Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Spiced turmeric milk


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

21 comments:

  1. I love cinnamon in my milk, but I'll have to try tumeric and cardamom now.

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  2. This milk looks so interesting! I had no idea what fresh turmeric looked or tasted like.

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  3. I have never heard of tumeric milk, but I am definitely intrigued!

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  4. Wow, I love all the awesome health benefits this has! Not to mention that it sounds delicious. I might have to try this soon!

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  5. Love turmeric! Have to give this a try too!

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  6. This sounds comforting and really delicious. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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  7. Mmmm I haven't had warm milk in years but now I'm craving a glass!

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  8. I've never worked with fresh turmeric -- I definitely need to. And I need to try this milk -- it looks fabulous! I've read so much about the health benefits of turmeric, and I actually use it a lot (I love Indian food). But definitely need to use more of it. Good stuff -- thanks.

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  9. This looks like a wonderful way to wind down at the end of the day!

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  10. I recently saw fresh turmeric at Whole Foods. I can't wait to try this as arthritis runs in the family. Hopefully this does the trick! And it sounds very soothing, too!

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  11. What a delicious sounding drink! I hope it helps! I have never seen fresh turmeric before! Very cool.

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  12. Turmeric is SO good for you and I try to include it in my meals whenever I can! Such a great drink!

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  13. This looks great, I always love trying to use turmeric in new ways. Can't wait to give this a shot.

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  14. This is so interesting...I never used fresh turmeric...but can imagine how tasty this would be...thanks for the inspiration and recipe Amy.
    Hope you are having a enjoyable week :D

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  15. How have I never heard of tumeric milk before?? Looks good!

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  16. This looks so comforting! I could use some of it right now hehe ;--)
    Have a lovely weekend Amy! xx

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  17. wowwww, it look so great and creamy, delicious :)

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  18. what a fabulous drink to enjoy!

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  19. So interesting to read about the many properities of this drink.
    You are one lucky girl to get farm fresh milk!

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  20. Turmeric in milk, well this is very unique!

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