The Original Turmeric Latte (Haldi Wala Doodh)
"Yeah. But a lot more yuckier than the stuff we used to have in our days ", I replied back. "Now they add coconut milk and even some virgin coconut oil to it ", I added. Now it was my turn to let out an involuntary shiver.
"And yet there are others who really go for it with all guns blazing. How else does one come up with gems like cayanne, chia seeds, hazelnut butter, vanilla extract or something equally exotic ?". My words added to her growing horror.
Thankfully I am able to check myself before the whole post turned into a continuous rant about how the Western world embraces these 'magic' potions with a zeal that could easily rival that of village bumpkins out to get the 'darshan' of a so-called holy man. And to think that they call us superstitious.
This post is dedicated to the original 'Haldi wala doodh' which more than deserves its '15 minutes of fame'. For one, I swear my it's effectiveness is soothing down my throat inflammation.
Read on for the recipe -
Preparation Time -
- 1/2 inch fresh turmeric (else use 1/2 tsp powder)
- 2/3 cup skimmed milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 cloves
- 6-7 peppercorns
- 1/3 inch cinnamon
- 1 green cardamom
- a few drops of ghee
- honey to taste (optional)
Preparation - Slice the knob of raw turmeric.
Coarsely pound all the spices in a mortar.
Cooking - Add the 1/2 cup of water along with the ground spices and the turmeric to a saucepan.
Simmer it on low flame for a few minutes .
Add the milk to the same vessel. Let it boil for 2-3 mins on a low flame.
Strain into a glass/cup and stir in the ghee and honey.
Drink it while it is still hot.
Note - Unlike the Western diet which advocates going off all dairy products for a complete detox, the Ayurveda actually includes milk, turmeric and ghee as essentials for a detox ritual.