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Evening Winter Recipe: Haldi Doodh (Golden Latte)

In the last few years, golden lattes have become the new trendy drink. However that plumpy old South Asian grandmother that you passed by the other day probably drank it the other night, along with her mother, and her mother, and her mother before. Haldi- Doodh means Turmeric-Milk. Culturally, most drink it to help with sleep, with a cough, to prevent sickness, or during and after pregnancy. I just think it's a perfect evening beverage for this unnecessarily cold time of the year. This drink does not need to cost as much as it does at your hippest cafe. It also tastes much better when made at home with all the extra ingredients. 

I am not a big milk drinker so I altered the recipe using almond milk, which also adds a natural sweetness and lots of protein.

Makes 2 cups

8 ounces of almond milk & 4 ounces of filtered water
1 tablespoon of turmeric powder
Pinch of ground black pepper
A few whole cardamoms
Slices of fresh ginger
I tsp raw honey
Grated cinnamon bark
Pinch of nutmeg powder
1 tablespoon collagen hydrolysate
1 teaspoon of Maca powder
Pinch of pink Himalayan salt

These are common household ingredients for me, so I include them. However, for those looking to keep it simple, just milk, turmeric, pepper, salt, and raw honey is enough!

Key Benefits

Ginger: This is one of my favorite ingredients. Just the scent of it when I'm juicing it makes me happy. Ginger also reduces nausea, muscle pain, arthritis (because it's anti-inflammatory) and studies have shown that it has improved sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes. It is effective against menstrual pain and has been found to reduce LDL cholesterol in the blood.

Cardamom: This is another common ingredient among many eastern cultures. It originated from South Asia and now Guatemala is the larger producer. It is in the same family as Ginger and it helps with digestive problems like IBS. Studies also show that it helps with lowering blood pressure. Most of the people I know just use it in tea, coffee, and some curries, or as a breath freshener.

Turmeric: I think most people are now becoming pretty aware of the benefits of turmeric. Primarily it is anti-inflammatory and an anti-oxidant. It contains a substance called curcumin which is best absorbed in the body with piperline (found in pepper) and fat. Although tumeric is very potent, the levels of curcumin in turmeric are not insanely high, so you should incorporate tumeric in your food and drink daily for best results. Curcumin also crosses the blood-brain barrier, which studies show an improvement of neurological function. There are also many studies that show a significant improvement in symptoms of arthritis. 


Heat the almond milk & water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in all of the ingredients except the cinnamon. 

Once the milk is close to a boil, it's ready to be put in the blender. At this point you could filter out the cardamom and ginger or you could blend it all together for extra flavor.

Sprinkle some nutmeg, cinnamon, and turmeric on top as desired. Swirl and enjoy!
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