Spiced Turmeric Milk

by Kiran on October 22, 2013 · 98 comments

in Beverages, How-To

Hi friends!

I’ve been baking a lot recently. There’s pumpkin bread, doughnuts etc — basically, all pumpkin centric. But I’m not posting any of that recipes here today. Instead, I have a simple, comforting and homemade remedy to cold and flu season.

Food is taking a backseat today because I’m fasting. And there’s no way I’d be blog hopping or blogging about food today.

Yes, I’m weak and there’s so shame to admit it :)

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The fast begins at sunrise and ends at the sight of moon at night. Let me tell you, the moon is always testing my patience this time of the year. Its simply impossible to sight it during this fast. I got a feeling “someone” is making it a difficult fast for many, every single year ;)

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Fasting aside, let’s talk about flu shots. Is it really necessary? I was weirded out when I heard about flu shots the very first time. Why not allow the body to naturally build immunity towards healing?

We grew up with homemade remedies for minor ailments such as cold, flu, cough, sore-throat etc. Coupled with zero appetite, warm milk spiked with spices and turmeric was the only food source I could stomach.

And now, just the thought of spiced turmeric milk is making me drool. Fasting is tough. Gotta go!

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Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of whole milk
  • 3 cardamom pods, cracked
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp turmeric

Directions:

  1. Add milk and whole spices in a saucepan. Heat milk on medium low until it begins to gently simmer.
  2. Remove milk from heat. Let steep for another 5 minutes. Sprinkle in turmeric powder, stir to combine and strain into mugs.
  3. Serve hot.
  4. Serving suggestions: if you want it a little more spicier, add whole peppercorns. If you want it sweet, add your favorite sweetener.

 

Spiced Turmeric Milk | KiranTarun.com

Have a great and delicious day for me, my friends!

Any natural homemade remedies you have to share?

 

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1 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You October 22, 2013 at 9:14 AM

This is a great drink for chilly days!!!!
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2 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ October 22, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Such a comforting drink. Being sick at home, this is perfect for me now. Just a curiosity, what are you fasting for?
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3 Kiran October 28, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Daniela — a religious one day fast for happiness and marriage :)

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4 Rosa October 22, 2013 at 9:26 AM

A fabulous drink! Healthy and enjoyable. I prefer to let my body do the work and never get flu shots…

Cheers,

Rosa

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5 Rekha October 22, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Wow this sound like a great home remedy. I have never tasted this before but surely book marking for those cold/flu days :-)
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6 dixya| food, pleasure, and health October 22, 2013 at 9:37 AM

i have been feeling little sick and turning to green tea + honey. Turmeric tea with milk sounds pretty therapeutic, i have only had with water + honey but adding all those spices sounds very luxurious.
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7 Kiran October 28, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Dixya — i hope you are feeling better. green tea and honey does wonders too.

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8 Laura @ Family Spice October 22, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Love turmeric, but never heard of spiking warm milk with it. I love home remedies. I wish I knew more. Let’s see, my kids love their chicken noodle soup, whether they are sick or not. So maybe it is what keeps them healthy?!
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9 Kiran October 28, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Laura — maybe :D

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10 Aimee @ Simple Bites October 22, 2013 at 9:51 AM

I love this, Kiran. It looks like the perfect sip on the dark and damp fall day we are having here. Pinning!
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11 Kiran October 28, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Aimee — I’m so glad you love this recipe. thank you so much for the pin and feature :)

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12 Ash-foodfashionparty October 22, 2013 at 10:41 AM

I just made some today morning..:(..the teen is sick and this is a miracle drink. I just add some cracked pepper and organic honey too, to this concoction.
Happy Karwa Chauth..the way the day looks, it’s gonna be a lonnnng one. Enjoy!

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13 Kiran October 28, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Ash — aww, i hope the teen is feeling better now. hope you had a less challenging karva chauth. xo

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14 Archana @ FeedingThefoodie October 22, 2013 at 10:44 AM

You make turmeric milk look glam! I give it to my 2 yr old everytime he gets sick. Also love carrom (ajwain) leaves crushed with honey – its a miracle cure!
Happy Karwa Chauth – I’m not strong enough to fast for anything. Good idea to stay away from blogs today! :)
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15 Kiran October 28, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Archana — thank you! yes, ajwain does wonders too!

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16 Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 22, 2013 at 11:32 AM

I love turmeric, what a comforting sip for chilly days!
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17 Shibi Thomas @FlavzCorner October 22, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Thank you so much Kiran for posting this recipe!!! The cold & flu season is here and my kids always gets them. I had heard about the turmeric milk, but never tried it. Sure gonna try this with some honey, so that kids will drink. Pinning the recipe too :)

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18 Kiran October 28, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Shibi — you are so welcome and thanks for the pin! hope the season goes by without affecting your kids :)

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19 Kathryn October 22, 2013 at 1:10 PM

This sounds like such a wonderful warm and rich and comforting drink. Beautiful pictures too.
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20 Shema | LifeScoops October 22, 2013 at 1:15 PM

My mom used to make this for me when I used to get sick… Love turmeric for its medicinal properties… Beautiful clicks… Love your props!!!
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21 Kiran October 28, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Shema — thanks so much!

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22 simi October 22, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Gorgeous!you are a natural as far as photography is concerned.

I agree about flu shots, am not a fan of it prefer the body to take care of itself naturally, unless the person in question is a senior or a infant and have health concerns.
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23 Kiran October 28, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Simi — awww, thanks so much!!

totally agree with you on seniors, infant or anyone that has present health issues.

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24 Elvira October 22, 2013 at 2:26 PM

I wish I can get the flu just to have some of this milk :) Jokes aside…I don’t like the concept of flu shots, I’d rather stay in bed and let it go by naturally. Hope to get well soon!
Elvira

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25 Kiran October 28, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Elvira — you won’t have to wish for a flu just to enjoy this turmeric milk. in fact, it’s just as good as having a daily smoothie :)

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26 Amy @ Elephant Eats October 22, 2013 at 2:34 PM

I always think of tumeric as a savory spice, but it sounds so interesting in this use! Love the pics too :)

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27 Consuelo @ Honey & Figs October 22, 2013 at 4:47 PM

This looks like a perfect cozy drink for chilly days! And I love your pictures as well, they’re gorgeous :)
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28 Monica October 22, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Thank you for sharing this home remedy. I never heard of using turmeric this way and it’s so interesting. I can understand why it would help someone feel better. Whenever I’m not feeling well, I always just think of drinking hot drinks with plenty of lemon.
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29 Kiran October 28, 2013 at 11:26 PM

Monica — you are so welcome! love lemon water too. so soothing :)

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30 Ameena October 22, 2013 at 8:36 PM

I don’t do flu shots…totally don’t get the point!

I hear all the benefits of turmeric…great idea to incorporate it in milk.
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31 Sue/the view from great island October 22, 2013 at 9:08 PM

This sounds amazing…all I can think of is how great it would be mixed with a shot or two of espresso!!

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32 Kiran October 28, 2013 at 11:27 PM

Sue — i’m sure it would tastes great with espresso :)

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33 rika@vm October 22, 2013 at 10:12 PM

I’m not a huge fan of baking, but I admire you for baking “for me”, hehehe! Mmmm, I’ve never tried turmeric milk, but it sounds and looks lovely with the yellow color if using raw nut milk :) have you ever tried them before?

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34 Kiran October 28, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Rika — i love using raw nut milk too!

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35 Kitchen Belleicious October 22, 2013 at 10:37 PM

this makes me feel so happy and all warm inside. What a great idea
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36 Anne ~ Uni Homemaker October 23, 2013 at 3:15 AM

I’m intrigued by the spices in this milk Kiran! Looks so warming and comforting! And your photos are always so stunning!
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37 Tandy | Lavender and Lime October 23, 2013 at 3:45 AM

I always try home made remedies first. Wishing you a meaningful fast!
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38 Kelly October 23, 2013 at 5:22 AM

Wow, this spiced milk sounds so warming, love that you’re sharing this home remedy with us Kiran :) I usually try to eat lots of raw garlic (eeks I know but it works) and drink hot lemon tea when I’m feeling weak and ill. Stunning pictures as always :)
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39 Kiran October 29, 2013 at 12:03 AM

Kelly — raw garlic has a ton of benefits, and I know it works too!

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40 Maria | Pink Patisserie October 23, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Good luck with the Kiran! That would be a very difficult thing for me too! I’m so intrigued by this recipe, and I’ve never thought to put turmeric in milk or anything other than a savory dish. Think I’ll have to give it a go!
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41 Kiran October 29, 2013 at 12:04 AM

Maria — thanks and if you tried this recipe, let me know how it tastes :)

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42 Angie@Angie's Recipes October 23, 2013 at 2:16 PM

A delicious drink for wintry weather!
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43 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking October 23, 2013 at 4:47 PM

I bet the aroma of this simmering is just so wonderful, Kiran! Great recipe for stopping to sip and enjoy the fall!
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44 Vicky and Ruth October 23, 2013 at 5:00 PM

I agree with you, let’s let the body build its own immunity! This spiced turmeric milk is sounds to comforting to me. It would be a great paired with my grandma turmeric cake…
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45 Kiran October 29, 2013 at 12:06 AM

Vicky and Ruth — love the idea of turmeric cake!

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46 john@kitchenriffs October 23, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Wow, this looks so flavorful! Great recipe. Hope you have a satisfying fast. And flu shot? I used to never get them, but decided to start when we moved to Florida in the mid-1990s. There are so many tourists coming to Florida bringing so many germs! Plus getting the flu is such a bummer – a week, minimum in bed. I finally decided getting the shot is much easier than running the risk of getting sick. But that’s me, of course, not you.
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47 Kiran October 29, 2013 at 12:14 AM

John — totally agree on the tourist and issues with personal health.

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48 Choc Chip Uru October 23, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Such a warm and delicious drink :D

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru
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49 Liana Jacinta October 23, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Excellent remedy indeed! Even i do this.. Btw your pictures reminded me of Mistress of Spices!! So Indian!! Muaxx

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50 Kiran October 29, 2013 at 12:15 AM

Liana — thanks sweetie! xoxo

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51 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen October 23, 2013 at 11:04 PM

Turmeric and ginger are my go-tos for whenever I feel under the weather.
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52 Mr. & Mrs. P October 23, 2013 at 11:52 PM

Never tried this before.. What interesting combination of spices!!!
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53 Shefali October 24, 2013 at 2:22 AM

Happy Karvachauth to you too my friend. And the good ol haldi ka doodh. It reminds me of my mom..sigh. Get better soon!
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54 Kiran October 29, 2013 at 12:16 AM

Shefali — thank you!

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55 easyfoodsmith October 24, 2013 at 3:11 AM

Love the moody pics Kiran :-)
The spiced turmeric milk is something that I too have grown up with. Post my marriage, I learnt from my husband’s granny that it is a wonderful potion for new mums post their delivery.
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56 Nidhi October 24, 2013 at 3:33 AM

Hi Kiran. Beautiful photographs. We also rely on turmeric milk for curing cold. Sometimes we drink these on cold nights just to keep warm. Other remedy that I follow is tulsi adrak ki chai. Always works for me.:-)
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57 Kiran October 29, 2013 at 12:33 AM

Nidhi — love tulsi and adrak ki chai :)

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58 Ina gawne October 24, 2013 at 5:56 AM

Love this spiced milk recipe…so healthy too. This would be great in almond milk too – yum!
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59 Kiran October 29, 2013 at 12:34 AM

Ina — yes, it would :)

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60 cquek October 24, 2013 at 6:02 AM

That looks and sounds incredible, love all your photos they are so so pretty :)

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61 Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen October 24, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Wow – this looks like a GREAT drink for chilly days! I’ve got to try this. Yum! And, I have a big jar of tumeric in the cupboard that’s screaming for this! Thanks for the recipe!
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62 Kiran October 29, 2013 at 12:57 AM

Kristi — you are most welcome :)

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63 Shibi Thomas @FlavzCorner October 24, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Kiran,

I tried the spiced turmeric milk yesterday and gave them to my kids too with some organic honey and they loved it. I was skeptical with my little one and he was like ‘it tastes yummy!!’, ..cannot even predict their taste buds :)…but I am sooo happy that they liked it. Will use this recipe during winter. Thanks again for sharing the recipe!!!
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64 Kiran October 29, 2013 at 1:18 AM

Shibi — i can’t begin to tell you how happy I am that your KIDS loved this concoction so much. I’m a proud aunt to them :)

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65 Marly October 24, 2013 at 2:47 PM

I can definitely see myself making a vegan version of this with soy or almond milk. Love turmeric!
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66 Daniela October 24, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Kiran ,the pictures are amazing and so is the recipe.
One good reason to make me looking forward for winter :)
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67 Chamaine @ All in a Soiree October 24, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Drink looks superb.

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68 Kiran October 29, 2013 at 3:13 AM

Chamaine — thank you so much!

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69 Jeanette October 24, 2013 at 7:55 PM

I love the sound of this turmeric milk Kiran – turmeric is supposed to be so good for you, and the spices are some of my favorites.
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70 Julia | JuliasAlbum.com October 24, 2013 at 9:56 PM

I love turmeric spice and the color that it imparts to the food! Combining milk with turmeric, cinnamon and all those other spices sounds SO delicious!
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71 Poornima October 24, 2013 at 11:26 PM

I absolutely love this drink, doesn’t matter if I don’t have a cold and I like a little bit of sugar in mine. Love the props and beautiful clicks!
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72 sowmya October 25, 2013 at 12:03 AM

Turmeric milk sounds really warm and comforting… Perfect for this chilly weather…
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73 Coffee and Crumpets October 25, 2013 at 11:56 AM

When I saw your email about turmeric milk, I immediately thought about my brother :) He always makes this for my children the minute they complain of a cold. That was back in Houston and now we’re in CO, but you made me think of him :)

It really is a great cold remedy and yours looks so colourful and warming.
I have never had a flu shot. Even being immuno suppressed with my RA meds and my doc screaming at me, I said no.
I will survive with this milk and other home remedies.

Nazneen
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74 Kiran October 29, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Nazneen — LOVE it when foods brings back great memories with loved ones :)

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75 Nadia October 25, 2013 at 1:26 PM

This looks amazing, I must try it soon. Gorgeous pictures!

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76 Kiran October 29, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Nadia — thank you so much and I hope you’ll let me know how it tastes :)

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77 Raymund October 26, 2013 at 6:21 AM

Never tried milk like this, I am so curious now. I got to try them out
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78 Kiran October 29, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Raymund — a must try even more so, now that you are so curious ;)

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79 Gayathri October 26, 2013 at 9:56 AM

comforting and healthy drink…I do make this drink whenever I feel sick…best home remedy for cold and fever
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80 jehanne@thecookingdoctor October 26, 2013 at 10:21 PM

oh this looks gorgeous! All your pics are, I am yet to try turmeric milk but u make it look so drool worthy! How was the fasting, karva chauth is it?
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81 Kiran October 29, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Jehanne — the fasting went well, albeit a long delay of the moon sighting, which is so typical every year :D

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82 Sissi October 27, 2013 at 12:35 PM

I have always disliked milk since I was a child (luckily my mum never forced me to drink it… I think I didn’t tolerate it quite early actually) but your turmeric milk looks gorgeous! I’m sure I could adapt this recipe with coconut milk maybe…
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83 Kiran October 29, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Sissi — yes you can! and if you do, let me know how it tastes :)

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84 Amy (Savory Moments) October 27, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Oh wow — this looks so warming and really delicious. I’m definitely going to give this a try. Way better than a flu shot, too! Thanks!!
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85 Kiran October 29, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Amy — yay!! and do let me know how it tastes :)

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86 Nik October 27, 2013 at 10:08 PM

We used to drink this too every time we had a cold, I love your take on it!
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87 Mallika October 29, 2013 at 12:52 AM

This is really what I need at this moment. A drink that’s warm, comforting and healthy to beat my flu. Guess you have the fine art to make anything look fancy!!! :D
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88 Kiran October 29, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Mallika — aww, i hope you feel better soon. drink it up!

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89 Sophie33 October 29, 2013 at 11:16 AM

What a great drink to drink in these folder days after a good walk in the Woods,….Yum Yum yummmmm.
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90 Lizzy (Good Things) October 30, 2013 at 9:00 PM

I love the sound of this and haven’t made turmeric milk in ages… I think I last saw it on Kellie’s Food to Glow blog. As I’m battling recovery from pneumonia, this might be a good thing for me to make for myself, right now! Thanks for sharing ox
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91 Kiran October 31, 2013 at 2:39 AM

Lizzy — hope you get well soon. i’m sure turmeric milk will be of a great help in recovery.

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92 Lizzy (Good Things) October 31, 2013 at 4:01 AM

Kiran, thanks so much, you are very, very sweet xo
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93 Deepa@onesmallpot November 6, 2013 at 11:27 PM

My mum forces this stuff down my throat whenever I have the flu….she puts pepper in her version. I have to say I’ve grown to like the stuff although I would never admit it to her! I still have the obligate whinge before drinking it :-) It really does help a cough and sore throat!
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94 Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence November 7, 2013 at 6:59 PM

I never get flu shots. I prefer more natural remedies. Last time I was sick, I drank lots of ginger tea and turmeric smoothies! This seems like a good option for the next cold ;)
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95 Eta November 8, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Thank you for the recipe. I am so into natural remedies.

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96 Indian Vegetarian Recipes January 9, 2014 at 12:28 PM

the perfect drink for these super cold nights…
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