We Indian used turmeric in everything, yes in curries, festivals, for us turmeric is sacred. It is not a medicine for us, it is an everyday essential. My grandma used to make turmeric milk when we get cold and cough or even going during bed time. Lately I have seen a lot of recipes of Turmeric latte/ Golden milk. I decide to make my own version of Sleeping inducing Golden Milk.
Most of recipes I have seen uses more than 1 teaspoon to ½ tbsp of turmeric. Trust me too much of turmeric is also not good, it makes it bitter. My recipe of sleep-inducing golden milk not only contains turmeric, the star ingredient, but also nutmeg which has a high content of magnesium, an essential mineral in the body that reduces nerve tension, and even stimulates the release of serotonin, which creates a feeling of relaxation or sedation. This serotonin is changed to melatonin in the brain, which is a sleep inducer, thus relieving people of their problems with insomnia. This drink also contains soothing spices of cardamom and ginger.
Coming to turmeric, the Hindu religion sees turmeric as auspicious and sacred. There is a wedding day tradition in which a string, dyed yellow with turmeric paste, is tied around the bride’s neck by her groom. This necklace, known as a mangala sutra, indicates that the woman is married and capable of running a household. The tradition continues in Hindu communities and is comparable to the Western tradition of exchanging wedding rings. In parts of southern India, a piece of the turmeric rhizome is worn as an amulet for protection against evil spirits. Most of home has turmeric plant even I have one in my backyard garden.
Turmeric is an ancient spice and contains Curcumin, which has significant anti-inflammatory properties that are said to rival those found in Ibuprofen. Unlike over-the-counter drugs, turmeric has no toxic effects on the body.
Even though my grandma used to make golden milk with milk. I made with almond milk to make it a vegan, paleo drink. Give it try you will love it.
Sleep Inducing Golden Milk
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 cardamom pods Skinned and powdered
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
- Scant 1/8 tsp nutmeg A good pinch
- ½ teaspoon maple syrup use Nectevia if you don’t want to make it paleo
- In a bowl add everything and mix well and bring to rolling boil.
- Enjoy a good night sleep
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This is Swathi ( Ambujom Saraswathy) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.