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Fight the winter blues with a glass of haldi doodh!

With winter, come tidings of festivities, better weather in many parts of the country, and end-of-year cheer. But winter is not all fun & games. While we plan our vacations and parties, our bodies struggle to adapt to the rapid change in the weather. Cold weather directly translates to flu season as bacterial and viral infections are on the rise. The cold and dry weather also leads to cough and throat infections. As pollution levels also rise during this time of the year, there is also an increase in respiratory ailments such as asthma and COPD.

But guess what can be a powerful ally in fighting off these weather-induced evils? A humble cup of an age-old nuska called Haldi Doodh. The magic in this concoction comes from a simple ingredient, found in every Indian spice rack – Turmeric. Curcumin is the key compound in turmeric that gives haldi doodh its health benefits. For haldi to have a positive impact on your health, the haldi powder used must be pure with a high concentration of curcumin. One such spice available in the market is Tata Sampann’s Turmeric Powder, sourced from the fields of Salem in Tamil Nadu known for its quality haldi produce and a curcumin content as high as 3%.

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What makes haldi so potent?

The key component of turmeric, Curcumin has many properties that can help in healing and recovery from various ailments. Turmeric has been used as an herbal medicine to help tackle diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, chronic anterior uveitis, conjunctivitis, smallpox, chicken pox, wound healing, urinary tract infections, and liver ailments. It also helps deal with digestive disorders, abdominal pain and distension. Some Haldi health benefits are –

How to make haldi doodh?
  • Anti-Inflammatory - Curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties which can help in reducing inflammation throughout the body. It contributes towards prevention of diseases which are caused due to inflammation. A useful property to deal with achy joints and winter stiffness.
  • Antioxidant action - Turmeric also helps promote antioxidant action which aids our bodies in fighting free radicals.
  • Improves immunity - Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties help in fighting infections and ailments such as coughs and colds.
  • Better Digestion – It helps in stitmulating the secretion of digestive juices which are essential for proper functioning of the digestive system. A handy feature in case you’ve enjoyed too many of those garam garam parathas and samosas, on a cold winter morning.

Here are some haldi recipes:

Turmeric latte
Turmeric latte
Making Haldi Doodh
Making Haldi Doodh
Turmeric Tea To the Rescue
Turmeric Tea To the Rescue
Take a shot
Take a shot
Fill up on the goodness
Fill up on the goodness
Juice it
Juice it
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This Golden Potion has been a staple in most Indian households. A multi-faceted beverage that delivers numerous health benefits, making it just the ammunition your immunity needs to sail through winter. No wonder, the western world has also caught on to its extraordinary benefits. Branded as turmeric latte or golden milk, haldi doodh has quickly become a worldwide sensation featuring on many menus.

Traditionally, haldi doodh is made using pure haldi powder and whole milk. Milk is boiled on a low flame and pure turmeric powder is added to it. Sometimes, freshly crushed pepper is also added as piperine, the bioactive compound of pepper, enhances curcumin absorption in the body by up to 2,000 percent, making the spice more effective. A bit of ghee (clarified butter) can also be added to this drink as it helps the body assimilate the spice better while contributing good fats. It is meant to be consumed while it is warm for best results. If you are looking to make Haldi Doodh slightly tastier, you can add some more powdered spices such as pepper, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and cloves. Honey can also be added for a hint of sweetness. For those who are lactose intolerant or vegan, haldi doodh can also be made using almond milk.

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Not a fan of milk? Another great way to make a healing beverage using haldi is to make turmeric tea. This simple beverage uses just four ingredients to create a concoction that will make you feel better quickly. Preparing it is also fairly simple. Boil three to four cups of water, add two teaspoons of turmeric to this and stir it well. Let this simmer for ten minutes. Add a dash of lemon juice for additional vitamin C and some honey for sweetness. Strain this tea before serving it. This easy and extremely comforting drink is a must-have when you have the sniffles.

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Looking for an easier way to incorporate turmeric in your daily routine during the grueling winters? Make a batch of this drink and have a small portion of 30ml (2 tablespoons) every morning. This turmeric shot includes ginger, peppercorns, honey and lemon which increases its potency to help fight seasonal colds and coughs. Just like the tea, boil the water and add ginger, turmeric, and black pepper to it. Boil this for a few minutes and let it cool down before adding the lemon juice and honey. Mix this well so that all the ingredients are incorporated. Once it is completely cool, strain this into a bottle. Have a sip of it every day for better health during winters!

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This Golden Potion has been a staple in most Indian households. A multi-faceted beverage that delivers numerous health benefits, making it just the ammunition your immunity needs to sail through winter. No wonder, the western world has also caught on to its extraordinary benefits. Branded as turmeric latte or golden milk, haldi doodh has quickly become a worldwide sensation featuring on many menus.

Traditionally, haldi doodh is made using pure haldi powder and whole milk. Milk is boiled on a low flame and pure turmeric powder is added to it. Sometimes, freshly crushed pepper is also added as piperine, the bioactive compound of pepper, enhances curcumin absorption in the body by up to 2,000 percent, making the spice more effective. A bit of ghee (clarified butter) can also be added to this drink as it helps the body assimilate the spice better while contributing good fats. It is meant to be consumed while it is warm for best results. If you are looking to make Haldi Doodh slightly tastier, you can add some more powdered spices such as pepper, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and cloves. Honey can also be added for a hint of sweetness. For those who are lactose intolerant or vegan, haldi doodh can also be made using almond milk.

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Winter also brings some great fresh produce in the local markets. Bright red, delicious carrots are available in abundance in this season. These carrots are juicy, sweet and colorful, making them perfect for juicing. The combination of turmeric and carrot is a perfect to build immunity in winters as carrots also contain antioxidants and help avoid free radical damage. While we may crave for warm drinks in winter, this carrot and turmeric juice flavored with ginger and lemon is hydrating and healthy. It is perfect for winter afternoons spent in warm sunshine.


This article is authored by Bonny Shah



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