Haldi doodh is a traditional drink from the Indian cuisine famed for its health benefits. It is considered a healthy, soothing & healing drink. Turmeric milk is delicious, sweetened with honey & has warming spices like turmeric, black pepper, etc. You might have heard about this traditional haldi doodh as the turmeric latte | golden milk | turmeric milk.
Haldi Doodh literally translates to haldi (turmeric) and doodh (milk). Growing up, this was considered the home remedy for minor sniffles & sore throat, etc.
If you like milk-based drinks, do give this refreshing rose milk a try, it is perfect for summer days.
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOKING TIME: 5 MINUTES
ADDITIONAL TIME: 2-3 MINUTES
Quick Rundown of Ingredients & Steps
The recipe for haldi doodh is a fairly simple one with ingredients that you will find typically in an Indian pantry. Since it does not take whole lot of ingredients and does not have complicated steps involved, it is made fresh and consumed hot/warm.
- Turmeric Powder
- Black Pepper
- Cardamom Powder
Add milk, turmeric, black pepper, and cardamom powder to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
Let it cool down for a few minutes before adding honey.
Mix well to blend all the flavors and enjoy hot/warm.
Turmeric stains clothes, countertops, and fingertips. Be mindful of this.
Veganize Haldi Doodh
Traditionally, in Indian cuisine, cow's milk and honey are used to prepare this. In fact, cow's milk, and honey have a special place in the Hindu religious rituals, ayurvedic medicine, and many other age-old traditions. We, at Framed Recipes, do not follow a vegan diet - we consume dairy and honey at home. I use regular dairy and also use honey in the recipe.
But, for those who follow a vegan diet, do substitute dairy with your favorite plant-based milk that can be boiled. Honey can be substituted by maple syrup or any of your favorite sweeteners.
I am not a health expert, so I cannot comment on the health benefits of the substitutions, but you can still enjoy the warmth and deliciousness of the vegan version of turmeric milk.
Can You Use Fresh Turmeric In The Recipe?
Yes, absolutely. Use about ½ - 1-inch (adjust to your taste) fresh turmeric. Wash, peel, and thinly slice turmeric before adding to the milk.
What Are The Potential health benefits?
You can buy golden milk from stores, but read the labels to ensure it fits your dietary restrictions and allergies. Making it at home means you have more control of what goes into the preparation, so you know for sure it is perfect for you.
Haldi doodh is one of the famous daadi ma ke nuske (home remedies passed down to generations). This milk is supposed to be good for
- minor sniffles and coughs/common cold
- a good restful sleep at night
- treating hormonal imbalance etc.
Keep in mind that these spices in larger quantities can also lead to acidity, bloating, etc. Read what Rujuta Diwekar says about the benefits of Turmeric milk. WebMD also has an article dedicated to the health benefits of golden milk.
Haldi Doodh | Turmeric Milk
- Sauce Pan (preferably with a heat resistant handle)
- Cooking Spoons
- Measuring Spoons/Cups
- Serving Cups
- Mortar & Pestle (to powder black pepper/cardamom powder; optional)
- 1½ cups milk
- ½ teaspoon haldi/turmeric powder
- ⅛ teaspoon freshly crushed black pepper or to taste
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground cardamom powder
- 2 tablespoon honey
- Pour milk into the saucepan and start boiling it on medium heat.
- Once the milk starts to heat up, add haldi, black pepper, and cardamom powder.
- Let the milk come to a full boil. Remove from heat.
- Once it has cooled down slightly, add honey and mix well.
- Pour into serving glasses (use a sieve if required) and take warm sips.