Dia daoibh a chairde!
This recipe is for turmeric milk. It sounds strange doesn’t it! Actually it’s a really tasty, sweet, night-time drink. Turmeric is probably best known as a spice used in Indian curries like Dahl. It is bright yellow in the spice form, but, if you can get it in its natural state it is an orangey colour in the form of a small root, kind of like ginger.
Turmeric has become the new “it” food as health gurus, researchers and doctors reveal the copious health benefits of the stuff. I’m talking like cancer fighting, immune boosting, anti-inflammatory and it has even been shown to slow and alleviate the development of alzeimers! See these videos from the great Dr Michael Greger. He summarises all the major scientific studies that have revealed the various health benefits of turmeric in the diet.
This drink is a really easy way to get a daily dose of turmeric – a lot easier than making a curry everyday! Dr Greger recommends half a teaspoon a day and this recipe calls for between a half and a full teaspoon. The more the use the more you’ll taste the spice!
You can add any extra flavourings you like but I used cinnamon, vanilla and cardamom. Other options could include star anise, ginger, black pepper – in any combo. To sweeten it up (which is definitely needed to make it palatable) I used dates and blended them with the milk. If you can’t get dates or if you don’t have a blender you could use maple syrup, agave syrup, coconut sugar or anything you like.
You will need:
1/2 – 1 tsp turmeric
4/5 cardamom pods
A cinnamon stick
1 tsp vanilla extract (I used essence because I’m poor but really try and get the extract it’s so much better)
2-4 medjool or khadrawi dates (or equivalent but not the dried out supermarket dates!)
A cup of plant-based milk (I used organic soya milk)
- Put your milk, turmeric, cardamom pods, vanilla and cinnamon stick in a sauce pan and heat up.
- While it’s heating up remove the seeds from your dates and put pitted dates in the blender.
- When the milk is nearly bubbling take it off the heat and take out the cardamon pods and cinnamon stick and put them into whatever cup you will be using,
- Add the warm milk to the blender with the dates and blend until smooth. Depending on your blender this could take anything from 1 to 4 minutes.
- When it’s lovely and smooth sieve it into your cup to catch any unblended dates bits.
- And enjoy! 🙂