. For centuries, this so-called “Golden Drink” has been part of Ayurvedic medicine and is a staple medicinal drink in many Indian households. Back in the day when people didn’t have access to or couldn’t afford conventional over the counter medicine, this Golden Milk was the godsend solution to combat many serious health issues.
Many refer to Golden Milk as a “Super Drink” as it has many health benefits and is often used as an alternative remedy to boost immunity and treat chronic diseases. With its anti-oxidation and anti-inflammatory properties, Golden Milk is very beneficial during the winter season because of its use in treating colds, coughs and several other respiratory tract infections. It is also used to treat digestive problems and helps relieve gas, bloating and acid reflux. Additionally, Golden Milk is a great source of calcium, which is a necessary mineral to keep bones strong and healthy. The presence of calcium helps in combating arthritis pain and inflammation. This golden goodness can also assist in improving blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels. With many countless magical prolonging life benefits, it is no wonder that Golden Milk has gained a cult following everywhere. Below is a simple recipe:
- 2 cups of milk of your choice (dairy, coconut, or almond)
- 1 tsp turmeric
- ½ tsp cinnamon powder
- Pinch of ground black pepper
- Tiny piece of fresh, peeled ginger root or ¼ tsp ginger powder
- Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
- 1 tsp raw honey to taste (optional)
- Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth.
- Pour into a small saucepan and heat for 3-5 minutes over medium heat until hot, but not boiling.
- Drink while it’s hot