Golden Milk – A tasty beverage for glowing health
One of the nightcaps I have fallen in love with is the popular Indian drink ‘golden milk.’ A subcontinent with over 500 million gods, perhaps the inventor derived her inspiration from the sacred cow. When you combine creamy milk with what they call ‘the spice of life,’ the result is phenomenal. No wonder Indians have been drinking it for thousands of years. Here is why golden milk may be one of Asia’s best-kept secrets.
What is it?
It is a comforting beverage, often consumed as a nightcap, primarily made of milk and turmeric. The turmeric is the most prominent spice and gives it its vibrant sunset colour, but the drink also includes other spices. These act in synergy with the turmeric to produce a powerful systemic effect. Traditionally mixed with honey, this rich drink is so beneficial you may actually begin to crave it. Two of my Indian friends mentioned that their parents used to give it to them as kids at the first sign of a cough or cold. Who can question the benefits of ancient wisdom?
How to make Golden Milk
- 2 cups of milk
- 1 tablespoon local honey, optional
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil, optional
- 3 drops vanilla essence, optional
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 cinnamon stick or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- small pinch of black pepper
- a dash of cardamom (optional)
- pinch of ginger
- Pour all ingredients into a small pan and boil. Whisk to combine ingredients. Reduce heat to low and simmer for up to 10 minutes.
- Strain the milk. To serve, add a dash of cinnamon.