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.

A cup of turmeric golden milk a woman is holding it

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Gold milk is a traditional Ayurvedic drink made with turmeric root (or ground turmeric), milk (originally made with cow’s milk, but can also be made with plant-based and dairy-free milk like almond and coconut), black pepper, and oil.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.

Turmeric Golden Milk from scratch - photographed from the top view

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.
Golden Milk Tea being poured to a mug.

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:

Turmeric golden milk ingredients

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:

I use the following ratios for 2 Servings of Fresh Turmeric Golden Milk Recipe:

  • 2 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk
  • 2 inches of sliced fresh turmeric root
  • 1 inch sliced fresh ginger root
  • ½ teaspoon of coconut oil (or ghee)
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • A tablespoon of maple syrup or honey (optional)

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.

ingredients to make it with spices

I used the following ratios for 2 Servings of Turmeric Golden Milk Recipe made with Turmeric Powder:

  • 2 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon of coconut oil (or ghee)
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • Maple syrup to taste (optional)

Similar to the previous method, you can mix everything in a small saucepan and cook until it starts simmering.

A woman is Whisking turmeric milk

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

A Few FAQs Answered For The Best Golden Milk Recipe

What Are The Benefits Of Golden Milk?

If you are familiar with Indian cooking, it is likely that you already know turmeric spice (also known as a golden yellow spice). Mainly a staple in their curry dishes, turmeric is known for its incredible healing properties.

Research shows that turmeric has many components that are good for our health, but the most well-researched and known active ingredient in turmeric is called curcumin. Its usage goes back to the ancient Ayurvedic practice and has been known to promote the holistic health of the body with its antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-cariogenic, and anti-inflammatory properties. (source)

Consuming food and drinks made with turmeric, such as this Turmeric Golden Milk, is known to:

  • Help minimize joint pain and reduce inflammation
  • Fight off various infections and build (and boost) immunity due to its antibacterial properties
  • Help with a healthy glowing skin
  • Delay diabetes as curcumin’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties help moderate insulin levels. It has also been a way to help boost the effect of medications that treat diabetes.
  • Protect the brain and improve memory functions in Alzheimer patients. The following comes from this site: “Studies show that curcumin may increase levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). BDNF is a compound that helps your brain form new connections and promotes the growth of brain cells.”
  • Tame heartburn and indigestion issues
  • May reduce joint pain from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis thanks to turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties.

Why Do We Use Black Pepper & Oil In Golden Milk Recipe

At this point, you might be wondering why we are using black pepper and coconut oil in this recipe. It will be a little bit technical, but I will do my best to explain:

First, let’s start with why we use black pepper:

As we discussed earlier, the key compound in turmeric is called curcumin. This is what makes turmeric so healthy and good for us. However, sadly for us, our bodies cannot absorb (into our intestines and bloodstream) curcumin when we consume it just by itself.

This is where black pepper comes to our help. One of the active components in black pepper, piperine, is known to help us absorb the curcumin when they interact with each other.

In other words, a pinch of freshly ground black pepper helps our body to take in some of the benefits of this magical golden spice.

Second, let’s talk about why we use coconut oil:

The ancient Ayurveda practice makes golden milk tea with a little bit of ghee. The reason for this is that curcumin has poor solubility in water. In other words, in order for us to benefit from its full potential, turmeric needs to come in contact with oil.

In my version here, I used coconut oil as it is widely available, but if you have access to ghee feel free to use that instead.

Here you might ask, how much coconut oil should I use? I find that most recipes use a tablespoon of oil for 2 servings, which (depending on the milk you use) yields approximately 2 cups of turmeric golden milk.

If you read the recipe below, you will see that I do not recommend boiling it. Rather, I bring it to a gentle simmer and serve. This is intentional because, according to this article, cooking turmeric for long durations may lead to a loss of curcumin compound of turmeric.

A cup of Vegan Turmeric Golden Milk recipe from the front view

What Milk Should I Use?

The original recipe for golden milk is made with cow’s milk. However, I usually use plant-based (dairy-free) milk like oat milk, unsweetened almond milk, cashew, or coconut milk.

Amongst all the different types of milk I tried, I find that turmeric with coconut milk delivers the most creamy and silky drink. My second favorite is unsweetened almond milk, as it is a little lighter, but it is just as good.

You can also blend your favorite milk with some water to make it lighter. So feel free to try the recipe and make adjustments to your liking.

When To Drink Golden Milk? Does it help you sleep?

One of the most asked questions is, “When is the best time to drink turmeric milk?.” The short answer is that you can drink this beverage any time you want. However, most people, myself included, prefer to drink turmeric milk right before bed to get a good night’s sleep. It’s especially good for when you’re feeling under the weather.

This is also why some people call this drink “Golden Night Pill,” as drinking a glass of turmeric golden milk before bed is known for its ability to fight nighttime coughing, which hopefully results in a more restful night’s sleep.

Additionally, studies suggest that a cup of warm turmeric milk before bed promotes relaxation, lowers anxiety levels, fights inflammation, and as a result, helps with a good night of sleep.

With this being said, when I am drinking it at night, I do my best to drink turmeric milk without any sugar. Having been the daughter of a dentist, I learned at a young age that sleeping after consuming sugary foods (i.e., hot milk with honey) before bed will result in cavities. So be sure to brush your teeth well after consuming it.

Golden Milk Side Effects

I think it would be wrong if I didn’t talk about the side effects of consuming too much turmeric. As in most things in life, turmeric milk and turmeric should be consumed in moderation.

But you might ask, how much is too much? According to this article, we should not consume more than a teaspoon of ground turmeric spice a day. And if you are using fresh turmeric, we should limit it to 1.5 to 3 grams a day. Otherwise, excess usage of turmeric may result in an upset stomach, allergic reactions, risk of kidney stones, diarrhea, and nausea.

Do I need to peel it if I am using fresh turmeric root?

It is up to you. I personally like to peel it, but you can use it without peeling it if you give it a good wash.

How to prepare raw turmeric (and ginger)? Do I slice it or use a zester? 

Again, it is totally up to you. You can do both ways. I personally use a zester (affiliate link) so that I can get all the goodness out of it, but it is up to you.

Calories in Turmeric Milk:

The amount of calories in golden turmeric milk depends on the ingredients used. However, the recipe below, made with unsweetened almond milk and a teaspoon of maple syrup, is 146 calories. Please refer to the nutritional label underneath the recipe for more information.

What does golden milk taste like?

Golden Turmeric milk has a nice warm, earthy taste with a little bit of citrusy bitterness. It has a very soothing taste when mixed in with other ingredients like ginger, cinnamon, milk, and oil.

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.

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Turmeric Golden Milk Recipe

5 from 82 votes
Yields2 cups
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Learn how to make Turmeric Golden Milk: Made with turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, coconut oil, and almond milk, this is an easy Ayurvedic drink recipe that offers a lieu of healing properties. Whether you are trying to reduce inflammation, get some relief from a terrible cough, or get some glow on your skin, this soothing drink is guaranteed to offer you the comfort you need.


  • 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.


Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 409mg | Potassium: 87mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 403mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Drink
Cuisine: Indian
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  1. I don’t have coconut oil. Are there any acceptable substitutions? Also I’m trying out Whole Plant Milk, unsweetened flax. Any reason this wouldn’t be a good thing to do?

    1. Hi Amy,
      You can use any oil. Avocado oil or ghee are other great oils you can use. However, in a pinch you can even use a mild flavored olive oil (it is not ideal but the amount is so small that it would work). You can use plant milk as well. I usually make this using almond milk or coconut milk.
      Hope this helps.