5 Minute Haldi Doodh (Traditional Indian Golden Milk)

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Turmeric milk (haldi doodh) is a soothing traditional Indian drink. Ready in 5 minutes, it's the perfect cozy drink.

Turmeric milk in a glass.

Turmeric milk, also known as “golden milk,” is a traditional Indian beverage made by mixing turmeric with warm milk. Turmeric is an Indian spice with a long history of use in daily Indian cooking.

Much of my family drinks this daily. This haldi ka doodh recipe is a staple!

Turmeric milk is often consumed in Indian households for its properties. It is also enjoyed as a warm and comforting drink, particularly during the colder months.

I hated hardar nu doodh (Gujarati way to say turmeric milk) as a kid. I would only take the hot drink if my then-chosen favorite uncle gave it to me 😊. As I’ve gotten older it is a drink I turn to for comfort, especially during the winter.

Turmeric powder in a small bowl.

Turmeric (not pronounced too-meric!) milk has taken on all sorts of forms as it gained popularity in the Western world, often known by its more “glamorous” name, golden milk. 

Variations of the original turmeric milk have been replaced in coffee shops as “golden latte” or “turmeric latte.” These aren’t the authentic version and often include things like vanilla extract/vanilla bean which aren’t traditional. 

Incorporating turmeric into daily routines is beneficial but it’s also moved away from its simple, original form since becoming commercialized.

Turmeric is an integral part of Indian cooking and a key Indian spice always in my Indian Spice Box.  Explore Indian recipes for many ways to incorporate turmeric into your meals.

My Ba’s (Grandma) Recipe

We still drink haldi doodh the way my grandparents made it.  Simple and authentic, with only a few ingredients.

You can likely make it with ingredients in your pantry – turmeric powder and whole milk are the main ingredients. 

Tip: Use caution when handling turmeric as it can stain clothing and surfaces such as countertops. It is recommended to wear an apron to protect your clothing.

Making it the Traditional Way

A few key points:

  • Whole cow’s milk is used
  • It is boiled
  • Not strained
  • Sweetener is not necessary, it is optional

Haldi doodh in a mug.

Ingredient Notes

Haldi doodh or turmeric milk ingredients in small plates and bowls.

Whole Milk: It is often said that whole milk is used as curcumin will bind to the fats in it and this aids absorption. This is because turmeric is fat-soluble.

For those that are vegan, here is an interesting study on soy milk for haldi doodh.

Turmeric: Use a high-quality organic turmeric powder if possible so you avoid fillers and contaminants. Fresh turmeric root can also be used (about ½ an inch).

Black pepper: A pinch of black pepper powder is added.

Optional

Jaggery powder: This is optional but a delicious addition! Sugar (white or brown sugar) can also be used.

Carom seeds or ajwain: I will note, we do add ajwain, a commonly used Indian spice.  While not everyone adds it, it has antibacterial properties.  You can optionally add it.

Feel free to add other spices such as cardamom powder, cinnamon, and ginger to make a masala haldi doodh. I just wanted to share the traditional version.

Ginger in all forms: fresh ginger and ginger powder (ground ginger) is a delicious addition

Can use whole spices or ground spices

Similar to chai, specifically Masala Chai you can use warming spices, even Chai Masala Powder to make your turmeric milk recipe with more added flavors.

Making It

Heat milk in a small saucepan on medium heat. Let the cup of milk just begin to simmer and add turmeric powder and black pepper powder. 

Whisk in jaggery powder until it melts and enjoys this soothing drink.

 Note: In our family, my grandma always toasted a few carom seeds or ajwain seeds briefly before adding milk to the pot.  It is optional but delicious.

I hope you enjoy trying authentic turmeric milk.  Maybe you’ll end up replacing a cup of hot chocolate with this!

Turmeric milk in a glass.

5 Minute Authentic Haldi Doodh (Traditional Indian Golden Milk)

Shilpa Joshi
Turmeric milk (haldi doodh) is a soothing traditional Indian drink. Ready in 5 minutes, it's the perfect cozy drink.
5 from 1 vote
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Indian
Servings 1 serving
Calories 205 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 saucepan

Ingredients
  

  • cup whole milk
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder start with 1/4 tsp if you are new to it to get used to the taste
  • 1-2 tsp jaggery powder
  • tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp carom seeds (ajwain) optional

Instructions
 

  • Heat milk in a small saucepan on medium heat.
  • Let the cup of milk just begin to simmer and add turmeric powder and black pepper powder. 
  • Whisk in jaggery powder until it melts.
  • Enjoy this soothing drink.

Notes

Ajwain (carom seed) is optional – my grandma used to add it for added benefits
Making it fresh is best
You can use fresh turmeric root instead of turmeric powder

Nutrition

Calories: 205kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 10gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 116mgPotassium: 486mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 495IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 379mgIron: 0.5mg
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