• Whole milk – 1 cup
  • Turmeric – ¾ teaspoon
  • Honey – 1 teaspoon
  • Black pepper (powder)  – ¼ teaspoon
  • Grounded cardamom –  ¼ teaspoon
  • Vanilla extract – 1/8 teaspoon or a few drops
  • Ground ginger – 1 pinch

Milk is a whole food in itself, giving you calcium, protein, carbohydrates and what not, but what if you add more goodness to it, the goodness of turmeric, a natural antiseptic, with a lot of healing properties, not only good for you inner health but also adds to the glow of your skin. All this goodness in one tasty glass of turmeric milk, every Indian mother’s go-to recipe in case of cold and cough.


  1. Put a pan of the flame and pour the milk in it. Bring the milk to boil, and then cool it down slightly. Add honey and vanilla extract and stir.
  2. In another small bowl add all the spices black pepper, ginger, and cardamom. To the boiled milk add turmeric powder and the mix of spices and simmer for a while. Pour it in a cup and sip away while still hot.


  • Instead of whole milk, you can also use soy or almond or coconut milk.
  • If you do not have all the ingredients, you can make a basic version of this with just milk, turmeric powder, honey, and a pinch of black pepper.
  • If you wish the milk to be less spicy, reduce the amount of black pepper powder down to a pinch.


  • If you are using solid turmeric instead of powder, do not forget to filter through a strainer before drinking.
  • If making the milk for kids, decrease the quantity of turmeric and spices, as these carry a lot of heat, which in excess might not be good for little children.