Haldi doodh or golden milk is Turmeric milk made with turmeric, warming spices, and milk of your choice. This recipe originated in India many many centuries ago. It has famously gained popularity world wide with the name of Golden milk!
What is Haldi Doodh?
Haldi doodh is a warm milk-based drink popularly made in India. It's the turmeric that renders the milk a beautiful golden color. For this recipe, we also need a few warm spices and aromatics like green cardamoms, black peppercorns, cinnamon sticks, and ginger. The milk is then brought to a low simmer, and a sweetener of your choice is added. I just add either sugar or honey! Garnish it with a pinch of cinnamon powder or a few strands of saffron!
Origin of this Recipe
The recipe of haldi masala doodh originates in India. It was discovered thousands of years ago as a warm comforting drink for colder months. According to Ayurvedic scriptures, this haldi doodh aka golden milk is a medicinal drink that also tastes delicious. Turmeric is naturally immunity-boosting and anti-inflammatory, hence is graded as the best medicinal spice according to Ayurveda.
The addition of spices makes it warm, and a perfect concoction to heal your body and fight through infections.
Ingredients to Make Golden Milk
- Milk - Use any milk of your choice. Traditionally whole milk is used to make this recipe. To make it vegan, you can use either coconut milk or oat milk.
- Whole Spices - Green Cardamom Pods, Cinnamon Stick and Black Peppercorns are used to make this recipe.
- Aromatics - We will be using fresh ginger slices to spice this drink up!
- Salt - Just a pinch of salt in this recipe is a game changer to how delicious this haldi doodh tastes.
- Sweetener - You can use any sweetener of your choice. I like to use sugar, jaggery or honey. If you plan to use jaggery or honey I suggest you to turn off the flame, and the add jaggery or honey to the milk.
- Garnish - Serve this drink warm with saffron strands, or a pinch of cinnamon powder.
Why You Should Make This Masala Haldi Doodh
- easy to make
- naturally immunity boosting and anti-inflammatory
- naturally gluten-free
- can be made dairy-free/vegan
Expert Tips to Make Golden Milk
- You want to let the milk become lukewarm before adding turmeric and other whole spices.
- I like to pound the green cardamoms and black peppercorns to bring out more flavor.
- Let the milk come to a low simmer, and only then add the ginger slices to the milk. If you add the ginger before, then your milk can get curdled.
- You don't have to bring the milk to a boil like masala chai. A low simmer works.
- Aerating the haldi doodh will give you a frothier texture if you like it!
More Recipes You Might Like From The Blog
Jump To: Recipe
Haldi Masala Doodh | Golden Milk
- 1 Saucepan
- 1 Tea Strainer
- 2.5 Cups Milk
- 1/4 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
- 1 Inch Cinnamon Stick
- 4-5 Green Cardamom Pods
- 6-7 Black Peppercorns
- 1/2 inch Ginger Sliced
- 1/8 Teaspoon Salt
- 2 Teaspoons Sugar
- 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- 2-3 Strands Saffron
- Gently pound the green cardamoms and black peppercorns using a mortar pastel. Set it aside.
- Place the saucepan on a medium-low flame. Add milk of your choice.
- Let the milk heat up for two minutes. Then add turmeric along with pounded green cardamom pods, black peppercorns and a cinnamon stick.
- Now stir the milk using a spatula or a laddle.
- Once you see small bubbles appearing on the sides, then add ginger, salt and sweetener. Stir it in again.
- Now, let the milk simmer on low flame for 5 minutes. Turn off the flame after 5 minutes.
- Strain the milk, and serve topped with some ground cinnamon or saffron strands!
- I make this recipe more often during the fall and winter months, but especially my go-to drink whenever I am feeling under the weather!
- This recipe is great for pregnant women, or during postpartum care