Winter season is not all fun & games. While when we plan our vacations and parties, our bodies struggle to adapt to the rapid change in the weather. Cold weather directly translates to flu season as viral and bacterial infections are on the rise. The cold and dry weather also leads to cough and throat infections. As pollution levels also rise during this time of the year, there is also an increase in respiratory ailments such as asthma and similar airborne diseases.
A humble cup of an age-old nuska called Haldi (Turmeric) Doodh is very helpful in fighting off this weather. The magic in this concoction comes from a simple ingredient, found in every Indian spice rack – Turmeric.
Curcumin is the key compound in turmeric that gives Haldi doodh its health benefits. For haldi to have a positive impact on your health, the Haldi powder used must be pure with a high concentration of curcumin.

What makes Haldi (turmeric) so potent?

The key component of turmeric (Haldi) has many properties that can help in healing and recovery from various ailments. It is used as herbal medicine to help fight diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, chronic anterior uveitis, conjunctivitis, smallpox, chickenpox, wound healing, urinary tract infections and liver disease. It also helps deal with digestive disorders, abdominal pain, and distension. Some turmeric health benefits are –

  • Anti-Inflammatory – turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties which can help in reducing inflammation throughout the body. It contributes to the prevention of diseases that are caused due to inflammation. A useful property to deal with achy joints and winter stiffness.
  • Antioxidant action – Turmeric also helps promote antioxidant action which aids our bodies in fighting free radicals.
  • Improves immunity – Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties help in fighting infections and ailments such as coughs and colds.
  • Better Digestion – It helps in stimulating the secretion of digestive juices which are essential for the proper functioning of the digestive system.

Some Haldi (Turmeric) recipes:

Haldi Milk Recipe –

Traditionally, Haldi doodh is made using pure Haldi powder and whole milk. Milk is boiled on a low flame and pure turmeric powder is added to it. Sometimes, freshly crushed pepper is also added as piperine, the bioactive compound of pepper, enhances curcumin absorption in the body by up to 2,000 percent, making the spice more effective. A bit of ghee (clarified butter) can also be added to this drink as it helps the body assimilate the spice better while contributing good fats. It is meant to be consumed while it is warm for the best results. If you are looking to make Haldi Doodh slightly tastier, you can add some more powdered spices such as pepper, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and cloves. Honey can also be added for a hint of sweetness. For those who are lactose intolerant or vegan, Haldi doodh can also be made using almond milk.

Turmeric Tea To the Rescue –

Not a milk fan? Another great way to make a curative drink using Haldi is to make turmeric tea. This simple drink uses only four ingredients to create a concoction that will make you feel better quickly. The preparation is also quite simple. Boil three to four cups of water, add two teaspoons of turmeric and mix well. Simmer for ten minutes. Add a pinch of lemon juice for more vitamin C and honey for more sweetness. Filter this tea before serving. This easy and extremely comforting drink is a must when you have sniffles.

Turmeric Coffee Latte –

Turmeric Coffee Latte is made using 1/2 cup coconut milk, 1/2 cup filtered water, 1 tsp. Ceylon cinnamon, 1 tsp. turmeric powder, A pinch of pepper, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, 1/2 tbsp. grass-fed butter or ghee, 1/2 tsp. ginger powder, 1/2 – 1 tbsp. coconut butter, a pinch of nutmeg. Add all ingredients into a small saucepan and heat on low-medium until the gelatin has dissolved completely. Taste and adjust the sweetness to your own taste buds mug and enjoy!

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