Do you remember as a child whenever you felt sick or were injured you were made to drink ‘haldi doodh’? The pungent smelling golden colored turmeric milk you hated and would clip your nose before gulping it down under the watchful eyes of your mother or worse still grandmother.
Well, the same ‘haldi doodh’t has found it’s way into the world of contemporary health drinks. Called ‘turmeric latte’ or golden milk. Of course it’s not made of gold, but it might as well be, given its cult following. An unlikely combination of nut milk and juiced turmeric root is 2016’s drink of choice. Happyho also provide best tarot reading services in Noida and Delhi NCR India area.
Turmeric lattes are now being sold at cafes from Sydney to San Francisco, and the drink is gaining fans in the UK.
At Modern Baker in Summertown, Oxford, sales of turmeric lattes – listed on the menu as “Golden mylk” now outnumber that of regular lattes. Turmeric lattes routinely feature in reviews for the York outpost of the Filmore & Union restaurant chain. Nama, a vegan restaurant in Notting Hill, west London, has noticed a surge in the turmeric latte’s popularity recently, even though it has sold the drink for nearly two years.
At first, it seems an odd concept. Turmeric is mostly known as a curry ingredient that leaves indelible yellow stains on appliances and fingernails. And, save for the aeration and the artistic lashes of cinnamon, the turmeric latte bears little similarity to its caffeinated namesake.
After ghee, homemade yoghurt and coconut oil, turmeric is the latest health-food trend to originate from the south Asian pantry, another sign that the Indian subcontinent may be ahead of the hipster curve. Turmeric and milk is a fairly well-entrenched drink in the region’s food culture, where it is considered a restorative.
Turmeric is part of Ayurvedic medicine – a holistic, all-natural approach to health that has been practised for centuries in India – and a ubiquitous ingredient in curries and rice dishes.
Like many trends, the turmeric latte may seem to have come out of nowhere. But it has been brewing for a while. The market research firm Mintel named turmeric as one of its foods to watch in 2016. It has done the rounds of the wellness circuit – the blogs, websites and Instagram accounts of “clean eating” advocates – for several months, and recipes for the drink abound on Pinterest.
While haldi doodh is seen as the kind of old-school, antiquated drink a well-meaning relative would foist upon you, the turmeric latte is a world apart. The trick is to use fresh cold-pressed turmeric juice.. Goop’s recipe calls for almond milk, while Bon Appetit’s iced version uses cashew. The Californian vegan restaurant chain Cafe Gratitude uses steamed almond milk with freshly squeezed turmeric juice and honey. Coconut milk works better with turmeric, while Modern Baker primarily uses almond milk and varies it by adding coconut milk powder. Many recipes follow the south Asian playbook and use black pepper, which brings out the flavour of the turmeric.