Golden Milk Tea
Though golden milk tea hails from Ayurveda, a 5,000 year old healing system found in India, it is still new to many areas. In my little town, I discovered this tasty beverage a year ago at our local food co-op. It sounded intriguing to hear of a “tea” made of turmeric and other spices and served as a latte. Bucking up my courage, I ordered a cup and nervously waited. When my drink was ready I took the lid off and was delighted to discover a golden concoction. I was a tad hesitant to take a sip as the turmeric scent reminded me of something I should be eating. But when the familiar notes of cinnamon and cardamom reached my nose, I was delighted to discover it reminded me of a chai latte.
What’s great about this tea is that you can personalize it to your tastes or health needs by the spices you choose. For my recipe I use turmeric, ginger, cardamom and cinnamon. The health benefits of these few ingredients are:
- Turmeric – Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, helpful for the heart, good for arthritis and relieving pain, eases an upset stomach
- Ginger – Anti-inflammatory, eases pain, spasms and arthritis, great for colds, eases nausea, may lower blood sugars
- Cardamom – Helps with asthma, eases a sore throat, relieves pain, good for congestion or bronchitis
- Cinnamon – Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, relieves pain and spasms, good for colds and flu, aids in digestion
Golden Milk Tea Recipe
- 2 Cups Milk (or milk substitute: coconut, rice, almond, soy)
- 1 Teaspoon Turmeric (fresh or dried)
- 1 Teaspoon Ginger (fresh or dried)
- 1 Dried Cinnamon stick
- 1 Teaspoon ground Cardamom seeds (or cardamom pods)
- Honey/sweetener to taste
- Small saucepot
- Tea diffuser or fine meshed strainer
- Add the spices to a tea diffuser or put them directly into the saucepan
- Add the milk and turn the temperature to medium-high
- Once the milk begins to simmer, lower the heat to medium and let milk simmer for 3-5 minutes
- When the tea is done, pour it into a cup. If the spices are loose, pour the milk through a fine meshed strainer to catch the spices
- Add honey/sweetener to taste
Keep in mind that this recipe is one that suited my tastes and what I had available in my cupboards. You could also add: peppercorns, coconut oil, cayenne, salt, nutmeg or cloves. I’m sure there are some people that would enjoy including these ingredients in their black tea or even coffee. The ideas are endless.
Want to enjoy a cup of Golden Milk Tea, but hate the idea of grinding the spices daily? Head over to Savory Lotus (https://www.savorylotus.com/golden-milk-turmeric-paste/) to learn how to make it as a paste, which can be refrigerated and kept for a few weeks.
Until next time, discover the power of health benefits from the comfort of a cup.
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