Golden Milk or Turmeric Milk is a traditional Indian and Ayurvedic beverage that is typically drunk before bed and has recently gained popularity in the wellness world due to its healing and rich nutritional qualities. While we enjoy the ritual of drinking warm beverages as we wind down in the evenings, this recipe is great during the day as well, as it is rich in warming, circulatory, and immune system tonics which are important in the long cold winter months.
We have taken the traditional recipe of Golden Milk and added in a few of our favorite immune supporting herbs like ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom, making this drink a powerful and delicious immune tonic. The added KoruKai Health Elixir will ward off even persistent disease bugs and will keep you healthy through winter.
Turmeric is a rhizome of the Curcuma longa plant and has a shockingly bright golden orange color. Turmeric is what gives the color to curry powder, and has been a traditional medicine and food of native Indian cultures for thousands of years. Its flavor is the perfect combination of earthy bitterness and spicy sweetness and combines well with a sweetener like honey. It is high in essential vitamins and minerals that our body needs to stay in optimal health. Most of its compounds are fat soluble, so combining some fat into the mixture will help the body easily absorb those vital nutrients.
Cinnamon is a spice that is made from the inner bark of trees called Cinnamomum. It has been used as an ingredient throughout history, dating back as far as Ancient Egypt. It used to be rare and valuable, and was regarded as a gift fit for kings. Cinnamon has powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. It is a natural anti-microbial, anti-biotic, anti-fungal, and anti-viral agent making it an amazing immune-boosting spice. It can lower blood sugar levels, reduce heart disease risk factors, and has a plethora of other impressive health benefits.
I have created a turmeric spice paste that you store in a jar in the fridge, which makes it super easy to whip up a Golden Milk everyday without spending a lot of time in the kitchen. I have used dried ginger and turmeric which eliminates the need for staining the mixture and you end up with a powerful spice blend.
This paste is also beautiful in a quick and delicious dessert and is my kids’ favourite at the moment (recipe below).
Recipe: Golden Turmeric Paste (base to make Golden Milk)
1 ¼ cups water
¼ cup dried turmeric
1 tbsp dried ginger
1 tbsp cinnamon
½ tsp clove
½ tsp cardamom
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp black pepper
½ tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
1 vanilla bean or 1 tsp organic vanilla paste
¼ cup coconut oil
- Combine all the ingredients for the turmeric paste in a saucepan and heat over medium heat, whisking frequently. Once the mixture begins to boil, whisk constantly and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Boiling it is crucial to getting a smooth end result and reducing the bitter flavor of the turmeric.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat, and allow it to cool for about 10-15 minutes, until it’s cool enough to touch. The mixture may have separated a little, but that’s OK. Add ¼ cup honey (raw is best) and whisk vigorously to combine. The honey helps to emulsify the mixture, and gives the paste a lovely taste.
- Store your spice paste in a glass jar. Makes 2x 200g jars. The mixture should keep for several months in the fridge.
To make your Golden Milk use:
1 cup raw, grass-fed cow’s milk, goat’s milk, coconut milk, almond milk, hazelnut milk
2-3 tsp golden paste
1 tsp. KoruKai Health Elixir
Gently heat the milk with the paste until dissolved. Add more honey if desired and 1 dose of KoruKai Health Elixir to add more immune supporting herbs like echinacea, elderberries, horseradish and elecampagne. Sprinke with cinnamon and enjoy.
Go to bed and wake up energised, uplifted and ready for the day ahead!
Rice Pudding with Apples, Golden Spice Paste, Raisins and Honey
Leftover cooked rice from dinner the night before (I made an extra cup of rice to have enough for the next day’s afternoon tea), about 4 cups
1 cup cream or milk
a couple of cooking apples, cored and cut into cubes, skin on
handful of raisins
2 tbsp honey (more or less to taste)
1 tbsp Golden Turmeric paste (more or less to taste)
Gently cook the apples in a saucepan until soft, add rice, milk, raisins, honey and golden paste and heat just enough to melt the honey and get everything mixed nicely.