The health benefits of Haldi Ka Doodh and how to make it.
The recent COVID-19 outbreak has unexpectedly brought changes to our lifestyle. When the findings concluded that novel coronavirus, directly or indirectly, affects the immune system, everyone started looking for home remedies that boost the immune system. Turmeric came out to be one of the most important immunity boosters.
I remember the times when I lived in North India; the freezing cold days would always make me fall sick. When it started getting worse with a sore throat, fever, cough, and cold, even after having medicines, one of our neighbours suggested my mom to try giving me a glass of turmeric milk (Haldi milk). I wondered how it would taste like. We gave this gharelu nushka (home remedy) a try. I hated drinking milk, but this time I didn’t make my mom run around me with the glass of milk. Turmeric milk was surprisingly delicious.
Benefits of Turmeric Milk (Haldi Milk)
Even now, during this COVID time, when I am stuck at the hostel, my mum would always remind me to drink Haldi ka doodh every evening. This blind trust over turmeric milk (Haldi ka doodh) prompted me to find the reasons that make it so special. I am quite amazed by the benefits turmeric milk offers:
Boosts the Immune System: People in India tend to use this magical drink to help fight common illnesses, such as the cold or sore throat, and also boost their immunity. Ayurveda believes that turmeric milk enhances the blood circulation in the body and cleanse the toxins in the blood vessels and tissues. Hence, it protects the body against certain infections or other diseases.
Prevents Heart Disease: Curcumin, the active component in turmeric, has strong antioxidant properties, due to which it has been used in Ayurvedic medicines for centuries now. Antioxidants are substances that act as a protective layer for your cells against free radicals that cause heart disease, cancer, etc. The ingredients used in making turmeric milk can lower the chances of developing heart disease.
Reduces Inflammation and Joint Pain: Turmeric milk has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce inflammation or swelling, which lowers the risk of developing conditions like arthritis or some other health conditions.
Healing Property: Haldi ka doodh or turmeric milk is extensively used after physical trauma or surgery to speed up the healing. Some earlier studies claim this is because of the curcumin present in turmeric, which helps in reducing pain and tiredness.
Reduces Cell Damage: Healthy cells are weakened by free radicals that cause heart disease, cancer. The antioxidants in turmeric can help in reducing cell damage by protecting healthy cells.
Better Digestion: Drinking Haldi ka doodh (turmeric milk) can contribute to healthy digestion due to the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties in turmeric.
Lowers Blood Sugar Levels: The ingredients used in preparing turmeric milk can help lower blood sugar levels in the body.
Improves Mood and Brain Function: There are certain evidences suggesting that curcumin present in turmeric, when consumed regularly, can help improve the mood of a person and also the brain function.
Improve Bone Health: Turmeric has the property of maintaining bone density and prevent loss of minerals in the bone; hence turmeric milk can improve bone health.
Recipe to Make Turmeric Milk
Now that we have come across the benefits of turmeric milk, you might be eager to know how to make it. Have a look at how my mom usually prepares a glass of Haldi ka doodh (turmeric milk) for me.
Ingredients needed are:
- ½ cup of dairy or nondairy milk
- 1 tsp of turmeric
- ½ tbsp grated fresh ginger
- ½ tsp of cinnamon powder
- A pinch of black pepper
- 1 tsp of honey
To make Haldi ka doodh or turmeric milk, just mix all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring it to boil and then reduce to a simmer for about 10 minutes or until it gets fragrant and flavourful. Use a fine strainer to strain the drink into a cup. If you want, you can top the milk with a pinch of cinnamon. There it is your turmeric milk, all ready to serve.
Thanks to my neighbour, who helped me get through those winter days. I would like to recommend you to definitely try out this recipe at home. It is sad to find that the turmeric available in the market these days is mostly adulterated and contains synthetic or chemical dyes just to get an appealing look. Such a product may not be effective at all.
That is why Vedic Flavors is here for you to give you the turmeric powder you are seeking for.