Golden Milk Powder Blend + Latte Recipe for Winter Comfort

January 13th 2021

By Heidi Shayla, Mountain Rose Herbs

 

Haldi—or turmeric, as we commonly know it—has been enjoyed for thousands of years. Ayurvedic practitioners acknowledge this impressive orange powder for its support of joint mobility, digestion, and circulation, to name a few.* Haldi doodh (which translates to turmeric milk), or “golden milk,” has become one of the most popular ways that people enjoy turmeric and its wide range of benefits.

Traditional Golden Milk Benefits

Traditionally, haldi doodh is simply milk simmered with some turmeric and an optional sweetener of your choice. However, one of the challenges of harnessing the benefits of turmeric is that curcumin—a component renowned for its antioxidant properties—is not water-soluble and tends to absorb very slowly in the body. The answer to this dilemma, however, is very simple. Many families also add black pepper. This combination of fat, black pepper, and heat increases the bioavailability of the curcumin in the turmeric.

Researchers have also found that simmering the haldi doodh can increase the solubility of curcumin twelvefold. And, because turmeric is fat-soluble, the milk fat acts as a perfect medium to help our bodies better absorb the curcumin. If you follow a dairy-free diet, unsweetened coconut milk, soy milk, and nut milks are good alternatives.

In my household, we’ve found that creating a powdered blend in advance helps us find an easy way to work this powerhouse blend into our daily lives. As with all preparations, this can be tailored to your taste buds and household needs.

Golden Milk Powder Recipe
Makes about 1/4 cup powder.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine spices.
  2. If making ahead, store in an airtight container away from heat and sunlight.
  3. Spiced Golden Milk (Haldi Doodh) Recipe

 

Golden Milk Latte Recipe
Makes 1 cup.

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp. golden milk powder blend (see above)
  • 1 cup organic milk or alternative milk of choice
  • Sweetener of choice, to taste—I prefer raw, local honey

Directions

  1. Whisk golden milk powder with 1 cup milk of choice in a saucepan.
  2. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Allow to simmer for at least a couple of minutes, and up to 10 minutes to increase solubility of curcumin.
  3. Stir in sweetener of choice—if using honey, make sure not to add to milk hotter than 115° F.
  4. Enjoy while hot or put in refrigerator to cool and then serve over ice.

* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only.

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