Turmeric milk, Aka Golden milk
Like the name suggests, this is worth its weight in gold!
An Ayurvedic classic, this little treasure has been keeping us healthy through the generations.
There are several versions of this drink and each one suits a purpose. You can make it with simply turmeric and saffron, or you can make it for flu fighting with ginger and ajwaeen, (oregano seeds). I'm sure in Ayurvedic literature you can find many many more variations, but these two are the ones popular in our home. Another favourite is turmeric milk enriched with dry fruits/nuts and saffron.
Not only is it a drink full of healing, but it’s a drink which fills one up with the feeling of love and nurture, its natural warm temperature and beautifully inviting sunshine warmth of golden yellow is an instant pick me up! A perfect drink to snuggle up with on the couch, on late cold winter nights with a blanket and a book, or a movie, which ever you fancy.
Turmeric and saffron milk:
perfect for evening winding down and indulgence, especially those nights when you need a little tlc!
1 cup of whole milk
1/5 tspn of turmeric powder
Pinch of saffron
Combine all the ingredients in a small pot, and gently heat on a medium low flame. Stand over it stirring occasionally, but more importantly to watch the mellow pale yellow slowly turn into a beautiful strong vibrant entity, which in turn lifts up your spirits and elevates your mood. Trust me it does happen, so don't rush around doing other things while this boils away, stay with it and let it heal you completely.
Bring it to a boil then switch it off, pour into your favourite mug, and add a touch of honey if you please. Retreat into your quite corner of the world and switch off from the world to enter into a moment of blissful healing and rejuvenating, best enjoyed hot (like tea).
For extra indulgence scoop in a spoonful of freshly ground nuts/dry fruits.
Turmeric milk, the real flu nurse:
For nature's flu fighting power;
1 inch knob of ginger. peeled and quartered
1 cup of whole milk
1/4 tspn of turmeric powder
pinch of ajwaeen (oregano seeds)
1 tablespoon of raw pure local honey
Combine all the ingredients in a small pot except the honey. Heat on a medium-low heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low to simmer the milk for 5 minutes. Switch off and pour half out into a mug and add half tblspn of the honey (or more if you like it sweeter). Drink hot, as much as you can bare of course not burning hot, save the other half for later. Have half in the morning and half warmed up again in the evening (with the other half tblspn of honey as before).
For best results combine with lemon and ginger drink and if a chesty cough with ghee mixture.(recipes to follow soon)
Please note, if you suffer from diabetes then you can omit the honey, but if not, it is recommended to have the honey as it is also great to have in flu.
The ginger can be strained out when drinking, but it is better to eat the ajwaeen (oregano seeds), you can either swallow them whole or chew them, but I must warn you it has a slightly bitter taste!
This drink can be given to children above 1 year of age, although the ajwaeen (oregano seeds) should be strained out!
According to UK guidelines honey is not recommended to children under the age of 12 months!
If your child is under any medical treatment or if you have any doubts about giving this drink to children please consult your doctor.
MY RECIPE BOX
My heritage spans from the flavours of Bihar to the cuisine of the Arabias, the colourful food of Bengal to the delicacies of Pakistan.
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