A few days back it was gloomy and rainy outside. I was on Facebook and saw that Adam’s cousin, Joanne, had shared a picture of an intriguing looking warm drink, perfect for the weather. When I clicked on the links she had shared, I saw a recipe for turmeric paste that gets stirred into warm milk, making a lovely, golden coloured drink.
Memories came flooding back of my Dad handing me a mug of deliciously fragrant, peppery, yellow milk, whenever I felt a cold coming on or felt under the weather. I commented about this on Joanne’s post. She then challenged me to come up with my own recipe for golden milk, which I thought was an excellent idea since everyone I know is fighting a cold or knows someone who is fighting a cold, no better time than the present!
As a child I never gave the variety of herbs and spices incorporated into our meals at home a second thought, but as an adult I am now seeing the important role spices play, much more than just adding flavor. Ayurveda is an ancient, holistic approach to medicine and natural healing from India. Ayurveda is based on preventative medicine, which is why in Indian households you will often see a variety of medicinal herbs and spices built into meals on a daily basis. Ayurveda was the inspiration behind how I chose the ingredients for my version of golden milk. Here is a quick breakdown of some of the reasons these ingredients are so powerful. A simple Google search can give you a more in depth look at each individual ingredient, but this will help you get a general idea of what makes golden milk so good for you:
turmeric – powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, immunity booster
cardamom – aids in digestion, detoxifying, diuretic
cloves – anti-oxidant, anti-septic, aids in digestion, nutrient dense
cinnamon – can lower blood sugar levels, satiates a sweet tooth
peppercorns – aids in digestion, anti-bacterial
fennel seeds – reduces heartburn, aids in digestion
ginger – aids in digestion, nausea
coconut oil – aids in digestions, supports weight loss
The spices are infused in water and then combined with the turmeric to make a paste that you store in your fridge. Stir in a heaping ½ a teaspoon into your favorite warmed milk (I use almond or cashew milk) with a little bit of your favorite sweetener (I like maple syrup or honey) and you are good to go!
You might be worried about how this concoction will taste. You have my promise that it is delicious. I have been eagerly awaiting my warm cup of golden milk every morning after I wake up.
So bring a little Ayurveda into your life and make some golden milk. It’s a really easy way to incorporate all these amazing ingredients into your life on a daily basis.
- 8 cardamom pods
- 6 cloves
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 tbsp whole peppercorns
- 1 tbsp fennel seeds
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp ginger powder
- ½ cup turmeric powder
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- In a saucepan, add the cardamom, cloves, cinnamon stick, peppercorns and fennel seeds. Add 1 cup of water.
- Bring to a rapid boil over medium heat. Cover and boil for 5 minutes.
- Take off the heat and but leave the cover on. Let this sit for 2 -6 hours to get maximum infusion of the spices into the water.
- Strain the water into a measuring cup. Top up with extra water if needed to get to 1 cup.
- Pour the strained water back into the saucepan. Add the turmeric powder and ginger powder to the water. Cook on low heat until the mixture forms a thick paste.
- Stir in the coconut oil.
- Remove from heat. Once the mixture has cooled, store in a glass jar in the fridge.
- To make golden milk, heat up 1 cup of your favorite milk. Add a heaping ½ teaspoon of the paste into the milk (almond, cashew milk or any other milk) with you favorite sweetener (honey or maple syrup).
- add ½ to 1 tsp of powdered pepper rather than infusing the peppercorns if you would prefer a more peppery taste to your drink
- you can also add fresh ground pepper to your drink after it is prepared