It's been a while now since I wished that coffee and me got on better and these days I’m more than ok with being a tea lover. My favourite tea of all time is a bit like a spicy Horlicks - it's golden, milky and Ayurvedic (and in the book — page 34). Can you guess what it is yet?
This special Ayurvedic drink has made a big impact here in the West - all the hip cafes are calling it ‘the turmeric latte’. This delicious recipe is perfect for soothing frazzled nerves in a fast paced world while delivering easy to digest nutrition. Golden milk is also a great way to enjoy the health benefits of spices and also a reminder that spice doesn’t always mean hot chilies! For the creamy element, both dairy and almond milk are encouraged - these are particular to Ayurveda, and you’ll always find dairy is cooked to support your digestion (helpfully this long simmer makes the spices more absorbable too). Notice the addition of black pepper - very important for the absorption of turmeric (and all its wonderful health benefits!). Great for replenishing and relaxing, it’s also great for getting rid of those sleepless nights (sign me up, right?!). So enjoy this soothing hug in a mug - with its beautiful colour and complex spicy deliciousness!
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1 cup /250ml organic whole milk (pref. unhomogenised) or almond, oat, coconut, hemp milk etc. (ideal for vegans)
½ cup/125ml of water
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground turmeric
2-3 cardamom pods, cracker or ⅛ tsp ground cardamom
Pinch of ground nutmeg
A good grind of ground black pepper
1 date or 1 tsp jaggery to sweeten
1 tsp fresh ginger, grated or ½ tsp ground ginger
Add the milk, water, spices and the date, if using, to a pan and season with black pepper and whisk well.
Bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes being careful not to let it burn or let it bubble over! Add ghee and jaggery, if using, mix well and remove from heat.
Allow to cool a little, strain and serve.