Turmeric is one spice that is commonly found in most Asian kitchens. It has numerous health benefits since it is contains curcumin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Research has shown that including turmeric in our daily diets helps to cure us of ailments. It is beneficial to people suffering from cancer, heart disease, skin problems, liver disease, arthritis, stomach problems, gallbladder problems, depression and Alzheimer’s too.
You can get turmeric in the fresh form or dried both are equally good for the health.
In most Asian household, one home remedy that is regularly used is Turmeric Milk known as Haldi Dhoodh. Butter, pinch of pepper and turmeric are stirred in to warm sweetened milk and drunk. It is thought that this concoction aids in a speedy recovery.
The Turmeric milk recipe varies from household to household and is made by adding various spices such as pepper, cinnamon and turmeric and butter. I grew up with this very simple and mild flavour but still with lots of medicinal benefits.
- 200 ml Full Cream Milk
- 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon butter
- 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
- 1 teaspoon sugar (to taste)
- Place the milk in a saucepan and bring to boil.
- Leave it to reach room temperature then add sugar, turmeric and black pepper.
- Stir in the butter.
- Pour into two glasses and serve immediately.