When most people think of turmeric, they aren’t usually looking to make a tea out of it. It is most often used to flavor meals, and is one of the key ingredients in curry that gives it its unique flavor. Contrary to common sense, this mildly spicy herb makes a surprisingly delicious tea, and is full of nutritional benefits. Below you’ll find a simple recipe to make a delicious and soothing cup of turmeric tea.
Turmeric Tea Golden Milk Recipe
- 2 cups of your milk of choice (almond, coconut, dairy, etc.)
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric
- dash of black pepper
- ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ginger powder or a small piece of fresh, peeled ginger root
- pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
- 1 teaspoon of raw honey or pure maple syrup to taste (optional)
Pour all ingredients into a high-speed blender; combine until smooth. Next, pour this blended mixture into a saucepan and heat over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes (do not boil). Voila, your turmeric tea is ready to drink!
Note: try to avoid getting any of the ingredients on your counter, as it may stain your countertop.
If this process sounds a bit laborious to you for just a cup of tea, try keeping a dry turmeric tea mixture on hand as well.
Dry Turmeric Tea Mix
- ½ cup turmeric powder
- ¼ cup cinnamon powder
- 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
- 1-2 tablespoons of ground ginger
- optional ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
Combine all of the dry ingredients and keep on hand whenever you want a cup of tea. Measure our 2 teaspoons of this mix and add to 2 cups of heated milk for an instant tea drink.
While turmeric can be found in most health food stores, be sure that the one you purchase is organic and non-irradiated, and that it actually contains curcumin (since that’s where all the health benefits come from). Even if you don’t normally care for the flavor of turmeric, you should definitely give this tea a try, as it has a much nicer flavor than the spice by itself. Enjoy!
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