How to make turmeric paste to stir in your Golden Milk.
Golden milk or golden tea, a super healthy drink that can help improve your health. This recipe for turmeric paste for golden milk makes it easier for us to enjoy this wonderful drink on a daily basis without having to start fresh every time.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF TURMERIC
Known as the “spice of life” in India, turmeric seems to be considered at the moment as one of the most powerful herbs in the world.
Its health benefits have been analyzed in thousands of studies apparently and most everyone seems to agree that including turmeric to your diet can prevent or improve the symptoms of various diseases like cancer, type 2 diabetes, inflammatory diseases, metabolic diseases, neurological diseases and so on.
For example, laboratory studies have shown that curcumin, which is the most studied component of turmeric, “is able to kill cancer cells and prevent more from growing. It has the best effects on breast cancer, bowel cancer, stomach cancer and skin cancer cells”.
Another study regarding one of the diseases most affecting our modern society shows that “curcumin is 400 times more potent than Metformin, a diabetic drug, in improving insulin sensitivity which can help reverse Type 2 Diabetes”.
This is of particularly interest for me, as I have been recently diagnosed with PCO (Polycistic Ovary System), which among other things, increases the insulin sensitivity and the risk of getting type 2 diabetes.
To help against it I have been taking Metformin for several months now, but knowing that I could improve the symptoms of PCO with the help of something so natural as turmeric is amazing.
And if you want to read more about the health benefits and uses of turmeric paste, make sure to read this article:
So including turmeric in your diet can only be of advantage for your health. The most common way of using turmeric is, of course, in curries, even when using an already made curry paste or curry powder, I like adding an extra teaspoon of turmeric. It’s not only healthy, it looks pretty as well… :). I like to use this Organic Turmeric Powder.
TURMERIC PASTE FOR GOLDEN MILK
Recently I came to discover Golden Milk. I made it fresh a few times and enjoyed it, together with my husband, from time to time, in the evening or on a weekend morning.
Then I found an article stating that it is possible to make a turmeric paste, which will allow you to enjoy the Golden Milk regularly without having to start fresh every time.
I tried 3 or 4 versions of it and found the following to be the tastiest. It combines lots of turmeric with black pepper (which is said to increase the health benefits of turmeric), cinnamon, nutmeg, fresh ginger and coconut oil. The amount will make two small jars, which are enough for a few weeks of regularly drinking golden milk or golden tea.
HOW TO MAKE TURMERIC PASTE FOR GOLDEN MILK
Making this recipe for turmeric paste for golden milk could not be easier.
Step 1: Pour the water into a small pan and bring to a boil.
Step 2: While the water is coming to a boil, prepare the rest of the ingredients. Finely grate the ginger. Give it to a bowl and add the turmeric powder, cinnamon, black pepper, nutmeg and coconut oil.
Step 3: When the water is boiling, add the dry ingredients and stir continuously on a medium-low heat for about 3-4 minutes. If the paste is too thick, add a small splash of water and continue stirring.
Step 4: Transfer the paste to the clean jars, seal and let cool. It will keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks.
The moment I give the dry ingredients to the water I whisk everything. Once the paste thickens slightly (it will happen pretty fast), I continue stirring with a wooden spoon. But keep in mind that turmeric stains, so the wooden spoon will become orange (all my wooden spoons are orange by now…).
I prefer to make the turmeric paste for golden milk in a small non-stick saucepan. The risk of the turmeric paste sticking to the bottom of the pot dissapears, the mixture is easier to mix and the saucepan super easy to clean as nothing will stick to it.
HOW TO PREPARE THE GOLDEN MILK
To make the golden milk, gently heat one cup of milk of your choice. The milk should be lukewarm and not hot. Whisk in 1 heaped teaspoon of the turmeric paste and the honey or another sweetener of your choice. Serve immediately.
You can use any milk you like as a base for the golden milk. Coconut milk is considered to be the best choice due to its content of lauric acid, studies showing that lauric acid might promote weight loss and improve insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance as well.
But I have also used normal milk, almond milk and soya milk. The choice is yours.
I am normally not sweetening any of my drinks, but in this case, I like adding ½ to 1 teaspoon honey to the milk, I find it takes the edge of the turmeric taste a little bit, I do like it, but in such a concentrated amount, I feel it tastes a bit “raw” and the honey really balances the taste perfectly, it is like drinking a nicely spiced chai.
HOW TO PREPARE GOLDEN TEA WITH TURMERIC PASTE
I posted this recipe for turmeric paste for golden milk a long time ago, in September 2015. Ever since I must have made hundreds of little jars already. I even make it regularly for a couple of friends.
My husband and I use the turmeric paste on a regular basis as well, but I have to admit that our golden milk transformed into golden tea a long time ago.
I was never a big fan of drinking any sort of milk, I have nothing against cooking with milk or using it for müsli, but I never drink it as it is, I just don’t like it. Same thing with most kinds of nut milk, except coconut drink or almond milk maybe. But as these particular sorts of nut milk are rather expensive, I have long searched for alternatives to enjoy the turmeric paste.
Nowadays, I almost always drink my turmeric paste in form of tea. I usually make a large thermosflask of turmeric tea in the morning and enjoy it hot all day long.
How to make golden tea:
Boil 3-4 cups of water in a kettle. Give the water to a pouring jug. Whisk in 2 heaped teaspoons turmeric paste, make sure you stir well. Add honey and lemon juice to taste. I usually add 1 1/2 teaspoons honey and the freshly squeezed juice of half a lemon.
Keep a teaspoon into your drinking cup and stir the tea before you take a sip.
This is my favorite way of enjoying the turmeric paste. Do give it a try!
Other ways of using the turmeric paste for golden milk:
Another way of enjoying this paste is by stirring one cup of warm milk with the paste and then using this liquid to pour over some homemade muesli, letting it cool and adding some chopped fresh fruit.
And sometimes, when making a curry or a soup, I like adding some of the turmeric paste as well. I feel it tastes best when added to carrot soup, lentil soup, dhal or chickpeas.
Here are some more recipes using the turmeric paste. Some of my favorite are:
- Turmeric paste:
- 375 ml/ 12.6 fl.oz/ 1 ½ cups water
- 60 g/ 2.1 oz/ ½ cup turmeric powder
- 1 piece of fresh ginger, about the size of ½ of your thumb
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- 3 teaspoons coconut oil
- Golden milk:
- about 250 ml/ 8.4 fl.oz/ 1 cup milk of your choice (coconut, almond, dairy etc)
- 1 teaspoon turmeric paste
- ½ – 1 teaspoon honey or other sweetener of your choice
- Golden tea:
- about 250 ml/ 8.4 fl.oz/ 1 cup hot water
- 1 teaspoon turmeric paste
- honey, to taste
- fresh lemon juice, to taste
- Turmeric paste:
Pour the water into a small pan and bring to a boil, preferably use a non-stick pan.
Finely grate the ginger and add it to the pan together with the turmeric powder, cinnamon, black pepper, nutmeg and coconut oil.
Give the dry ingredients to the water. Whisk well for about half a minute until it becomes difficult to whisk. Continue stirring continuously, using a wooden spoon, on a medium-low heat for about 3-4 minutes. If the paste is too thick, add a small splash of water and continue stirring.
Give the paste to the clean jars, seal and let cool. It will keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks.
- Golden milk:
To make the golden milk, gently heat one cup of milk of your choice. The milk should be lukewarm and not hot. Whisk in 1 teaspoon of the turmeric paste and the honey or another sweetener of your choice. Serve immediately.
- Golden tea:
Stir 1 teaspoon turmeric paste into a cup of hot water. Add honey and freshly squeezed lemon juice to taste, it should have a strong sweet-lemony flavor.
Use a small non-stick saucepan, the risk of the paste catching to the bottom of the pan dissapears and the pan is very easy to clean.
Turmeric stains, so if you use a wooden spoon, the spoon will become orange.
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