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The first sign of a sniffle or a cough from anyone at home, and they are immediately served a cup of warm yellow turmeric milk.The first home remedy that we try to stop the cold from getting worse. My handy magic powder:)
Turmeric is a widely used spice in India. We use it in food, to cure colds and other ailments, on the face for brighter skin, on cuts and bruises( it stings like crazy!). With its anti inflammatory and anti oxidant properties, it is also said to be good for swelling,joint pains,and arthritis.
But personally, it has been my go to for colds. A cup of the milk before bed does wonders, and another cup some time in the morning. The extra calcium wouldn’t hurt either. My kids are not very fond of the taste. And I cannot blame them. It does take some getting used to. And seeing me put the same yellow powder that I use in chicken curries, in their milk, is not helping either. So along with the ‘magic yellow powder‘ , I add a teaspoon of honey (even better for coughs), and a few sprinkles 8-| .
How to make it
It is a quick and simple recipe. For an 8 oz cup of turmeric milk:
1.Heat the milk on stove top (Microwaving for about 30 seconds is perfectly fine).
2.Add a teaspoon of turmeric powder, and stir.
3.Add a teaspoon of pepper powder. Pepper is supposed to help in the absorption of turmeric.
4.Optional: Add honey/cardamom pods/cinnamon/sprinkles. I like mine plain and strong.
5.Strain and pour it into a cup. (Caution: Use a glass or steel cup. Any light colored cups will get stained for sure.)
And that’s it! The next day, I add a pinch to my warm cereal as well.
Where to find turmeric
Turmeric is available in all Indian stores, and stores like Whole Foods. I am kind of paranoid about additives, especially when the milk turns out to be yellower than actual gold. My grandparents have turmeric plants at their house in India. And they make powder out of the roots for their use. When I visit India, I usually bring some back:). And when that runs out, I get an organic brand from here. Also, the paranoia extends into the usage of most powders. So I use pepper corns and crush them,instead of using the powder :D. One of my (many) goals this year is to try to grow a turmeric plant here. Atlanta weather might actually work.
Just be careful when using turmeric, because real turmeric can leave stubborn stains,on your clothes,fingers and your cookware.
Enjoy the warmth!