Turmeric milk – Haldi doodh


Turmeric milk or golden milk or haldi doodh is an age-old Indian home remedy for sore throat, congestion or cold. It is anti inflammatory, antioxidant, antispasmodic, immunity building and what not! It means that it fights inflammation (even arthritis related), purifies blood, soothes muscle spasms (especially for menstrual cycle), builds immunity and so on.

Now, I give this to my son whenever he has a cold or congestion. I give to him with the same love with which my mother used to give me when I was a kid. And my son protests with the same strength with which I used to do when I was a kid. I used to HATE it when I was a kid. A sentiment that my son shares now.

But then, wisdom dawns with age and I am a much wiser person now. I am hoping that my son too, will grow up to be wise guy and torture his kids with the golden milk ;-).

Its not that this tastes bad, but it is no hot chocolate. I overdo the pepper part and so it ends up a little more spicy than what the kid prefers it to be. The pepper helps with the congestion (or so I feel), but is totally optional (but recommended). Read on if you want to know more about this magical golden milk.



  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • sugar as needed


  1. Heat milk with turmeric powder, ground pepper and sugar.
  2. Once it comes to a boil, take off the heat, pass through a tea strainer and drink.


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13 thoughts on “Turmeric milk – Haldi doodh

  1. I recently was surprised to see this age old recipe under the name turmeric latte somewhere. I never had to drink it in my life and I find it weird adding turmeric to milk even it is healthier. I haven ‘t become wiser yet, I guess. :)


  2. I guess It is a very common remedy passed down from generations. The presentation is outstanding and even today I gulp down this turmeric milk grudgingly :)


  3. A very effective remedy. Did you know the active ingredient in the pepper makes the turmeric more bio available? A perfect combination.


  4. Oh! ask me how I hated this milk when I was a kid just the way my daughter hates it now.I guess this is something natural and once you get older you automatically develop taste for them.The composition and the setup looks mind blowing.


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