I am big on Turmeric these days. Firstly because I have been researching on how its benefits can help people with gut issues and secondly because adding a new fetish to my mannerisms just helps me do more fun things with it. So to begin with I jazzed up the good old ‘Haldi Dhoodh‘ a.k.a. Turmeric milk, added a few spices and recreated a Vegan version of what I like to call the ‘Golden Turmeric Latte’
I am also very big on yoga these days and speaking of, I am completely addicted to Yoga with Adrienne’s YouTube channel. So, while a 60 minute workout comprising of Yoga and cardio is a good thing I am doing to my self it is the post workout deal that I wanted to close. I usually make my power protein smoothies or my Paleo breakfast pudding but a little variation never hurt anyone. So enter – Golden Turmeric Latte.
Just as a side note, the Golden Turmeric Latte is also perfectly capable of replacing your evening beverage if you are into that kind of a thing.
Research has already shown numerous health benefits associated with turmeric. Read some here. It is not only highly recommended for people with gut issues and autoimmune disorders but regular intake of the golden spice has shown to have positive impact on lives of people suffering from depression, alzheimer’s and in some cases cancer as well.
However consuming turmeric on its own is very difficult as it has a very earthy and a bitter taste but thankfully this problem can be easily fixed by simply pairing it with other spices. For example teaming turmeric with black pepper not only enhances the flavour of your dish but also helps the body to absorb turmeric to its fullest extent.
Golden Turmeric Latte
However the matter that should concern most of us is exactly how much turmeric should one consume in a day? While I am not an expert on the subject matter, I am definitely well read on the subject to state that one tablespoon of fresh or powdered turmeric in any form (either capsule or in small dosages through meals) is a good proposition for our bodies.
It’s the circuminoid (the most active element in turmeric) that holds all the magic. Research states that 1 teaspoon of turmeric contains approximately 200 mgs of Curcumin. The human body requires somewhere between 500-700 mgs of circuminoid per day – so keeping that calculation as the base 1 tablespoon should be enough.
And while adding turmeric to curries and other food preparations is definitely useful, the proportion of turmeric added to curries viz a viz individual intake is way less than recommended and hence something like ‘Golden Turmeric Latte’ can help fix this issue.
So without further adieu, lets drive in then:
Golden Turmeric Latte
- Iron skillet
- Mason Jar
- Fine Mesh Sieve
- Freshly squeezed Ginger Juice - 1.5 teaspoons
- Fresh turmeric - 1 tablespoon (grated)
- Coconut milk - 1 cup
- Water - 1/2 cup
- Cinnamon - 1/2 teaspoon
- Coconut Oil - 1/2 teaspoon
- Black Pepper - 1 pinch or as per preference
- Monkfruit sweetener - 1.5 teaspoons
- Pecan Nuts
- All spice
- To a heated skillet add coconut milk, ginger juice, water, fresh turmeric, cinnamon, coconut oil, black pepper
- Stir and mix well and cook for 2 mins on a medium flame
- Next add in the sweetener and cook for a further 2-3 mins
- Turn off the gas and transfer the milk to a mason jar
- Secure the lid tightly and shake the mix for 30 seconds (to give a latte effect)
- Strain the mixture into a glass / cup using a fine mesh sieve
- Garnish with pecan nuts, all spice and nutmeg
- Serve hot!
- Working with fresh turmeric can be very messy as the spice has a tendency to leave your hands stained with a deep yellow color. These stains can sometimes be stubborn and may take a while to to get rid of. So make sure you wear plastic / silicon gloves while working with this spice
- The spice also has a tendency to stain your vessels along with your hands. So make sure you wash your vessels immediately after use to avoid mess. Use Baking Soda to rid your vessels off the stain if it gets difficult.