December is here and the cold winter is upon us. The days are getting shorter and the night colder. With the onset of cold weather the sweaters, scarves and mufflers come tumbling out of our closet and warm soups and stews are dinner table favorites. Christmas comes along and the streets are filled with lights and christmas decor. vacation, family dinners, loads of gifts and happy kids fill the houses.
But along with all the happy things, there is more to the cold winters; sore throats and leaky noses. Kids fall ill and so do the adults. Of all the various illnesses of the cold weather, cold and flu are the most common. This illness has the simplest remedy: Hot Turmeric Milk. When I was a kid, my mother as well as my grandmother used to force me to have hot turmeric milk and I always resisted. But now I realize the various benefits this magic golden milk has: it is anti-inflammatory, great for sore throats and colds, has antioxidant properties and is also known as natural aspirin in Ayurveda.
The milk is often made from turmeric powder but the flavor that fresh turmeric root imparts is unmatched. The golden yellow color of the milk that slowly deepens on boiling is a treat to the eyes. Also, adding ginger further enhances the effects of turmeric. If you like the earthy flavor of the roots, enjoy the milk with just those and honey. However, if you like, add some cardamom or cinnamon powder to it. Enjoy this golden milk all winter long!
Milk 2 cups
Cardamom powder 1/2 tsp (Optional)
Cinnamon Powder 1/2 tsp (Optional)
Honey/ Sugar 2 tsp
Wash and peel ginger and turmeric. Boil milk in a pan and add sugar or honey as desired. Grate 1 inch of ginger and 2 inches of turmeric into the milk. Add cardamom powder or cinnamon powder if desired. You may also choose to add both the powders. Bring the milk to a boil and sieve the milk into a glass. Enjoy hot turmeric milk this winter!