In Indian traditional medicine turmeric is used for coughs and colds. Pepper enhances the absorption of curcumin (the active ingredient) in turmeric. Spices have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti- microbial properties. Honey is recommended as a cough medicine by the World Health Organisation. Enjoy this drink every night or when you have a cough or cold.
3 black peppercorns
3 cardamom pods
½ cm piece cinnamon
2 ¼ cup fat free milk
½ teaspoon ground turmeric or 2 slices of fresh turmeric root, crushed
1 teaspoon honey
Crush peppercorn, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon in a mortar and pestle.
Place all ingredients except honey into a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
Simmer for about 3-4 minutes. Stir in honey. Turn off heat.
Pour into 2 mugs through a strainer and serve hot.
Fresh turmeric root can be stored in the fridge for 4 weeks and in the freezer for 6 months. Wash and scrub turmeric root, wipe with a paper towel, slice and freeze in an airtight container.
Per serve: energy 723 kJ (172 cal); protein 13 g; fat 0 g; saturated fat 0 g; carbohydrate 21 g;
fibre 0 g; calcium 350 mg; iron 0.45 mg;
sodium 134 mg