This milk is quickly becoming a staple in our household. I have read about different versions of warm turmeric milk for a while now, but I have figured out the perfect spice combination for us. Turmeric milk is said to help you relax and sleep and turmeric is known to have anti-inflammatory properties. Since both of us have an autoimmune disease (one thyroid, one arthritis), I'm always trying to find ways to reduce inflammation. I've made this milk with dried turmeric before, and it's still good, but I visited a few local Indian markets and found fresh turmeric root. It was a great find and I was super excited to try it out. It smells like a spicy (not hot) carrot and sort of tastes like one as well. this drink is also sometimes called golden milk because of the lovely color it takes from the turmeric. This milk is a nice warm and creamy drink with a touch of spice and sweetness that warms you up before bed.
We recently joined a herd share so we now have access to farm fresh, grass-fed whole milk! I'm super excited about this and will likely be trying out more recipes like yogurt, cheeses, etc. so we can keep up with our milk. This recipe will make two servings.
Spiced turmeric milk
3 cups whole milk
1 tablespoon grated turmeric root (or 1 teaspoon dried)
1 teaspoon grated ginger root
2 green cardamom pods, cracked open
1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
2 teaspoons honey (or to taste), preferably raw
Combine the milk and spices (not honey) in a small pot. Heat over low heat, whisking often. You don't want to boil or scorch the milk. You just want to gently warm it and slowly let the spices permeate the milk. Warm until it turns golden and is just hot, but not coming to a boil.
Pour the milk through a fine mesh strainer into two mugs -- I recommend using dark colored mugs and pouring very carefully as anything with turmeric can stain! Stir 1 teaspoon (more if desired) of honey into each mug. Serve.
What was I cooking one year ago?: maple-balsamic fig jam
Two years ago?: citrus and spice roasted chicken with spaghetti squash & chickpeas
Three?: roasted sweet potatoes with spinach & cranberries
4?: white chili