Turmeric, or haridra in Sanskrit, is bitter, astringent and pungent in taste. In ayurveda, each taste has a relationship with the balance of the doshas. Turmeric contains balancing qualities for all three doshas: its “hotness” balances Vata and Kapha; its dryness and its pungent and bitter tastes balance Kapha; and its bitter taste also balances Pitta; making it tri-doshic!
Why we love this recipe
Turmeric has many positive benefits: it supports detoxification for the liver; promotes a healthy response to allergens and a healthy immune response; assists digestion; helps purify the blood; and promotes health of the lungs, circulation and nervous system. Turmeric contains curcumin, a flavonoid which supports a healthy inflammatory response, thereby promoting general wellbeing. This recipe is especially good for lung health.
- 1 cup of whole organic milk
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- A sprinkle of black pepper
- A dab of ghee
- Honey or organic sugar to taste
- Place milk in a saucepan over low/medium heat.
- Bring to low boil.
- Add all ingredients except the honey or sugar. Let the mixture simmer for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Turn off heat, and allow the mixture to cool to a warm drinkable temperature.
- When the mixture has cooled, add honey or sugar to taste.
- Serve warm.
It is important that the honey not be added to the hot milk, as heated honey is considered toxic (very hard to digest and changes form) in Ayurveda.
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