In today’s recipe, we are finding comfort in the magical healing powers of this Turmeric Golden Milk and covering everything you need to know, including what it is, its health benefits, how it tastes, how to make it, when is the best time to drink it, and more.
So, if you are new to using turmeric in your cooking and/or have never tried your hand at making turmeric milk, this post is for you. With its incredible healing and calming properties, this easy and healthy vegan drink, also referred to as Turmeric Milk, is exactly what you need, especially if you are like me, feeling defeated by these cold winter days and are in need of a natural remedy for a night of restful sleep.
More on the health benefits later. First, let’s talk about what is turmeric milk, its benefits, and how it is made.
What Is Golden Milk
Gold milk is a traditional Ayurvedic drink made with turmeric root (or ground turmeric), milk (originally made with cow’s milk, but can also be made with plant-based and dairy-free milk like almond and coconut), black pepper, and oil.
However, in most recipes, it is also mixed in with other good-for-you ingredients like ginger root (or ground ginger). Though it is totally optional, it can be sweetened with unrefined sugars like honey and maple syrup.
If you do a quick research online, you will be presented with various other terms for golden milk. While I am sure there are some exceptions to the rule, they are essentially the same thing.
Below are some of the most common terms used for Golden Turmeric Milk:
- Haldi Doodh: Having originated from India, this is the original name for golden milk.
- Golden Milk Latte: Since it is made with warm milk mixed in with turmeric, some people also refer to this drink as golden milk latte, golden latte, golden turmeric latte, or turmeric latte.
- Turmeric Milk Tea: I have also found some people referring to this drink as “milk tea” or “golden milk tea.” I guess it is a British thing, but again it is essentially the same thing.
Golden Milk Ingredients
The ingredient list for golden milk is a short one, and all of them are basic pantry ingredients. Additionally, you can make this recipe using fresh turmeric or ground turmeric powder.
- Unsweetened and full-fat almond, coconut milk, oat milk, or regular milk
- A stick of cinnamon or ground cinnamon
- Fresh turmeric or ground turmeric powder
- Fresh ginger or ground ginger
- Coconut oil
- A pinch of black pepper
- Sweetener of your choice, such as maple syrup or honey.
How To Make Golden Milk – 3 Different Ways
Below, I outline three ways of making turmeric milk. As you read through it, you will see that the methods are pretty much similar but the ingredients used are variations of the same things.
I wanted to share this with you as the availability of these ingredients might be different based on where you live.
Method #1 – Using Fresh Turmeric – Golden Milk with Fresh Turmeric:
The first method is made by using fresh turmeric root. Here in Vermont, I usually find it in health food stores. It is not always available, but when I see it in the store I grab a bunch and store it in the fridge. It usually keeps well for a month in the fridge.
To make golden milk with fresh turmeric root, I mix unsweetened homemade almond milk with fresh turmeric root, fresh ginger root, a stick of cinnamon, a pinch of black pepper and a bit of coconut oil in a saucepan and cook (while I stir constantly) it in medium heat just until it starts simmering.
While there is no set rule as to how much you use for each of the aforementioned golden milk ingredients and it depends on your personal preference, I love the ratios below and think that it is a good place to start:
The sweetening agent here is totally optional and can be swapped with other sweeteners like honey or stevia. I personally try to avoid it as much as I can because I usually drink this golden latte before bed and prefer not to consume sugars right before I am getting ready to sleep. Still, it is up to you.
Method #2: Using Ground Turmeric or Turmeric Powder
The second method is to use turmeric powder, which is widely available.
Similar to the previous method, you can mix everything in a small saucepan and cook until it starts simmering.
Method # 3 Using Golden Paste (AKA Turmeric Paste):
Another method you can use to make turmeric gold milk is making it with turmeric paste (aka golden paste). If you are interested in making turmeric golden latte a daily habit then this method is for you.
If you are not familiar, the golden paste is made by mixing ground turmeric powder (aka turmeric spice) with oil (i.e. coconut oil), black pepper, water, and other Ayurvedic spices like ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon. You simply make a jar of it, keep it in the fridge, and incorporate it into your diet every day in no time.
Nowadays, most health food stores sell turmeric paste. However, it is quite easy to make it at home. You can find the recipe, a quick how-to video, and all the details of making turmeric milk from golden paste at home in this turmeric paste recipe blog post.
To make golden milk using turmeric paste, simply place a teaspoon of turmeric paste into a mug, pour some hot milk over it, and sweeten it with your favorite sweetener. Give it a good whisk and your golden tea is ready to enjoy.
How To Make Haldi Milk Video
Whether you want to reduce inflammation, boost your immune system, get some relief from a never-ending cough, or drink this Indian spice latte for sleep, it is a fantastic natural remedy that you can make in less than 10 minutes. I hope you’ll give it a try, find the relief you need, and enjoy it as much as I do.
Other Turmeric Recipes You Might Like
- Turmeric Ginger Tea
- Ayurvedic Detox Tea – Feasting At Home
- Overnight Turmeric Chia Oats – Vanilla and Bean
- Green Turmeric Smoothie
Turmeric Golden Milk Recipe
- 2 ½ cups unsweetened and full fat almond or coconut milk
- 1 stick cinnamon or 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon more as garnish at the end
- 2 inches fresh turmeric sliced or 1 ½ teaspoon ground turmeric spice
- 1 inch fresh ginger sliced or ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
- Pinch black pepper
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey or more to taste
- Place milk, cinnamon stick, turmeric, ginger, coconut oil, and black pepper in a small saucepan.
- Cook, stirring frequently, until warm but not boiling.
- Give it a taste and add in your sweetener.
- If you used fresh turmeric and ginger, strain it to your cups. If not, divide it in two mugs.
- If preferred, sprinkle with ground cinnamon. Serve.
- The calorie information listed in the below nutrition label is for Turmeric Golden milk made with unsweetened almond milk. If you decide to use unsweetened full-fat coconut milk, the calorie count goes up to 549 calories.
- Storage and reheating: You can store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. When ready to reheat, simply place it in a saucepan and warm it on the stove until it is warmed through (I do not recommend boiling it for a long time.)
- Golden paste: If you are short on time or want to make this Ayurvedic drink a part of your daily routine, alternatively, you can make it in just a few minutes by using my golden paste recipe.