6 January, 2018
Haldi doodh: Turmeric milk a.k.a Moonmilk. DF option
Wishing you all a fantastic new year friends.
Hope you all had a great Christmas, fun with family and dear ones and enjoyed all the delicious, decadent food. Speaking of food, I immersed myself in everything sweet, chocolatey and buttery…. You know what I mean.
In this new month I am looking forward to healthier choices. Don’t get me wrong, I have not signed up for a special diet or ‘The Biggest Loser’ show on TV. On the contrary, I was having a conversation with my sister and remembering the simple things we did as kids way back when. This of course predates video games, Facebook, cell phones etc. The days when we played with ‘real people’ in the evenings, had supper together as a family and discussed our day, it was ok to show up at your neighbour’s place unannounced.
We also talked about healthy tips that we were expected to incorporate in our lives.
What did mum do when we had the slightest sniffles, came home feeling unwell from school, had a hard time falling asleep, tended a sore knee after a fall? “Haldi doodh”, we said in unison. Haldi doodh seemed to be the answer to everything: a magic elixir.
I am not surprised to see so much talk, research, about this age old health tip. Even “BonAppetit” had an interesting article recently about this “Moonmilk”. Old knowledge in new garb?
Ayurveda, the thousands year-old health science from India, spelt out the benefits of turmeric. Excellent in fighting bacteria, it is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, reduces aches and pains, is kind to the joints, helps fight cancer, purifies blood, great for skin , I could go on and on. No wonder it comes with a suffix like ‘Make you glow’.
Super easy to make at home, it is great to include Turmeric milk in ones daily routine,
Recipe. Serves 2.
Whole milk/ Nut milk 2 cups
Fresh turmeric half inch long, grated
Fresh ginger Quarter inch long, grated
Freshly grated black pepper Quarter tea spoon
Cinnamon powder Half tea spoon
Honey to taste
Saffron big pinch
Take the milk in a pan on high heat, add the grated turmeric, ginger and bring it to a boil. Add black pepper. Crank the heat down and let it simmer for another two or three minutes. Put the gas off. Strain the liquid, add honey, sprinkle cinnamon powder and saffron. Voila. The ‘Moonmilk’, is ready. Bon appetit!
I am no expert on Ayurveda, I read a few contraindications to drinking too much Haldi doodh as well.
I have used Cow’s milk, people looking for diary free option can use any nut milk.