Healthy and Healing Turmeric Chai aka Haldi Doodh [Dairy free, Sugar free, Paleo, Gluten free, Grain free]

Turmeric has some great health benefits and this is the perfect warming drink to help fight off wintry colds and ails

Having grown up in an Indian home, turmeric (or haldi as we call it) was commonplace in the kitchen as well as a part of our traditional undertakings. From weddings to prayers and all sorts, you’d never be too far from some haldi. Now I’m not talking about the stuff you buy that’s garish and loaded with colourants – you ideally want fresh turmeric but if you can’t find it, try buy organic pure turmeric powder to reap the benefits.  

 
So what are these benefits and why am I going on about it now? Here’s a list of benefits: 

  

Having recently sustained yet another injury on my right foot, I remember an aunt of mine telling me the last time this happened to ‘drink haldi milk!!‘ So sitting here in a moon boot and wanting to try anything and everything to get me back up and running, I decided to listen for a change and make some of this haldi milk 😉 Being me though, I had to make it my way, and according to my taste. 

Just a note: I have premade chai masala but if you don’t, you can leave it out and just add the other spices to spruce it up. Alternatively,  you can stick with the simple version and just use turmeric, some milk of your choice, and if you want, add some ghee as well. I find this sweet enough with the spices, but you absolutely can add honey or a sweetnener of your choice. 

Recipe for Turmeric Chai

Yield: one serving 

Prep and cooking time: 5 minutes (approx) 

What you need

220ml milk (homemade almond, coconut, or dairy)

1/2 tspn organic turmeric powder

1/4 tspn vanilla powder

1/2 tspn cinnamon powder

1/2 tspn ginger powder

1 tspn chai masala (alternatively, add 1/2 tspn cardamom and a pinch of pepper)

Sweetener of your choice if using

What you need to do

1. In a saucepan, add milk and spices over a medium high heat.  

 
2. Stir continuously until the mixture boils. 

3. Remove from heat, add sweetener if using, and done! 

   

 Quick, simple, delicious – and a much needed moment of zen. Drink this once per day, at night is probably best too to help ease you into a relaxing, peaceful sleep. Enjoy! 

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